DIY Car Cleaning Tips and Tricks in Singapore

DIY Car Cleaning Tips and Tricks in Singapore

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Cleaning your car both internally and externally may seem like a chore, but it helps ensure that your vehicle remains in good condition for as long as you own it. Besides, you and your passengers can ride it comfortably with peace of mind knowing that it’s clean.

While some of you may prefer to send your vehicle to the car detailing workshop for a thorough cleaning, some prefer to DIY the cleaning process in Singapore. There are plenty of reasons for this, but if you’re the kind of person who prefers to clean the car yourself, you’ve come to the right place. 

This article explores the benefits of regular car cleaning and some tips to DIY your car wash and wax. We also explore some common car cleaning mistakes for you to avoid.

Benefits of Regular Car Cleaning

You know how a clean home makes you feel. But what about a clean car? Regular car cleaning offers several benefits, both aesthetic and functional. Here are some key advantages of keeping your car clean:

Preserves the paint and finish

Regular washing and waxing protect your vehicle’s paintwork from dirt, grime, and contaminants. It prevents debris from accumulating on the surface, which can corrode the paint over time. It also helps to preserve the car’s overall appearance and resale value.

Maintains the interior condition

Cleaning your car interior regularly helps prevent the build-up of dust, dirt, and stains. Vacuuming the carpets and upholstery, wiping surfaces, and cleaning the windows not only keep the interior looking fresh but also prevents premature wear and tear.

Enhances safety

A clean windshield and windows are crucial for optimal visibility while driving. Regularly cleaning these surfaces, mirrors, and headlights removes dirt, bugs, and other obstructions, ensuring clear visibility and safer driving conditions.

Improves air quality

Accumulated dust, allergens, and odours can affect the air quality inside your car. Vacuuming the carpets, wiping the surfaces, and using appropriate cleaners for the upholstery and mats helps eliminate allergens, bacteria, and unpleasant odours, resulting in a cleaner cabin.

Reduces the risk of damage

Neglected dirt, grime, and road salt can corrode your car’s undercarriage, wheel wells, and other metal components. Regular cleaning helps remove these corrosive elements, reducing the risk of rust and extending the lifespan of your vehicle.

Boosts fuel efficiency

A clean car has better aerodynamics, which can contribute to improved fuel efficiency. When there’s no excess dirt or debris on the surface, your vehicle can move through the air more smoothly, reducing drag and increasing fuel economy.

Pride of ownership

Keeping your car clean enhances your pride of ownership. A well-maintained vehicle reflects your attention to detail and can create a positive impression on others. Plus, a clean car feels better to drive and ride in.

Now that you’ve learned about the benefits of regular car cleaning, it’s time to start cleaning with the following tips and tricks.

Car Cleaning Tips and Tricks

To help you keep your vehicle looking its best, here are some car cleaning tips and tricks to make the process less of a chore and more of a habit whenever you need to clean your car:

Gather your supplies

Before you start cleaning your car, gather all your supplies. This may include:

  • Car shampoo
  • Microfibre towels, soft sponge or wash mitt
  • Bucket
  • Hose or pressure washer
  • Glass or interior cleaner
  • Vacuum cleaner

Start cleaning the exterior

Start rinsing your car with water to remove dirt and debris. Wash the exterior with car shampoo and a soft sponge or mitt. Work in sections, from the top to the bottom. Rinse each area and dry using a microfibre towel to avoid residues and water spots.

Clean the wheels and tyres

Use a separate sponge or brush to clean the wheels and tyres. Apply a specialised wheel cleaner or an all-purpose cleaner diluted with water. Gently scrub the wheels and tyres to remove brake dust, dirt, and grime. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a microfibre towel.

Pay attention to the glass

Clean the windows and mirrors using a good-quality glass cleaner. Use a microfibre cloth or newspaper to wipe the glass in a circular motion for streak-free results. Don’t forget the interior side of the windows as well.

Tackle the interior

Before you start cleaning the interior, be sure to remove any clutter. Pay attention to the crevices and hard-to-reach areas. For stubborn stains, use an upholstery cleaner and a soft brush. Wipe down surfaces with an interior cleaner and a microfibre cloth.

Freshen up the upholstery

If your car has a fabric or leather upholstery, it’s a good idea to freshen it up. Use a fabric freshener or upholstery cleaner designed for your specific material. Follow the instructions on the product and test it on a small, inconspicuous area first.

Protect and maintain

Consider applying a coat of wax or paint sealant to protect the car’s paintwork. This will help preserve the shine and make future cleaning easier. You can also use surface protectants to maintain the condition of the dashboard, vinyl, and leather surfaces.

Regular maintenance

To keep your car looking clean, establish a regular maintenance routine. Regularly wash your car and vacuum the interior to prevent dirt and debris from accumulating. You can maintain a clean and presentable vehicle by staying on top of maintenance.

Other than the tips above, be sure to follow the instructions provided by the manufacturers of your cleaning products. Practice caution when working with any chemicals.

Common Car Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid

Cleaning your car may seem like an easy task, but there are several common car cleaning mistakes that we unknowingly make. Here are some of those mistakes to avoid:

Washing in direct sunlight

Washing your car in direct sunlight can cause the soap and water to dry too quickly, leaving behind water spots and soap residue. It’s best to wash your car in a shaded area or during cooler parts of the day to prevent this issue.

Failing to rinse thoroughly

Failing to rinse your car thoroughly after washing can leave behind soap residue, which can dull the paint over time. Make sure to rinse all areas of the vehicle, including the wheels and undercarriage.

Skipping the drying step

Allowing your car to air dry or parking it in direct sunlight after washing can result in water spots. Use a soft, clean microfibre towel to dry your car thoroughly, starting from the top and working your way down.

Using excessive pressure

When washing or drying your car, avoid applying excessive pressure. Scrubbing too hard or using a high-pressure hose can damage the paint or cause scratches. Use gentle, circular motions and let the cleaning products do their work.

Get Your Car Professionally Groomed at Lambency Detailing

Cleaning your car regularly is the best way to ensure it remains in tip-top condition. If you’re looking for a professional car detailing workshop that uses quality car care products in Singapore, Lambency Detailing is the one for you.

We offer comprehensive car grooming services that use only 100% genuine SONAX products from Germany to ensure the quality of your car’s surface.

Find out more about Lambency Detailing’s different products and services here. Book an appointment with us to get your car groomed today! WhatsApp: (65) 9658 5808 Email: lambency@quantum-globe.com

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