This guide will walk you through how to properly wash your car at home.
Giving maintenance to your car also means washing it, otherwise dirt and grime will stick in your car. It might sounds silly, but washing a car isn’t only spraying water and shampoo in it. People like me? We take seriously the cleaning process of our car and we spent more than 2 hours washing it. We have our methods to do it, here I leave mine.
Here is a guide if you need to wash your car at home. Follow it and save some money!
Many of us are very cautious about taking care of our car, especially if we strive to buy it with our own money and hard work. We regularly take our car to the service, we drove it very carefully and we even put some ornament in it. Better yet, I know a guy who cared too much with his car that he don’t want anyone to touch it.
But when it comes to washing your car in a car wash, how “jealous” you are with your car, are you? Taking your car to the car wash is comfortable, but it also expensive and I can’t guarantee that it will make your car spotless. Truth is that I personally don’t trust that much in automatic car wash.
Don’t be lazy, get your stuff and wash it yourself!
However, you need to read this useful car wash tips beforehand
If you want your car looks fresh like when it came from the factory, here are some practical tips to wash your car at home.
Always wash your car in the shade
Never wash your car under the sun. Why? Because excessive heat can dry your shampoo quickly, preventing the shampoo to make your car clean and shiny. High temperature can also alter the properties of both the paint and crystals, as well as the shampoo. A jet of cold water to a windscreen that has been under the sun for quite a long time could even crash it!
Always brings two buckets of water with you
When washing, always have two buckets of water on hand. One with your shampoo and one with only water in it. Dip the cloth or sponge into the mixture, and when you finish, soak it in the bucket that has only water in it. So the dirt will remain in the bucket that has only water and will not get into the bucket with shampoo.
Don’t use the same towel to dry and wax
Never use the same towel to dry and wax your car. It is recommended to use cloths and microfiber towels, which are much smoother. Forget about household cotton towels or kitchen sponges. Microfiber only!
Removes excess dirt before applying your shampoo
If your car is very dirty, try rinsing it with plenty of water before starting to use your shampoo.
Clean the interior with the right product
Not all shampoo can be used to clean the interiors. Apart from leaving your interior oily, it can also damage some parts of your car. Today there are specialized brand products that contain moisturizing agents, as well as UV filters that will prevent your console from losing its color. In addition to delivering a natural shine, it will leave your car without oily residues.
Apply the appropriate wax
Spray wax is proven to be quite effective and practical in their application. However, there are new waxes of different density that offer a spectacular layer of gloss and protection (even formulated according to the color of your paint). The application of wax is very subtle, you don’t need to anoint the whole car more than anything necessary.
Use additional tools
– Vacuum cleaner is excellent for cleaning carpets in your car.
– Use baby wipes to clean the car’s headlights and glass.
Always wash from the top down
Always wash your car from the ceiling to the baseboards, from the roof to the bumpers. Never start from below, because when we rinse the car, the remains of the shampoo or detergent will stay, which is very ugly.
No brushes to wash your car
All kinds of brush will scratch your car, although it cleans better than the sponge, believe me it will scratch your car after the third wash. If you have paint with few stripes and you want to spend less time to polish it, use sponge. There are no wonderful brushes that don’t scratch the paint.
So you have read our tips above, great! Then let’s get started, shall we? Time to wash your car super clean!
We find this video by ChrisFix very helpful to demonstrate how to properly wash your car at home. Take your time, watch the video from start to end, then you can continue to read our guide down below.
With a constant maintenance to your vehicle and a good cleaning, you will not only save water, but you will keep your car in excellent condition.
To start washing your car at home, prepare the necessary material: bucket, sponges, various brushes of different sizes, a suede, clean rags, window cleaners, special body shampoo, silicone plastics, a spray for tire cleaning and other additional tools you have.
First of all, wet your car completely, from the ceiling to under the car. If your car is very dirty with dirt that stuck in it, don’t clean it with a rag, as you will always scratch the paint even when your rag is wet. If you have a water jet, this is going to do the job very quickly. In case you don’t have it, it is best to go soak the car with your hand while you pour water in it. That’s how we can get all the dirt removed.
Start with the roof then go down from there, it’s not important to start from the sides or behind after the roof, but always from top to bottom. As I said before, when there is a lot of dirt you can take it out with the palm of your hand as you pour water to it, that way we can remove the excess mud that it may have.
Once this is done you can use soft sponges to wash it, not any sponge can do the job, as it can scratch your paint. You can get a good sponge from “Walmart” it’s not expensive and it’s very soft. The most important thing is that besides cleaning well, it will take care of your paint. You can also use shampoos, there are many brands but I think the best one is the Auto Finesse Lather since they can make your car shine more than the other product I’ve tried. And remember, never use any product that can be abrasive.
Let’s continue with the same method, with a bucket, shampoo and a sponge, we start to wash it from top to bottom.
Always pay close attention to the sockets, it usually filled with some dots of asphalt and it’s very difficult to wash. You must have tried to clean it with your rags, and it just can’t do the job? Even worse sometimes the rags extend them. The best way to remove those dots is with kerosene, people says that naphtha is better, but I prefer to keep my kerosene method. When the sockets is very dirty I use this kerosene with a tow or some piece of old clothes. Instantly they disappear, the drama is that it remains as greasy, so we will always do this before we start washing it and not after.
Wash the car with your shampoo and sponge then dry it with a rag. Don’t use an old sponge because it can scratches the paint on your car. The rag should be changed every 8 or 10 washes. When you buy a new rag, put it in a pot and boil it for 30 minutes and then leave it to soak a few hours. It will be smooth like when you bought it. People sometimes are using two rags, but I think it’s useless because it will waste your time.
Next car washing parts!
Now we can continue with the tires. Before drying the car and after rinsing it, we are going to clean the tires. For tires we can use any kind of brush, be it soft or hard and you should pour water at the same time. It is best to use ordinary detergent, you don’t really need to spend money to buy an expensive shampoo for this part.
Last part, drying the car. You have to start with the glasses, the best way to leave the glasses well is with newspaper, if you want you can also use napkins, but they leave lint and it’s kind of annoying, but it stays pretty much the same. Finishing the car wash, it is best to leave it in the sun. Don’t heat the interior, so that water will not start to drip to places where we can not dry them (like glass weatherstrips, inside the mirrors, etc.)