Believe it or not, spring has already arrived in the U.S. and that typically means the end to winter cold, slush, and grime. Of course, at the time of this blog article posting, much of the nation is still struggling with cold weather and snowfall. Nevertheless, spring is officially here and summer is just around the corner. And in order to spread a little warm summer enthusiasm, we thought that we’d put together a list of car cleaning tips from the professionals.
Why car cleaning tips? Simply because nothing says “summer” like getting out in the driveway on a hot Saturday afternoon with the garden hose and a bucket of suds and washing your favorite vehicle. With bright sunshine beating down, the breeze whispering through green leaves overhead, and the car radio playing your favorite tunes, it’s a care-free atmosphere perfect for a little light work on your car, truck, or SUV. And, of course, the result is a vehicle that looks good enough to cruise through the remains of the afternoon wherever the roads take you.
Car Cleaning Tips from the Professionals:
- Go at the wheels of your vehicle first. Although we tend to think of car cleaning as a “top-down” job, the professionals advise to start with the wheels before you approach the body. Clean your wheels to a high shine with a degreaser (specifically, a non-acid-based cleaner).
- Now the body. Think of the exterior surfaces of your car, truck, or SUV as a protective skin that needs loads of attention. The body of your vehicle needs to be cleaned free of road dirt, stubborn tar and bug gunk, and any grime, sand, or salt leftover from the winter. Hand washing is best, as it puts you in direct contact with all of the car surfaces and allows you to see any areas that need special attention. Additionally, if you want to do the job like a pro, give up the dishwashing detergent and find yourself a quality carwash solution. Lastly, if you want every inch or your vehicle to have a healthy shine, you should consider a final rub-down with a microfiber cloth.
- Protect your paint with wax. After all these decades, wax is still the go-to product that helps protect your paint from minor scratches or stains and keeps the car shiny like new. There are a good number of wax products on the market (some paste, some liquid), but either will do the job. It’s all just a matter of personal preference.
- Clean the glass last. Again, break out the microfiber cloth and use a non-ammonia-based glass cleaner to get the glass surfaces squeaky-clean and sparkling.
Other helpful hints: If you’re faced with sticky road tar deposits on the finish of your car, use a little Lifter-1 Bug & Tar Remover for easy removal. Also, using a little Lifter-1 Carpet Stain Remover is one of the easiest ways to clean your floor mats.
Lifter-1 has served the automotive products marketplace for over twenty years and prides itself on selling stain removers and bug & tar removers that really work. We take great satisfaction in manufacturing products that easily remove the toughest stains and road gunk from your vehicle – inside and out!