Spring Maintenance

washing pollen off of your vehicle

Washing Pollen Off of Your Vehicle

By | Car Maintenance, Spring Maintenance

washing pollen off of your vehicle

Its that time of year again.. Pollen season.

Unfortunately, you can’t prevent pollen from landing on your car, unless you keep it locked away in a garage or under a cover, so at some point, you’re going to have to remove it from your vehicle. Continue reading about the dangers of pollen as well as our tips for washing pollen off of your vehicle.

Pollen is something you want to remove as often as you can. While there are many types of pollen, two popular types around this time of year are flower (Morning Glorys) pollen and tree (pine) pollen. Although they may not look abrasive from a distance, all pollen is considered environmental fallout (along with acid rain, bird droppings, tree sap and decaying insects) because of its threat to material surfaces, including auto finishes.

But, pollen isn’t something that can simply be wiped off (without damaging your vehicle). This is because a single pollen grain can cling to the various pores of your paint. For this reason, simply wiping pollen off your car can cause many small scratches. For a quick and harmless solution for washing pollen off your vehicle, visit one of our touch free car washes.

Once you have your car washed at a professional car wash, you can reduce the “stickiness” of pollen by having a good wax job. But wax on or wax off, you can count on pollen coming back, again and again, until the season is over. In the meantime, get yourself a $3 car wash once a week to protect your investment.

Now that you have some knowledge, fight back against mother nature, and keep your ride looking fresh!

Washing Your Car After It Rains

By | Car Maintenance, Spring Maintenance

Washing Your Car After It RainsMany people think that when the car sits under the rain, that the rain water will wash the dirt and salt off the car, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. Actually, rain water can cause even more damage than it helps. For this reason, we recommend always washing your car after it rains.

I’m sure we’ve all heard of Acid Rain, where rain collects pollutants and contaminants from the air as it falls. Even after a short rainfall, rainwater and pollutants collect on your vehicle. The rain water eventually evaporates, leaving a thin layer of pollutants that can damage your car’s finish. The longer you leave the pollutants and contamination on your vehicle’s finish, the more damage it will inflict on your cars paint finish.

For these reasons, it is often a good idea to head straight to the car wash after it rains and right now, you can receive $2 off any automatic car wash at any of our Stephens City, Winchester, Inwood or Berkeley Springs locations! Check it out!

April Showers Bring.. Bugs, Pollen, and Tree Sap?!

By | Car Maintenance, Spring Maintenance

Young spring field with sprouts of corn. april showers bring may flowers, pollen, bugs, car wash

Spring is here and we’re all thankful for the warmer weather, but April is only DAYS away, bringing those infamous April showers! But that doesn’t mean it is time to ease up on your exterior car maintenance.

While you may think that rain will clean your car perfectly fine, it leaves behind corrosive acid rain, which can permanently damage your exterior paint. For more information, read the EPA’s article Effects of Acid Rain on Automobile Coatings.

“Environmental fallout”—a term widely used in the auto and coatings industries—refers to damage caused by air pollution (e.g., acid rain), decaying insects, bird droppings, pollen, and tree sap–all of which come with warmer, Spring weather.

These exterior assaults can all cause serious damage to the paint and surface of your vehicle. Leave your car parked in the hot sun, and the damage will be intensified.

Regular washing is one of the keys to keeping these acidic and unsightly blemishes from digging into your cars finish. Don’t give them the chance to damage your paint, because there is no going back.

Let Valley Car Wash affordably maintain your car’s value for you. Visit one of our 4 locations today!

Spring Cleaning Your Car

By | Car Maintenance, Spring Maintenance

Spring is approaching quickly! Along with the beautiful weather comes “spring cleaning”, an overhaul of our homes and wardrobes- but what about our cars? Spring cleaning your car can help maintain its value no matter where you live. Here’s what you can do to keep your car in tip-top shape:

Wash Your Car

We just got through Winter (yay!) and if you live in an area that received snow this winter, your vehicle is sure to have an accumulation of salt on, and under, your vehicle. Salt is corrosive, and after time, it can eat away the paint on your vehicle, lead to rusting problems on the frame, brake lines leaking, and even damage the undercarriage.

Read: Wash Away Road Salt

Clear Out the Clutter

Bring a trashcan for this one! Remove all trash and clutter from your vehicle’s interior. Then, give it a good cleaning with your vacuum and/or interior cleaners.

Tip: Vacuum from “seat to feet”, because of how dust settles after getting stirred up.

If your carpets need a little extra attention, try using a spray bottle of carpet cleaner to remove the stains/salt. As Popular Mechanics suggests, make sure to use the correct cleaner for each surface. “For leather trim, use a leather cleaner. Clean the inside of windows with glass cleaner, but spray directly onto your cloth to avoid streaking.”

Change the Wiper Blades

Winter is especially rough on your windshield wiper blades, so it’s always a good idea to replace them when spring begins. Newer blades will clear water more efficiently, and will ultimately help you see. “Our tests have found that most blades are ready for replacement after just six months, but you can try extending their service life by wiping them with a cloth and glass cleaner before removing them,” Consumer Reports says.

Don’t forget to make sure your windshield wiper fluid is topped off, since it can be depleted by winter weather.

Check Your Tires

Winter is probably the harshest season for tires due to to salted roads, vicious temperature swings, and potholes. To test your tires for wear, CBS News recommends inserting a quarter into each tire’s grooves. If Washington’s head is covered, you likely have enough tread to drive safely, CBS News reports. The site also notes that keeping your tire pressure at manufacturer-recommended levels can increase gas mileage by 3 percent.

Replace Air Filters

It’s also important to replace your vehicle’s air filters. Popular Mechanics says, “These filters keeps dirt, pollen, and plant matter from entering the ventilation system.” Also, it’s very easy to change!

Check Your Fluids

To extend the life of your car, it’s essential to regularly check your engine oil and replace it when necessary. You should also check the oil’s color. If it appears lighter, it could be an indication of engine trouble.

Spring your car into the new season with our tips, and remember to stop by any of our Winchester, Stephens City, Inwood, and Berkeley Springs locations to give your vehicle a quality scrub-down!