Spring is in the air, and as the temperatures rise, the sun peeks out from behind the clouds, and we get just a little more daylight that we’re used to – it’s time to break out the sponges and give your car a good clean.
While more of us than ever are giving up our bucket and hose for the speed and convenience of the automated car wash, or the glut of manual valet services that have popped up in every car park, here at Flux we still think there’s something to be said for rolling up your sleeves and giving your motor the attention it deserves.
There are so many different tips out there for how to get a sparkling finish on your car that sometimes it seems easier not to bother. But keeping it clean is important because a build up of dirt can ruin your bodywork, particularly bird droppings erode paintwork. This is why we’ve broken down the cleaning process into five key areas to make things simple, while also recommending the best products to use.
- The main exterior body always has dirt that just won’t shift with elbow grease alone so it is worth investing in a pressure washer for a better and quicker clean. Partner it with a good pressure washer detergent to help further lift grime and grease off the car’s surface.
- Tyres are one of the most awkward and dirty areas on your car so it’s worthwhile investing in a decent tyre brush. There are loads of great tyre brushes out there, with some of the best designed with stiff bristles and being curved to fit around the contours of the tyre making it much easier to clean your tyres.
- Wheel trims often get overlooked when carrying out a routine car wash. However, particularly with alloy wheels, it is worth investing a little extra time and money in a specially formulated wheel cleaner to keep them looking spick ‘n’ span.
- Windows require attention too. The temptation is to use a standard household window cleaner, but this is not recommended as it can damage the glass and cause glare at night. Therefore it is important to use a proper car window cleaner which is designed to be safe on automotive windows.
- Car interior cleaning can seem like a never-ending task but it’s a lot easier if you are using the right products. But beware many car cleaners have silicone in them which, once applied, makes the surface slippery; this is particularly hazardous if any gets onto the pedals. A silicone free spray is the safest way to clean the interior surfaces.
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