We have been lucky here in Northern Virginia; spring came a bit early for us this year. After a few really rough and long winters, we deserve it. Spring is the time when many people plan to do some cleaning. This time of year is also a great time to get your car cleaned and detailed. I recommend that your car be detailed once in the fall, in preparation for the winter, and once in the spring to prepare for the summer weather. If you follow this schedule, your car will look great for many years to come. Spring is a great time to have your car detailed for several reasons. In this area during winter, the roads are treated with excessive amounts of salt brine. Road salt is corrosive to the surfaces on your car and should be removed as soon as possible. Having your car detailed in the spring will remove any residual salt from the interior and exterior of your car. The detail process will also leave your car’s paint protected. This is very important going into the summer months. The sun is much stronger during the summer, which can fade your car’s paint if it is not properly protected. Interior vinyl, plastic, and leather should also be protected from the sun’s rays. Spring and summer also bombard your car with pollen, bugs, and bird droppings. All of these substances can damage your car’s surfaces and should be removed as soon as possible. If your car is detailed and the paint is protected, these substances will have a less damaging effect and will be easier to remove. The above mentioned benefits are in addition to the fact that your car will look awesome for those summer cruises!