Car care tips to keep your vehicle spotless

3/09/2013

Getting a new car is so exciting - it is so shiny and new when you pick it up! But sadly, as soon as you drive out of the showroom the wear-and-tear of daily driving starts to show.
 
So how can you keep your car looking as good as new? We have a simple guide to keep your car sparkling clean!

 

Car washing supplies Washing your car – dust and muck will accumulate on your car even if it stays in your garage, so the only way to keep it clean is by washing it. Once a week is recommended to keep your car at its clean and shiny best, especially if you have been driving in the rain.

The best method for car washing is to use a clean and soft cloth and good car shampoo. Start by hosing any dirt muck, or grime from your car, then make up a mixture of shampoo and water. Apply the mixture to your car using the cloth, then hose off the shampoo. Don’t forget to finish off with your rims and vacuuming your car!

• Waxing your car – waxing your car once a month is recommended to keep your car shiny and paintwork looking as good as new. Make sure your car is clean and dry before waxing!

• Removing tar from paintwork – A good trick to remove tar from your car’s paint job is by using margarine! Smear some over the tar marks, leave it on for a few hours and wipe off with a damp cloth. If residue still remains, simply repeat the margarine application.

• Removing stains from cloth seats – If you spill something, try to absorb as much as possible straight away. For persistent stains, sponge or spray them with dry-cleaning fluid or warm water and vinegar. Keep repeating until the stain is gone and blot dry any excess cleaning liquid.

• Conditioning leather seats – To keep your leather seats looking their best it is recommended that you clean and condition them every two months. Apply a high-quality leather conditioner with a clean cloth and leave it on for 15 minutes before wiping it off.

• Clean your windscreen – Windscreen film can often build up with regular driving and washing. An easy way to remove film is using a tablespoon of ammonia and 600ml of water. Sponge onto your windscreen with vinegar, rinse with water and wipe with a clean dry cloth to keep your visibility at its best.

• Clean your battery – To keep your car battery operating at its peak, remove corrosion from the terminals using a solution of baking soda and water.

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