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Although it can be a big job, keeping your car clean can help preserve its value. Use these helpful car cleaning and detailing tips to clean your vehicle like a professional.
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When to Clean Your Car
Cleaning your vehicle does more than give you pride in your ride. It also helps prevent wear and tear on your car's upholstery and carpeting. Built-up grime can get ground into these surfaces, causing permanent damage. Frequent cleanings are an important part of car maintenance.
In addition to the regular cleaning you do to keep your car nice, you may want to consider detailing, or thoroughly cleaning, your vehicle a few times a year. These are good times to do a serious clean-up job:
In the spring - Winter snow and road salt can cause damage to your vehicle. Give your car a thorough cleaning inside and out once the weather gets warm.
After a trip - Road trips often result in a mess. Even after you throw out the empty coffee cups and fast food wrappers, your car may still feel dirty. A good detailing will get rid of any lingering odors or stains.
Before a big event - Whether you're taking your car on a special date or using it to transport relatives from out of town, it will look a lot more impressive if it's really clean.
Before you sell - If you're planning to sell your car or trade it in at the dealer, thoroughly cleaning it beforehand can increase its perceived value.
To clean your car's interior, assemble the right tools: a vacuum, a toothbrush, some mild cleaner, a stiff carpet brush, a paint brush, glass cleaner, paper towels, and some lint-free cloths. Having these supplies on hand will help.
If there are spots on your car's upholstery, mix up a solution of warm water and baking soda. This helps neutralize the stain and may also absorb any odor that is coming from the spot. Be sure to wash it off thoroughly.
After you've vacuumed up as much dirt as you can from the carpet and upholstery, gently brush the carpet with a stiff brush. Be careful not to disturb the carpet fibers too much, since they can be very delicate. Then vacuum the areas again.
Use the paint brush and toothbrush to get into hard-to-reach crevices before you clean other surfaces in the car. This keeps the grime from being compacted in these areas and makes it easier to wipe it away.
Always test the products you use to clean your car. Since some car interior materials are very sensitive to chemicals, apply the cleaner in an unobtrusive spot first. Use great care with the cover of the car's instrument panel and the display for the stereo.
When cleaning your car's exterior, you should park it in a shady spot and wait for it to cool off from any recent drives. If your car is hot when you wash it, the soapy water will evaporate from its surface, leaving white soap spots on the paint.
Use a detailing clay product to restore shine to your car's clear coat. Always follow the package directions very carefully.
Always wash the exterior of your car from top to bottom. This way, any soapy or dirty water runs down onto areas you haven't cleaned yet.
Use a soft toothbrush and some wheel cleaner to detail your car's rims. It can be difficult to remove the brake dust that accumulates on the wheels, but this step will really improve the appearance of your vehicle.
After you've finished washing the exterior of your car, be sure to dry it off right away to avoid water spots. Use a clean rag or chamois and work from top to bottom.
When waxing your car, choose a product designed for at-home use. Some professional car waxes require special tools.
In general, avoid harsh cleansers for cleaning or detailing your car's interior or exterior. These products can destroy fabric fibers and mar the surface of leather or vinyl. Look for the gentlest cleaning products available.
Making It Last
Thoroughly cleaning or detailing your car can take several hours, so it's a good idea to minimize heavy-duty cleaning sessions. You can keep your car looking nice by wiping up any spills or smears as soon as you notice them and vacuuming the interior frequently. Also make use of touch-free car washes as often as possible to keep the exterior clean and shiny. This regular maintenance will help ensure that your car looks as good as new for years to come