Spring is on the horizon, which means your truck is probably chock full of dirt, mud, and sludge from the season you’re probably all too happy to be putting to bed. Just as you might get your home ready for warmer temperatures by getting rid of old junk and cutting through the grease and grime that accumulated throughout the last few months, a good truck cleaning can make it a far more pleasant place to be. Detailing your truck takes some time, but it’s certainly something you can do on your own if you’re willing to get your hands a little dirty. Here are some helpful tips on how to go about the process.
If you’re going to get the job done, you may as well do it right – so plan on attacking either the exterior or the interior of your truck first, and then leave the other part for a different day. That way, you can devote the proper amount of time and energy it takes to really get down and dirty and see lasting, tangible results.
Utilize two buckets on the exterior
When you attack the exterior of your car, think of it like your face. You want to put your best face forward, and just as you wouldn’t wash your face and then rinse it using dirty water, you don’t want to do so with your truck. Use one bucket to hold your soapy water, and fill another with clean water. Once you rub down the truck once, your cleaning mitt becomes dirty. Wash it in the clean bucket and wring it dry before placing it again into the clean, soapy water. This keeps you from “cleaning” your truck with water that really isn’t very clean at all.
Rely on the air compressor
It’s virtually impossible to get into all the little ducts and crevices of your truck’s HVAC system using your hands. So it’s best to attack them using compressed air from a portable air compressor. Doing so can improve the quality of the air that circulates inside your truck when the windows are up. It can also minimize unpleasant smells that may be lingering because of must or mold inside the vehicle.
Gear up for springtime.
While you’re getting your truck back in enviable condition, check out its mirrors and windows for any signs of damage. Give the truck bed a thorough examination as well to ensure it’s equipped for what lies ahead. Whether it be hauling tools, toys or what have you. You’ll also want to check out your wipers and make sure they’re in condition to combat those spring rains.
Spring is all about starting anew, and a solid detailing job can make your truck look, smell and feel fresh. Doing it yourself can result in considerable savings. So why pay someone else to do what you can easily do on your own?
Since you’re in the cleaning mode, check out this article on exterior truck maintenance.