A Complete Guide to Cleaning Your Car​

Want to get your car clean once and for all? Follow our simple step-by-step guide on how to clean your car inside and out.

What you will need:

  • A hose
  • Bucket
  • Soap or car washing solution
  • Sponge
  • Towels
  • A soft-bristled brush/toothbrush
  • Glass cleaner
  • Upholstery cleaner

How to clean the outside of your car

Start the process of cleaning your car by ensuring the outside is cleaned. Fill two buckets with water, one for soaking your cloth with soapy water and the other for rinsing it.

You can use a hosepipe at home for free, which will do the job just fine. Alternatively, you can visit a local supermarket that allows you to use a pay by the minute high-pressure hose. Hosing your car first will lift off any loose dirt or grit that could damage your car’s paintwork.

Once you’ve hosed down your car, grab your sponge and wipe away remaining dirt with a top to bottom motion. Instead of letting your car air dry, use a towel to prevent watermarks.

If you want your car to look as good as new, finish off the job with high-quality car wax for shine and protection. Apply your car wax with an up and down motion to avoid any streaks.

How to clean car windows​

​Once you’ve finished cleaning the rest of your car, ensure you’ve wiped any water droplets off your windows to avoid watermarks. You can do this with a dry cloth or use a window cleaner first.

Cleaning headlights & wheel trims

​Cleaning your headlights and wheel trims can be particularly difficult. Start with spraying a high-pressure hose and then use alloy wheel cleaner. If you haven’t got an alloy wheel cleaner in the house, you can also use white vinegar or lemon juice. To reach grease and dirt in small cracks, we recommend using a soft-bristled brush or toothbrush.

How to clean car interior’s​

There’s nothing better than a clean car interior that smells amazing. The first step is to pick up all your rubbish and recycling to make sure you can reach every corner. You should also take out your car mats, so you can hoover dust and crumbs that have gathered beneath them.

With a damp cloth, wipe the surfaces of your dash, steering wheel and windrow trims down. Then vacuum your cars upholstery, including the boot to make your car look instantly spotless. For extra cleanliness and to make your car smell clean, invest in an upholstery cleaner and stain remover.

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