Sure, you could easily take your car through a car wash to get it cleaned, but with a one-size-fits-all formula and tough washing bristles, you aren’t doing your vehicle any favors. Instead, why not try giving your car a good, old-fashioned car wash at home to ensure your car is properly cared for. We’ve got ten tips to help you get a squeaky-clean car.
Evaluate Your Car
You’ll need to determine exactly how dirty your car is before you break out the soap. Just a layer of grime and dust will need much less severe cleaning products than a vehicle that’s caked with mud and dirt.
Read the Product Label
Before you apply any product to your car, be sure to read the label over first. Not all products will be safe for your paint, clear coat, or other finishes, so take the time and caution to find out which ones are.
Three Bucket Car Wash
Your goal is to remove dirt and contaminants from your car, using three buckets allows you to have one bucket for clean, soapy water, another for rinsing your wash mitt, and a third just for cleansing the wheels.
Wash Your Car
Start by giving your vehicle a thorough rinse to remove loose contaminants, then use a soap specially designed for car washing.
Prepare the Surface
After washing, it’s time to treat deep-seated blemishes. Use a clay bar to remove stubborn spots.
Polish for Extra Gloss
After you’ve washed and prepared the surface, you can polish your car for extra shine. This step is optional, and can be done with a hand or electric polisher.
Wax to Protect
Wax doesn’t just help with shine, it also adds protection to the paint to help prevent fading from UV rays.
Wash the Windows
Once again, you’ll want to make sure that you’re using a cleaner specifically designed for car windows. Put in some elbow grease and watch those babies shine!
Wash the Wheels
You’ll wash the wheels last in this process. Make sure to use a cleaning product designed for the type of wheels you have.
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Maintenance Between Washes
To make your hard work last longer, keep a spray detailer and a clean microfiber cloth in your vehicle for touch-ups between full washes.
Now that you know how to give yourself a Grade A wash at home, go on and give it a try as this weekend’s DIY project. Happy washing!
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