How to Detail Your Car Yourself
True or false: You love driving a freshly detailed car, but you hate spending the money. We know the answer, so we’re going to tell you how to detail your car yourself. It takes time, but it doesn’t cost much, and you’ll love the feeling of accomplishment.
Pick a day – you need at least four hours and easy access to your supplies and water. Round up some helpers – you’ll work faster with some extra bodies.
- Organize your supplies:
- Sponges, chamois cloths, and rags
- Wet/dry vac
- Canned air
- Car wax
- Upholstery cleaner
- Carpet cleaner
- Surface protector
- Brushes of all sizes, cotton swabs, plastic knives
Begin with your car’s interior. You want to minimize your use of cleaning supplies and water, and dry every area thoroughly. You don’t want to risk the stink of moisture and mildew in your vehicle.
- Vacuum seats and carpets, and use a brush and carpet cleaner on stained areas.
- Wipe doors and jambs down with a sponge and cleaning solution, and use your tools to remove stains and crusty spots.
- Clean the dashboard carefully with a soapy cleaner and your small brushes, taking special care with knobs and dials. Don’t spray cleaner inside your car. Simply apply a small amount to the rag or tool.
- It’s the same deal with the steering column and wheel, as well as the center console. Apply the surface protectant to the entire steering column after it’s dry.
- Regular glass cleaner will do the trick on your inside windows, just be sure to rub any streaks dry.
- Wash the exterior next, beginning with the wheels, then move to one area at a time to keep everything wet. Change the rags and water as necessary, and use your tools on any hard-to-clean areas.
- Dry the entire car thoroughly with a chamois or cotton cloth, and follow up with wax. Finally, use newsprint to remove streaks from the windows.