One of life’s mysteries is how your car can always be so dirty. Whether you drive daily or just a couple of times per month, dust and dirt accumulates inside and out. You could spend half your life on car detailing, but where’s the fun in that?
Instead, plan to give your vehicle a car wash every week or two. When the weather is less than pleasant, it may need to be more often. And, because there are few things worse than a badly cleaned car, here are some tips on how to clean your car like the professionals.
Hand Wash or Automatic Car Wash?
Sometimes when you’re in a hurry, an automatic car wash will suffice. But when you’re serious about cleaning your car, a hand wash is the best option.
Use a high-quality car wash soap to clean the exterior of your car. Mix it according to the instructions on the container and use a microfiber mitt or cloth to clean the paint gently. When you’re washing, start at the top and work your way down, one panel at time. That way, you can prevent the dirt and gravel at the bottom from moving upwards and scratching your paint.
Wipe Down the Interior
Interior car cleaning is often done with shiny sprays that leave oily residues. These sprays can actually damage the vinyl and plastics, drying them out and causing premature cracking. Plus, they collect dust that makes your car look dirty inside much quicker.
The best tools for the job are clean, hot water and a microfiber cloth. Wipe down the interior with a clean cloth and hot water, wrung out well. Wipe dusty and lightly soiled surfaces first and the heavily soiled areas last. Regularly rinse out your cloth to prevent smudges and streaks on the plastic.
Clean the Windows
Your interior and exterior may be clean, but visibility is even more important. Clean your windows inside and out using a premium window cleaner spray. Spray the window cleaner directly onto the glass after your car has gone through the car wash, then wipe it clean with paper towels or a microfiber cloth.
On the inside, spray the window cleaner onto a cloth, then wipe the inside of the glass with the dampened cloth. This prevents unsightly spots and drips on your dash. You might need to clean the glass more than once for perfect results.
Degrease the Engine
A professional detailer will always make the engine bay look brand new. Use a degreaser spray on the engine, avoiding electrical parts such as the alternator and junction block. Let it soak for a few minutes before spraying it off with a pressure washer. Hot water works best. Again, avoid direct spray on electrical components.
Clean the Carpets and Mats
Plan to vacuum your interior, including the seat, floors and floor mats at least once a month. Every six months, clean the carpets to keep them looking and smelling fresh. Rent a carpet cleaner with an upholstery attachment to deep clean it all and remove any stains. Not only will your car interior look better, but clean carpets don’t wear as quickly. Lastly, spray some air freshener to eliminate any odors. The smell of a new car never gets old (mmmmmm).
Let Luxe Take Care of Your Car
Fortunately, when you park with Luxe, you can request a car wash, gas fuel up, or oil change with just a tap. We also offer a monthly Car Care Subscription, which is included free when you sign up for a Monthly Subscription. Learn more about our monthly offerings today!
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