Your car is more than just a mere mode of transportation. If you simply wanted to get from Point A to Point B, you would have opted for a bus pass. No, your car is freedom–the ability to go where you want, when you want, listening to your tunes, inhaling the scent of your air freshener, with the windows open or the air conditioning on. It’s your car and your call.
Before you kiss your car, you may want to wash it.
Surely, your trusted four-wheeled friend deserves to look its best for years to come. Cleaning it–or “her”–like a pro will keep your car looking much younger than it really is.
It is important to clean your car’s dirtiest bits first–and nothing is grimier than your wheels and tires.
Begin this task by using a strong setting on your hose nozzle to remove as much grit as possible. Then, using an old sponge or wash mitt that you have designated solely for your wheels, wash the wheels with an acid-free tire cleaner. A soft brush like a detailing brush or old toothbrush can be used to remove dirt from hard-to-reach places.
If you’ve just taken your baby for a spin, let its wheels cool off before cleaning. Washing hot wheels can lead to unsightly spotting.
Welcome to the fun part of cleaning your car–playing with water and soap bubbles. Although washing your car may seem like a straightforward task, there is actually a method behind the sudsy madness.
Never be tempted by the urge to let your car dry on its own. You will be left with a spotted mess. Instead, dry your car quickly to avoid ugly splotches.
A drying cloth like a chamois is fine, but the best choice is a waffle-weave drying towel. These are less likely to push leftover grit across your paint. Simply spread your towel out and swipe it across the surface.
Microfiber towels are ideal for removing water from handles, doors, mirrors, spoiler, and side moldings. And don’t forget to open your doors and dry off door jams.
If you’d like to read more arguments for and against the waffle-weave or chamois drying cloths, check out Meguiar’s “Chamois or Waffle-weave Forum.”
Your car spends a lot of time exposed to the sun and its harmful ultraviolet rays. To keep your paint looking its best, you need to follow a regular regime of polishing and waxing.
Waxing time is also a great time to replace and replenish any emergency roadside supplies. For a comprehensive list of the items that your kit should include, check out this Emergency Roadside Kit checklist.
Warning: your brilliantly shiny car may blind passing motorists.
Your ride is now squeaky clean and looking its–or her–very best. So hop in, crank up your tunes, and take your baby for a ride. Getting from Point A to B never felt so good.
Do you have a car-cleaning secret that you’d like to share?
Kimberley Laws is a regular contributor to HowDoYou.com and the author of two blogs, The Embiggens Project and Searching for Barry Weiss. A "Jill of all trades," she is a High School English Teacher and Certified Career Counselor with a background in makeup artistry, retail banking, and graphic design. She is also a scrapbooking, PEZ-collecting, car enthusiast who loves travelling and New York City.
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