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How to clean car interior and exterior

Do you want that brand-new shine for your car, without the high price tag? Follow our simple car wash tips to make sure that your car looks brand new!

Key Steps

  1. Be well prepared! Have plenty of sponges, buckets, cloths and car-washing soap to avoid any annoyance later on.
  2. Do not use any rough products on your car exterior, since this could damage the paintwork.
  3. Always wash the wheels last, since these are usually the dirtiest part of the car.

How to clean your car

Just spraying your car with water isn’t enough. If you want to know how to wash a car properly, read our following car wash tips.

How to clean a car exterior

What you will need:

  • Car washing soap
  • Large, non-damaging sponge
  • 2 buckets
  • Microfiber drying towel.
  1. First, it is time to make the car wash-ready. Close the windows and doors, and rinse off any dust or dirt. Don’t forget to lift the windscreen wipers so you’ll be able to clean under there as well!
  2. Fill one of the buckets with water and car-washing soap, following the label’s instructions. Do not use washing up liquid, since it can dry out rubber car fittings and cut through was polish. Next, fill the other bucket with just water.
  3. Soak the sponge in the soapy bucket and wash the car. This is done by making large circles (don’t scrub). Be sure to work from top to bottom! As mentioned earlier, leave the wheels for last, since these are usually the dirtiest part of your car. When your sponge gets dirty, rinse it in the bucket with plain water.
  4. Use a hose or a new bucket of plain water to rinse off any leftover soap. Tip: to avoid dried water spots, be sure to do this before the soap dries!
  5. From the top to the bottom, use a microfiber cloth to dry the car. Again, make circles to avoid streaks and your car will shine bright.
  6. Optionally, you could apply a wax or special polish for some extra shine and protection. Read the product instructions carefully.

How to clean car interior

What you will need:

  • Broom, rag, and beating stick
  • Good quality towel that doesn’t leave fibers and tiny threads.
  • Car cleaning spray or wipes
  • Glass cleaner. Alternatively, a solution of 1 part white vinegar and 2 parts of water could be used.
  1. Clean the car by removing any rubbish. Take the floor mats out and dust them separately.
  2. Next, if you have a car vacuum cleaner, go ahead and use that to remove dirt and dust from all nooks and crevices, including carpeted areas and roof corners. You could also simply use brushes for carpets and microfiber towels for seats and other hard surfaces.
  3. Using the car cleaning wipes or a damp towel, clean the dashboard, music player, steering wheel, and gear stick.
  4. Clean the windows by spraying glass cleaner or a vinegar solution on them, and be sure to read the instructions before use. (Make sure that the product is suitable if you have tinted windows). After that, use a cloth or tissue to polish and clean the glass once more.
  5. Replace the mats after dusting them. After that, and an optional air freshener, your car will be like new, ready to go for a drive! So now that you know how to clean car interior like a pro, you can make sure it is sparkling every morning by sharing these tips and instructions with your car cleaner.

Top Tip


Make sure to wash your car in the shade rather than the sunglight – this prevents the exterior from drying up and showing streaks of dried water all over the car.