Car Detailing Tips and Tricks

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Maybe you have a brand new car, maybe you’ve had the same one for the past decade, but however old your vehicle is, you should have the same motivation to keep it looking clean and new. To help you out, we’ve put together a few tricks and tips that you may not have otherwise thought of. Read on to learn more!

clean the engine bay first

Before you get to cleaning the visible parts of your car, take care of the engine bay. This will help to ensure that it gets doubly washed as you take care of the car’s exterior. The engine bay is too often ignore, but cleaning it regularly will clear up any excess grease, oil, and dirt that can build up, as well as give you a chance to check for any potential future problems. You can use a hose or pressure washer to clean the engine bay, but make sure you have it on a gentle setting.

then clean the interior

If you clean the interior before tackling the exterior, it will give your seats time to dry sufficiently by the time you are finished, although you might want to leave them for a few hours after shampooing. You can also use a toothbrush or a cotton swab to clean out those hard-to-reach areas.

consider removing the seats

Most people vacuum over and under their seats fairly regularly, but if you are going for a proper deep clean–especially if you are trying to sell your vehicle–you might want to consider removing your seats to get the full clean. This is actually easier than you might think (you can find tutorials online that will match your car type), and would allow you to thoroughly clean both the seats and the areas underneath them

don’t forget the top of your windows

How great is it when you can actually see clearly through some sparkling clean windows? But then how disappointing is it when you roll them down a little, and see that there is a line where you missed the top. Don’t forget to roll your windows down a little and clean the top of each one. It is a little thing that makes a world of difference.

remember your headlights

Cleaning your headlights regularly is a good way to increase brightness, and therefore safety on the road in the dark. You might wonder why your headlights are dimming, and it might be the better and cheaper option to simply wash them, instead of replacing them. Don’t forget to take care of your taillights as well.

keep it clean

It’s a lot easier to maintain cleanliness than to carry out a deep clean every few months. Keep a microfiber dusting cloth and a bag for trash in your car. This should help you to keep your vehicle clean as you go along.
 

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