There is a lot involved when it comes to maintaining the various parts and systems of your car. Luckily, there is something you can do yourself to maintain your car without going to the service department or body shop: cleaning it!
Firstly, there is washing your car. Sure, you’ve probably done it hundreds of times, but here are some tried and true tips to help you get a shiny and squeaky clean exterior:
- Wash your car in the shade or a cool area to avoid spotting
- Wash section by section, rinsing each section as you go. Start with the roof, then the hood, rear, and upper sections. Finish with the lower sections.
- Make sure the soap and water you are using remain clean.
- Rinse, rinse, and rinse some more!
- Dry immediately. Wax if desired.
And now for the inside. Remember that bag of chips you carelessly tossed in the back seat a few weeks back? Well, now those crumbs are embedded in the floor mats and under the seats, meaning it’s time for a thorough cleaning! Here are some pointers:
- Use a toothbrush to clean small crevices and channels; use a paint brush to clean hard to reach and deep areas.
- When vacuuming floor mats, use a scrub brush to gently lift dirt and debris. Vacuum it as you go.
- Use a plastic cleaner for the instrument cluster to avoid scratches and scuffs.
- Don’t forget the seat belts, steering wheel, door handles, and shift knob! These are the things that are touched the most and are probably the dirtiest.
- Seat belts can be cleaned with watered-down laundry detergent.
- Clean windows inside and out to keep them crystal clear.
So now that you have all of these great car cleaning tips, head outside and start scrubbing your vehicle! It will look shiny and new in no time.