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Detail In Winter? Yes!

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

If you think detailing your car is just for those spring and summer months where the sun can glint off the freshly polished and waxed exterior, think again. Here’s why you should detail in winter:

One of the number one enemies is road salt. It can eat through your car’s finish and contribute to premature rusting. Detailing in winter with a thorough process including a car wash, polish and wax to get that corrosion-causing road salt off your car and lay down a protective layer that will help keep it off your car as winter wears on.

Even if you live in an area where they don’t salt the roads, the caked-on snow, ice, mud and grime can trap moisture against your car’s finish with—you guessed it—the same result: A ruined finish and an early trip to the junkyard because of rust that could have been prevented or at least delayed with a good detail in winter.

But it’s not just your car’s exterior that needs attention. A thorough detail in winter is important for your car’s interior, too. Every time you get in your vehicle with wet, muddy or snowy shoes, your carpet takes a hit. It needs to be cleaned more often, not less, when winter rolls around. And your shoes likely aren’t the only part of you bringing grit and grime into your car. Cloth and leather interiors both need more frequent vacuuming during the winter months to prevent scratches, rips and tears.

And how about those temperature extremes? From freezing (or below freezing) temperatures to the occasional bright sunny day, your leather, vinyl and plastic parts go through a lot of contracting and expanding with the cold and heat. Proper regular conditioning of those surfaces will prevent them from becoming dry, brittle and cracking apart.

Mr. Clean Car Wash offers the same full range of detailing services year-round, because your car needs that kind of care in winter, summer, spring and fall. And with these specials, you can even save some money!

Why You Should Wax Your Car Before Winter Comes

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

When you wax your car in spring and summer, you get to enjoy the gleam of the sun off your glossy, shiny paint . And then there’s the fun of watching the spring and summer raindrops bead up so perfectly on that mirror-like finish. But there are very practical reasons to wax your car before the winter weather arrives.

You see, car wax isn’t all about the shine. It’s also about putting a buffer between your car’s paint and the elements. When it turns cold, you’re dealing with everything from decomposing leaves covering your car to snow, ice, dirt, grime and road salt. They all stick to your car and they’re a lot more stubborn than most summer dirt to remove. Every one of them can do damage to your paint. So it’s best to wax your car to give it that layer of protection.

Pressed for time? The good news is you can have Mr. Clean Car Wash wax your car. Choose the Mr. Clean Signature Shine wash, which includes hand-finished wheels, tire shine, underbody wash, underbody rust inhibitor, triple shine polish, surface protectant as well as clean windows, a vacuumed interior, a wipe down of your dash and an odor eliminator.

Want to treat your car? There’s also the Super Shine Detail. That’s everything in the Signature Shine package plus a carpet shampoo, leather or cloth seat and hard surface cleaning and conditioning and cleaning and polishing your door jambs. Plus, the wax is upgraded to the Express Wax service. Applied with an orbital, it cleans of minerals, dirt and light oxidation and gives a dramatic improvement to your paint’s clear coat. Or take it to the next level with the Two-Step Wax. In step one, polish is applied to remove old wax buildup, minor oxidation and surface contaminants. Step two is the application of synthetic wax to produce a deep, long-lasting shine and protect your clear coat finish from the elements, damaging UV rays and the effects of old man winter.

What could be better? How about saving money at the same time? Click here for a valuable discount on your detail. Don’t delay—winter and winter weather will be here before you know it.

Top Winterization Services Your Car

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Everyone has heard the old cliché that, if March comes in like a lamb, it leaves like a lion. This year, that cliché could apply to winter in general. The season may have started out mild, but Old Man Winter has finally settled in, wreaking havoc all across the map. For those who put off winterizing their cars because it didn’t seem necessary, it’s not too late to do it now. Here are the most important winterization steps in making sure a car is ready for the elements.

Get a checkup.

During frigid weather, it’s more important than ever for a car to be in good condition. For one thing, winter weather can exacerbate existing problems. And, even if winter weather isn’t the cause of a breakdown, no one wants to be stuck by the side of the road in dangerously cold temperatures. At a minimum, a winter checkup should include the following:

  • Coolant: Make sure the car’s coolant is the proper mixture for cold weather and is at the optimum level.
  • Battery: Extreme temperatures can kill a battery. Check the battery for cracks, leaks, loose terminals, and corrosion. If the car has been slow to start, take it somewhere that can check the battery’s charge.
  • Oil: Cold weather affects oil’s viscosity, which is a measure of how thick it is and how easily it flows. When the weather is cold, many cars need thinner oil (like 5W-30 instead of 10W-30). Check the owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Fuel Delivery: Clean fuel injectors, throttle plate and a new fuel filter will help prevent drivability issues in the winter weather.
  • Safety: Check all exterior light bulbs to be sure they are working; replace your wiper blades and ensure you have plenty of washer fluid that is for freezing conditions.
  • Tires: Inspect the car’s tires. Most people don’t think about tires until they have a flat. That’s a dangerous habit, especially during the winter. The tread is all that’s protecting the car from sliding on slick surfaces. If the tread is worn down too low, the tires should be replaced. If the tires are worn unevenly, alignment and rotation can even things out. Even if the tread is fine, it’s important to check the pressure in tires. Tires lose one to two pounds of pressure for every 10-degree temperature drop. If the tires are below the manufacturer’s recommendations, it’s time to top them off.

 

Treat the car to a spa day.

It may seem counterintuitive to worry about things like exterior details when winter is still causing mischief, but that’s exactly what cars need. Important treatments include:

  • Wash and wax: A good, fresh coat of wax will protect the car’s finish from things like salt, corrosion and the contaminants found in snow and rain. And a dirty car is a very poor surface for wax, so a professional wash is an important first step.
  • Headlights: Consider headlight restoration. It’s a quick process that can remove all of the nicks and scratches that build up in headlight covers. Those imperfections can make headlights seem dim, and restoration can bring back full visibility. In addition, make sure that all bulbs are working, including brake lights and turn signals.
  • Winterize the Engine: Be sure to get all services that will keep your car running in the cold such as a coolant exchange, transmission fluid exchange, fuel filters, fuel injector cleaning etc.

Be prepared.

Being stranded is never fun, but, in the winter, it can be dangerous. Severe winter storms, for example, can make it impossible for searchers to look for stranded motorists. That’s why it’s so important to be prepared to spend a couple of days in the car if disaster strikes. An emergency kit should include the following items at a minimum:

  • Flares
  • Blankets
  • Snow boots
  • A radio
  • Heavy outerwear
  • Gloves and a hat for all passengers
  • A flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Drinkable water
  • High-energy snacks like protein bars
  • A flag or some other bright item to alert searchers to your presence
  • A shovel
  • A window scraper
  • A cell phone charger or external battery
  • Booster cables
  • A basic tool kit
  • Emergency repair items like water, antifreeze, oil, and tire repair
  • Waterproof matches
  • First aid kit

This winter, protect both your investment in your car and your own health and safety by being ready for whatever winter throws your way. Mr. Clean Car Wash is ready to take care of everything except that emergency kit (that one is on you). Visit today to get 50% off a full-service wash with a V.I.P. Club membership, or look online for other great promotions.