Auto Detailing – Most of us set time aside every spring to give our homes a good cleaning. What about our cars? Sure they may get washed and a periodic vacuuming throughout the winter months but do they really get a good cleaning?
If you are fortunate enough to have an extra couple hundred dollars laying around you could take your car in and have it detailed by a professional. If not, then the task falls on you. I have a few helpful tips to share with you to make this task a little easier.
First, make a car cleaning schedule. Every Thursday in our home is Errand Day, which is part of Home Organization schedule. One of the things on my schedule for Thursday is to clean my car. If my car is dirty or not, I wash it and vacuum it. You’d be surprised at how quick it is to clean if you are doing it every week. If you are sticking to your car cleaning schedule, detailing it in the spring will be a breeze.
Let’s get ready to clean! Grab everything that you’ll need to get the job done:
- Wash Bucket
- Spray Nozzle
- Wash Mitt
- Microfiber Drying Towels
- Wheel Brush
- Scrub Brush
- Upholstery Brush
- Detail Duster
- Wet/Dry Vacuum
- Homemade Cleaners
- Your keys – you’ll need those for music
Now, turn on your radio, the louder the better and make sure that you are tuned into some lively, shake your booty music. Everything is better with music! Ask the Seven Dwarfs they like to “Whistle While they Work”.
Start by cleaning the inside and then finishing up on the out side.
Here are a few Auto Detailing tricks:
The easiest way I found to clean the vents is to use a cotton swab or a sponge brush dipped in a multipurpose cleaner. I actually prefer the sponge brush because the texture is a little rough and it helps to scrub away any dirt or allergens that are stuck to the vent.
Wipe down the dashboard with a little water and cleaning solution. Once it’s dry, apply a very small amount of Vaseline using a clean rag. Wipe away any excess with a clean rag. This works wonderfully at conditioning the dashboard and giving it a nice shine. I think it works better than Armour All.
When washing the car, if you run across any areas that soap and water just won’t clean try using a Mr. Clean Magic Sponge. You’ll be surprised at what it can do. On the right is a picture of my door handle, I couldn’t get the black marks to come off until I used the Magic Sponge. Check out how clean it is now.
Next time you clean your car try using some homemade cleaners. Not only are they safer for the environment, but they are also a lot cheaper. We found some amazing homemade cleaners that clean just about every inch of your car.
Here are a few additional tips from our readers:
- Use baby wipes to clean the windshield ~ Desmond Marshall
- To clean the outside of the car, add one cup kerosene to 1 gallon of water, it will help repel rain water ~ Desmond Marshall
- De-greaser works for removing de-icer ~ Jacqueline Gaumitz
- Use furniture polish on dashboards ~ Laura Rowe
- Use olive oil on dashboards, just be sure to wipe off excess ~ HHS Choral Booster Club
- Use a wet dryer sheet to remove bugs from the headlights and hood ~ Melanie Gardner
- To your final bucket of water add 8 drops of glycerin. Apply to car and dry with a chamois. It will make your car shine for weeks and repel bugs and sap ~ Nutty Bird
- Use Scrubbing Bubbles on the dashboard, it won’t leave a residue ~ Heather Lunstra
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