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Pro Cleaning Tips

car and truck cleaning tips
  1. Cleaning Your Car Step 1.
    Compressed air from a small, portable compressor works well for blowing dirt from the nooks and crannies of your car's floor onto the middle of the carpet, where you can easily vacuum it up. Stiff brushes also loosen dirt from the carpets and upholstery. If you've got leather seats, use a leather conditioner.
  2. Clean Ducts
    Use an air compressor is an easy way to blow dust and dirt out of heating and air-conditioning ductwork. The trick is to aim the high-pressure air at the walls of the ducts behind the vent grilles, where dust and dirt stick and cause musty smells. If your car has a cabin air filter you should change it, or remove it and blow the dust and dirt out.
  3. Use Non-Acid-Based Tire Cleaners
    Acid-based cleaners can cause bare alloy wheels to oxidize and pit, and they can damage wheels painted with color or clear coatings. Use a degreaser on wheels, but avoid detergents because they can damage paint if splashed. Wheels and tires should be cleaned before you clean and protect your car's paint.
  4. The Best Carwash is a Hand Wash
    Hand washing is a great way to inspect and familiarize yourself with the car's surfaces. Don't use dishwashing detergent when washing the car. It gets the car clean, but strips any protective wax coatings, exposing the vehicle to possible nicks, scratches, and stains. A carwash solution will preserve your car's finish. When water evaporates, it leaves minerals and dirt on the surface of your car. So when you're done with the wash, dry the surface with a rubber-blade squeegee.
  5. Clean Paint is Bright and Shiny
    Often it takes more than just a wash to get your car clean. Tree sap and man-made pollutants settle on the paint and, after a while, can saturate through wax and clear coatings into the color coat underneath. With your car out of the sun, run your dry hand across the surface of the paint. If it feels rough, it needs to be cleaned.
  6. Polish Your Car to Smooth Out Paint
    The purpose of polish is to smooth the surface of the paint, which will make it shine and help your car look newer. (Some polishes contain wax, which also protects the paint, but the wax doesn't smooth the paint itself.) When you polish your paint, you can use an oscillating polishing machine. The pros use a rotating polishing machine, which works faster but will harm the paint if you're not careful. For DIYers new to detailing, oscillating buffers are more forgiving.
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  8. Protect Your Car's Paint with Wax
    Your car had a new coat when it left the factory, but that coat wears off over time and leaves the paint to fend for itself. That's where wax comes in. Wax is sacrificial and will wear off over the course of a few months, but in that time it will absorb stains and small scratches before those hazards make it to the paint. Some people prefer paste wax, while others like liquids. The choice is simply personal preference—both products do the job equally well.
  9. Wax Every Season
    Using liquid spray wax that can touch up spots between waxings is a good idea but not a substitute for a real wax coating. Because there is no definitive way to tell when wax has worn off, stick to a schedule: Wax your car every season if the vehicle spends most days outdoors.
  10. Make the Glass Sparkle
    Clean the glass last, because it will have grime and dirt from the other steps. Also use a glass cleaner without ammonia, which most household glass cleaners contain. Ammonia is bad for many parts of a vehicles interior. You'll get the best look if you buff glass with a microfiber cloth, which does a great job of getting rid of cleaner residue. That residue, as well as oils from your skin, causes streaks and spots on the inside of windows.
    Pro tip: To reach the inside of the rear window on sedans and coupes, use the back of your hand with the cleaning cloth and you'll find you can get much farther down the glass.
  11. Clean the Entire Window
    Roll the side windows down slightly so you can get at the top edges. Sometimes glass must be polished because minerals have been deposited and need to be physically ground off. Many detailers wax the rear and side windows to protect them from being etched by water stains.