How to keep your car cleanMay 18, 2020
How to keep your car clean
If you care about your car as much as most people do, you’ll want to take care of it. Here are some cleaning tips to keep your car in good clean.
Keep the outside clean
Washing the outside of your car regularly ensures its longevity. Cleanness protects your car against dirt, salt, and other contaminants picked up from the road every day. Wash your car once a week and follow the guidelines below when you’re ready to suds up:
Wash your car in a shady spot or on a cloudy day
If it’s sunny when you’re washing your car, the water will evaporate too fast and could leave spots.
Start with the wheels, and wash them properly
Prepare a lot of soapy water and a scrub brush to scour the wheel and rubber tire to remove deep-down dirt. Wash, then use a sponge or washcloth to do a follow-up cleaning. Take care of your wheels and tires – they’re an essential part of your car and are subject to the corroding effects of brake dust.
Use suds specifically made for washing a car
When you use a car wash shampoo or soap, you’ll know it’s made for a car. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the correct shampoo to water ratio.
Use something soft to wash the body
You can use a natural sea sponge, cotton chenille pad, or sheepskin mitt. These materials have a large number of fine filaments that clean the dirt and grime.
Wash from the top down
Use a final splash of free-flowing water (nozzle off the hose) to allow the water to sheet off the car.
Try polishing dry glass with crumpled newspaper
Unlike paper towels, newsprint does not leave lint behind, and the ink acts as a polish on an already dry object.
Keep the inside clean
Keeping the outside clean is only half of the job. The inside is threatened by many contaminants that can contaminate your car’s interior including cigarette smoke, paper refuse, and crumbs that your feet drag in from outside. Here are a few things to do to keep your car’s interior clean:
Vacuum wherever you can
Vacuum the floors, fabric upholstery, mats and under the seats. Use a narrow hose-end attachment to get into narrow crevices – where dirt and crumbs are. Use soapy water to scrub, and rinse rubber mats, but make sure they’re dry before you put them back in.
Wipe down hard, non-glass surfaces
Use a damp cloth to clean areas such as the dashboard, center console, steering wheel, column, and the inside of doors.
Wipe leather surfaces with a clean, damp towel
Clean the inside of the glass
Use a clean, dry paper towel and non-ammonia glass cleaner to remove any dirt. When your glass is dry, polish it with a crumpled newspaper.
Wax and polish go a long way
A regular application of wax is the best way to protect your car. Rain, snow, road salt, pollution and the inevitable poo can all compromise your car. Here are a few tips to ensure that your car looks great every time you wax:
Thoroughly wash your car’s exterior, as described
Use a pre-wax cleaner
A pre-wax cleaner will remove taints such as tar, water spots and insect remains. It also may clean the paint and remove the remains of your previous coat of wax. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Apply the wax to one body panel at a time with a damp cloth or manufacturer-supplied applicator
If you’re just looking for a nice appearance and good protection, synthetic waxes, that are easily applied and very durable, will do the work. Follow the manufacturer’s guides on how to apply the wax (i.e., in a circular versus straight motion).
Allow the wax to dry on the body panel, then buff it to a smooth shine
The wax dries in a few minutes, and you can use a soft terry cloth towel to buff the panel.
In most cases, a single coat of wax will make your car look great and ensure it is protected against contaminants
However, for an excellent shine, you can choose to apply a second coat of wax. Allow sufficient time for the wax to cure – usually 12 to 48 hours – between execution.
Wax often to keep your car protected
Natural waxes typically need to be reapplied every six to 10 weeks (depending on the type). Synthetic waxes will last six to nine months.