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Is Snow harming your Car?

Snow, salt and cold weather can wreck havoc on your vehicle and its paint. If not treated properly, you could be causing more harm than good that can cost you bigger bucks down the road.

Here are 5 things to remember to protect your car from Old Man Winter.

1) Frequent washing

Throughout the winter, it's a good idea to wash your vehicle every 10 days. It's best to wash the vehicle on days when the temperature is 40 degrees or more, and it's preferable to do so during the daylight hours so there's ample time for the vehicle to dry before the evening temperature drops.

Whether washing the vehicle at home or having a detailer do it, use fresh water and a high-pressure hose. If washing at home, add baking soda to the wash water in the winter it helps dissolve dried salt on the vehicle's surface. Warm, soapy water (not dish detergent) and a wash-mitt can be used.

Shop rags can contain bits of metal, so these are not a good choice since the vehicle surface may get scratched. Be sure to wash behind the mud flaps, under the door handles and in all cracks and crevices of your car or truck. The undercarriage should get particular attention, especially in hard to reach areas where salt buildup can occur.

2) Think about preventive treatment like a sealant to protect your cars paint.

A good paint sealant protects against water and road salts.

Polymers in modern paint sealants cross-link. This creates a barrier that’s more difficult for water, road salts and chemicals to penetrate. A good paint sealant will last 5 to 6 months. That’s enough protection for the Winter season.

3) Be Careful When You Brush

It’s very important to brush all of the ice and snow off your car as soon as possible, but you also need to be careful about the tools you use to do so. Try to stick to soft, foam brushes as harsh bristled hard brushes can scratch your vehicle’s paint more easily than you might imagine.

4) Treating a Leather Interior

Cold, dry air pulls moisture from leather. You must treat leather prior to the onset of freezing temps. The thing is leather will not accept conditioners below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. While the surface will look good, you haven’t provided moisture to the hide. It’s about timing. Be proactive.

5) Replace carpet with rubber

Many car owners also replace carpet floor mats with rubber floor mats over top of a thick towel to avoid getting slushy, salty water on the carpet. Not only will the salt cause unsightly stains on the carpet, but the salty water will soak through and rust and corrode the floor of the car. This is especially important on the driver's side since it is the most used.

Keep those tips in mind this winter and your car will look great all year long. If you don't feel like facing the cold to take care of your car just call us at Hunts Mobile Detailing and we would be happy to take care of your car while you relax in the comfort of your warm home.

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