Keeping Your Car Clean

Considering how much cars cost today, it only makes sense to keep yours as clean as possible. Many folks go right to the kitchen for dish detergent when preparing to wash the car. This may give a nice shine to the car, but it is not good for your wax. Dish detergent is formulated to remove fats and grease. It will attack your wax – dulling your shine and leaving your paint more exposed to the elements. Go out and buy yourself a nice bottle of car wash solution the next time you plan to wash the car.

Begin washing the top of your car, rinsing as you go to avoid drying soap. Be careful if using a sponge. Dirt and grit can become trapped in the cells and scratch your paint. Dry with an old bath towel and use a good chamois to give it that extra shine. Consider using a tire protectant to prolong the life of your tires.

For cleaning your interior, use a soft toothbrush to dig into areas with crumbs or dirt. Remove stains on your upholstery with water and clothes detergent. Rinse with clean wet towels and blot to dry. Carpet cleaner can be used on your car’s carpet. For stubborn stains, mix 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide with three cups of water. Use a spray bottle or towel to wet the stain with this solution. Rinse with a mixture of 1/4 cup vinegar and 3/4 cup tap water. Blot with a dry towel.

Clean windows with rubbing alcohol and microfiber towels. Dip one with the alcohol and wipe. Immediately dry with the second towel.

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