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How to clean your car

Devoting time to car cleaning can feel like an annoying chore, but if you’re willing to spare an hour or two you can make your car sparkle. What’s more, you can feel good knowing that it’s good for its general maintenance and…

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by Sophie Bennett

Devoting time to car cleaning can feel like an annoying chore, but if you’re willing to spare an hour or two you can make your car sparkle.

What’s more, you can feel good knowing that it’s good for its general maintenance and that properly cleaning and disinfecting can help prevent the spread of germs. Here’s some handy tips to get your car looking its best.

Getting started

  • For the best look, it’s a good idea to use a pressure-washer (or a hose), this way you can avoid streaks.
  • Make sure you get a wash mitt and a microfibre drying cloth.
  • You’ll need two buckets: one for getting the wash mitt wet with shampoo, and one for rinsing it off.
  • It’s important to not use dish soap to clean the exterior of the car as it could damage the paintwork.
  • For the inside of the car, you’re going to need a vacuum, antibacterial wipes or spray and a microfibre cloth.

Hosing it down

Take the pressure washer or hose and rinse your car. Start from the top and work your way down, including giving the wheels a quick rinse.

Behold: the buckets

Grab both buckets – put a mix of car shampoo and water into one and just water in the other. Dunk your mitt into the shampoo and start gently washing your car from top to bottom in a side-to-side motion. Remember to wash off your mitt in the bucket with water before going back in for more shampoo.

Protip: don’t use a swirling motion, it’ll cause streaks!

Dried on time

For the best-looking car, you need to dry it with a microfibre cloth. This will stop pesky watermarks from appearing as your car dries. Place it down on the car and pull towards you in a smooth motion.

What about the interior?

The first thing to do is bin or recycle of all those takeaway bags and coffee cups.

Wipe down the wheel, gear stick, dashboard and handles with either antibacterial wipes or an antibacterial spray and kitchen towel. Do this step before moving onto cleaning your windscreen.

Cleaning the interior glass of the windscreen is often over-looked but it’s very important in making sure there are no obstructions to your sight whilst driving. Spray glass cleaner onto the windscreen and wipe off with a soft cloth in a figure-of-8 motion.

If you have leather seats, you can use leather protection wipes on them or if they’re fabric, use an upholstery cleaner to remove dirt and stains.

Last but not least, you can think about vacuuming the carpets. Use a thin nozzle attachment to get to hard-to-reach places like underneath the front seats and don’t forget your boot.

And relax…

Your car is spotless (for now). You can feel proud knowing you’ve got the cleanest car on the street.

 

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