Although the dusty, windy days of winter have passed, what’s left behind is a layer of dirt and dust in every nook and cranny of your car. And while the local car wash service does a tremendous job of giving it a good spring cleaning, there’s no reason why a budget-conscious car owner can’t roll up their sleeves and do a decent job of it while burning off a few calories too.
Some cars may have specific cleaning products and instructions which you should stick to, but for the most part, this is a universal method that should work for most vehicles without causing damage.
All it takes is some basic equipment, soap and water, and a good amount of elbow grease. So put your favourite tunes on and let’s get cracking!
- Vacuum cleaner
- Microfibre cloths
- Car wash solution
- White spirit vinegar
- Water (warm to hot)
- Spray bottle
- Toothbrush to get into small corners
- Soft brush for upholstery
Tip: Work out of direct sunlight.
Before beginning, remove all the stuff you’ve accumulated over the winter from pockets, floor, and cubby hole.
- Windows and mirrors – Spray diluted vinegar onto a clean cloth and rub over glass surfaces. Use a clean dry microfibre cloth to polish dry.
- Console – Wipe carefully with a cloth and warm water and dry thoroughly.
- Seats and upholstery
- Vacuum thoroughly by sliding the seats and adjusting the backrest backwards and forwards to get into inner areas, and then vacuum under the seats front and behind.
- For dirty spots, wash upholstery with a soft brush and hot water only.
- Floor mats – Hose off or vacuum mats and the floor underneath.
- Boot – Declutter and vacuum
- Wash – Start from the roof and work down using clean warm soapy water and a sponge over the entire surface.
- Dry – Use a clean microfibre cloth for the paintwork and glass cloth for the windows
- Wax & polish – Pour small amounts onto a clean dry cloth and work in small patches, polishing as you go.
- Remove and wash hubcaps.
- Wash the wheels and tyres and use a tyre polish for a good-as-new look.
Under the bonnet
Pick out any debris sitting there such as leaves and twigs.
Wipe down the surfaces of the components with a slightly damp cloth.
Now your car is clean and ready to go on your summer holiday trip. Just be sure to check your tyres and the spare wheel as well – you can pop in to your nearest Supa Quick for a free vehicle safety check a few weeks before you go.
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