Celebrating Earth Days: Going Green

Earth Day was officially established in 1970, and it occurs every year on April 22nd. It is celebrated in more than 193 countries – making it one of the most popular holidays – and many are sure to do a little something extra to give back to Mother Nature. Read on to learn more about celebrating Earth Day.

According to inhabitat, one of the best things you can do to help the environment is carpool or drive during non-busy hours. Ride sharing is a great way to reduce the number of cars on the road, which eliminates the possibility of gridlock and therefore lowers emissions. Driving during non-peak times to avoid rush hour is also a way to avoid getting stuck in traffic, which is also a major source of pollution.

Next, take some time to recycle e-waste. This refers to old cell phones, computers, and other electronic devices that may be cluttering up your closet or garage. Many electronics have small amounts of precious metals and other rare materials that can easily be recycled for future parts. Work with neighbors and friends to collect as much e-waste as possible, and locate your nearest depository and recycling facility.

Finally, plant a garden this spring! Gardens are a great way to get fresh produce and they also reduce the demand on agriculture and transportation. You don’t have to have acres to make a difference, just start with herbs and easy-to-grow vegetables. You may even save some money by growing the basics in your back yard or on your windowsill. At Tom Naquin, we can’t wait to celebrate Earth Day!

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Car

Now that the snow is finally starting to melt away, it’s time for traditional spring cleaning. What better time to clean than when nature itself is creating its own fresh start? This year, make spring cleaning about more than just your household. Follow these spring cleaning tips for your car to give your vehicle a like-new makeover.

Get Into the Tiny Spaces

Anything worth doing is worth doing right, which is why you shouldn’t neglect the nooks and crannies; all you need to reach them are the right tools. Use a foam paint brush from a craft store to dust between vents, and then wrap a rag around a screw driver to scrub and scrape away dirt in tiny spaces.

Gain a New Perspective

Your windshield probably doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it deserves, especially since it’s responsible for your clear, safe vision when driving. Give it a wipe down with some glass cleaner, and then top that off with Rain-X. Replace your blades, or if they don’t need it quite yet, wipe them down with rubbing alcohol for streak-free wipers.

Pressure Wash

Road salt from winter can cake onto your car and cause corrosion or rust. Visit a car wash with a pressure washer and spray the underbody of your car well. This step will help your car look great while moving into spring.

 

If you need any help with your spring cleaning or have any questions about maintaining your vehicle, feel free to contact us at Tom Naquin Hub!

Spring Car Care: Tips and Tools

Spring cleaning isn’t just for your house. You can take care of your vehicle this spring, removing winter sludge and adding a new shine for the sunnier days. Below are some of the top spring car care tips to keep in mind.

According to Autotrader, you should start with a wash and wax. Be sure to rinse off any dust or particles before washing with a sponge, as grit can scratch paint. You should also clean the undercarriage, as most of the salt and grime from winter months can accumulate there and do damage by causing rust.

Next, clean the inside. Start by getting rid of any trash that’s accumulated over the winter months so you can vacuum more easily, cleaning dirty mats outside of the car. If possible, use a pressure washer to get the mats as clean as possible. Many also scrub the carpet and upholstery using automotive cleaner.

For the final details, wash the windows using a vinegar and water solution or a basic ammonia-based solution you might use around the house. A clean windshield makes it more difficult for fog to accumulate, which will improve visibility. Many detailers also use clean newspaper to wipe off smudges as well.

These are just some of the many tips to keep in mind. You may also want to get new tires, an oil change, and new wipers. For any spring maintenance needs, stop by Tom Naquin today.