Tips For Car Cleaning Like Professional
Cleaning the car is a job many of us put off, which is very hazardous for car paint and resale value. Paying attention to detail when cleaning your car not only keeps it looking like new, but it can help prevent premature rust and extend the life of the paint job.
Follow our easy guide on how to clean the car like a professional, achieving a sparkling finish and long-lasting results.
Wash the car
Soak the car with a hose or pressure washer to wash away surface dirt and dust.Use a jet spray on the wheel wells where road dirt accumulates. Be sure to check water restrictions in your area before hosing. Fill a bucket with warm water and add car-washing liquid, following the volume instructions. Don’t be tempted to use detergents such as dishwashing liquid as they are too harsh for the paintwork.
Starting from the roof down, work in sections using a microfibre cloth in a circular motion, and rinse the area immediately before moving on to the next section. Open the bonnet and boot and wipe the crevices, not forgetting around the license plates, door handles and trim.Rinse the whole car again then dry with a chamois, starting from the roof and wringing the chamois often.
Scrub wheels and tyres
Soap and water are often not enough to remove caked-on dirt and grease on the wheels, so buy a specialist product for the type of wheel, which may be painted, chrome, alloy or clear coat. Spray with the wheel and tire cleaner and allow it to soak in for 10 minutes.Use a soft-bristle brush to work the cleaner into all the nooks and recesses. Rinse and repeat if necessary, Use a soft-bristle brush to work the cleaner into all the nooks and recesses
Revive the paintwork
Contamination from brake dust, air pollution, and salt dulls the finish on your car and will eventually lead to surface rust and oxidization. The best way to revive the finish is with a rubbing compound or clay bar kits. Professional detailers have been using these products for years and now they are commercially available. Using a damp, clean cloth, rub the compound back and forth, overlapping each stroke and applying firm pressure
Keep going until the surface is as smooth as glass, and use a dry clean cloth to remove any residue.Using a damp, clean cloth, rub the compound back and forth, overlapping each stroke and applying firm pressure
Soak the sticker in warm soapy water for 10 minutes, then take a plastic putty knife and get under a corner and start working it loose. If it still won’t budge, spray with water dispersant, leave for a couple of minutes to absorb, and try again. Repeat as necessary until you can peel the sticker off. Remove the film of adhesive with rubbing alcohol, then wash and dry the area, finishing with wax. Soak the sticker in warm soapy water for 10 minutes, then take a plastic putty knife and get under a corner and start working it loose
The easiest way to keep the metal fittings in your car looking their best is to revive them with a liquid metal polish. Use it on chrome bumpers, wheel alloys, door handles and light fittings to bring them to a high shine.After washing and drying the car, apply metal polish with a clean lint-free cloth, working in small sections until the shine is restored.For corroded and tarnished surfaces, apply a corrosion and stain remover prior to polishing.