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#JiffyHacks: 10 Quick Tips to Spring Clean Your Car

The harsh cold, icy and salty elements of good ol’ Jack Frost sure can be a pain in the automobile. A good deep clean doesn’t have to mean hours and hours of scrubbing to get your car back into mint condition. For instance, motivation can be sparked from something as simple as just clearing out those coffee cups and half-empty water bottles that notoriously end up rolling under the seat.

Read on for some #JiffyHacks and let’s drive on into spring, rejuvenated and refreshed.

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No matter how diligently you try, your car always seems to be a catchall for trash and unnecessary belongings. Once you have removed all the clutter and junk from your car, prevent it from building up again by using a cereal container as a spill-free trash can.

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Who wants to clean their car windows in the winter? We sure don’t! Now that the warmer weather is upon us, get those windows sparkling by using old newspaper instead of paper towel. You’ll get a streak-free shine while being green and recycling. That’s a win-win!

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Nobody likes to have to re-do things. When detailing your car’s interior, start from the top and work your way down, saving glass cleaning and shampooing for last. As an added little extra, keep your vacuum close to the dusting tool you’re using, as it will help to eliminate that extra debris floating around (which will inevitably land back on your freshly clean surface).

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Getting into the nooks and crannies will provide you with that extra clean, fresh off the lot look. Next time you clean those pesky places such as, the dash vents, power window buttons and gear shifter, try using household items like a Q-tip, sponge-tipped paintbrush, or even a screwdriver with a cloth wrapped around the end.

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The centre console of your car almost seems to double as a catch basin for that hard to remove grit and grime. Help save yourself the headache of getting into this tough cleaning area by placing silicon cupcake liners in your cup holders. May we recommend having two sets, so when one gets grubby just replace and wash the old ones next time your doing dishes.

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It’s a common problem when vacuuming to never feel like you’ve sucked up all of those fine particles, but worry no more! Before you vacuum, give your interior a quick once over with a soft bristled brush. It will help to loosen up that stubborn debris, giving your car a professionally detailed look.

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Want a cheap, inexpensive and readily available deodorizer for your car? Baking soda is a staple item in most households, but we bet you didn’t know that you could use it to deodorize your car as well. Lightly sprinkle your favourite brand of baking soda onto the upholstery and carpets of your car, wait 15 minutes and then vacuum. Now that’s freshness, in a Jiffy.

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Salt stains are any car interiors winter nemesis. You can luckily get rid of minor salt stains on your own with a spray bottle filled with a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water. First, you will want to saturate the stain, but not totally soak it. Next gently buff the area, however you will want to avoid scrubbing, as that will force the salt deeper into the carpet fibres. Once the salt is loosened, dab the area with a clean cloth or paper towel to lift the grim and moisture.

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Shiny hair, shiny car — that’s right, conditioner isn’t limited to your locks! After giving your car a good bath, smooth a mixture of water and conditioner (2:1 ratio) over the exterior with a clean microfiber cloth. Finish it off with a good rinse and towel dry for a sparkling shine.

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Build up of brake dust and road gunk have your rims reminiscing about the days when they were oh so fresh and clean? Have them looking spiffy in a jiffy with a mixture of a half-cup of baking soda, one-tablespoon of dish soap and two cups of warm water. Scrub your rims and tires using a sponge or cloth and then give ’em a good rinse. For more steadfast stains, let the mixture sit for a few minutes prior to cleaning.

DIY isn’t for everyone. Treat your vehicle to its very own spa day at one of our Suds locations!

We hope these quick tips help you spring forward into a crisp, clean car. For more tips on how to #LeaveWinterBehind, be sure to follow us on Twitter at @JiffyLubeON !

Drive in. Drive on.

How To Remove Salt Stains From Your Car

It’s white, it’s everywhere, it’s a tell tale sign of winter and it can leave white stains all over your car. Road salt can cause a lot of wear and tear on the exterior of your car and lead to rust, however, salt also gets inside your car and creates unsightly stains all over your interior. As winter comes to a close the salt that has been spread all over the roads to prevent accidents has now created annoying stains on your car mats. Learn how to to remove salt stains from your car or truck this spring!

DIY Methods to Remove Salt Stains From Your Car

If you are interested in getting a head start on your spring cleaning, a good place to start is to freshen up your car by removing those ugly salt stains on your floor mats! If you prefer a DIY approach below are a number of steps to help you remove salt stains from your car’s floor mats.

Step 1:  Vacuum mats or if they are removable take them out and shake off all the built up debris.

Step 2: Fill a spray bottle with half warm water and half white vinegar. Alternatively liquid dish soap can be mixed with the water instead of vinegar.

Step 3: Spray the parts of your mats and carpet that are stained with salt, followed by firmly pressing a cloth on the wet spot for a few seconds. Lift the cloth and if necessary repeat this step until the stain is gone. Make sure to fold the cloth to a clean or unused section to ensure that it is truly effective.

When cleaning your car mats, make sure you are able to dry them off after using a wet/dry vacuum or by airing them out outside. This will protect you from the possibility of creating mildew under your carpets if they were to remain wet.

More At Home Stain Removing Solutions

Think you might need something a little stronger to get the salt stains out of your car’s interior? There are a number of different store bought sprays that you can purchase and use the same steps above switching out the vinegar and water for the store bought spray. Alternatively, if you have access to a carpet cleaner, the upholstery head will work just as well at removing salt stains from your cars carpets.

Now that the interior of your car is looking fresh, it’s important to take care of what’s under the hood. Head to your local Jiffy Lube and show your car some love by getting some much needed spring maintenance, no appointments necessary!

Why You Should Never 
Go to Jiffy Lube®

You’ve heard a bunch of people praising Jiffy Lube® for its quick and convenient drive-thru vehicle maintenance. But maybe you’re still skeptical.

It turns out there are a ton of reasons why you shouldn’t drive into Jiffy Lube®!

Reason #1: You don’t want your car to run smoothly

You like to take risks. You live for the thrill of seeing if your car will start each morning, or if you will be stranded somewhere because you neglected vehicle maintenance.

Reason #2: You want to spend money on a new car

You want a new car. Who doesn’t love car payments? It’s tough to convince your spouse it’s time to get a new vehicle when your car is working perfectly fine thanks to Jiffy Lube® car maintenance.

Reason #3: You love spending time at the dealership

You enjoy spending time at car dealerships and find the anticipation of waiting weeks for your service appointment exciting. The coffee, the old magazines, the long waits, the forced small talk. What’s not to love?

Reason #4: You want to spend time away from home

The only place you get a break from the boredom or chaos of your household is the peace and quiet of your car. Jiffy Lube® oil changes typically only take 15-30 minutes, and you can drive in whenever it’s convenient for you. This means you’ll need to go home sooner than later.

Reason #5: There are too many convenient locations

You are annoyed at the fact that there’s a Jiffy Lube®  everywhere you go.  Did you know that there are over 60 Jiffy Lube® locations in Ontario?

Reason #6: They have too many money-saving coupons

Jiffy Lube® regularly distributes money-saving coupons and runs promotional offers, so who knows how much you’ll save servicing your vehicle there.

Reason #7: You don’t want to win monthly cash prizes

You hate having chances to win. By being a Jiffy Lube® Advantage Member, you are automatically entered into a monthly cash draw. Enough already!

Reason #8: You don’t value safe, touchless service

You crave physical touch and closeness during COVID-19. We’re talking firm handshakes and close talking. Jiffy Lube® offers a touchless experience and their technicians are way too focused on preventing the transfer of viruses and germs. Where’s the fun in that? You were hoping to call in sick for work.

Reason #9: You don’t want to spend time doing fun things you truly enjoy

You have too much time on your hands. You have nothing to do but pursue hobbies and leisure activities. Frankly, it’s getting old and quick oil changes certainly won’t help.

Reason #10: You want to wait weeks for an appointment

Booking appointments brings you joy. When you look at your calendar, you like it to be stacked like bricks. Appointments give you something to look forward to, and you like it when businesses tell you when they can squeeze you in for routine oil changes. Jiffy Lube® is always appointment-free, so there goes that fun!  

Reason #11: You’re already an expert on car maintenance

You—or your partner—consider yourself to be an expert in car maintenance. You’ve heard rumours that Jiffy Lube® technicians try to educate customers to make more informed choices about their vehicle. Forget that! No one knows better than you. Protect your ego and stay away.

Reason #12: You want to get your hands dirty

You love getting your hands dirty—literally. That’s why you take care of your own oil changes. Nothing beats disposing of old oil and spending an hour at the sink scrubbing grease, oil, and ingrained dirt from your hands and from under your fingernails. Plain soap and water don’t work very well, but you’ve got lots of industrial cleaner on hand that dries out your skin.

And there you have it: 12 solid reasons why you shouldn’t go to Jiffy Lube®. Consider yourself warned! If you choose to drive in and have a quick and friendly experience despite these warnings, don’t say we didn’t tell you so. ;)