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Tips for car cleaning inside-out

Tips for car cleaning inside-out

Snapshot: Here are some detailing tips to make your car look like a glow-blow, without having to turn it over to a professional.

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Every day is a busy day, but never a lazy day for the ones who want their ride to be clean, be it the only car they have or one of the favourites. Obviously, you will never like it, that you are entering a parking lot with a dirt layer on the car (even if you own Mustang, think what will be the impression on the people gazing!s). So, in order to avoid any such awkward situation, we have come up with some detailing tips to make your car look like a glow-blow, without having to turn it over to a professional.

Interior Cleaning

Headstrong Stains

We often don’t get time to take a break on the way, to treat ourselves, spilling beverages or ketchup are just normal with takeaways, but not the stubborn spots and litter around the sides and corners. You can pre-treat these stains on the carpet mats with a spot remover and charge onto them with a scrub brush. There are many shampoos and cleaning solutions that you find in the market, but any of these cleaning chemicals will still remain on the mat-fibres and over time, it will attract more dirt. Why not simply use some hot water extractor and vacuum afterwards. At times, the carpeting tends to shrink and gets flattened out over time. Using a stiff scrub brush over the carpets before the vacuum process can help loosen dirt and agitate the carpet fibre.

If we talk about the rubber floor mats, there is no problem to just give them a thorough wash.

Rule for Pet Hairs

If you are a pet lover and are your travel companion almost everywhere, we know getting rid of pet hairs can be irritating at times and even difficult to vacuum out. Here, pumice stone can be very helpful, all you have to do is drag it over the carpet in long strokes. This can dislodge and remove hairs in a lot faster what a vacuum cannot.

Trash Out

Last time I check under the seats after a long trip, I found many disposables lying (Not that I keep my car dirty, but throwing them out seems quite a foul act). Move your car seat as far up and as far back in their travel as you can, clear out the trash, reach from each position. Check door bins as well and wipe them off with a cloth, preferably a damp, will be helpful to get rid of the chip-crisps. Not forgetting the seat’s tracks, use a disposable towel to wipe it clean.

Wraps from the Gaps

We usually don’t think about the gaps such as seats and the centre console, as well as in the cup holders, map pockets, and small compartments for storage. Don’t forget to do a good vacuum and cleaning in these gaps.

Rash on Dash

If you think that giving a rub of polish will make it look like a new, yes, it will! But it will attract dust as well, it is just a matter of time when you will open car windows, all of that hard rub will be in vain. Instead, try using a damp cloth to clean it up.

Exterior Cleaning

If you are thinking that washing your car on a sunny or overly warm day is a good idea and will save time and energy, then you are mistaken. This will cause water to dry out too quickly, leaving the soap spots on your car. It’s better to pull your car into the shade before you start. Start with a water shower via a hose, it dislodges any surface-level dirt and also to remove dirt and grime from the alloys. As vehicles hurtling down the road at 100kmph become a dartboard for any crud or monsoon bugs in the air.

There are many around that make use of hand dishwasher liquid and think of it as a great de-greaser, but lets keep the kitchen stuff there only. Yes, that’s true, it helps you get rid of dirt, grease and old wax, but also sups important oils out of the paint’s finish. So, using a hand dishwasher liquid will you shorten the life of your paint job, perhaps you can use a cleaner formulated for vehicles. It is easily available at an auto parts store.

Now with the help of sponge give the alloys a thorough scrubbing that will avoid any dirt to carry over to another part of the vehicle, later. A washing mitt will be of good use as anything too abrasive might the paint job. To dry off your car, you can use a microfibre or chamois, but be gentle. In order to reach out for the cracks on the body, you can use a toothbrush or detailing brush.

While cleaning the windows, remember not to use a circular motion, instead, go vertically, then horizontally the next time, as it tends to build up a chemical film on the inside. Here, a soap and water mix can do the trick, but glass cleaner will always give you better results.

Waxing and Polishing

Once you are through with shower and drying it off, here comes the make-up part. By that, what we mean is polishing and waxing of the vehicle.

People often assume that waxing and polishing are the same thing. However, they are not and have a completely different function. Waxing is a process in which the exterior of a car is coated in order to protect the paint. It is especially important during winter months and also helps prevent scratches on the clear coat that resides over the actual paint job. When a car is waxed, the car is better protected from other elements (like the sun and dirt). You should wax your car at least twice a year, once before winter and once before spring.

Polishing, however, is a process carried after waxing to ensure that the vehicle has that glossy shine. It is like a cosmetic part of car detailing. Without polishing, it would be almost impossible to get that deep gloss or wet-look of a car. Polishing helps to mask imperfections on the surface so that scratches and small dents are less noticeable. Polishing also helps to reduce the appearance of water spots or weakened paint from the effects of acid rain.

Before you start with this, remember not to use a metal polish over the plastic material, though you will find many polish available in the market that can be used on metal and plastic as well. Therefore, it is suggested to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the product.

Headlight Clean

How about using a toothpaste to clean car headlights. That’s true and don’t think of us crazy. It easily cleans off oxidised and dirty headlights. All you have to do is, rub toothpaste into the headlight cover using a toothbrush and keep rubbing until you notice the headlamps coming out to be cleaner. Next is a warm water spray on the headlight and wipe away the toothpaste with a cloth. Use a rotary buffer to apply the toothpaste, for a deeper clean.

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