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Nationwide Vehicle Contracts talks you through our top tips to successfully spring clean your car

Spring has arrived, and it's time to start fresh. While you're decluttering and cleaning out your house, don't forget to give your car some TLC. After a long winter, your vehicle can benefit from a thorough cleaning and maintenance check. In this blog post, we'll cover the benefits of spring cleaning your car, provide tips and tricks for cleaning both the interior and exterior of your vehicle, and offer advice on how to maintain your car's appearance.

Why Spring Clean Your Car?

Did you know that a clean car can increase your vehicle's lifespan and help maintain its value? According to a survey conducted by Nationwide Vehicle Contracts, a well-maintained car can have a resale value that is up to 15% higher than a neglected car. In addition, a dirty car can harbor harmful bacteria and allergens, affecting the air quality inside your vehicle.

Cleaning Your Car Exterior

The exterior of your car takes a beating during the winter months, with salt, dirt, and grime accumulating on the surface. Washing and waxing your car can help protect its paint and maintain its appearance. Here are some tips for cleaning your car's exterior:

  • Start by rinsing your car with water to remove loose dirt and debris.
  • Use a car-specific soap and a soft, non-abrasive sponge to clean the surface of your car.
  • Rinse off the soap with clean water and dry the surface with a microfiber towel.
  • Apply wax to protect your car's paint from damage and give it a shiny finish.
  • Use a wheel cleaner and a soft-bristled brush to clean your car's alloy wheels.

Cleaning Your Car Interior

The inside of your car can also accumulate dirt and debris, especially if you have kids or pets. Cleaning your car's interior can help improve the air quality inside your vehicle and make your driving experience more enjoyable. Here are some tips for cleaning the interior of your car:

  • Vacuum the upholstery and carpets to remove dirt and debris.
  • Use a non-abrasive cleaner and a microfiber cloth to clean the dashboard and centre console.
  • Deep clean your car's interior by shampooing the upholstery and carpets.
  • Organize the trunk or cargo area of your car by using storage bins or organizers.
  • Improve the air quality inside your car by using air fresheners or purifiers.

Car Maintenance and Repairs

In addition to cleaning your car, it's important to perform regular maintenance checks to ensure your vehicle is running smoothly. Here are some tips for maintaining your car's performance:

  • Check and replace your windshield wipers if they are worn or damaged.
  • Inspect your tires and brakes for signs of wear and tear.
  • Replace your air filters and fluids according to your vehicle's recommended schedule.

Tips for Keeping Your Car Clean

Once you've given your car a thorough cleaning, it's important to maintain its appearance. Here are some tips for keeping your car clean:

  • Create a regular cleaning schedule to ensure your car stays clean and well-maintained.
  • Invest in protective accessories, such as seat covers or floor mats, to protect your car's interior.
  • Avoid common mistakes that can damage your car's appearance, such as parking under trees or using harsh chemicals to clean your car.


Spring cleaning your car can help maintain its value, improve its appearance, and ensure it's running smoothly. By following the tips and tricks outlined in this blog post, you can give your car the care and attention it deserves. Don't forget to schedule regular maintenance checks and invest in protective accessories to keep your car looking and running like new. 

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