Spring has sprung and it’s time to get your car ready for the summer months ahead. Whether you’re going on a road trip, or down the beach, having a smart and clean car will make those trips much more enjoyable.

Throughout the winter, your car gets dirty and covered in leaves, moss and snow depending on where you live. Today I’ll show you how I get my car ready for summer.

  1. External Clean

When I was growing up my parents used a bucket of soapy water and the garden hose. It wasn’t until I started going to car meets, I learnt how the professionals clean their cars. Get yourself a snow foam gun to completely drench your car in soapy bubbles. You can get these for about $30 and they connect to the hose. You can get various sizes.

Now take a scrubbing brush and get in and clean out all the muck, dirt and grime that’s been holding on for the winter months. Get yourself a toothbrush to get into those tight spaces such as around your door handles, between the rear-view mirrors and your wheels.

  1. Internal Vacuum

Once you’ve sorted out the exterior of your car, you’ll want to clean the interior. Rather than lugging out your vacuum cleaner from inside your house, you should invest in a car vacuum cleaner. Best Five has done a great post on choosing the right one. Once you’ve got one of them, you can clean your car without worrying about power or getting into tight spaces.

Use your vacuum cleaner and get down and clean out all the crumbs, hair and dirt that might have ended up in your car. I always take out the floor mats to air them outside, before using my heavy-duty Dyson vac so clean them. Car vacuums are great, but they aren’t good at making floor mats look like new again.

  1. Internal Clean

Once I’m done with my vacuuming, I take out my other cleaning tools. I start with the seats which are usually leather, vinyl or cloth upholstery so you’ll need to choose a suitable cleaning method. I deliberately chose vinyl in my car when I bought it as it’s easy to take care of. The trick for me is to use glass cleaner with a cloth to rub over the seats and wipe them with a rag. I then leave them for an hour and they are ready to be used again, looking like new. I then proceed to go over other aspects of the internal cabin such as the dashboard, around the doors

  1. Clean The Windows

I use a glass spray with a microfiber cloth to clean the glass surfaces. I go over all the windows, mine aren’t tinted but if yours are, be careful as the tint might be exterior and glass cleaner can easily damage this. When in doubt, check with the store that installed them or your manufacturer.

When cleaning the windows and mirrors I spray onto the cloth first, which helps to reduce streaking. The last trick is to roll down your windows ½ way and ensure you remove the line of grime at the top.

Now your car should be looking sharp for those roadies you’ll be having over the coming months. You can save a lot of money by washing and detailing your own car, rather than paying someone else to do it for you.