How to Clean your Car Properly
Published: September 4, 2014 | Updated: April 6, 2021 | Posted by: Moneymax | Lifestyle
Our cars need shower, too. Dirt can pile up and give it an aged look. There is no other way to keep your cars clean but you or anyone get cleaning equipment and give your cars a good scrub. Though cleaning your car on a schedule is a good idea, doing it the wrong way may be costly to you as it may tear down your car which may not be covered by your car insurance.
Here are tips on how to do it the right way:
Fabric Car Seats
Use a vacuum cleaner to get debris from the seats and the rest of car’s interior. This will prevent you from tracking dirt on your seats while washing them. Soak a sponge on hot water and scrub the seat but don’t get it too wet. If you think it’s evenly moistened, dip a towel into your bucket of cold water to scrub the excess dirt.
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Leather or Faux-Leather Seats
Vacuum the seats and the rest of the car interior. Apply car upholstery cleaner in the amount directed in the packaging. Wipe down the seats with moist chamois. Make sure that the cleaning agent is entirely removed. Allow the seats to dry naturally.
Tinted Car Windows
A layer of film makes a car tinted. It takes utmost care so as not to deal with scratches easily. It’s not wise to use ammonia-based glass cleaner on tinted windows. Instead, use a damp cloth and a soapy water. You can also purchase spray foam glass cleaners to clean the tint material without streaking. Otherwise, there are plenty of ammonia-free glass cleaners on the market.
Warm up the engine slightly and do not go into operating temperature. Remove the negative terminal cable on the battery then the positive. And don’t forget to cover exposed electrical components with a plastic wrap. Water can cause serious problems in the air intake and carburetor area, so cover it with aluminum foil or plastic. Brush loose dirt or debris from the engine surfaces using a stiff bristle or a cleaning brush. Make a soap solution and brush it on the engine and wet them thoroughly. Rinse the engine through a hose. Let the engine dry on its own.
Wash your car’s wheels and tires separately. Use a separate bucket of soap and water and a tire cleaner, so you don’t get the grease and grime from your wheels and tires onto the rest of your car. Use a feather-bristled brush to remove all the dirt that accumulates in your wheels then try it with a terry cloth to avoid rusting. If you’re using any product, make sure that you read the label and the whole packaging for any harm on your health and your car. Are you cleaning your car through these tips?
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