Easy Tips to Clean Your Car Like a Pro
Drivers who take pride in their vehicles like to keep them clean and free of dust and dirt. Everyone knows how to wash their car with a bucket of soap and water, but these tips will leave cars as spotless as the Honda dealership’s brand new models.
- Never wash a car on an extremely hot or sunny day. Water will evaporate quickly, leaving soap and water spots on the car. Drivers should pick a cool, overcast day to give their car a good scrub.
- Thoroughly rinsing the car before washing will remove sediment that could scratch the paint. Rinsing also cools the body of the car, which keeps water from evaporating quickly.
- Drivers should start washing the roof of the car and then work their way down, cleaning the lower sections last. This is because the upper and rear surfaces collect less sediment, so they can be washed less thoroughly.
- Never wring out the sponge over the water bucket, as it puts all the dirt from the car back into the clean water.
- Wiper blades can be cleaned using a solution of 1/4 cup ammonia and one quart of cold water. Blades should be lifted, wiped with a soft cloth soaked in the solution, and then dried. Blades do need to be replaced occasionally; most Honda dealerships sell them.
- Air drying, or driving the car around while wet, should be avoided to reduce the appearance of watermarks.
- The interior can be quickly cleaned by tossing trash into a garbage bag and wiping the dashboard, console, and other surfaces with car cleaning wipes. Glass cleaner will easily remove grime from the windows, and floor mats can be quickly shaken out. For finishing touches, a handheld vacuum can clean the carpet and upholstery.
Many Honda dealerships and professional detailers offer car washing services, but drivers can easily save time and money by washing the car at home.