(ARA) - As winter wanes, people start looking
forward to springtime rituals. For some, that might mean packing
away heavy coats and sweaters in favor of windbreakers and
t-shirts. For others, it could mean a glimpse of the first
tulip of the season. And for those who love their cars, it
means the chance to scrub off winter’s grit and grime
and administer some well-deserved TLC.
“All you have to do is look at your
car to see the toll that winter takes,” says master
mechanic Sam Memmolo, host of “Two Guys Garage”
on the Speed Channel. From plain old dirt to road salt and
sand, your car takes a beating during the winter. Here are
Memmolo’s tips for giving your car a spring spruce up
that rivals expensive professional detailing services.
It all starts with a thorough washing. “There
is a right way and a wrong way to wash your car,” says
Memmolo. Because the bottom part of the car gets much dirtier
than the top, he recommends washing from the chrome trim and
below first, then doing the upper portion of the car, including
the roof. “That way, you don’t drag dirt and debris
from the bottom half of the car up to the top,” he explains.
- Don’t use a sponge to clean the
car. “A sponge is the worst thing to use,” says
Memmolo. He notes that sea sponges, which many people use
on their cars, contain traces of sand, which is an abrasive.
Instead, he recommends using a wash mitt. For the two-stage
process described above, use two mitts (and two buckets)
-- one for the bottom and one for the top. Pay special attention
to your wheels after a winter’s worth of slush and
salt. “Greased Lightning’s All Wheel Cleaner
makes it easy to get the dirt off your wheel covers and
hubcaps,” says Memmolo. “Simply spray on, wait
for a few minutes and rinse off.”
- Use the proper soap. “Never use
household detergents; they are too harsh and can damage
the paint finish,” says Memmolo. Instead, look for
soaps designed for use on cars. “Greased Lightning
has a new Orange Blast Car Wash which is specially formulated
to gently remove dirt and road grime and contains UV blockers
to help protect paint from sunlight damage,” he says.
- To hose down the car, take the spray
nozzle off your hose and let the water flow, providing sheeting
action, Memmolo advises. “This rinses more effectively
and dries better as well,” he says.
- Use a good chamois to dry the car instead
of letting it drip-dry. “This prevents water stains
and spots,” says Memmolo.
- Last, but very important, is a good coat
of wax to protect your car’s exterior finish. “You
should wax your car at least three times a year,”
he says. “People worry that washing their car too
often will remove the wax, but what really does it are UV
rays and heat,” Memmolo explains. Wax breaks down
at temperatures of 95 to 100 degrees. “All you have
to do is touch a car on a hot summer day to understand why
you need to wax your car often.”
Now that the exterior of your car is spotless,
you’ll want the interior to be dazzling clean as well.
“Clean the door jamb and sill plates to remove any winter
debris,” says Memmolo. Next, wipe down the door panels
and dash. Take out any removable parts, such as consoles and
ashtrays and wipe them out before you replace them. “Orange
Blast Cleaner Degreaser is a great tool for all these jobs,”
says Memmolo. “Just spray it on a rag and wipe the interior
down for a good clean and a fresh smell. Be careful to keep
this product away from the body of the car,” he says.
When you’re done babying your car, chances are you’ll
be a bit of a mess yourself. Greased Lightning’s High
Performance Cleaner and Degreaser will make short work of
cleaning tools, shop floors, even greasy clothes and rags.
To make clean up even easier, try the new Cleaner Degreaser
Wipes, which are specially formulated to remove tough ground-in
dirt without drying out, damaging or fading surfaces.
Greased Lightning was originally formulated
more than 15 years ago for use in car detail shops. “It
has been well known in car show and motor sports circles for
years,” says Memmolo. Through word-of-mouth, and a national
advertising campaign, the news of Greased Lightning's efficacy
and ease of use has spread nationwide. Greased Lightning products
are now sold in over 80,000 retail, food, drug, hardware,
home improvement, and automotive specialty shops nationwide.
For more information, visit the company's
website at www.greased-lightning.com. Courtesy of ARA Content