For most of us, our car is an extension of ourselves. So why not learn how to keep your car in pristine condition. Cleaning your car and keeping it clean is all in the details. Ever wonder why getting your car really clean is called ‘detailing’? That’s because it’s more than just cleaning, it’s all about paying attention to the finer details.
The best place to start cleaning is inside the vehicle. This prevents dust from spreading onto the clean exterior if this area was washed first. Find a nice shaded area in which to work.
What you need
You will need:
- Hose [use one with an adjustable nozzle if possible]
- Two buckets of water
- Car shampoo or detergent
- Brush and scoop
- Small brush for hard to reach places (an old toothbrush will do)
- Can of compressed air
Cleaning the Interior
- Remove all floor mats and other objects from inside the car. This includes the glove compartment
- Wash the mats
- Sweep out the interior of the vehicle with the brush. Use the scoop to collect the dirt and debris
- Next, use the small brush to dust areas that you cannot reach with the vacuum or broom.
- Use the vacuum to get to everything else, especially carpets
- A can of compressed air is handy to blow dust from crevices
- Vacuum under the seats as well, it’s an area often overlooked when cleaning your car.
- Clean hard surfaces with a damp clean cloth
- Next tackle the trunk, remove garbage and dispose of it.
- Vacuum thoroughly
- Replace items that are needed
Now that you are finished with the interior of your car, it’s time to clean the exterior.
Cleaning the Exterior
- Turn on the pipe and let loose with the spray nozzle; rinsing the car will loosen dirt. Rinse from top to bottom.
- Now get one bucket and mix a solution of soap water, the other bucket should contain clean water. The second bucket with the clean water is to be used to rinse out the dirty sponge as you wash the car.
- Start washing from the top of the vehicle. After giving one area a thorough cleaning, wash out the sponge in the clean water. You may need to change the water when it gets too dirty.
- Rinse the vehicle with the hose before moving on to the wheels
- Wash the wheels last
- Dry off your car with clean rags
- Dry your windshield and other glass areas with a rag and finish off with newspaper. This will ensure no residue is left behind.
- Your car is now ready to be waxed and polished. Apply wax, then polish the body of the vehicle.
Cleaning your car protects it against contaminants such as cigarette smoke, dirt and other unseen pollutants that your vehicle picks up on a daily basis. Maintain your car by cleaning it at least once per week.