Most people look forward to spring with the flowers blooming and the smell of fresh cut grass. But if you're one of the 50 million people who suffer from seasonal allergies, it can be a challenging experience. Pollen grain is one of the most common substances that can trigger an allergic response in humans. As a fine powder, pollen ends up airborne and can land just about anywhere—including on and inside your vehicle. While you may clean your home's air ducts to reduce the effects of a pollen invasion, don't forget your car. Here are just a few ways that you can care for your vehicle this spring and prevent pollen from taking over.
Don't Put Off Pre-Pollen Car Care
Just before spring arrives, it's time to start prepping your car for pollen. Flower and tree pollen are prevalent in the spring. While the dust buildup of green or pink on your car may seem harmless enough, it can cause more harm than good. The acidity within the pollen grain can lead to premature oxidation and stain the paint on your car. Visiting a Mr. Clean Car Wash for an exterior detailing, including a polish and synthetic wax will help reduce the likelihood of pollen oxidation and prolong the appearance of your vehicle's paint. The pros will then add a triple shine protectant to your vehicle. This helps to resist future pollen buildup and ward off permanent stains caused from pollen.
Do Leave Pollen Removal To The Pros
On a windy day, pollen can accumulate on your vehicle even if you washed it just a few hours prior. This can be frustrating, especially if you've just had it cleaned. Removing it safely is likely your primary concern. Don't forget to take your car to the pros to ensure a complete, professional wash. A great professional place will offer you a wash package that includes an under body wash and rust inhibitor-soft cloth wash to help eliminate pollen that is hiding in the crevices of your vehicle and underneath. For example, Mr. Clean Car Wash offers a 96-hour rewash to help make each visit cost effective during the busy pollen season.
Do Keep It Clean Inside
If you suffer from allergies, you may not be protected from the effects of allergic rhinitis or eye irritation caused by pollen while you're inside your car. Pollen particles can easily reach inside your vehicle through the ventilation system or if you leave your window down accidentally. Cleaning or replacing the cabin filters in your car and having your ventilation system disinfected can cut down significantly on the allergic effects of pollen. An interior detail is one way to get a grip on pollen buildup.
Don't Forget To Check Under The Hood
If your vehicle is clean from top to bottom, you've got a head start on fighting back at pollen. But don't forget what's being affected under the hood of your car. Here are some things you want to have checked when you are looking underneath the hood:
- An air filter inspection and replacement if necessary
- Fuel filter replacement
- Cleaning your fuel injection system
- Emission testing
All of these components should be addressed, especially during pollen season to make sure your vehicle's engine isn't being affected by high pollen counts.
Start enjoying long spring and summer drives again. Take your vehicle worries away and keep pollen at bay by visiting a Mr. Clean Car Wash today!