How to clean a car will deliver up a mind numbing amount of results when doing a search on the Internet.
From the growing number of "YouTube Detailers", (guys who talk the talk but have never walked the walk) to articles written by non-professionals who simply repeat bad information from other non-professionals.
It is a vicious cycle you will find yourself entering out of your simple need and desire of how to clean your own car.
While this website is filled with pages dedicated to very specific areas of detailing and cleaning, this page will be dedicated to helping you clean the exterior of your car.
I will take my 30-plus years of professional experience and deliver usable information based on the following:
While many people find spending a half-day on the weekend washing their car as a form of therapy, most people find that washing their car is a necessary evil.
While most people would agree that driving a clean car is much more fun than driving a dirty car, the reality is that washing your car is still effort. And the more effort this represents, the more reasons you will find in order to avoid cleaning your car.
One of the best ways to clean your car is sourcing the products you need from a single kit. Not only can a kit provide superior products, but will save you time and aggravation.
You likely wouldn't be reading this if you already knew the best way to wash your car, and settled into the best routine on washing your car. The "right" car washing kit will give you the exact products you need, while saving you time and money in the process.
Chemical Guys HOL133 Best Detailing Bucket Kit (5 Items), 16. Fluid_Ounces
Darren's Tips: I love this kit! Ideal for any beginner looking to get results now, not after weeks of searching for the best car wash soap, or the best way to wash a car.
I find that so many people are using inferior car washing mitts to wash their car and this kit delivers a much safer way to wash your car between the mitt and the dirt trap insert.
I am amazed at how many people I still see using household bath towels to dry their cars. I realize this is a very convenient way to dry a car, but it is also a sure way to put unwanted scratches and abrasions into your car paint.
100% cotton towels feel good on your skin, but are one of the major reasons your car has what is called the "spider-webbing" effect. Your paint will look like it has a circular pattern of endless spider ebbs on it.
Meguiar's X2000 Water Magnet Microfiber Drying Towel, 1 Pack
Darren's Tip: If you only decided to follow one of my car cleaning hacks, it would be this single suggestion. Using bath towels to dry your car is not only a terrible idea, but delivers a user experience that is adding additional work to your efforts.
Once you try one of these micro-fiber drying cloths, I promise you will never go back to a traditional bath towel! And the added benefit will be the end to the annoying lint you should be frustrated with.
Very few things deliver more frustration to people than trying to clean car windows. Streak free windows are about using the right product, the right tools, and the right technique.
I have a page dedicated to my secret hack to perfectly clean car windows. At that page I show you a way to clean your car windows in a way that you never have experienced.
If you aren't chasing perfection in how you clean your car windows then you can keep it simple with the following recommendations.
Meguiar's G8224 Perfect Clarity Glass Cleaner, 24 Fluid Ounces
Darren's Tips: I like this window cleaner, but I am not in love with it. Only because I know there is a superior way to achieve perfectly clean car windows with another product that you can see at my clean car windows link.
The Rag Company (2-Pack) 16 in. x 24 in. Waffle-Weave 370gsm Microfiber Detailing, Window/Glass and Drying Towels - LINT-Free, Streak-Free
Darren's Tips: Once again, this is one of my top tips when learning how to clean a car is by using a waffle weave micro-fiber cloth for all your window cleaning.
Windows are a constant aggravation for even seasoned detailers, so there is no surprise that driveway detailers find constant frustration with cleaning car windows.
Regardless of the window cleaning technique and product you choose, you definitely need to switch to a waffel weave micro-fiber cloth when cleaning your car windows.
If you have made it this far then you will have likely picked up a few new tricks on how to clean a car. But I have a few additional tips and tricks I would like to leave you before we bring this page to and end:
If you have made it this far you have a high level of concentration and dedication to you and the beauty of your car. Most people remain unwilling to take the time to learn the proper way of how to clean a car and then become frustrated due to poor results.
I hope you are able to produce better results and have a better user experiencing cleaning your car with my car cleaning tricks.
I wish you much success!