Long, harsh Nebraska winters can take a toll on your car, which is why we’ve come up with 10 DIY tips on how to detail your car for spring.

With the arrival of warmer weather, it’s time to give your car some much needed spring cleaning to undo winter’s damage. It’s the perfect time of year to show some love to the interior, exterior and heart of your car. Help extend the life of your vehicle with these tips.


1. Make those winter road trip crumbs and stains disappear by using a fine-bristled brush to get dirt and crumbs out of cloth seat seams. Or, use a Magic Eraser to scrub sticky messes off vinyl and leather. Also, remove oil based stains, such as makeup, from cloth areas by scrubbing with Dawn and water. Finally, if dirt has embedded itself into the textures of your vinyl, scrub the area with a toothbrush and diluted Dawn water.


2. Use a cheap foam brush to dust between the AC vents so fresh spring air can flow through your car’s cabin.


3. Use olive oil and a paper towel to condition the leather on your dashboard and arm rests, allowing your interior to glisten in the spring sun.

4. Banish pet hair from your upholstery with a spray bottle of water and a dry sponge. Repeat this process as needed throughout the spring after car adventures with your fury friends!

5. Spray dirty floor mats with a stain remover and throw them in the washer on a light spin cycle. Or, scrub dirty floor mats with a good upholstery cleaner such as Purple Power, as recommended by the Baxter Auto professional car detail team.


6. Avoid premature rusting by removing winter’s salt, sand, dirt and grime by giving your vehicle a deep exterior wash, followed by a fresh coat of wax. We promise, as long as you have a little bit of time and motivation, you can give your car a good spring wash and wax. When it comes to car wax, our Baxter Auto car detail professionals recommend Aqua Glow.

7. Use dryer sheets to remove bugs and grime off of your front grille and bumper. We swear, you’ll thank us!

8. Spray your wheels and hubcaps with a wheel cleaner designed specifically for your vehicle’s wheels. Then, use a brush or wash mitt to give the wheels a nice scrub.

9. Be sure to check your windshield wipers and tire pressure. Typically, these need attention in the spring due winter’s ice and cold weather.

10. Check the trunk of your vehicle and clean out your wintertime necessities. Since spring is the beginning of road construction season, it is also a good time to make sure that your spare tire is in good condition. Be sure your emergency kit is in order too. And, while you’re at it, give your trunk a good vacuum.

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