Everyone dislikes the idea of cleaning the car inside and out, however it has to be done. You wouldn’t live in a dirty house so why a dirty car! If you hate it that much why not get all of the family involved, or better still use it as a pocket money earner for the older kids. You could even give them a copy of this guide to make life simpler. They can use it as a checklist and it ensures that no area is overlooked!
Exterior Car Cleaning Tips
When washing a car make sure you work from the top to the bottom, that way you avoid having to clean areas more than once.
It is a good idea to rinse your car with the hose to remove any excess debris before you start. You could otherwise work grit into your paintwork with the sponge if you’re not careful.
Definitely start with the cars body work and leave the wheels until last. The wheels are the dirtiest so there would be the potential to spread the dirt to the bodywork! REMEMBER to clean the inside of the door openings and sills.
Be sure to use a car shampoo. You could use regular washing up liquid however this won’t protect the paintwork like a car shampoo is designed to do. There may be chemicals present in the washing up liquid too that could have the potential to damage your paintwork. Some of the car shampoos on the market nowadays contain a wax, which means one less thing to do later on.
You can use any soft cloth or sponge to clean a car, however a microfiber cloth is the best as it picks up more dirt as you go along, and leaves a smoother finish after cleaning.
Make sure you rinse the shampoo off after giving your car a good clean.
The option to wax your car is entirely up to you. You do not have to do it every time you clean the car but once every now and then will give it an extra level of protection. If you use a car shampoo that contains wax then you do not need to do this.
If you wanted to go that extra step and really get a shiny showroom looking finish then use a shammy leather to collect the excess water residue.
TIP – to save some time why not wash the car mats whilst you are washing the car. That way they will be dry and ready to pop back in after you have cleaned the interior.
Interior Car Cleaning Tips
So the car exterior is looking mighty clean however the interior is now letting the side down. Here is a little checklist of what to focus on when cleaning and tidying up the inside of the car.
First things first get rid of all rubbish that has accumulated in the car. This includes door holds, arm rests, back of the seats, under the seats and the boot.
Wet dust (wipe down) the dashboard, buttons, knobs, doors and back of the seats.
TIP – Dare I say it, and I’ll probably get slated for this however baby wipes do a great job of cleaning these surfaces!
The next thing I would focus on is cleaning the windows. You can use regular window cleaner with either a good soft cloth or kitchen tissue.
If you have children be sure to take the car seats out when cleaning as dust and muck can accumulate behind these items. If the seats themselves are particularly dirty either wipe them down, or strip them and put them on a quick wash.
Last but not least vacuum the entire car (not forgetting the boot). Every last inch the nozzle can reach!
Pop the mats back in and you are good to go!
TIP – To top it all off, add that final touch by treating the car to a ‘new car’ smell air freshener – nothing beats it!
If you feel like after all this you still have some spare time why not follow with the basic car maintenance checks, click here.