When it's time to clean your car, you may think that it's a long and boring process. However, you can clean your car effectively by starting outside and working your way inside. Following are some of the steps to take.
Preparing to Wash Your Car
Place your vehicle in a shady spot. If your car's body is hot from sitting in the sun or driving, wait until it cools down before cleaning it. This could take anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes. To avoid soap and water stains, wait for your automobile to cool down because heat speeds up the drying period of soap and water.
Assemble your materials. Next to your car, set out two buckets, a car cleaner, a soft natural sponge or lambs wool wash mitt, a cloth/rag, tire cleaner, soft terry towels, and car wax. These items are required to clean the exterior of your vehicle. Assemble your cleaning products for the interior as well. A vacuum, trash bag, glass cleaner, upholstery foam cleanser, carpet cleaner, Q-tips, paper towels, and rags are some of the items you'll need.
Fill two buckets with water and set them aside. One bucket will be used to soak your cloth, while the other will be used to rinse it. According to the directions, fill one of the buckets with the specially developed auto cleanser. Do not clean your car with dishwashing detergent or hand soap. The wax on your car may be stripped away by these strong home chemicals
Washing the Body
Using a hose, rinse the automobile. Before using soap, thoroughly rinse the whole surface of the car. To avoid scratching your car, make sure to remove any loose dirt or debris. With your hands, remove leaves, twigs, and other debris. To remove stubborn dirt, debris, and filth, turn the hose to a high-pressure setting. Make sure the pressure isn't too strong, though, or your car's wax or paint will be removed
From the top to the bottom of your car, clean it. Working on one piece at a time is also a good idea. After you've finished cleaning each piece with soap, make sure to thoroughly rinse it with water. This keeps the soap from drying on your vehicle
Use a sponge or a lambs wool mitt to lather the soap. Then scrub your automobile up and down in a straight line. Cleaning the car in a circular motion is not recommended. Swirl marks can be caused by scrubbing in a circular motion.
Cleaning the Wheels
Fill two buckets with water and set them aside. In one of the buckets, combine a cleaner. Make sure you're using a wheel cleaner that's safe for all surfaces. Dishwashing detergents and caustic cleansers with acid should be avoided. These cleaners have the potential to damage the finish of your wheels. One bucket will be used to clean your sponge, while the other will be used to rinse it.
In the cleaning solution, soak a soft sponge. Begin cleaning one wheel at a time from the top down once the sponge has soaked for a few minutes. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean small crevices. If your wheels are extremely unclean, you may need to use a degreaser first.
Clean the wheel by rinsing it and drying it. Once your wheel is clean, thoroughly rinse it with water to eliminate all dirt and debris. Then, using a soft cloth, dry the wheel.
For each wheel, repeat steps one through three.
Waxing Your Car
Make three or four equal portions out of a clay bar. Flatten one of the pieces so that it may be held in place with three fingers. Apply a generous amount of clay lube to a small area of the automobile (24″ by 24″). Then, in a back-and-forth motion, softly glide the clay over the greased part (not a circular motion).
Move on to the next section until the clay begins to glide easily over the section and you don't hear or feel any roughness in the finish.
As you work, make sure to use the clean pieces of the clay on the new sections.
Clay bars are used to remove microscopic dirt from your car's body before waxing to minimize scratching
Using your pad, squeeze a quarter-sized amount of polish. Apply the wax to the body of your car in a straight up and down motion. Do not use a circular motion when applying it, and do not wax your windows or trim. To get a smooth, even coat, apply the wax with mild pressure.
Apply thin layers of wax rather than thick layers of wax. Applying many thin applications rather than one thick one is a good rule of thumb.
Buff the wax with a microfiber buffing towel. Instead of moving the towel circularly, move it straight up and down. To avoid scratching, use a high-quality towel.
You may need to let the wax dry before buffing it. It depends on the formula you're working with. Follow the product's directions for safety
Cleaning the Interior
Remove the mats from the floor. Dust, grime, and debris can be removed by shaking them out. Place them on the ground so you may vacuum them afterward. If you want to, you can vacuum them straight away. It is all up to you.
Remove any heavy rubbish items. Using your hands, pick up huge items of debris such as paper, coins, pens, and other objects on your floorboard. Put these things in a garbage bag. To avoid getting your hands soiled, wear latex gloves.
Remove dirt and garbage from narrow spaces, such as between seats, with a BBQ skewer.
Make sure the rubbish is removed from the cup holders as well.
In the cup holders, spray a glass cleaner. Allow 5 to 10 minutes for the glass cleaner to dry. Then wipe away the dirt and filth with a paper towel. Pick grime and dirt out of any little crevices with the BBQ skewer.
Replace the bottom of a mug or travel cup with an old sock. After that, swirl the mug in the cup holder to get rid of the dirt and filth
Vacuum from the top to the bottom. Before moving to the floor, start at the top of the seats, dashboard, and console. Vacuum the seats, upholstered sections, and headliner with the upholstery nozzle. Vacuum the dashboard and console components that contain hard vinyl, plastic, and metal with the brush attachment. Use the crevice attachment to clean small gaps and tight spaces.
To clean hard-to-reach locations under the seats, move the chairs back and forth
Clean carpet stains with a carpet cleaner. Spray the cleaner on the stain and work it into the carpet with a sharp bristle brush. If you spray too much cleaner on the carpet, it will mildew if it is not properly dried.
Blot the stains and dry the area with a clean, dry cloth
Use a glass cleaner to clean the windows. Any regular glass cleaner would suffice. Spray the cleaner onto a clean, microfiber towel instead of directly onto the window. Then, using a straight up and down motion, wipe both the inside and outside of your windows.
Roll down your windows to clean the upper area of the window thoroughly.
Vacuum the vehicle again. Any filth and grime that was knocked out during the cleaning procedure will be removed. If you haven't already done so, shake and vacuum the floor mats well. Place them in the trunk of your automobile.
Remove any leftover odors from your automobile with an odor-removal spray like Febreze. If you follow all these steps carefully you can clean your car easily.