How to Wash a Car
When it comes to washing your car, don’t just settle for a quick spray with the water hose. If you want to know how to car wash like a pro, read on for our useful car washing tips.
How to Clean a Car Exterior
What you’ll need:
- Car washing soap
- Large non-abrasive sponge
- 2 buckets
- Chamois leather or microfiber drying towel
- First, prep your car. Don’t forget to fully close the windows and doors (the last thing you want are soggy seats!) and hose or rinse off any dust or clumps of dirt. Lift up the wipers so you’ll be able to clean underneath.
- Fill one of the buckets with warm water and add car-washing soap according to the label’s instructions. Avoid using washing up liquid, as it can dry out rubber car fittings and cut through wax polish. Fill the second bucket with warm water.
- Thoroughly soak the sponge in the soapy bucket and start applying the solution to the car. Use large circular motions (don’t scrub) and start from the top of the vehicle and work your way down. Save the wheels until last, as these are usually the dirtiest part of the car. Use the bucket of plain water to rinse dirt off your sponge between applications.
- Use a hose or a fresh bucket of clean water to rinse off any bubbles and soap residue (pro car washing tip: don’t allow the soap to dry, otherwise you’ll get streaks).
- Starting from the roof down, use the chamois leather to buff the car dry. Again, use a circular movement to prevent streaks and develop a high shine.
- When your car is clean and dry, you can also apply a wax or specialized polish for extra shine and protection. For best results, always follow the product instructions.