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Old 01-22-2009, 05:19 PM
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Use a commercial soap that is specifically designed for washing cars. NEVER use household detergent or dishwashing soaps on cars, as they could potentially damage your car's finish.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:22 PM
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Wash your car in the shade whenever possible. This will help the car itself stay cool and will also help to prevent the car from drying quicker than you can wash it, since this will leave spots.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:22 PM
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Be sure to mix the soap and water in a bucket, instead of just throwing soap all over the car once it is wet. Make sure you also have a cleaning mitt or sponge handy for the actual washing.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:22 PM
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Start by first washing the wheels, one at a time. Use a cleaner specifically designed for wheels, and make sure you hit the tires, rims, and if you have them, whitewalls. Scrub the wheels using a brush. Be sure to thoroughly hose the wheel down before moving to the next one.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:22 PM
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Use a spray nozzle on your hose for a nice, even soak of car. Start with the top of the car and work your way down to the bottom. Let the water soak in for a minute or two before beginning the actual washing, as this will help to loosen the dirt.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:23 PM
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Start with the roof. Using your sponge or cleaning mitt, try to scrub the roof in straight lines, moving out to the edges of the roof from the innermost part first. Rinse when you are done, and make sure you also rinse your sponge or mitt.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:23 PM
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Wash the sides of the car in the same way you washed the hood, using straight strokes while scrubbing the sides from top to bottom. Once again, rinse when you are done, and also rinse your sponge or mitt.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:23 PM
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When the sides are washed, move onto the hood and trunk of the car, once again washing and rinsing in the same manner.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:23 PM
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After you have washed and rinsed the sides of the car, spray the undercarriage of your car thoroughly, to help remove buildups of mud and dirt.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:23 PM
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Once your car is rinsed thoroughly, dry the car using a clean, soft cloth. Have plenty available, as you may need more than one, depending on the size of your car. Do not try to rub out every single drop of water from the surface of the car, but run the cloth over the car lightly to smooth out the water droplets.
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Old 01-26-2009, 05:29 AM
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After you have washed and rinsed the sides of the car, spray the undercarriage of your car thoroughly, to help remove buildups of mud and dirt.
CAUTION: On some cars, the charcoal canister filter that helps absorb gasoline vapors from the fuel tank and keeps them from escaping into the atmosphere has ventilation slots in a rear wheel well (for example, most Hyundai Sonatas from 1999 to 2005). Spraying a high-pressure water stream into a rear wheel well can saturate that filter and cause the "CHECK ENGINE" light to go on. In some cases, the filter will dry out and the light turn off after a few days, but in severe cases, you could damage the filter and have an expensive replacement bill on your hands. If you aren't sure where the filter is, check with your mechanic or dealer.
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Cool Don't forget the inside of your car!

While most of our car washing tips are devoted to the exterior of the car, don't forget your interior. For most interior surfaces (dashboard, door panels, steering wheel, etc.,) a damp cloth wrung out of clear cold water will remove most dust without scratches.
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Old 09-29-2013, 04:27 PM
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Use a good household window cleaner to remove dust, grime, cigarette smoke, and other crud from the inside of your windshield and windows. Use a lint-free cloth or paper towel to wipe the windows. Be sure to wipe in the direction of your rear window defroster or antenna grid in the back window to avoid damaging the grid...in other words, wipe across the grid from left to right, not from top to bottom.
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Old 09-29-2013, 04:30 PM
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Cool Microfiber cloths

Many people use microfiber cloths to wipe down car exteriors and interiors. They do a great job, but if they get too dirty, they can actually smear or scrape the very surface you're trying to clean. Be sure to wash them according to the instructions that came with your cloth!
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Old 09-29-2013, 04:33 PM
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Cool Brushwork even non-drummers can learn!

Few things are more tedious than keeping air vents and little nooks and crannies in your car interior. Get a small, soft-bristle brush and keep it in the glove compartment to whisk the dust and crumbs out of air vents, storage trays, etc.
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