Tips to help you keep your car squeaky clean

Posted by: Cal on 22/05/2014

Category: General

It doesn't take long for a car to go from squeaky clean to in need of a good scrub. Even for somebody with the best of intentions, a little dust or grime inevitably builds up here and there.

It's important however to try and keep your car as clean as possible. After all, it will prolong the lifespan of the significant investment that is a vehicle. Plus, you'll feel better cruising the streets in a nice, shiny car as opposed to a dusty and rusty one.

If you're wondering how best to keep your car clean, check out our tips here.

How to keep your car's interior clean

Car seats and carpets can become home to a lot of everyday dirt, particularly in the foot areas. To avoid excessive build up of mess, try to dust off or wipe your shoes before stepping into your vehicle. 

Every now and then, give your foot mat a shake out and vacuum your car's interior regularly. This will help get rid of things like dust, strands of hair, odours and help things feel clean and tidy. Make sure you do a thorough job and remember to vacuum the boot and under any mats you may have. 

Stubborn pet hair can be resistant to a vacuum alone, in which case the best solution is to don a pair of rubber gloves to raise it off the surface and encourage it up the vacuum. 

If any dirt, mud or hair isn't coming off, you may need to use a scrubbing brush and soap or another cleaning solution. You may need to visit a professional cleaner for any stubborn stains from spillage. 

It's also a good idea to wipe down surfaces such as your dashboard and steering wheel with a damp cloth. 

You might also want to consider having a small rubbish container in the front passenger seat so you can keep any rubbish in one, easy-to-remove place. 

How to clean your windscreen and windows

It's important to have clean a clean windscreen and windows so that your visibility is as sharp as possible. 

Pick up a specialist vehicle glass cleaning solution from a car store of your choice, and use this to spray your car's glass surfaces down. Then grab a microfibre cloth and wipe any dirt or dust off in sections, starting with the top edges and working your way down evenly. Do this for both the interior and exterior of the glass. 

Once you've finished the outside, wash it off with some clean water and dry it off with a clean towel. 

How to keep your car's exterior clean

Try to clean your car on grass if possible, as this minimises any potentially harmful runoff from entering drains and waterways.

Grab some car cleaning products and preferably a trigger-operated hose that will help keep your water usage as low as possible. Hose the car down first before you begin to clean it with a soft sponge or cloth and a mix of water and cleaning product. Rinse and then dry off with a clean cloth. 

Don't forget to clean around the wheels and tyres, too. This is a great time to check your car tyres are in good condition. Check for any signs of wear and tear or punctures and remind yourself if they are due for a boost in pressure or perhaps if your tyres need replacing or rotating. 

Once your car is squeaky clean and dry you can take it for a spin and impress the locals with its slick shine - until it's time to do it all over again.