Give a healthy glow to your car by cleaning it from time to time. It helps remove the layer of dirt and grime accumulated on the car’s surface, along with stains that can later cause discoloration and hence ruin your car’s beauty.
Bathing your car, however, may not be your favorite hobby, especially if you are not a car enthusiast. Yet, you need not spend your money unnecessarily on a car wash.
Here are some basic steps required for car cleaning to make the task seem more organized and less burdensome.
How to Clean a Car
Steps for Cleaning
- Park your car in a shady area, away from direct sunlight; it shall help prevent splotches on the paint that are caused by quick drying.
- Rinse the car with a hose and clean water to get rid of loose dirt and grime. Do not use a strong jet, though.
- Start the cleaning by washing the wheels and tires so that the dirt splashed on the surrounding car exterior can be cleaned when you wash the body.
Clean the openings of the wheels with a long wheel brush or simply a soft bristle brush. Plus, use a non-acid based tire and wheel cleaner to remove brake dust that can become corrosive over a period of time.
Choose the cleaner depending on the type of wheels your car has. Clean one set of tires and wheels at a time.
- Scrub the rubber tires with a plastic or a stiffer brush.
- Rinse the bottom of the car with a spray nozzle. As it is difficult to get to this area, try to clean it from different angles.
- After cleaning all the wheels and tires, wipe down the exterior of the car with a cleaning cloth soaked in soapy water. Work at a small section at a time, starting from the top. To ensure proper cleaning and protect the paint while cleaning, choose a soft, plush cleaning mitt or sponge with a deep nap.
Microfiber mitts and Micro-Chenille wash mitts are usually considered good in this regard. Make sure you rinse the cleaning cloth or mitt with water after doing each section.
- Clean the glass windows with a commercial glass cleaner or an inexpensive homemade glass cleaner prepared by mixing white vinegar and warm water.
Furthermore, you can clean with a mixture of three tablespoons of baby shampoo and 32 ounces of water. White vinegar can also be used to clean the wiper blades. Buff the glass with a microfiber cloth
- Next, rinse the car again with the hose and water to clean the car. Do not aim the jet upwards or else the water is likely to seep in the interior.
- Dry your car with a clean, lint-free cloth or towel to prevent water spots.
- Clean the car interior, vacuum the seats, carpet, and the floor to suck up all the dirt.
- Wipe the steering wheel, dashboard, etc. with a damp cloth.
- To clean and maintain the leather accessories like the leather seats, shift knob, steering wheel cover, and so on, you can rub a small amount of leather conditioner with aloe.
- Remove debris from the nooks and crevices with a cotton swab.
- Do not wash your car with dish soap as it is likely to strip the wax and polymers off the paint surface. Hence, use a good car wash solution.
- It is best to wash your car on a weekly basis.
- Before cleaning the car exterior, make sure all the windows are closed completely so that the water does not seep inside.
- Start cleaning your car from top to bottom.
- Use a clay bar to get rid of bonded contaminants like tree sap, road rubber, and so on. Plus, you can keep the paint bright and shiny, and remove swirl marks by rubbing a block of paint cleaning clay lubricated with liquid cleaner wax.
- Make sure you remove bird droppings and other pollutants as soon as possible so that they do not settle on the paint.
- Change your car’s cabin air-filter about once a year. Besides, you can remove it and blow the dust out from time to time.