Top Tips for cleaning your car
Buying a car for many of us is our second biggest purchase but the majority of us don’t tend to look after our cars as well as we could. There are various ways that we can keep our cars clean from good old hand washing to professional valet cleaning and depending on our love of car washing will probably dictate which option we chose.
Mobile valeting companies specialise in cleaning cars but this can prove quite costly especially if you use them on a regular basis. Many car salesrooms have dedicated valeting teams that are experts at keeping cars in tip top condition, including L&L Automotive who specialise in both new and used Mercedes-Benz car sales.
We have managed to glean some great advice from the experts, so if you are turning over a new leaf and plan to hand wash your car regularly this summer, why not use our top tips below.
Firstly, never clean your car if the bodywork is hot and never in direct sunlight. Ensuring sure you have all the things you need before you start will stop you traipsing soapy water through the house. You will need a hosepipe or jet wash, a lamb’s wool wash mitt, a bucket, water, soap that is recommended by your car manufacturer, clay, some clay for those tough spots, wax and polishing mitts.
Dirtiest bits first
Always start with the wheels and wheel arches first. You can buy specific wheel cleaners for this but it’s not necessary. Once you have removed the dirt, jet wash or hose pipe the dirt away. Whilst you have the water available give the car a good rinse to remove any lose particles before you start cleaning the main body work.
Now you can start to soap your car working from the roof down. This is a good idea otherwise if you start low down and then clean the roof your dirty water will then fall on the bits you have cleaned lower down. Remember to give the wheels a once over again to make sure you haven’t left any residue dirt on them.
Once you have given your car a thorough going over, rinse all the soap away. You may find that there are a few stubborn spots remaining which you can treat with clay. The clay putty is worked over the stain to lift any stains remaining. You can then rinse the car again once they have all been removed.
After you have rinsed and washed your car you can apply polish and wax to help protect the paintwork. There are a range of different products you can buy, it may be best to check if your car manufacturer recommends a particular one for your make and model of car. Wipe away any residue to avoid smear marks.
Wipe away any residue to avoid smear marks. Visit the Auto Express website for the best products of 2018: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/accessories-tyres/63776/best-car-wax-and-car-polish
The RAC have also put together a helpful article explaining how to clean your car in double quick time with the same great results: https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/advice/car-maintenance/how-to-wash-a-car/
Good luck with your car cleaning your car, hopefully it will be gleaming and shining like a brand new car once again!