We all have a personal preference when taking a bath. We usually begin by getting wet, then applying shampoo, then soap, and then we’re done. Others go about their bath process in a different order but the one mentioned above seems to be the most sensible. In the same way, people have their own preference when cleaning the exterior of their car. And just like with taking a bath, there is a general unspoken principle when it comes to cleaning cars — an order designed such that your car will get clean in the least amount of time and with the least amount of effort.
- Start with the body — just like how humans would usually begin taking a bath by getting their body wet, go ahead and start splashing your first pail of water on the body of the car. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that dirt would go down along with the flow of water. So, it should make sense to start by cleaning the top of the car and letting the water flow down. Not only will the top of the car be clean first but the dirt from the bottom of the car will already begin to wash off.
- Follow with the tires — the bottom of your car, your tires specifically, take on the most grime and they’re usually the dirtiest part of the car. Wash with water and foam or gel. But by the time you go to cleaning the bottom of the car, a portion of the dirt would have already been washed off and there will be less cleaning needed for you. Still, considering the amount of dirt collected from all the road trip, there should be still some cleaning that needs to be done.
- Finally, apply shine to make your car look good as new — at the end of the day, it’s not just about removing the dirt from the car. We also want the car to look like new again. Car shines do help. Apply that shine throughout the body of the car and your car should look good as new. Don’t forget to shine the windows of your car as well.
One extra tip when cleaning your car, don’t burden yourself by cleaning under the heat of the sun. Park your car in a shaded area and clean your car there. If you can’t find a shaded area, you might want to consider waking up really early or clean your car late in the afternoon.