Clean Your Car Like an Expert

So you want your car to look like new, but don’t feel like shelling out big bucks to an expert to get it done. And why should you? By following these tips you will learn how to clean your car and maintain the cleanliness, resulting in less time and money spent by you.

Starting out
There are a few supplies you will want to invest in if you do not have them on your shelves already. You will need a source of water, a soft and dirt free cloth (or sponge) and car wash soap for the exterior. This soap can be found at most hardware stores, online or even in some grocery stores. Shop around to find a soap that fits the needs of you and your car. Make sure you do not use dishwashing soap; a mistake many car owners make that could damage the paint job of your vehicle. When you are ready to begin cleaning the outside of your car, park your car in a shady area to prevent it from drying too fast, leaving streaks and residue. And when you are ready, the cleaning of the interior will require a vacuum with attachments (preferably a shop vacuum), a cloth and upholstery cleaner.

The exterior
The first thing you will want to do is wet your entire car from top to bottom. When you begin washing you will want to focus on one section at a time. Most experts recommend starting at the top and working your way to the bottom, although there is no proven method to a better wash. Get your cloth wet and soapy and gently rub the surface of your car to loosen any dirt particles. When you are done with that section, rinse it with water and make sure to wash your cloth to remove any dirt particles before starting on the next section. After cleaning the final section, give the car one last rinse and dry with a soft cloth. If you are interested in cleaning your wheels, there is a plethora of products out there to choose from. Just make sure you are choosing one that is conducive to the type of wheels on your vehicle. Most wheel cleaners allow you to spray the product and rinse after about a minute. Like wheels cleaner, there are also numerous tire protectants that will give your tires a nice glossy finish.

The interior
The first and most obvious thing you will want to do is to rid your car of any trash. Next you will want to remove any items that may cause an obstruction to your cleaning as well as remove all mats. Begin by vacuuming the inside of your car; slide seats forward to reach under seats. Change the attachment to a soft brush and clean the dashboard, console and doors. Upholstered seats can be vacuumed, and an upholstery cleaning treatment can be used on any tough spots. A leather cleaner can be used to wipe down leather seats and steering wheels. Finish cleaning the dashboard and console by wiping with a moist cloth. Vacuum your car mats, using the upholstery cleaner to remove any spots and place them back in the car. Use a window cleaner to wash the inside and outside car windows.

By cleaning your vehicle in-depth using these tips, you will be able to cut down on the amount of time spent on upcoming washes. From then on, you can do a quick wash every week to maintain the upkeep of your car. And not only will you be satisfied with the presentation of your car, you will help preserve your cars value for years to come.