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What Does Pollen Do to Your Car?

posted 22 April, 2019 by Jackson Balling
Car Care
Recently, we had a customer inquire about the importance of a car detail during pollen season. When you experience a #pollengeddon like we’ve seen in North Carolina this year, it may seem like a fruitless endeavor to even bother dealing with it, unless you have allergies and need to avoid pollen at all costs. 
Whether or not you deal with springtime allergies, there are a number of other effects that pollen can have on your car that might not cross your mind.

Breaking Down Pollen Damage

Beyond being notorious for getting on your clothing, the pollen that sticks to your car is commonly from ragweed or trees. These sources have spiny, microscopic hooks to cling to surfaces and promote pollination. While it’s good for Mother Nature, it’s not so good for your car. An understated aspect of pollen is the acidity that can stain and corrode your car’s clear coat of paint, especially when activated by water.
While it’s easier to ignore the pollen and rely on spring rains to keep your car clean, doing so means that you’re causing more lasting damage and potentially lowering your resale value.

Convenient Solutions for Long Term Protection

The easiest option for dealing with pollen buildup on your vehicle is a quality wash, not just a rinse with a hose or spring rain. By using automotive soap with a cleaning mitt, you can ensure that every inch of your car is cleaned before rinsing and hand drying with a microfiber towel. If you’re interested in adding an additional layer to your clear coat for protection, then applying car wax after your car is dry can help defend from pollen that will inevitably return to cover it again.
The best solution available is the Spiffy Diamond Plate® Detail service, which is a nano ceramic coating that adds an additional layer on top of your clear coat and lasts for two years.

Don’t Ignore Your Cabin!

Of course, pollen doesn’t just impact your car’s exterior; it can be invasive at times and fight to get inside of your car’s cabin. Opting for interior cleaning can address any pollen that manages to get on your seats or dashboard, but the biggest area to consider is your cabin air filter. This part of your car’s venting system captures pollen, dust, and other pollutants from getting into your cabin, but can become clogged if not replaced on a routine basis.
It’s recommended to change your cabin air filter after 12 months or 12,000 miles, but installation varies by model and can often be complicated. By having your cabin air filter changed, you and your passengers can enjoy fresher air with every drive!
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Written by Jackson Balling

As Spiffy's Content Marketing Specialist, Jackson produces our written content as well as the Vehicle 2.0 Podcast with Scot Wingo. As the lone Buffalo, NY native in the office, his woes as a sports fan are well-documented.