How to Wash a Car
When it comes to washing a car, don’t just settle for a quick hose-down. If you want to clean it like a pro, read on for some useful tips, including cleaning car windows.
How to Clean a Car Exterior
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Car wash soap
- A large, non-abrasive sponge
- 2 buckets
- A chamois leather or microfiber drying towel
- Begin by prepping your car. Close all the windows and doors to avoid soggy seats, and hose off any major clumps of dirt. Lift the wipers so you can clean beneath them.
- Fill the first bucket with warm water and add the soap, following the label’s instructions. Don’t use dishwashing liquid because it can dry out the rubber fittings and cut through wax polish. Fill the second bucket with warm water.
- Soak the sponge thoroughly in the soapy bucket and apply the solution all over the car. Without scrubbing, use large circular motions from the top and work your way down. Rinse the sponge in the plain water bucket between applications.
- To rinse off any bubble and soap residue, use a hose or fresh bucket – and here’s the trick to avoiding streaks: don’t allow the soap to dry.
- Beginning from the roof, work your way down with the chamois to buff the car dry. Use a circular motion to prevent streaks and achieve maximum shine.
- Once the car is clean and dry, it’s time to apply a wax or specialised polish for protection and even more shine. Always follow the product instructions for best results.