18, December 2020

Safeguard Your Car from Salt, Snow, and Sand (Part II)

While salt, sand, and snow are unavoidable, protecting your car doesn’t have to be.

Wash Regularly

Your county and city will be laying sand and salt on the roads all winter. That salt could remain on the roads for days after placement. For as long as winter continues in your area, you must get used to the concept of washing your car every seven days. Here’s how:

  • Start with a rinse of fresh, non-recycled water using a well-pressured nozzle.
  • Finish your rinse by concentrating on the wheels, underbelly, wheel wells, and muffler.
  • Be cautious not to spray water into any air intakes or the exhaust pipe.
  • With a car shampoo, wash your car. Dishwashing liquid strips your car from its protective coating.
  • Have a second bucket to rinse your sponge clean. Soapy water needs to have its own bucket.
  • Thoroughly rinse your car. 
  • Dry all window edges, door edges, trunk edges, and door locks so they don’t freeze.
  • Use fresh wax to reseal your car’s body if it needs it. Vinyl and rubber get their own protectants.

Your Carpet

You’re pretty pleased to warm up once you’re driving. However, that also denotes the snow and salt on your shoes are melting straight into your carpet. One resolution is to get yourself some all-weather rubber mats. Come April, you can remove them to see carpet fresh and new. 

If salt has settled into your mats, don’t fret about it. Here’s what you can do:

  • Make a mixture that’s and half white vinegar and half warm water.
  • Spray or pour the solution into the salty area. 
  • Scrub lightly with a brush, just enough so the salt comes to the surface.
  • Use a dry towel to soak up the salt until it is all absorbed. 
  • Repeat the whole process until the salt is all gone. If the salt is difficult, use a vacuum. 
  • It may take some time, but the salt will leave. And next fall, get some rubber mats.