Even if you are one of those people who actually enjoys getting out and washing the car every few months, you could still be facing problems common to the act of driving that makes the cleaning process a real pain in the neck. Attacking the sleek lines and basically clear windows with soap and water is one thing. But what about those specific cleaning issues where a mixture of dishwashing soap and water doesn’t do the trick? What then? Huh, smart guy?
One of the most common car washing problems that raise the game to another level is the presence of the leftovers of bug corpses that just won’t clean easily away. The problem probably isn’t related to the cleaning solution you use. A simple mixture of just a little bit of dishwashing liquid soap and some warm water is really all you need on that end. What causes the difficult in cleaning away bugs from the windshield effectively is what you are using at the other end of the process. Toss away that old T-shirt or towel or other simple rag. You want to use something with a little bit more texture to it. One of the most efficient tools used by those in the know when it comes to cleaning away bugs is one of those mesh bags that grocery stores use to sell more than one onion. Use that mesh bag with simple soapy water and your bugs will clear easily away from a windshield that has become a flying bug graveyard. Once the bugs are cleared away, put the T-shirt or towel back into action to finish the job.
If you got your car caught in a perfect storm of bird poo raining down upon it, even the slickest looking vehicle can transform into an ugly piece of junk. The longer you wait to clean off bird droppings, the harder it will be to remove so get to work quick cleaning up the results of intestinal voiding by fowl. Rather than putting in a dozen man-hours of elbow grease, why not make cleaning up the bird poop from your car as easy as possible? Use the semi-magical power of clown comedy. Surely you have seen a clown act that revolves around the comedy found in old-fashioned seltzer bottles, right? Carbonated air that shoots out through the bottle with the power given it by jets of carbonation? The bubbly properties inherent in this kind of water is great for releasing the sticky quality of bird poop from the paint job of your car. Just pour some seltzer water into the areas of the car covered by the bird droppings and allow the water to bubble away. Once the bubbling process comes to an end, you should able to simply wipe away most of the doody with a textured cloth. There may be some excess that requires a bit more work.
The residue left behind when you try to remove bumpers stickers is only half the problem. The first half of the problem is getting the bumper sticker off. Just think how much easier cleaning that bumper sticker residue would be if only it wasn’t such a miserable effort to get the bumper sticker off. Well, here’s a little trick that can help make peeling away the bumper sticker in the first place easier to do and leave you with less of a job afterwards. Liberally soak a plain cloth in distilled white vinegar and position it so that it covers the entire bumper sticker and is making contact with it. Let it sit and soak for about a half hour and then remove the cloth and start peeling away the bumper sticker. You will most likely need to scrape it off using something with a hard plastic edge, but you shouldn’t have much more trouble. If you do, put the vinegar soaked cloth over it again and let it soak some more. Scrape away as much as you can, which should be quite a bit. Any adhesive still left should come off with the addition of some vegetable oil and further scraping.