Every so often you’re going to have to give your car a wash. it’s important when doing so to remove dirt and grime, beyond making your car look great, it stops your car from corroding quicker. You can use a car wash if you need to save time but here is our step-by-step guide to cleaning your car, even the interior.
Preparing to wash the car
Don’t park your car in direct sunlight as premature drying can leave marks on the paint and as your car gets hotter it evaporates the water faster than you would want it to. Check that you have closed all the windows and doors properly to make sure water will not get inside the car. Pull the windshield wipers up away from the glass. Finally, wear suitable clothing as you will likely get wet and soapy.
Organize everything you need
You will need a hose, bucket, sponge, brush, wash mitts, towel, and cleaning detergents. Plenty of water is needed for the car wash, this will vary depending on the size of the vehicle and the condition it is in. You will also want 2 or 3 wash mitts and a brush suitable to scrub your tires. Microfiber cloths or towels are useful to dry your car. You can purchase car wash detergent from local stores and follow the manufacturer’s recommendation when mixing with water.
Pre-rinse your car
Rinsing your car will help remove loose dirt and drive it out of hard to reach areas. It’s best to remove as much loose dirt as you can so that your wash mitts don’t get too dirty. Pre-wash also helps to remove road grime, road salts, and bug splatters. Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for the pre-wash as you will need to leave it on for a few minutes then rinse off. WD-40 Multi-Use-Product is great for removing bugs, grime, old stickers, bird droppings, amongst a list of other things.
Clean the wheels
The wheels tend to be the dirtiest part of the car. Use a brush that can get into the nooks and crannies for cleaning the wheels and then use a soapy wash mitt.
Use a soapy mitt and scrub the surface of the car. Pay extra attention to areas that are dirtier to ensure you have a clean car. Do not use a rough brush on the car as it can cause scratches. Once done remember to rinse the car well to remove any excess detergent. Then repeat the process if necessary. Try to keep the whole car wet if you can, if areas start to dry it can leave watermarks making it more difficult to polish.
Dry the car
Microfiber towels are great as they absorb the water well, you may need to use a few to dry the entire car. Fully wipe down the car so that no water is remaining as this can cause rust. Once your car is dry, use car wax to give it a polish as cleaning your car is not enough. Always use WD-40 Multi-Use-Product to lubricate and protect parts that are prone to corrosion over time. You can also use WD-40 to buff out scuff marks and faint scratches.