How to clean your car
Just spraying your car with water isn’t enough. If you want to make your car look brand new, read the following guide:
Car Cleaning: The Exteriors
- Car washing soap
- Large, non-damaging sponge
- 2 buckets
- Microfiber drying towel
First, Get your car ready for a wash! 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 that as well.
Fill one of the buckets with water and car-washing soap; follow the instructions on the label. Do not use washing liquid, since it can dry out the rubber car fittings and cut through the polish. Next, fill the other bucket with just water.
Soak the sponge in the soapy bucket and wash the car. This is done by making large circles (don’t scrub). Ensure you 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.
Use a hose or a new bucket of plain water to rinse off any leftover soap. Tip: to avoid dried water spots, ensure you follow this step before the soap dries!
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.
Optionally, you could apply wax or special polish for some extra shine and protection. Read the product instructions carefully.
Car Cleaning: The Interiors
- Broom, rag, and beating stick
- Good quality towel that doesn’t leave fibres 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
Clean the car by removing any rubbish. Take the floor mats out and dust them separately.
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.
Using the car cleaning wipes or a damp towel, clean the dashboard, music player, steering wheel, and gear stick.
Clean the windows by spraying some glass cleaner or a vinegar solution, and ensure you read the instructions before use. (Make sure that the product is suitable for tinted windows). After that, use a cloth or tissue to polish and clean the glass once again.
Replace the mats after dusting them. After that, add an optional air freshener to make your car feel like new! So now that you know how to clean your car’s interior like a pro, you can make sure it sparkles every morning by sharing these tips and instructions with your car cleaner.
- Be well prepared! Have plenty of sponges, buckets, cloths and car-washing soap to avoid any annoyance later on
- Do not use any rough products on your car exterior, since this could damage the paintwork
- Always wash the wheels last, since these are usually the dirtiest part of the car