There are various reasons why you would wish to wash your car by hand. Maybe you don’t trust the auto-wash at your local gas station, or maybe you just want to save a little money. Your automobile is probably one of your most expensive belongings; here’s how to look after it right in your driveway.
What You’ll Need for a Do-It-Yourself Car Wash:
Car soap: The gentler, the better when car washes soap. Dish soap is a popular alternative for vehicle washes at home, but it’s not recommended. Instead, you should use a car-specific soap.
Towels made of microfiber and/or a vehicle cleaning mitt – Regular cleaning sponges should not be used on your automobile since they may harm the paint or finish. Instead, use a soft towel, such as a microfiber towel or a car-washing mitt intended exclusively for domestic usage.
Separate wash buckets: You’ll need at least two if not three, buckets. Clean, soapy water will be in the first bucket, and plain water will be in the second bucket for rinsing your cloth or mitt. Because you’ll be dealing with a lot more dirt on your wheels than on most other areas of your automobile, a third bucket could be beneficial for rinsing after wheel-washing. You don’t want to keep dipping your cloth into the same pail of water and re-scrubbing the dirt off your automobile.
Hose: While washing your automobile without a hose is doable, it is considerably easier with one, especially when rinsing it off.
Scrubbing brush or sponge: Use a harsher brush or sponge for the wheels and lower areas of the automobile and the floor mats. It may make cleaning dirt and grime simpler.
Glass cleaner: For your car’s windshield and windows, you’ll need this. Make sure the brand is ammonia-free.
Vacuum with a hose: If you have a plug near your car-cleaning location, you can simply do this step with a typical household vacuum.
A headlight cleaning kit and wax kit are optional.
How to Wash Your Car by Hand
It’s time to wash your automobile now that you’ve gathered all of the necessary items and won’t have to stop in the middle of the process to get a cloth.
If at all possible, choose a shaded area. Soap will dry faster, and water evaporates faster in direct sunshine, making your car wash more challenging.
Allow your automobile to soak for a while. To remove bird excrement, grime, and debris from your automobile, spray it down with a hose or throw water on it.
Let’s begin with the wheels. Start with the dirtiest section of the automobile. To paint the automobile’s hubcaps and other non-painted components, you may wish to use a different brush or sponge. Don’t forget about the front and back bumpers.
Hand-wash your car’s exterior. Scrub your automobile carefully with the towel or mitt in the bucket of warm, soapy water, occasionally rinsing in the rinse bucket. Because the soapy water will trickle down when you wash your automobile, do it from top to bottom. After that, rinse everything with clean water (in another instance, a hose might come in handy).
Using your microfiber cloths, dry your automobile.
Clean the windows and windshield of your automobile. Wipe any excess water from your car’s windows and windshield with a paper towel before spraying them with glass cleaner. Remember to clean your windshield wiper blades! Wipe them clean with a clean cloth to avoid leaving any stains.
Make sure your headlights are clean. If your headlights are cloudy and yellow, you may need to purchase a cleaning kit, which may be found on Amazon or at your local auto shop. If your kit includes a protective finish, use that after cleaning off the headlights. Masking tape should be used around your headlights to keep the cleaning solution from getting on other automobile areas.
Wax your vehicle. Now is the time to utilize your waxing kit if you have one. Spray wax is the most convenient to use: simply spray it over a portion of the car and massage it in with a moist microfiber towel. Using a dry part of the towel, buff out the section, and then repeat the process on the other side.
Clean the interior of the vehicle. Remove the floor mats and spray them down; they may then be dried in the sun. Don’t put them back in the car if they’re still wet. While they’re gone, vacuum the car’s interior completely, including the seats, floors, and any nooks and crannies that may have gathered dirt.
Your automobile is now spotless, and you have the comfort of knowing you can do it again at any moment. Congratulations on a job well done on the DIY vehicle wash! It is very easy to get the job done, let us know in the comments if you have successfully done the job…