Do you feel like you have more time on your hands? Or that you want to be outside whilst practicing social distancing? Washing your car could be the perfect solution. Not only do you get that well needed fresh air but your car will benefit too.

Did you know?

Keeping your car clean not only makes it look cool and shiny, but can also burn a surprising number of calories. Some studies have estimated a good car wash to be 250 calories, the equivalent of a 20-minute run or a 4 mile walk.

What do you need?

You don’t need to go out and buy anything fancy. You will probably find that you can use things that you already have. These are a few things you’ll find helpful;

  • A pressure-washer is great, but if you don’t have this then a garden hose with a spray gun attachment will do just fine.
  • A bucket (or anything that will hold a reasonable quantity of water.
  • A wash mitt (sponge), some car shampoo (even washing up liquid will work) and a microfibre drying towel.

A wash mitt, some car shampoo and a microfibre drying towel.

Washing your car stress-free

Firstly, you need to give yourself enough time if you want really good results. An hour should be sufficient. Avoid rainy days as it marks the finish and if it’s sunny try to work in the shade as car shampoo dries too quickly in the sunshine and can leave streaky marks on your paintwork.

Step One – pre-rinse

Before you wash the car, you want to clear the bits that could get stuck in your sponge and scratch the paintwork. Using your hose, start at the top of the car and work down, spraying off all the loose grime and dirt. This will save you time during the actual wash too. While you’re there you can wash the insides of the wheel arches to avoid corrosion.

Step Two – the wash

Fill your bucket with car shampoo and water. Simply wash the car using the shampoo bucket, but, before dipping the mitt back in the shampoo bucket give it a quick rinse in the clean water to remove any dirt particles.  Again, start at the top, work down and repeat until you’ve done the whole car.

Pro tip: if you have two buckets, fill one with water and before dipping the mitt back in the shampoo bucket give it a quick rinse in the clean water to remove any dirt particles. You can go a step further with your clean water bucket and get a gravel guard. This sits in the bottom of the bucket to catches any dirt and gravel so it doesn’t end up in the shampoo bucket.

Step Three – the rinse

Like step one, use your pressure washer or hosepipe to rinse the shampoo from the car; again working top to bottom. Use the microfibre towel to dry the car off – you might need more than one to get the car totally dry.

Pro tip: if you want that extra shine you can get a post wash wax from most car stores. This is sprayed on the car when still wet then wipes off with the microfibre towel and gives the car a nice shine with minimal effort.

Step Four – the inside

So, that’s the outside done! The inside is a little easier but just as important.

  • Give the glass a clean with a glass cleaner product, but try to avoid furniture polish as this can cause smears and obscure your vision.
  • For the interior trim, use a damp microfibre cloth, or there are interior cleaners which remove slightly more dust and dirt. Try to avoid cleaning products on the steering wheel, gear stick, and brake – these can leave them clammy or slippery in your hands.
  • Finally remove any car mats, shake them off, and give them a good vacuum along with the carpet inside your car.

As you can see a really nice clean car can be achieved quite easily. The steps are easy when you break them down, and you get to be oustide in the fresh air.