Spring is in the air and with it, that pesky yellow powder is popping up as far as the eye can see. That’s right folks, it’s pollen season. Whether it sends you into a sneezing fit or you’re just tired of it turning your fingertips yellow, no one wants to deal with it on their stuff. That’s why the experts at Global Mobile Detailing have a few tips to help you keep your vehicle pollen-free this Spring.
Don’t Let It Sit
Like any organic compound left on the surface of your vehicle, pollen will eventually corrode the paint. Ideally, your car or truck should be washed every few days or at least every week during pollen season to keep your vehicle’s paint looking fresh.
Wipe Down & Vacuum the Interior
Let’s start inside the vehicle and work our way out. Wipe the dashboard, center console, and other hard surfaces with a microfiber towel and your preferred detailing spray. Next use a vacuum to pick up any pollen particles from the seats, carpet, and hard-to-reach areas. If you’re highly sensitive to allergens, then once your vehicle is cleaned you may want to consider driving with your windows up to keep pollen from reentering the vehicle.
Give It a Good Wash
Once you’ve cleaned the interior, it’s time to move to the exterior. Start by giving the vehicle a good rinse to remove the pollen and any loose debris. Start from the top of the vehicle and rinse one panel at a time. Make sure to thoroughly rinse hard-to-reach areas like the truck bed and roof racks. It’s a good idea to do this step by hand since automatic car washes tend to miss those areas and can cause scratching on your vehicle.
Follow with a denominate wash to remove any additional allergens and contaminates, again starting from the top of the vehicle and working your way down one panel at a time. Thoroughly dry the vehicle with a microfiber towel to avoid water spotting.
Add a Protective Layer
Once the vehicle has been washed and dried, it’s a good idea to add a layer of protection. Polymer sealants provide an effective barrier against pollen but should be applied at least 2-3 times per year for maximum protection.
A ceramic coating would also be a great option for pollen season as it creates a hard, hydrophobic surface that actually bonds to your vehicle’s paint. Not only will it help protect your vehicle, but the coating's hydrophobic nature makes it easy to slide right off the vehicle.
Don’t forget to check your air filters!
Still feeling sneezy after a good wash? Don’t forget to check your cabin’s air filter! It filters the air entering your vehicle from the ac and heating system, bringing particles of dust and pollen along for the ride. These particles are caught in the filter, so it needs to be replaced every 15,000 miles to ensure that it functions properly.
Whether you’re just sick of looking at it or it’s actually making you sick, we hope that you picked up a few tricks for keeping your ride pollen-free this Spring! Don’t have the time to get it done? We can help! Click the “Book Now” button at the top of the page to schedule your visit from Global Mobile Detailing!