There’s something to be said for setting off on the right foot. A strong start can dictate the pace of an entire event. And so, as we prepare our summer whips for the driving season that lies ahead with tune-ups, tire changes and like, we’re also looking to start off with a strong aesthetic.

We’re talking, of course, about spring cleaning. Nobody’s favourite thing to do, but hey, when the reward for your efforts is a shiny, like-new and season-ready Lexus, it’s well worth it.

Here are some tips on how to wash your Lexus like it deserves:

1) Use the professionals.

Some cold hard truth for you here: Your Shop-Vac isn’t as good as the pro’s, and, sorry, but neither are you.

Even if you’re a stickler for the details, it’s unlikely that you’re going to get the down-in-every-corner level of clean you’ll get from a professional. So, if you’re looking to start the driving season with a spectacularly clean vehicle, inside and out, consider bringing it in for a detailing appointment.

2) Wash off the salt. All of it.

Another truth bomb: Salt. Eats. Everything. And in Canada, even if you’ve been extra careful, there’s a good chance your car has some on it/under it. Do everything you can—scrape (carefully, obviously), spray, scrub—to get it all off your car before you do anything else. Start with a pressure washer on the underside and be prepared to use elbow grease.

3) Wash and wax in the shade         

If you’re more the DIY type and enjoy the feeling of a wet sponge in your hands, first off, good for you! And second, make sure to park your car in the shade while washing the outside as washing your car in the sun can ruin the finish. Not good.


 4) Declutter

This tip, though obvious, is often needed. Too often. You may think you need or even like all of the trinkets, Kleenex boxes, stickers and empty Tim Hortons cups that have accumulated in the back seat and the trunk, but trust us, you won’t miss them when they’re gone. Fight your inner hoarder and throw out the non-essentials and start the spring fresh.

5) Get the gear

Whether you’re polishing up the exterior, wiping the dash and the electronics inside, or cleaning the carpets inside, the proper tools and materials can make all the difference. (No, Windex does not work for everything.) Consider some auto-specific cleaning wipes, or a trip to a car wash to borrow the powerful vacuum with proper attachments.

For more tips for washing your Lexus, check out this other great post.