4 Summer Car Care Tips

These 4 summer car care tips will help you keep your car clean! Winter weather is rough on your car, but summer car care poses its own challenges. Whether it’s a windshield full of bug splatter from the family road trip or floor mats that look as though you took half the beach home for a souvenir, it’s important to keep your car clean. In between all that summertime fun, take a few minutes to show your car some love.

A car wash bucket in front of a black car with a big splash of soap flying from out of the bucket
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Duration: 30-60 minutes
  • How often: After every road trip!

1. CLEAN YOUR WINDSHIELD

An important car cleaning task is to wipe your windshield! You don’t have to drive far in the summer to end up with a windshield covered with bug splatter. It’s not especially pleasant to look at, and it blocks your view. Use that squeegee when you’re at the gas station, or carry a can of glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth in your trunk, and remember to keep your windshield washer fluid topped off. For the summer months, make sure you have windshield washer fluid that can handle bugs and, better yet, prevents them from sticking in the first place.

It’s tempting to ignore the mess, but don’t put it off. The hot sun will bake on all that bug splatter, making it even more difficult to remove. Next time you wash your car, to help remove those stubborn stains, spray on some bug and tar remover to loosen and help you get rid of all the bug splatter. Cleaning your windshield regularly is an essential part of summer car maintenance, and it’s much easier than waiting and having to scrape off the mess instead.

NAPA Body Pro Glass Cleaner (Part #: BPR 3032) laying on a car's clean windshield

2. WASH YOUR CAR

The most obvious tip is to regularly wash your car. All the dirt, sand, and road grime from summer driving needs to be washed off regularly. It might not look as bad as it does during the winter, but summer dirt is also rough on your car.

You should wash your car after every summer road trip, but that’s not the only time it needs a good bath. Whenever you see a buildup of dirt or grime, it’s time for a wash. Even if you don’t see any dirt, regular washes are an important part of upkeeping your car this summer. If you want a squeaky-clean car but don’t want to spend a lot of time on the process, a foam cannon can help you wash your car in a fraction of the time!

Person spraying their car in foam using the Armor All Foam Cannon (Part #: ARM19444)

3. VACUUM YOUR INTERIOR

A car cleaning chore that no one likes to do is vacuuming. But whether you’re cleaning the house or the car, it still needs to be done. Before you wash your car, first remove any trash or debris from the car floor, then take a minute to vacuum it. Sand is abrasive, and if you leave it all over your floor or floor mats, they’ll wear out quicker, especially if they’re carpeted.

While you’re at it, give your seats a good clean to get rid of all the crumbs from those muffins you grabbed with your coffee on the way to work. If you have kids, pay extra attention to the rear seats. This includes removing car seats and cleaning whatever has collected underneath them. You don’t need unwelcome science experiments trying to grow from all the snacks that never made it to your child’s mouth.

Person using a vacuum to clean up the interior of their car

4. DON’T DELAY CLEANING SPILLS & STAINS

That gigantic drink seemed like a good idea right up until the moment you hit a pothole and spill it all over yourself and your car. It doesn’t matter what it was; you need to clean up the mess as soon as possible! This piece of car cleaning advice will help you keep your interior like new!

The longer you let a spill set, the greater the chance it will cause a stain that might not come out, or worse—encourage mold to grow or ants to climb in for the ride. Make sure you wipe any spilled drinks from the seats, floor, and center console. To prevent a spill from turning into a stain, try diluting it with a small amount of cold water and blot it with a towel. For best results, use an upholstery and carpet cleaner to remove any spills or tough stains. That sticky mess will only get worse after a few hours in the sun, so don’t delay.

Clean spills and stains on black interiors by using Mac's Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner (Part #: NCH1FC473)


Have fun this summer, and enjoy your days wherever your travels take you, but make sure to leave a little time for summer car care.

Check out all the car care products available on www.napacanada.com or trust one of our NAPA AutoPro locations for routine maintenance and repairs. For more information on summer car care, chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA Auto Parts store!

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