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How To Wash Your Car Like a Pro

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQ, Tips and Tricks on Friday, June 30th, 2018 at 7:01 PM
Man in plaid washing his car

If you have ever wondered why you aren’t getting the same results when you wash your car at home compared to when you take it to the professionals, then this post is for you. We reveal some of the top auto detailing tips and tricks you’ll need to get the best at home results. Keep reading.

Auto Detailing Tips and Tricks for The Best At Home Results

Take Everything Out

To get the best results, we recommend removing everything from your vehicle. Once everything is removed, put away any items that don’t need to be in your vehicle any longer and give everything else a good scrub. Smaller plastic items like removable cup holders can be washed out in the sink and floor mats should be vacuumed and washed.

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Someone vacuuming car interiorUse a Rinse Bucket

One of the biggest mistakes we see people make at home when cleaning the exterior of their vehicle is using only one bucket of soapy water. If you rinse your sponge in the same water you clean with, you run the risk of getting dirt and debris trapped in your sponge which can cause damage to your vehicle’s exterior. Use two buckets when washing, one to rinse your dirty sponge and one with clean soapy water.

Deep Clean Upholstery

Dirt and debris, food crumbs, and pet hair are just some of the items that get trapped in your car upholstery causing smelly odors. About once a month or once every other month, we suggest deep cleaning your upholstery. Start by vacuuming any large pieces of debris. Then, use an upholstery cleaning product to get anything left over. If you have odor problems, we also suggest rubbing some baking soda into your upholstery and carpets. Let the baking soda sit for 20 minutes to an hour and then vacuum it away for a fresh smelling car.


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Don’t Overlook Vents

Most people doing at home car cleaning forget about their vents. After time, dust and moisture get trapped inside your cabin vents and can produce unwanted odors. Use a small unused paintbrush or toothbrush to get inside the small crevices of the air vent to clean any dust or debris out. A can of compressed air can also do the trick.

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