If you don’t know how to clean your car and leave it with a show quality clean, it’s very easy to learn and doesn’t take anything special. All you need is a few high-quality cleaning products and a small amount of free time and you can learn how to leave your ride looking spotless.
What You’ll Need
- A Garden Hose with a Sprayer Attachment
- Car Wash Detergent or Soap
- A 5 Gallon Bucket
- A Sponge or Wash Glove
- A Natural Leather Chamois
- A High Quality Liquid Wax
- Microfiber Towels or Cloths
- Tire Dressing (Spray Bottle)
- Automotive Degreaser
Start with the garden hose and sprayer attachment by rinsing off your car, starting at the top and working your way down. This will remove any loose dirt or surface debris and force it off of your car and onto the ground, plus it gives the added bonus of cooling everything off if it was left in the sun. At this point you’ll also want to throw your sponge or wash glove into your bucket along with some car wash soap, and fill the bucket with water.
Now take your sponge or wash glove and make sure there is a decent amount of soap on it. Use the sponge or wash glove and wash your car with it using a clockwise circular motion, working one section of the car at a time. When you finish each section, rinse off the soap with the hose and move on to the next section. If you find that your rims or any other part of your car has some especially stubborn dirt, use a mild spray degreaser such as Oil Eater to remove the soiling. Once you’ve finished cleaning all of the sections of your car, use your leather chamois to dry off all of the water. At this point your car should look sparkling clean, but we aren’t done yet!
Use the tire dressing on all of your tires at this time. Most brands don’t require you to do anything more, so it’s a pretty easy addition and the results are very rewarding. Be careful not to get any on your rims, or the paint though. On the rims it will only attract dirt, and on the paint it will interfere with the wax and leave a streaked look, which we do not want.
Finally, grab your liquid wax and a couple microfiber towels. Apply the wax however the manufacturers directions suggest. Usually this will involve rubbing the wax on with one towel working in clockwise motions, section by section. After the wax is applied to each section, buff it off with your other microfiber towel. Not only will this give your paint a deep, warm shine, but it will also help protect the paint and the clear coat from sun and weather damage. Once you’re done applying the wax, you’re finished!