Whether you’re trying to save money or water, or just want to give your car some TLC with a great at-home valet service, here’s how to wash your car like a pro.
Firstly, take out all the rubbish, and any items that has accumulated, but which you don’t need. With a car-cleaning wipe or a cloth and some household cleaner, wipe down the dashboard, steering wheel, inside-door pockets, door handles, cup holders, mirror gear and brake lever and indicators. Use an earbud or toothbrush to clean any hard-to-reach places such as knobs and in between switches.
Using a microfibre cloth and window cleaner, clean the inside windows. Take out the floor mats and if they’re plastic, hose them down. Vacuum the indoor from top to bottom - if you have them, make use of different-sized nozzles in order to reach everywhere. Don’t forget to move your seats in order to get underneath them. If you have leather seats, rub them with a cloth and an appropriate leather cleaner. Spray your car with air freshener, or put in an air-freshening product that will last a few weeks.
Rinse the car with a bucket or hose, and work from the top to the bottom. With a car sponge, apply a mixture of car soap and water, and start cleaning. Dip the dirty sponge into a bucket of water to rinse, and then dip it into the soap bucket before repeating the cleaning process. Once the entire car has been washed (don’t forget the windows and tyres), do a final rinse.
Take a good-quality car wax and dab some onto a microfibre cloth or sponge. Apply a thin coat to the car exterior in a small and smooth circular motion. Allow the wax to dry and then buff it with a clean microfibre cloth. Keep polishing until you have a smooth finish.
Some do’s to remember
Sometimes there’s only so much washing and polishing you can do, and you aren’t able to get rid of those tiny scratches. MotorHappy offers a Scratch and Dent Cover that will protect you from those unwanted and inevitable scratches. It will even cover you for minor interior damages. For more information on this scratch and dent cover, click here.
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