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DIY Tricks for Cleaning Your Car - Helpful Car Maintenance Tips

DIY Tricks for Cleaning Your Car


Cleaning a car might seem like the easiest task in the world. However, you may be surprised to know that the cleaning process never stops for people who really value their cars. When you detail your own car, you might save a lot of money by avoiding visits to a professional detailing shop. Armed with the right tools, you can be able to keep your car shining brighter than any other in the neighborhood.

Washing is just the first step towards making your car cleaner and more attractive. When washing a car, you should have a bucket of clean water and another one with diluted car washing liquid. You should wash the car one section at a time and rinse it before moving to another section. Every time you scrub away dirt with a rag, make sure that you rinse it in fresh water before reloading it with soapy water. This will remove road grit from the rag and prevent you from scratching the paint. Use as many buckets of clean water as you can.

After washing the car, you should think about the dirt that you were not able to remove with an ordinary wash. When you are driving around at highway speeds, the car gets hit with a lot of grit. It deflects some of the grit but some of it gets embedded in the paint. To remove this you should use clay-barring. In this process you use synthetic clay to pluck out any foreign substances embedded in the paint.

Polishing is a step that most people skip because they are not willing to endure the tiresome process of polishing by hand. However, it is very important if you want your car to have a professional looking gloss to it. You may invest in a polishing machine which is low maintenance and it could save you a lot of elbow grease as well. Be careful not to buy high-speed rotary buffers which might damage the paintjob. You should also wax the car with carnauba wax after polishing to protect the paint.

The inner part of the car has many areas that collect dust and are hard to reach when cleaning. Many people think that they should clean the car from the carpet moving up. This is not the proper way to do it because dirt from the upper surfaces will end up on the floor and carpet. When cleaning the upper portion of the cabin, you should use a hand-held vacuum to trap the dirt as it is liberated from the crevices.

Hanging a scented air freshener in the car is a good way to keep it smelling good. This however takes a long time to diffuse and fill the car up so it can’t be counted on if you want an instant transformation. In order to quickly deal with unwanted smells, turn the A/C fan on and set it to ‘recirculate’ mode. Find the intake opening and blow air freshener into it. Hold the freshener about 12 inches away to avoid damping the surrounding fabric. In just a few minutes the car will be smelling fresh.