10 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Vehicle

Cleaning your vehicle

It won’t be long before you’ll hear the hum of shop vacs throughout your neighborhood as soon as you step outside.   It’s always a sure sign of spring when Northerners emerge from their homes to clean their vehicles after a long, cold winter. If you live in an area like Minnesota, where salt and sand is used to temper the icy roads, then your vehicle (and your paint job) is screaming to be freed from the grime.

10 Practical Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Vehicle

  1. Roll the garbage close. Don’t try to carry all those McDonald’s wrappers and pop cans to the garbage can. Bring it to you to save time.
  2. Have a container ready for items that need to removed from your vehicle and delivered to your house or garage. You know those items we’re talking about; the ones that make you smile and wonder why they are like one sock, a measuring cup from the kitchen, and a paint tray from the garage. Laundry baskets work great for sorting and carrying this items to their rightful place.
  3. Multiple rags. You vehicle is dirty, and it took months to get that way. Don’t expect one rag to do the trick. Bring a stack with you.
  4. A bucket of water to soak your beverage holders and any other removable, but highly sticky item that needs liberating. A simple bucket of warm water with a little dish soap will do wonders for removing pop and food.
  5. An empty shop-vac with a small nozzle. You will want to vacuum out all those fries and skittles between the seats. Use an extra long extension cord so you can move the vacuum with you. If you don’t own a shop vac, it is an excellent investment. Otherwise, plan to use a vacuum at your local car wash.
  6. Use paper towels or coffee filters to clean the windows. If your vehicle is super-dirty, you’ll need to clean it several times to avoid streaks. Don’t wash your windows in extreme sun/heat or they can get streaked. Also, a Windex or a simple vinegar and filtered water mix works best. Hard water from your well may leave spots too.
  7. To remove crayon or pen marks from vinyl, try hairspray on a soft, dry rag.
  8. To remove the remnants of stickers (such a bad idea in cars) from glass or vinyl, try a bit of baby oil on a QTip. It will take some elbow grease too.
  9. To remove a sucker from the carpet, soak a small rag or towel in very hot water. Lay over the sticky mess for a couple minutes and try pulling. Don’t leave too long so that the sucker melts into the carpet.
  10. To freshen the smell or remove mild messes from the vinyl seats, try a baby wet wipe, followed by a dry paper towel.

 

Tire Translation

Foreign languages translation word tireWhile every language is different and there are variations on every word and phrase, here is a list of translations we came up with for the word “tire”.

Tire Translation

Spanish: tire = neumatico

French: tire = pneu

Mandarin: tire = tāi

German: tire = reifen

Italian: tire = pneumatico

Finnish: tire = rengas

Haitian Creole: tire = kawotchou

Japanese: tire = taiya

Organize Your Car in The New Year

Organize Your CarAt the beginning of each new year there seems to be a craze to get things organized. How can you organize your car? People spend a lot of time in their cars commuting, transporting kids to activities and going on road trips. Organization can make your life less hectic.

A good way to start is to give your vehicle a solid cleaning and figure out what you need to keep. Remove unnecessary clutter to get a good start. Then, depending on your lifestyle, you might find a few of the following organization tips helpful.

Car Organization Ideas

  • Glove compartment – How many insurance cards, receipts or other documents do you have floating around? Find a small folder, envelope or portfolio to collect and organize these documents for easy access.
  • Trunk clutter – What is rolling around your trunk? Keep what you need and place it in a small tote. This is a nice way to keep the contents of a survival kit all together in one place too.
  • Center Console – Get small sealable bag(s) or pouch(es) to gather up similar things, such as tissues and hand-sanitizer, to keep them from wandering throughout the vehicle.
  • Kid’s Stuff – Use a shower caddy or over-seat organizer to gather up all the kids supplies. Place books, toys, crayons, mittens and more in a place that is easy for kids to access and put away.
  • Pets – Does your furry companion travel with you? Consider getting a seat cover or using a blanket to cover the seat where they usually sit. Save yourself time cleaning up hair and paw prints.
  • Extra Compartments – Vehicles often have many little compartments built into the vehicle. Are you using them all effectively? Think about it, and make the most of your space.

 

Try a few of these ideas to organize your car. Cleaning your car will get you started. Then find the areas with clutter, that frustrate you. There is a way to organize that will allow better use of the space. Look at this resource for a few more car organization ideas. Visit TireZoo’s Pinterest boards for travel snack ideas, road trip entertainment and other vehicle tips! Start the new year organized!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the TireZoo of Anoka and Bloomington, MN!

Holiday Hours for both Bloomington and Anoka, MN Locations
  • OPEN Friday, December 23, 2016 (regular hours)
  • CLOSED Saturday, December 24, 2016
  • CLOSED Sunday, December 25, 2016
  • OPEN Monday, December 26, 2016 (regular hours)
  • OPEN Saturday, December 31, 2016 (regular hours)
  • CLOSED Sunday, January 1, 2017
  • CLOSED Monday, January 2, 2017
  • OPEN Tuesday, January 3, 2017 (regular hours)

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Is Your Car Ready for Winter?

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Check wiper blades. Your wiper blades need to function during snow storms, as well as periodic warm trends when mud and slush are flying around on the roadways. 

Fill wiper fluid. Good wipers and plenty of washer fluid is essential to safe driving.

Find your ice scraper. Have a sturdy ice scraper and brush in your vehicle to reduce time spent trying to clean off fresh snow and ice.

Change your oil. Not only does motor oil tend to be thicker in colder weather, but who wants to run errands during the coldest of months. Get your oil changed so you don’t have to worry about it for a while.

Check your tire tread. Check over your tires for any damage, check proper inflation, and check the tread. Winter is the time when tires need to be functioning at peek levels. Stop in if we can help you with anything tire related.

Keep a full tank of gas. Hopefully moisture doesn’t find its way into your gas tank, but the best defense is not letting your gas tank get too low during the coldest of weather. When possible, a full tank of gas is best. It’s also safer should you unexpectedly get stuck alongside the road.

Winter survival gear is a must. Get a winter survival kit in your car, along with extra warm clothing for every family member, blankets, and a shovel. Don’t leave home without it.

Here is some more information about driving in Minnesota during the winter from the MN Department of Public Safety.

Happy Thanksgiving

If you need tires before your Thanksgiving holiday drive, hurry over!

The TireZoo in Anoka and Bloomington will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, 2016. Both locations are open regular business hours the day before and after Thanksgiving.
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Anoka Location Closed October 29

Our TireZoo Anoka location will be closed on Saturday Oct 29th for the Anoka Halloween parade, and will reopen for our normal business hours on Monday, October 31st. Our TireZoo Bloomington location will have regular hours on Saturday.

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Labor Day Hours

Both our stores in Anoka and Bloomington will be closing early, at 3pm on Saturday, September 3rd. Our stores will remain closed on Sunday and Monday for the Labor Day Holiday.

You can stop by and see us during our regular hours (9am to 6pm) on Friday, September 2nd and again when we reopen on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

We want to wish our customers and entire TireZoo team a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend.

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Learn more about the history of Labor Day here.

David Esquire’s Happy Customer Video on the Fly

We appreciate David Esquire’s kind words and rockin’ video about our customer service, but even more so we appreciate his business. Our team works hard to help customers quickly, while saving them money and never selling anything they don’t need or want. Stop by today and let us know how we can help!

Happy 4th of July from the TireZoo

We want to wish you a very happy Independence Day! Both locations of the TireZoo in Anoka and Bloomington will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2016 in observance of the holiday. We will reopen regular business hours on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 9am.

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