How To Wash Your Car At Home

quickest car wash tips at home

Self-wash car at home is a good idea, helping the owner of the car to get active exercise and also save a small amount. Please refer to the steps to perform with some experiences car wash yourself Below this article to help make the process of washing the car easier, as well as avoid encountering some risks such as: damaging / scratching / losing the paint gloss of the car, or the car cannot start ...

Car Wash Preparation And Steps At Home

1. Prepare tools

Use special car wash soap! Dishwashing liquid or other household cleaners will lose shine or damage car paint. Plus, all you need is clean water, a spray nozzle, and a soft, clean cloth or brush. First, park your car in a shady place - ideally on gravel or grass so that water can seep into the soil, avoiding the risk of dirt getting back into the vehicle.

The easiest car wash tips at home
Prepare tools such as aerosols, soap, and towels

Direct sunlight will dry the car quickly, leaving soap residue or unwanted streaks on the vehicle's surface. Most car care professionals recommend using special car wash gloves or soft towels to reduce scratches on car paint. A separate soft bristle brush should be used to brush the wheels.

2. Wash from top to bottom 

The car should be washed from top to bottom and regularly cleaned with towels or brushes, to avoid moving dirt from one place to another, creating scratches on the car. The lower part of the car, especially behind the wheel cavities, is where the dirt accumulates. Therefore, washing from the top will reduce the risk of moving dirt from the lower parts to the entire body, causing scratches.

Spray the car carefully and carefully
Spray the vehicle carefully and thoroughly on the outside of the vehicle

3. Clean rims and tires 

One of the easiest ways to improve the look of your vehicle is to keep the rims and tires clean. As with the car body, it is important to use the correct wheel cleaner. Today, most wheel types are coated with protection or gloss, and this coating is very susceptible to damage if exposed to too strong detergent; some even require a special detergent or polish.

Clean rims and tires
Clean rims and tires

Make sure the wheels and brakes are cool before washing them. Cold water can damage a hot brake disc. Once the rim is clean, a specialized tire cleaner, followed by a tire polish, may be needed.

4. Use wax 

When using wax, it should be noted:

  • Wash and dry the vehicle before waxing.
  • The surface of the vehicle must be cool and free from direct sunlight. Outdoor temperature should be above 10oC, and humidity is low.
  • Use a sponge or ruffled cotton towel to rub the wax over small sections diagonally or in circular swirls.
  • Wait for the wax to dry, then wipe off the matte wax on the body with a microfiber towel. Wipe in all directions and turn towels often. Rinse the towel to let the wax stick to it fall off.
  • When finished, wipe the entire vehicle again, paying particular attention to corners, door edges, welds, where wax may remain. To make the car more shiny, spray wax can be used after washing the car. This product is very easy to use and only takes a few minutes.

5. Clean the inside of the car

Do not ignore the car interior! Make sure you vacuum under the seat and don't use products that make the dashboard or steering wheel shine, as this can cause light reflection, which is dangerous to drive.

Carry out cleaning inside the car's interior
Carry out cleaning inside the car's interior

About the process interior cleaning, first vacuum all the upholstery, then the carpet. Then, vacuum under the chair. Experts recommend using a soft cloth and clean water to clean the dashboard and seats. Cotton swabs are very useful when cleaning small slots, while a bristle brush is used to remove dirt from the floor mat. More sophisticatedly, you can use specialized cleaning agents for each type of interior surface, such as leather, plastic, plastic, vinyl, wood, plywood ... (Reference how to clean leather seats in cars standard, always color fast, limit peeling and damage to the leather layer in the seat).

Some Experience When Self-Washing A Car At Home 

 

  • Do not wash the car when first used

 

When you have just returned from the car or the car is in hot weather, you should not wash it immediately. Because too sudden changes in temperature will cause parts of your car to easily crack, gradually causing your car to experience many unnecessary damage.

 

  • Do not use water that is too strong to spray directly

 

Using water hose that is too strong to spray directly on the vehicle will affect the paint layer. Not only that, if some important parts such as the carburetor, the car are sprayed with strong water, the gasoline will be mixed with water and the engine will not explode.

 

  • Clean the engine compartment only

 

With engine compartmentYou should only carefully clean the parts if you don't know how to take apart them. By the way, check the engine oil, brake fluid, coolant to clean the air filter for the engine. 

In case the engine compartment is too dirty, you should go to the car wash garage, the staff will disassemble each part and clean it thoroughly.

 

  • Be careful when choosing a cleaning cloth

 

Should choose a soft cloth to clean the car. Or if you make use of old fabrics, old clothes, you need to cut out hard details such as buttons, zippers, stones, ... to avoid scratching the car. It is best to choose soft cotton or cotton fabrics.

 

  • Each type of towel is used for one part

 

Please use 1 separate towel for the bodywork, 1 separate towel for the wheel. Because if shared, dirt - dirt on the towel will make the paint coat easily scratch.

 

  • Should start the car after cleaning

 

Starting the engine after washing the car will quickly dry the parts that are still standing water, reducing unnecessary rust. Therefore, you should start and run the car for a short while after washing the car.

Hope the above sharing will be useful. Wish you have the most enjoyable experience when cleaning your own car! (Instructions on how cleaning the indoor unit using an endoscopic method quickest, simplest).

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