Sloughing Off Spring Pollen

Allergy sufferers aren’t the only ones who wince when spring pollen tumbles from trees and flowers. Everyone across the state of Georgia has a coat of bright, yellow dust on their vehicles. Many people consider pollen no more than a yearly inconvenience, but, when left unchecked, pollen can seriously damage the worth of your car. Learn how to avoid permanent damage to your car by washing away the pollen, inside and out.

Wash Pollen Off Your Car’s Exterior

car covered in pollenCleaning spring pollen off car paint prevents permanent damage to your finish. Simply waiting for the next rainfall won’t help; it may clear away the visible signs of this annual blight on shiny cars, but the contaminates still work beneath the surface to damage your vehicle. To fully remove pollen from your car’s paint, wash your car. Make certain to clean door jams, hidden areas around the hood, and your car’s wheels. When you’re finished, apply a fresh coat of wax to protect your vehicle from further damage.

Cleaning Your Car’s Interior in Spring

Pollen isn’t just a problem for car exteriors. If you get pollen in your car’s interior, you may see the stains for years to come. Fix the problem right when it happens with these tips for cleaning pollen off of carpet:

  • Vacuum first. Use a powerful setting and avoid digging with the hose, which grinds pollen dust into the carpet.
  • Lift away any stubborn loose granules by pressing tape into the stain and gently lifting them away.
  • Using an old cloth, gently blot a small amount of rubbing alcohol into the carpet. Contain the stain by blotting from the outside in.
  • For stubborn stains, clean with a small amount of shaving cream and an old toothbrush.
  • After the stain is gone, rinse the carpet with clean water and blot dry.

Don’t want to deal with this year’s pollen crisis? Stop by Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail for a thorough, inexpensive auto wash and spring wax.

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