Keeping Your Car CleanJuly 14, 2018
Aside from all typical costs of having a car (petrol, car tax and a constant rising cost of car insurance) there is another car costs that isn’t so obvious – Cleaning. Keeping your car clean can be tedious, time consuming and costly, but it must be done. In the long run, having your car cleaned regularly will stop its color from fading (particularly on red paint) and prolong the life of leather seats.
Do it yourself: It’s always tempting to take your car to an automatic car wash or valet to save time and effort, but there’s always the risk of scratching the surface, and to do it regularly can be a costly treat. The best car wash is hand wash, so why not do it yourself on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Firstly, you will need the right tools and equipment. You will need a bucket, car shampoos, cleaners, waxes, polishes, brushes, sponges and cloths, as well as a regular hoover for cleaning the inside. Start off by rinsing the car with the hose to remove any dirty or dust.
Use a bucket to pour the appropriate washing liquid, and then start scrubbing! Top tips: Its best if you wash your car in a shady spot or on a cloudy day for to avoid stains from when the water evaporates. Rinse your sponge/cloth before putting it back in the soapy water. Don’t forget to rinse your car from any soap after scrubbing. Clean and dry your windows with care – you don’t want any streaks or smudges restricting your vision when driving. Remember to dry your car with a clean cloth and apply polish/wax for the best results! Caution: Whatever you do, don’t put the sponge on the floor as it may pick up dirt and grit that can scratch the car. If you own a red car, you may need to wash it more regular as it’s likely to lose its if neglected. Car/Valet Having your car cleaned by someone else is simple. All you have to do is watch and wait whilst your car is transformed.
Car wash: Although hand washing the car may be more effective in thoroughly cleaning the dirt and dust off than the car wash – taking your car to an automated car wash is much more convenient, quick and easy alternative to get your car squeakily clean without the hassle. With prices generally ranging between £6 and £80 depending on the size of the car and the service, you can definitely find the service type suitable for you.
Valeting: Car valeting is a great way to have your car looking squeakily both inside and out. Unlike the automated car wash, car valeting is done by hand by specialists, so your car will be properly cleaned without leaving any running streaks. If you shop around, sometimes you can find a service with a money back guarantee if you’re unhappy or find any obviously missed signs of dirt straight after your valet.
Diana Zirconia is a writer for Confused.com, the cheap car insurance in UK comparison site.