How to Clean Your Car Like a Pro.
Introduction: How to Clean Your Car Like a Pro.
Your car is where you spend a large part of your week, commuting to and from work, getting groceries, taking little Jimmy to football practice and waiting to take him home. Whether you drive a Mustang Mach 1 or a 1998 Black Honda Accord Ex with Grey cloth interior with stains from the previous owner’s children, a nice cleaning a waxing can make any car easy on the eyes. It may also make that hour long commute a little bit more enjoyable. This guide will show you how to clean your car like a professional, and help you keep it shining until you find the time to do so again. There are some fundamental facts you need to know before beginning to take care of your vehicle, and now it’s time to learn some! For convenience, I have ordered these steps in the way that I clean my car, and I would generally recommend keeping them in this order. It works very well.
The procedures described in the following three steps are normally beneficial to your vehicle. However, if any damage occurs to your vehicle from following this instructable, the author cannot be held responsible.
Step 1: Exterior Cleaning
So you wanna get that great factory color to rebel against the dirt and grime covering your car and regain control? Well it needs a little help. This is where you come in. Begin with a nice clean bucket, a hose, a good car soap and a sponge (or other soft scrubbing utensil). I always begin my rinsing out the bucket to make sure there is nothing in there that would add scratches to my car. After that, read the label on your bottle of car soap for the specific amount to add. Once you have added the soap to the bucket, fill the bucket with water. I usually do this in a two step process. I begin by swirling the soap with the “Jet” setting on my hose head. Then, once the suds have built up, I move the hose head into the water and get a good amount of water going down under the suds.
DO NOT WASH YOUR CAR ON AN EXCESSIVELY HOT OR SUNNY DAY! THE WATER WILL EVAPORATE TOO QUICKLY AND YOU WILL GET SOAP SPOTS ON YOUR CAR! WAIT FOR A COOLER, OVERCAST DAY!
Step 2: Interior Cleaning
While your waiting for the exterior to dry, you can clean the interior. I always begin this with an exodus of all extraneous materials from my cabin area. For me, this means anything from clothes to textbooks, old notes to old breakfast. Whatever you need to remove, remove it. Then move in with the vacuum cleaner and suck out all of the dirt and grime from everywhere. This goes for the dash, the floor, the seats, even the trunk. Take out the floor mats and vacuum those and and floor beneath them.
Step 3: The Finishing Touches
The finishing touches are what makes the difference between a cleaning your car, and cleaning your car like a pro. This is where you break out the wax of your choice and go the extra mile for things that regular human passengers wouldn’t even notice in the awareness portions of their brains. But subconsciously, they’re like “Ohhh, this guy or gal cleans his or her car like a pro.” So what do I do for this subconscious approval, you ask? This is it.
WAX YOUR CAR IN A COOL SHADY SPOT. DO NOT DO SO AFTER A WARM SUNNY DAY. DO NOT DO SO UNLESS YOU HAVE CLEANED YOUR CAR BEFORE HAND. DO NOT DO SO UNLESS YOU ARE ADEQUATELY PREPARED TO DO SO.
Step 4: Conclusion
If you have completed the preceding steps to your car, enjoy the pay off! Driving around in a nice clean car is great. Especially when you are driving around passengers and receive complements on your work. If you don’t feel like going the extra mile (or hours), don’t do step three. All three steps usually take me a day, with breaks for lunch and the hottest parts of the day. If you get really into cleaning your car, consider upgrading your cleaning utensils, or trying out other waxes. Otherwise, just enjoy your hard work.