Wash Your Car Once a Week
Other than your home, your most expensive asset is probably your vehicle. So it is important to take good care of your car. Experts say that you should wash your car once a week. When you wash your car, start with the inside. First get a trash bag and remove all the trash from your interior (fast food bags, empty water bottles etc.). Then thoroughly vacuum the seats and the carpets. Don’t forget the trunk. The car mats should be removed and set on the driveway. If they are rubber, they can be hosed down and scrubbed later. If they are fabric then vacuum them, vacuum the floor of the car and replace them.
Then use a microfiber cloth dampened with a window cleaner to clean the inside of the windows. Remember to lower them slightly so you can clean the top half inch of the window. The dashboard will also need attention. Many cars have touch screen displays these days. you should not spray any cleaner directly at them. Use a moistened cloth to remove fingerprints.
Move on to the Outside of the Car
The first thing you want to do when you wash your car is to thoroughly rinse the entire vehicle. Then use a nice, soft sponge with warm soapy water to remove dirt. Do not use a circular motion, but rather, wash with a horizontal, side to side motion. This will be better for the finish of the car. Wash one section at a time rinsing as you go. Start at the top and work down.
When you get to the tires and rims, use a different sponge or cloth. You can find a tire and rim cleaner at your local auto parts store. For road tar, use WD40 to remove that. Remember like removes like so the grease in WD40 will remove the grease in road tar.
Finish your hand car wash by drying the entire vehicle. A chamois is the best way to accomplish that. You may want to use a dressing such as ArmorAll on the dashboard and the tires.
An easier way to take care of keeping your car clean is to take it to a local car-wash. There are many of them in Virginia Beach, alone. For a few dollars, you can run your car through the automated system and it will come out looking great. Some gas stations have attached car-washes to make the process even easier. You will find full service establishments where someone will vacuum and clean the car’s interior. Then it will run through the cleaning line and will be finished by hand drying.
Taking good care of your vehicle will keep it in good shape and give you a good excuse to get outdoors!
Editor’s Note: We originally published this article in November 2015. We have edited it for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.