5 Ways to Keep Your Car Clean During Winter
Salt, snow, sand and ice covering your vehicle doesn’t just look bad—it’s bad for cars. That salt can rust the metal and mess up the upholstery. We’ve got 5 tips to keep it clean.
Putting your car in the garage for winter seems like a great idea, and on paper it most definitely will protect your car. However, be sure to watch the heat and moisture as this can actually speed up corrosion. Either make sure that your garage is as cold as the outside environment, wash it down before putting it inside or even consider getting a cover that stops the internal moisture getting onto the bodywork. It’s the change in temperature and residue on the bodywork that can cause the most damage.
2. Replace carpet with rubber
Many car owners also replace carpet floor mats with rubber floor mats over top of a thick towel to avoid getting slushy, salty water on the carpet. Not only will the salt cause unsightly stains on the carpet, but the salty water will soak through and rust and corrode the floor of the car. This is especially important on the driver’s side since it is the most used.
With all the salt, grit and other rubbish thrown at it, your paintwork could do with an extra layer of protection. This is something wax will provide. Ideally you want to be waxing before the crappy weather hits, but it’s not too late to give your ride a damn good cleaning and waxing session if you haven’t already. The extra layer of protection wax gives the exterior of a vehicle means less damage from the bits of grit it collects on a winter road trip.
4. Rinse the Undercarriage
The main part of the car that is most vulnerable to attack from salty water, dirt and grit is the undercarriage or underside of your vehicle’s chassis. Some owners like to regularly hose down the car to simply be sure that they are minimizing the chances of any damage of the exhaust, frame or chassis. The underside of the car is often out of sight, and out of mind. This is perhaps the easiest way prevent rust damage to your vehicle.
Throughout the winter, it’s a good idea to wash your vehicle every 10 days. It’s best to wash the vehicle on days when the temperature is 40 degrees or more, and it’s preferable to do so during the daylight hours so there’s ample time for the vehicle to dry before the evening temperature drops. Keep an eye out for chips in the cars finish, patch them quickly to prevent rust and further damage.