I am particular about how I clean my car. I won't take it anywhere near an automated car wash, and by cleaning my car a specific way by hand, I prevent the swirling scratch marks you see in the paintwork.
Here's how I do it:
- I always wash the wheels first. With alloy wheels, I need to get a soft brush to clean between the spokes.
- To begin the car cleaning, I spray on some degreaser to loosen the dirt and any bugs squashed on the front.
- I spray the whole car with foam, which further loosens the dirt on the vehicle. I then rinse the car with the hose.
- Now that most of the grit is off the car, I am now ready to wash it.
- I use two buckets when washing—one with soap and the other for rinsing. I don't use a sponge; instead, I use a soft cleaning mitt.
- To ensure that any grit on the cleaning mitt is removed, I rinse the mitt in the rinsing bucket before dipping it back into the soap bucket.
- Once I have cleaned a section of the car, I rinse it off with the hose and repeat this cleaning cycle until I have cleaned the whole car.
- I then dry the car using soft towels. I don't use a chamois, as it will scratch the surface.
- The last task is to clean in and around the doors, boot and bonnet, ensuring that it looks nice and clean when someone opens the door to get in.
After four years of ownership, my car still looks new, and that's how I would like to keep it.