How to clean the car like a professional

Save money and get top results with our guide to polishing and protecting your vehicle.

How to clean the car like a professional

We all love a sparkling clean set of wheels, but a trip to the car wash for a thorough clean and polish can cost a lot of money and you can’t always be sure you’re getting good value.

Cleaning the car is a job many of us put off, but doing it yourself means you’ll pay no more than the cost of the products, which can be used again many times.

Paying attention to detail when cleaning your car not only keeps it looking like new, but it can help prevent premature rust and extend the life of the paint job.

Follow our easy guide on how to clean the car like a professional, achieving a sparkling finish and long-lasting results.

1. Wash the car
1. Wash the car
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Soak the car with a hose or pressure washer to wash away surface dirt and dust.

Use a jet spray on the wheel wells where road dirt accumulates. Be sure to check water restrictions in your area before hosing.

Fill a bucket with warm water and add car-washing liquid, following the volume instructions.

Don’t be tempted to use detergents such as dishwashing liquid as they are too harsh for the paintwork.

Starting from the roof down, work in sections using a microfibre cloth in a circular motion, and rinse the area immediately before moving on to the next section.

Open the bonnet and boot and wipe the crevices, not forgetting around the licence plates, door handles and trim.

Rinse the whole car again then dry with a chamois, starting from the roof and wringing the chamois often.

TIP: The surface of the car must not be hot when applying cleaning products, so never work in direct sunlight.

Many pressure washers have a car washing brush to scrub dirt and grime away from problem areas.

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