5 Things You Might Forget When Cleaning Your Car

Spring cleaning season is upon us and that means it’s time to get everything in our lives looking spotless after months of wear and tear. Driving on the open road is an excellent place to unwind, but that’s nearly impossible if you’re driving in a cluttered mess.

Before you hit the road this summer, it’s important to make sure your car is prepared to help you get the most from the journey ahead. That’s why we’ve put together our picks for the top 5 things that you might not have remembered to clean in your car and how AutoZone can help turn your car into your happy place.

5 Things You Might Forget When Cleaning Your Car

1. Cleaning The Car Engine

If you want to take care of your car, you need to start with the engine. Over time, conventional motor oil can create a buildup of sludge and other deposits that can cause engine degradation. The good news is that cleaning your engine is as simple as switching to a motor oil with sludge fighting capabilities.

All Mobil 1™ motor oils utilize their signature Triple Action Formula to remove sludge buildup after just one oil change—keeping key engine components clean, protected, and performing at their peak for a smoother, more relaxing ride.

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2. Vacuuming Between the Car Seats

Just because it’s out of sight, doesn’t mean it should be out of mind. This hidden spot is one of the most overlooked places to clean in your car. The accumulation of dust, dirt, and fast food can decrease the interior air quality as well as degrade your vehicle’s fabric and carpet. Maintaining these unseen areas can keep your car feeling fresh and make your drive a whole lot nicer.

Cleaning it is as simple as pushing your seats as far forward as they can go and using a vacuum to clean out the mess. AutoZone offers a wide selection of vacuums made specifically for all the hard-to-reach places in your vehicle.

3. Sun Visors

The sun visor might be something you touch daily, but how often do you clean it? This surface can become covered with the dirt and germs that we bring in from the outside world. Over time, they can begin to stain and become a sign of an aging vehicle. Good news is that with regular cleaning, you can keep your car looking like new for longer while avoiding all those pesky germs.

You can clean your sun visors as well as the rest of your interior surfaces using one of the countless cleaning products and wipes offered at AutoZone. 

4. Clean Wiper Blades

Many people don’t think to clean something that’s meant to clean your car, but if you don’t, the same grime that you find on your windshield can accumulate on your wipers leaving streaks and causing your wiper blades to deteriorate much faster. To fully enjoy the road ahead, you need to see it first and that means taking care of your windshield wipers.

While the more solid parts of your wipers can be washed with soap and water, the blades themselves need be carefully wiped clean with a spritz of rubbing alcohol. If your blades are too far gone, you can easily replace them at AutoZone.

5. Car Door Jambs

We’ve talked about the interior and the exterior, but we’re ending this list with something that’s a bit of both. The door jamb is the space between the door and wall of your car and is often never cleaned at all. These places can accumulate and trap dirt, mud, and sometimes even mold if left untreated long enough.

Luckily, this is one of the simpler areas to clean. Just open your doors and wipe it down with a wet towel to remove years of dirt and grime.

Hit the road with confidence

Many drivers don’t care enough to give their car a clean this deep, but you understand the value of regularly maintaining your vehicle. The drive is only as perfect as the car and by giving it the right polish and the right motor oil, you’ll be well on your way towards a better drive on the road ahead. 

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