Efficiently washing your car’s interior and exterior can prolong its life. Just like your HVAC system or any appliance, machine parts work better when they don’t have dirt and debris clogging them up. To ensure you make the most of your car washing strategy, here are a few car washing tips and tricks you should use.
1. Have Two Buckets for Cleaning and Rinsing
If you use the same bucket to wash and rinse your car, then is it really ever becoming clean? You’re basically dipping your cleaning mitt or cloth into the water that just became dirty. Instead of making your cleaning water dirty, you should grab another bucket and make that the rinse water.
Each time you sud up your car with your cleaning cloth, rinse it off with the rinsing bucket. This will keep most of the dirt and debris trapped inside one of the buckets while the other one stays clean.
It also limits the chances of you scraping your car during the cleaning process by running a dirty cloth with stuck debris on it over the surface of the car.
2. Use Clay Bars to Shine the Finish
Even if you just had your car waxed, there’s a good chance that it’s going to become dirty again just down the road. One method you can use to get back some of its shine is to use clay bars. You can often find clay bar kits in the auto section of your local store. Otherwise, almost any auto shop should have them.
These clay bars can pull some of the grit that sticks to the waxy finish of the car. When the clay is used up, you just use another piece. An extra tip is to cut the clay into smaller parts to make it last longer.
3. Don’t Skimp Out on Polishing
One part of the car wash process that many owners skip is polishing. They mistake polishing for just another wax. It isn’t. Polishing removes surface problems and makes the finish glossier. It’s worth investing in a polisher if you want your car to look its best.
Using it is easy. All you need to do is add a small bit of polish onto the pad. Then slowly run the polisher at a low speed along the surface of the car. You’ll be amazed at what a real difference it can make. There’s a reason that professionals use polishers.
4. Don’t Forget the Engine
One of the most crucial parts of your car that you need to clean is the engine. If you want your car to continue to operate smoothly and efficiently, then certain parts of it should be cleaned regularly. One of those parts is the carburetors. If you’re not sure how to clean carburetors, then you may want to leave it in the hands of a professional.
The gist is that you need to carefully remove them and then use a cleaner specifically made for carburetors to clean them. It will remove any debris or clumps that may clog the part. This can make your engine run way more efficiently. You may notice that you lose less gas.
5. Synthetic Wax Gives Mirror Finish
If you love to see your own reflection on your car’s surface, then you need to use synthetic wax on your car. While many people choose to use carnauba wax, that tends to give a warmer look rather than the high gloss that synthetic wax can offer. This is a shimmery gloss that can make your car look like it just came off the display.
Applying it is easy. You just need to add it to a foam applicator and mix it with the finish. If you have some haze left over, then you can wipe it off with a cloth.
6. Clean Up to Down
When it comes to cleaning the interior of your car, you should never start with the carpets first. You may feel an urge to when you see how dirty they are, but since you’ll eventually be cleaning the dashboard, those carpets are only going to become dirty again.
Instead, start with the top of the car and work your way down. One of the first things you should clean is your vents. You can use a vacuum to suck up some of the dust or you can a small brush to get the dust in the hard-to-reach areas. One brush that’s great for this is a detailing brush.
Once everything has been dusted off, you can clean the inside of your windshield, the steering wheel, and then vacuum up the seats and carpets.
Start Cleaning Your Car Properly
With these car washing tips and tricks in mind, you can clean your car like a professional. By the time you’re done, your car will look practically new.