I’m sure we’ve all washed a car before and maybe even attempted to vacuum the interior every once in a while. But when you get right down to it, car cleaning is a chore. It’s hard to clean every nook and cranny in the interior, what with all of the crevices and buttons and vents. And how do you get that sap off the hood of your car? Just because we’ve all probably cleaned our cars before doesn’t mean we did it the right way.
Well, you’re days of back-breaking car cleaning are over. We’ve compiled a list of the top tips for cleaning your car from the pros. With a few simple tricks and out of the box tools, cleaning your car will go from a dreaded chore to a painless endeavor!
Cleaning Your Car’s Exterior – Like a Pro
Washing Your Car
Always hand wash your car – it allows you to give extra attention to problem areas. Wash it in the shade to prevent streaking and use car washing fluid, which will not strip the paint. Wash from top to bottom, starting with the roof and ending with the wheels.
Removing Paint Stains
If you find rough spots on the paint or have damage due to droppings, sap, or other debris, use some paint-cleaning clay. Add just a touch of liquid cleaner wax and rub the clay over the affected area. This is simple trick that will save you a trip to the auto detailer.
Waxing Your Car
Finally, wax your car. Not interested in spending the extra time just for a shiny exterior? Well, know that wax does more than create shine; it protects the paint from stains and scratches. So wax on, wax off to protect your car!
Cleaning Your Car’s Interior – Like a Pro
Remove the floor mats from the car and use a stiff brush to loosen dirt, being careful not to damage the fabric. Then use a vacuum to remove the dirt. If your mats are stained, you can then soak them in a tub with water and a little laundry detergent for approximately an hour.
Seats and Upholstery
When cleaning the seats and interior upholstery, use a cleaner from the auto parts store that is made for your respective material – carpet or leather. Before using it, always test it on a small, discreet area first to see whether it will cause discoloration.
For those annoying nooks and crannies throughout the console and dashboard, arm yourself with a few unique tools: a toothbrush, paint brush, and screwdriver. The paintbrush works great along crevices to remove dirt and dust. If you find a particularly stubborn area, use the flat edge of the screwdriver to remove it. A toothbrush works well to remove dust from air vents and other hard to reach areas.
Now that you are armed with the latest and greatest car cleaning tips, get out there and give your car a little TLC! And remember, Dick Dyer Toyota is here for all of your routine maintenance needs!