You want your car to always look like it is in top condition especially when you are going to use it. You want it to be free from filth so people can see just how great it looks. Some people are too focused on cleaning the outside of the car that they forget about their car’s interior.
There are different reasons why you would like to clean your car.
- You would like to see the wear and tear of your vehicle’s interior so that you can change them if necessary.
- You are trying to impress someone who is going to ride your vehicle.
- Cleaning is necessary for your vehicle and the best news is you do not have to provide more than 1 hour every week just to finish with the procedure.
Now that you are aware of the reasons why you may be interested in cleaning your car, you can now learn how to clean your car effectively. You do not need the help of professionals every time although allowing pros to clean the interiors of your car from time to time will always help. If you would like to detail your upholstery, you may allow professionals to do that at least once or twice a year.
The rest of the year should be dedicated to making sure that your car is clean.
Focusing on Your Interiors
If you are going to clean the whole car on your own, it is always ideal that you start with the interior first so that if there are dust and other particles that should be removed, it will be easier to do. At the same time, you need to use your vacuum cleaner and it will not be ideal if there are puddles all around your vehicle.
The Dashboard and Your Doors
The dashboard may be one of the areas that you normally forget to clean just because you are too focused on vacuuming your seats. You need to use a dust cloth that will help get rid of the dust that you may not even realize is there.
You also need to wipe the dashboard further with an all-purpose cleaner to make sure that it will be free from various particles that will make it not clean enough.
Using the same procedures that you have done with your dashboard, you can do the same with your doors. Do not forget about the vinyl surfaces, the plastic trim and of course, the handles of your doors.
When was the last time that you have actually cleaned your gearshift? A lot of people do not even realize that this has to be cleaned. The sides of the gearshift normally may be covered with plastic or leather. You can remove the cover of the gearshift and dust the area around it first with a vacuum. If you think that there are still some dust particles that are hard to remove, wipe the area with an all-purpose cleaner.
Do not forget to clean the cover of the gearshift too.
The floor of your car is always protected by mats. You can remove the mats first and shake them in order to get rid of dust and dirt particles. If in case you do not have floor mats yet, you should get them soon as they can protect the protective carpeting of your car. If your carpet gets stained, there is a possibility that you will not be able to clean them properly.
Tip: When purchasing a rubber mat, make sure to get mats with deep channels. This will be effective in getting all the dust, mud, dirt and other particles that may stain or make your carpet dirty.
Once you have initially shaken your mats, you can vacuum then first before wiping away the mat if there are some particles that were not removed by the vacuum.
You can move your seats back in front as you start vacuuming the floor of your carpet. For sure there is leftover debris that can be found under the seats. It will not be surprising if you see food that has been preserved for a long time under your seat. It can be liberating to have the food removed from your car, right?
Aside from your floor, another thing that you have to clean are your seats.
If you have the right protective covering for your car that can be washed, you can strip your seats first and place the protective covering in your washing machine. If you have spare covers, you can use that for your car seats first. If not, you can work with the natural seats of your car.
Your seats also need to be vacuumed and depending on the material of your car’s seats, you can wipe them down with an all-purpose cleaner. This will make sure that there are no leftover dirt and other dust particles in your car anymore.
Do not forget to vacuum underneath the seats as this is where a lot of dust may be.
Your Windows and Your Windshield from the Inside
Now that you have cleaned almost all parts of your vehicle, you should not forget about your windows and your windshield. These parts are always cleaned from the outside but this time, clean it from within.
You need to use a microfiber cloth and just a bit of water in order to wipe your windows and windshields. If you place too much water, you may leave some streaks.
You should not forget to clean the top edges of the glass. There may be some dirt and grime there that you have not removed effectively yet.
There are a lot of people who forget to clean their rear window or they intentionally do not clean it because they say that it strains their hands. You can use the back of your hand to hold the microfiber cloth in place. You can start wiping the area without hand and arm strain.
Cleaning the Exterior of Your Car
You already know how to clean your car’s interior. You can proceed with the car’s exterior now. A lot of people who do not have time would just go to the car wash to have their vehicle cleaned but if you want to extend a bit of effort into cleaning your own car, this is how you would do it:
- You need to find a shady area where you are going to clean your car. Some people assume that the best time to clean vehicles is when the sun is shining brightly. Exposing your car to too much sunlight especially when it is wet may cause the car’s paint to deteriorate and fade.
- Rinse your vehicle first. This will help get rid of the dirt that the car has acquired especially if you have gone on a long trip and experienced various weather and road conditions.
- The loose dirt should be hosed off. You will see the large pieces fall on the ground.
- Once you are sure that the loose dirt is removed, you can focus on your car’s windshield and the wipers. Do not forget to spray on the cracks that are located underneath the windshield.
- The wheel wells and the hubcaps should also be hosed off with water. Pressurized water will be fine but make sure not to put too much pressure.
Washing Your Car
Some people assume that rinsing their cars and hosing their cars are already enough to keep the car clean but this is not true at all. You need to wash your car all over so that it will be truly clean.
- Make sure that the cloth you are going to use to wash your vehicle is clean.
- Choose a mild dishwashing liquid to clean the exterior of your car.
- Place a small cup of the dishwashing liquid into a whole pail of water.
- Start washing from the roof of your car going downwards.
- The last part that you have to wash will be the windows so you can prevent suds.
- If there are some grimy areas, you need to use a separate washcloth for that. Do not use the one that you normally use for your vehicle.
- The right front wheel may be the dirtiest portion of your car. Make it the last area that you are going to wash.
- Once you are done with washing your car all over, rinse it off.
Drying Your Car
You cannot just leave your car wet. It is not like hair that you can allow to air dry. You need to make an effort to dry your car effectively with the use of a towel.
- You may fold the towel once it starts to show signs of getting damp.
- You can use other clean cloths to mop up dampness from your vehicle.
- There are some spots that you need to dry more than others like your roof as it is the one that gets exposed most to the sun’s rays.
It is okay if you do not do this major cleaning all the time. You can clean in between but major cleaning is required in order to sustain the great appearance of your vehicle.