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DIY: How to Wash Your Car at Home

DIY: How to Wash Your Car at Home

Whether it's on the road or sitting all day in a parking lot, a vehicle attracts a lot of dirt on a daily basis. While cleaning a car on your own might take time, the cost of running a vehicle through a public wash can add up and it might not always do the job right. Here is an easy way to wash your car at home.

What you'll need:

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Step 1: Keep Your Vehicle Shaded

It's important to have your car out of the sunlight. Premature drying can cause soapy or dirty water to leave marks all over the exterior.

Step 2: Spray Your Car with the Hose

This helps soften up the dirt and grease so you can remove it more easily. Make sure to use aim the hose downward on a lighter setting and not in a high-powered stream.

Step 3: Apply Soap with a Sponge

Soak the sponge in the bucket of soap and water. Once the sponge is soapy, start scrubbing your vehicle. Remember to rinse out your sponge frequently in the other bucket.

Step 4: Wash Different Sections of the Car

Don't scrub the entire vehicle at once before rinsing it off. Clean individual smaller sections of the vehicle so they don't dry before being rinsed. Dry soap can create splotches and stains.

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Step 5: Rinse Each Section Off Accordingly

After you scrub the dirt off each section, use your hose to rinse off each section of the vehicle. Make sure to spray the entire car frequently so water spots don't form on the exterior.

Step 6: Dry Off the Vehicle

When you're done washing and rinsing the entire car, use one microfiber cloth to dry the vehicle thoroughly.

Step 7: Clean the Tires

Before finishing the job, remember to clean your tires with an appropriate cleaning solution and a scrub brush. Once they're clean, rinse them off and dry them with the other microfiber cloth.

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Step 8: Apply Tire Dressing

Spray the tires with dressing in a clockwise motion around the sidewall and outer tread pattern of each tire. Tire dressing adds a wax finish and protective coat to car tires.

Step 9: Wax Your Car

Most car wax comes with a pad, however if the wax you purchase doesn't have one, use a specially padded car polisher. Apply the wax in small circular strokes to different sections of the exterior. Once each section is finished, remove the wax residue with another clean microfiber cloth.