In case your allergies haven’t already given you the signs, that nice greenish-yellow sheen on your car is a sure sign that spring has arrived. The official start of spring unfortunately comes with the residue of pollen, tree sap and bugs on our windshields and car exteriors. Don’t fret — there are plenty of ways to keep that unwelcome residue at bay. The Discount Auto Glass team came up with some cleaning tips for four of the most common springtime car messes:
Pollen: The best solution to this problem is to wash your car with water to get rid of the buildup that has accumulated so far. If pollen is left on your car for a long period of time, it can damage your car’s paint. When you wash your car, spray your car’s body from the roof and use your water hose to push the pollen down the car, onto the ground. Trying to keep up with the pollen residue on your car is going to be the hardest part.
Bird poop: It’s bound to happen … the moment you spend a Saturday afternoon washing your car, a bird seems to target your spotless car as its personal restroom. As soon as you notice bird droppings on your car, it’s best to move quickly. The longer you wait, the greater the chance it can ruin your car’s paint job. If bird poop is left on your car for a long period of time, it can cause the paint on your car to start to wrinkle and flake off. An easy way to get it off of your car is by using club soda. Pour club soda directly to the spot, and the fizzing action of the soda will help lift the stain right off. After a few minutes, wipe the stain away with a damp cloth, and your car is as good as new!
Dead bugs: When the weather gets warmer, bugs, just like people, enjoy being more active outside. If you’re driving anywhere over the next few months, you’re bound to get some unwelcome hitchhikers on the hood of your car, especially at night. An easy way to remove these dead bugs from your car is by using a dryer sheet. Add a dryer sheet to a spray bottle with a bit of water to spray onto the bugs stuck to your car, and use another dryer sheet to rub the bugs away.
Tree sap: Tree sap is just a pain all around. It’s sticky and yucky and really hard to get rid of, especially if it’s made its way onto your car. A bit of Goo Gone or other product designed to get sticky gooey messes off of hard surfaces should dissolve the sap and make it easy to wipe off of your car. Goo Gone also makes an automotive formula that is designed specifically for your car’s exterior.
Hopefully these tips will help keep your car in tip-top shape all spring long. If your car’s glass is in less than stellar shape for spring, give Discount Auto Glass a call. We’ve got seven locations across the state to serve you no matter where you are. Give us a call at 501-377-9575 or click here for a quote today!