What is the best way to clean your car?
If you have landed here, you are wondering the best solution to cleaning your vehicle. Great news! You have come to the right place! We specialise in cleaning equipment of all types: Chemicals, Machinery, Techniques & Method, Accessories, Application and much more.
What you need:
- Buckets x2
- Garden Hose
- Jumbo Sponge / Lambswool Mitt
- Pressure Washer (Optional)
- Cleaning Detergent
- Soft, Dry Cloth (Preferably Microfibre)
Preparing Your Vehicle for Washing
Firstly, prepare the vehicle of choice for cleaning, by parking it under a shaded area. The reason being (Especially in Summer), it can cause the body of the vehicle to heat up. Since heat speeds up the drying time of water and soap, it can leave soap and watermarks all over the paintwork, leaving the question of “What was the point?”
Begin with thoroughly rinsing the car down with water before applying soap. Ensure you remove any loose dirt and debris to avoid scratching the paintwork when initiating the cleanse. To be more productive and use your time more efficiently, consider purchasing an additional ‘snow foam’ lance, which buries the vehicle in chemical, specifically released in such a way that it foams and burrows its way into tough dirt and grime. Leave for 3-4 Minutes. During this short span, the chemical will have had time to soak into and up-lift dirt particles, creating a much easier clean overall. However, do not leave the detergent to dry on the vehicle as this may damage paintwork, but also does not have an effect.
Wash Your Vehicle
If you have completed the preparation stage, you are now ready to wash the vehicle. If used, start with blasting any chemical off your paintwork so you can reveal the true cleaning requirements remaining. Fill 2 buckets, one with hot soapy water (with cleaning detergent mix) and one simply with hot water. Proceed to apply hot soapy water to the top of the vehicle. We recommend scrubbing your vehicle with a lambswool mitt as this fibre has the least scratching properties, we also advise to scrub the vehicle in an ‘up and down’ motion, as scrubbing in circular motions could potentially leave ‘swirl’ marks on the paintwork. After each cleanse of using hot soapy water, soak and rinse your washing material in the second hot water bucket; this is to remove any dirt and debris caught in your sponge/mitt which potentially may scratch your paintwork. Continue to repeat from the top down to the skirt of car, until you can see your reflection!
If you can now see yourself on the body of the car, good job! Time for the final touches. As previously stated, self-drying of water on the bodywork will evapourate and leave ‘watermarks’ on it. To tackle and overcome this problem, we recommend using a microfibre cloth to dry your vehicle off with, this removes any ‘watermarks’ and restores your vehicle back to pristine condition. Additional buffers and polishers can be used, optionally.
What about Cleaning Wheels?
What is the best solution for cleaning alloys, rims or wheels? You will require 2 Buckets still, it is best to refill them but not necessary. Mix a cleaner into one of the buckets. Make sure to use a cleaner that is safe for all-wheel surfaces. Avoid caustic cleaners that contain acid, as well as dishwashing detergents. These cleaners can ruin the finish on your wheels.
Dependant on how dirty your wheels are, you want to use a de-greaser if they’re really bad. Soak your sponge, mitt or even brush, which is more suitable for wheels in the hot soapy water and proceed to apply and scrub in an ‘up and down’ motion again. Small crevices in the alloys or rims may be better cleaned with a soft-bristle toothbrush.
Once cleaned, rinse thoroughly with water / pressure washer to transport dirt and debris off them. Then use a dry, soft cloth again to dry your wheels off. Again, this prevents watermarks.
If you have followed each phase of the cleanse, with a bit of elbow grease, you should have spectacular finishes and shine!