Between pollen and insects on the outside and dirt and sand on the inside, spring is a time when your car will probably need a little extra TLC.
Why pay for a professional cleaner when you can make it look like brand new on your own? We’ve gathered some tips that will help you to get your car looking its best in no time.
Use the Right Products
Some people wash their car with ordinary dishwashing liquid. This is not recommended by auto care professionals, as it removes the wax finish from your paint and leaves your car susceptible to more damage. Purchase a dedicated car washing liquid to preserve your paint for years to come. You can find the right ones at any auto store.
Dry by Hand, not by Air
If you’re rinsing your car with hard water (which many if not most of us have) and you allow it to air dry, chances are you’ll notice a lot of water spots afterwards. Prevent this by using a chamois cloth to dry your paint and windows. You don’t have to remove every single drop of water, but be sure to catch as much of it as possible. The goal is to remove the water quickly before it sits on your vehicle for too long. You’ll see a noticeable difference in the quality of your wash once it's dried.
Toothpaste on Headlights
Older cars often have headlights that appear somewhat cloudy. This is a natural process caused by the interaction of plastic with oxygen and is not an immediate cause for concern, but it can become annoying and if left unchecked, can even interfere with the amount of light cast by the bulbs. A simple way to clean headlights is to apply a small amount of toothpaste to a rag, wipe, and rinse. You’ll save money by avoiding costly cleaners and will have your headlights looking like new and shining brightly.
Over time, the interior of your vehicle collects dirt and other particles from the shoes of its occupants. One way to remove this dirt is to obtain a stiff bristle brush and comb over your carpet. Doing so will loosen particles that have become trapped and cannot be removed by a vacuum alone. Use a Shop-Vac to remove the dirt once it has been brought to the surface. This can take some time, but you’ll see a major difference in the carpet’s appearance.
It can be difficult to remove fingerprints and other marks from windows, even with special cleaning equipment. However, there is actually a simple solution. Mix one part rubbing alcohol and one part vinegar with eight parts water, and use the mixture on all your car’s windows. While traditional rags often leave streaks, you can utilize an old newspaper instead to reduce this.
These steps probably go against many of the things that you've learned about washing and cleaning your car but these simple cleaning hacks will make your vehicle looking brand new. Take the time and effort to wash your car properly and reap the benefits of a beautiful vehicle.