Will you be leaving on holiday soon by car? Or are there fun road trips planned for this summer? If so, your car could use a little attention and a thorough cleaning. By using these tips, you’ll make sure that your car shines both inside and outside all summer long.
1. Clean your car in daylight
Obviously, it’s important for you to be able to see your car well. If you clean your car in the dark, then for instance you won’t be able to check whether it’s actually properly clean.
2. Park the car on asphalt or tiles
In that way you avoid turning the ground into a big pool of mud or a flood plain while cleaning.
3. Stay in the shade
Avoid glaring sunlight, definitely in the summer, otherwise there will be streaking on your bodywork.
4. Opt for hand washing over a car wash
The car wash is definitely recommended if you have little time or desire to clean your car. However, the safest option is a hand wash, at least if you use the correct materials.
5. Don’t use a sponge
Are your sponge and chamois cloth ready for use? Then put them back, because they retain to much dirt, leading to small scratches when rubbing across the bodywork. What you actually need on hand:
- A washing mitt
- A dry microfibre cloth, because this type of microfibre cloth doesn’t scratch and is absorbs water well
- A reliable car shampoo from an automotive specialist
- A bucket full of lukewarm water
- A special spray or wheel rim cleaner for cleaning the rims
6. Use the right cleaning method
Always start at the top of the car and always wipe along the length to avoid creating ugly ‘spiderwebs’ on the paintwork.
7. Remove bird droppings straight away
You should remove bird faeces as soon as possible, preferably with a high-pressure cleaner. The droppings are particularly aggressive and, compounded with sun, the acid in them can eat through the paint, resulting in dull spots on the bodywork.
8. Take a tough approach to dirt
In the summer, after having driven on the motorway, a host of insects stuck to the front bumper, the windscreen and the radiator grill can be seen each time. Your microfibre cloth is quite helpful, but at car dealerships you will also find special microfibre gloves with a tougher section specifically intended for the removal of insects and other stubborn grime.
9. First aid for stains
Is there dirt or grime on the upholstery? Keep calm and keep these general guidelines in mind:
- Try not to rub the dirt - otherwise this might cause it to embed deeper into the fabric - instead, dab it.
- Leather is relatively easy to clean with a soft cloth and water
- For cloth-upholstered car seats, using a foam upholstery cleaner is highly recommended.
- You can remove chewing gum from your seat with dry ice spray, freezing it and then scraping it off.