8 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Family Vehicle

It’s been a long winter (at least in Canada it has) and we are FINALLY seeing double digit temperatures here. Spring Cleaning has begun in many homes and it’s also time to clean up the family vehicle too.

Hello, weekend roadtrips!

Here’s 8 Quick & Easy Cleaning Tips from Hyundai Canada to get your vehicle ready for Spring:

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1. Say Goodbye to Salt-Stained Carpets

To remove the white stains from road salt, mix water with white vinegar and scrub the tough stains with an old rag or brush.

2. Wax Every Season

Each winter season, your car’s paint colour is dulled by the elements and picks up scratches. Keep your family vehicle looking clean and new with a liquid spray wax.

3. Take the Vacuum Outside

Get out your vacuum to suck up all the dirt and dust in the small corners of your vehicle. Remember to put your seats down to get between the cracks and also vacuum all the cup holders. We did this recently and it was disgusting how much stuff our vacuum picked up – bits of cereal, dog hair, random bits of paper and cookie crumbs left by our two kids.

4. Use the Right Soap

Never use dish soap to clean your vehicle as it will dull and scratch the protective clear coat off your car. Try using Meguiar’s Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo and Conditioner.

5.  Put a Break on Your Brake Dust

Get rid of that reddish, brown coloured powder on your wheels caused by normal brake wear. Wipe down your wheels with a cleaning solution safe for alloy wheels (available at any hardware store) and address those hard-to-reach places in between the wheel’s spokes with a scrub brush or rag.

6. Take a Load Off

Do you use your car as a storage unit? Be sure to empty out your trunk and back seats of all your winter build up. Removing unnecessary weight also improves fuel efficiency and your car’s handling!

7. What’s Happening Under the Hood?

Cars need a ‘medical’ check-up. Every spring, it is a good idea to take your vehicle in for a quick under-the-hood inspection and get an oil change, filter replacement andtire rotation.

8. Freshen Up

After you are finished cleaning your car, add your favourite smelling air freshener to keep your car smelling clean and fresh all spring and summer!

Win a Spring Cleaning Car Kit from Hyundai Canada

Thanks to the generous folks at Hyundai Canada, one lucky Kids On A Plane reader will win an ultimate Spring Cleaning Car Kit (valued at over $50) including:

  • Scrub brushes
  • Turtle Wax ICE Synthetic Spray Wax
  • Meguiar’s Hot Rims Wheel Cleaner
  • Meguiar’s Gold Class Car Wash
  • Air Fresheners

Giveaway is open to Canadian residents 18+ and ends Tuesday May 6, 2014 at 11:59PM EST. Please use the form below to enter.

*Disclosure: As part of my affiliation with the Hyundai Drive Squad, I receive products and access to special events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are 100% my own.


  1. Melinda L. says

    Roadtrips yes, but not likely in the spring time. We are thinking of either going to Pennsylvania or Michigan this summer for some shopping, food and family time.

  2. Lyndsey says

    I love summer road trips! I can’t wait to head up to the mountains in Alberta and breath in the clean fresh air! 🙂

  3. Cassie says

    Love road trips, but we usually do small road trips and go to a different part of the province, or to an attraction/museum that we haven’t been to in the past.

  4. Brandee H says

    We travel about once a month. We visit family in different parts of Ontario. No where exciting this Spring.

  5. krystyl olson says

    just bought a new (our first, ever) car and are planning to go to hubby’s hometown, TRAIL, BC, for his grandmothers celebration of life! …

  6. Darlene Demell says

    No road trips for us this year. We are too busy running to Ottawa for doctor appts. for hubby. Hopefully next year.

  7. Sunshine G says

    We just got back from the Oregon coast and it was lovely! (Aside from the 12 hour drive with the two year old, that is 🙂 )

  8. Andrea Amy says

    no road trips planned for this spring, but hopefully this summer we can get out of the city for a day or two

  9. Danielle Baker says

    Spring to us means visiting family! We are spread out between two provinces so our car gets a good run!

  10. Jody D says

    We drive long haul so the road trips are year-round! Driving my daughters card from Calgary to Waterloo in May as she is moving, so that counts as a road trip!

  11. Tricia Dickie says

    We love to go up to Muskoka and we are planning on going to Letchworth State Park in NY this year as well.

  12. roger simmons says

    No road trips planned until Christmas/New Years when my wife will be going to Orlando florida to visit friends and take our children to Walt Disney World. The following year it will be a family vacay in the Philippines where my wife is from.

  13. Ernie Martin says

    Only short road trips into Toronto are planned for this year to visit my son and attend Woofstock. 🙂

  14. Viv Sluys says

    We have no road trips planned for the spring but we do for the summer. We’re hoping to head to Lac Louise.

  15. 409cope says

    We just recently came back from visiting our son and grandson in Calgary so we don’t have any travel plans.

  16. Angela Mitchell says

    We are taking a road trip to Chilliwack BC to take a look at the factory that makes Escapes Trailers.

  17. Karla Sceviour says

    no spring road trips planned,although I am tying to plan a summer road trip,,not sure where to yet!

  18. Elaine Buonsante says

    We just came back from Leavenworth WA and Seattle WA and had beautiful drives through the mountains.

  19. Brianne Hager says

    Yes we have a road trip planned for the end of May. We are going to Calgary, Drumheller, and Banff in Alberta.

  20. Angie says

    We are on road trips almost every weekend in the summer – to visit family, go camping, and cfl football games.

  21. S. Jackson says

    We won’t be going on a road trip in spring, but we are going on a road trip in July to Vancouver, BC!

  22. Lizzie Edwards says

    Fantastic vehicle cleaning tips there. Cleaning vehicles regularly can help to give it a new like look and also it helps to get rid of other effects like rusts.
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