Driving around is everyone’s favorite hobby or, otherwise, a necessity. And at times, a way to show off your swanky wheels. But the weather, pollution, and time can ruin the looks of your vehicle. A storm, dirty roads, or years of use are any car’s worst enemy. While a quick wipe fixes everything, if not, a car wash; to clean a license plate it takes a bit more effort than that. 

Anything too abrasive can strip off the paint. But if not cleaned thoroughly, the edges of the license plate can accumulate dirt and grease due to its flat and light-colored surface. Not only that, even the screws of your plate will start rusting without proper care. Luckily, it only takes a little bit of effort to get your license plate looking shiny and new. 

Things you need to clean a license plate: 

Ways to clean and restore license plates

  1. Q tips
  2. Warm water
  3. Dish-washing liquid or detergent
  4. Towels or tissues 
  5. WD-40 multi-use product

Step 1

Unscrew the license plate off your car. If the license plate hasn’t been cleaned in a while, the screws may be rusty and jammed. Spray some WD-40 to lubricate them while wiping away the rust with a tissue. 

Step 2

Fill up a container with warm water and mix a dish-washing liquid or detergent in it. Use a towel or a tissue, dip it in the water, and then rub the license plate with it. This should remove the top layer of dirt, grime, residue off your plate. 

Step 3

The hard-to-reach edges around the numbers still need to be cleaned thoroughly. Grab a Q-tip and trace it around all the edges and the numbers; this will help clean the license plate and decrease the possibility of build-up or rust. 

Step 4

Now, there still might be stains and dirt that can’t be cleaned just with soap or a Q-tip. Here you might need something that gets the job done extra well. Spray the WD-40 onto the license plate and wipe it off. Now your license plate is void of any grime or dirt. 

Now screw your clean license plate back on with the clean, rust-free screws and get driving! Rest assured, everyone will catch a glimpse of your vehicles, but never a dirty license plate.