In the winter, depending on where you live, the temperature drops while the snow falls and the wind picks up! We know, not the ideal weather to run out and wash your car. But did you know that keeping your car washed and clean during the wintertime can help make it last longer and retain resale value?
That’s because wintertime road salt, treatments like liquid calcium chloride, sand, snow and moisture can cause rust on a car, and rust can spread across your car over time. Not only does rust not look great, at its worst, it can cause major damage to your vehicle. Keeping your car freshly washed and clean in the winter can help limit long-term damage. We’re sharing some tips on how to keep your car clean during the winter.
Some experts recommend washing your car after every big storm, or when you think your car may have been exposed to salt, sand or other chemicals on the road, but washing your car once every few weeks may be more achievable for many.
If you’re washing your car yourself, keep these winter-weather tips in mind for washing your car in the winter and how to keep your car clean:
Another way to keep your car clean and protected during the wintertime is to switch out cloth floor mats for rubber ones, and to vacuum or wipe them clean once a week. Stepping in and out of your car is one of the most common ways to track in dirt, grime, salt, sand and all sorts of things you don’t necessarily want inside your car. Before you step your feet into the car, try to hit them together to see if you can shake any excess dirt off.
Rust can be a serious issue for your vehicle, and most of the rusting begins in the winter season. Any damage can ruin the body and weaken the rigidity of the vehicle’s frame. The best thing to do is try to avoid rust altogether, but how do you stop rust on a car?
Additional tips: wash the car every few weeks, including the underside, and use baking soda when you’ve driven through road salt. Then rinse the car thoroughly to avoid any stains in the paint, and prevent rust from forming.
Winterizing and preparing your car can help protect your car from salt, sand and any other chemicals that can be found on the roads. Give your car a thorough wash, and pay special attention to areas you may not normally, such as behind the wheels, the quarter panels, the undercarriage and the front end. These are places that salt and road debris typically collects, and common areas for rust. Once your car is squeaky clean and dry, apply a coat of wax. This is an important task, as a coat of wax can provide an additional layer of protection from winter grime, and further stop the spread of rust.