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7 Car Cleaning Hacks For a Brand New Looking Car

How you keep your car says a lot about you. Therefore, regular car cleaning is essential.

For someone who is always on the go, I reserve my Sundays to clean my car personally. I also allot one Sunday every month to visit my favorite car wash station for the car’s regular detailing session.

Do you want to know my secrets in keeping a spic and span family car?


Learning how to clean your car and getting the most from washing, waxing, and polishing effort isn’t just vanity. It is an effective way to maintain your car’s value and ensure you get the best price for selling it in the future.


1. Use the right car shampoo.

If you think you can save a few pesos by using your regular laundry powder for cleaning your car, think again. The linen soap contains harmful formulations that may damage your car’s paint finish.
Instead, use car shampoo for that DIY car wash. I use a two-in-one shampoo and wax. This way, the surface is protected as you wash the vehicle.

2. Use chamois to dry the car exterior.

Do not allow excess water from your car exterior to air-dry. Otherwise, water marks will appear on the surface. Often, these are more difficult to remove than dirt and dust.

I use chamois to carefully remove all droplets from the paintwork, leaving the surface looking clean and clear.

3. Clean the windows, including the top portion.

I hate to see smears on my car’s glass window. It is pretty annoying and ugly. One simple tip to avoid unsightly marks on your glass surface is to wind down the window and clean the top-most and side portions.

I use a glass surface cleaner for this purpose. While using a car shampoo will fulfill its purpose, a unique formulation for glass surfaces will achieve that professional-looking finish. Dry the windows immediately to avoid water marks.

4. Remove swirl marks with a decent polishing cream.

Swirl marks are fine lines in your car’s exterior. It is caused by using the wrong kind of sponge or using a dirty one. The best way to get rid of swirl marks is to use quality car polish.

5. Clean the car’s interior with a vacuum cleaner.

Use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of unsightly dust and other particles in your car’s interior. Slide the seats backward or forward to make sure you clean the hidden surface.

Don’t forget to vacuum the seats and the carpets below the mat, including the dash and door panels.

6. Protect your dash, door panels, and other rubber, vinyl, and leather materials inside your car.

For this purpose, I use a special dashboard polish that beautifully shines and protects the materials from sunlight and scratches.

7. Visit your favorite car wash station once a month.

Taking care of our car gives me a certain feeling of fulfillment. Still, sometimes it is disappointing to see stubborn dirt stuck on places I can hardly reach, especially those beneath the car’s floor.
This time, I need a professional help. I bring the vehicle to my favorite car wash station for monthly under-chassis wash and other detailing procedures.

Pro Tip: Never leave your car to the care of the car wash station. It would help if you are around, inspecting the vehicle while it is cleaned to ensure that the attendant is doing the right thing.


Final thoughts

Many people think that being too detail-oriented with your car is self-absorbing. But the truth is maintaining your car is extremely important in preserving it. Most cars depreciate naturally, but cleaning can extend its life and, in turn, preserves its value longer.
But more than the aesthetic side of maintaining a spotless car, it is also wise to look at the safety and roadworthiness of our vehicle. According to statistics, we are likely to get in a car accident approximately once every 18 years.
Of course we don’t want that to happen. As a responsible car owner, we should do anything we can to avoid traffic accidents. The best way to deal with the situation is to get the best car insurance in the Philippines to cover for personal accidents and on-damage claim. We can choose the insurance coverage suited to our needs and budget.
Driving with a shiny car like it just came out from car manufacturer plant is confidence but travelling with clean car plus the best car insurance coverage is about trust and safety.
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29 Comments

  1. Sondra says:

    Thanks for this. I needed a reminder to keep my car clean!

  2. Thanks for the reminder that I need to clean out my car today. I almost forgot!

  3. wow! awesome ideas, i need to try it all! thank you so much, I do hope it'll make my car look better

  4. aisasami says:

    Wonderful tips for getting that car nice and clean! I have to show this to my parents.

  5. It took me awhile to find the perfect car shampoo mainly because some products available here in PH isn't doing the job so I had to import them from the US. I was told I was fussy when it comes to my cars. Though I'm just being cautious and I was always around whenever I have my cars on maintenance. I got complimented a few times because my SUV (bought 2016) still looks new – after all these years and mileage. Thanks for these tips!

  6. this post is after my heart and you have covered all important and salient aspects so well. You have also indicated the kind of material to use for the various parts which is so useful indeed.

  7. These are the awesome tips about cleaning looking new car hoping to have my own car someday nice post!

  8. My car is a mess and I didn't know were to start! This is perfect

  9. Thabks for the tips. I do the last one for my motorcycle, goimg to a car wash station twice a month.

  10. Great tips! I think it will be appreciate by most dads or car enthusiasts. Not so adviseable during the rainy season though!

  11. Thank you for the tips. I have found a car wash that I just love. First time every in decades of living that I can say that… 🙂 Improvements have things looking up!

  12. It's really important not to forget to use some sort of protectant on your dash. The sun will ruin it over time.

  13. Great tips for car washing. This is something I think many of us forget to do!

  14. These are really helpful hacks. I like it when I can keep my car looking squeaky clean and brand new.

  15. I completely agree with sticking around to make sure the attendant does a good job. I took my car to have it cleaned, and they did a terrible job!

  16. I have always been cheap and used laundry detergent to clean my car. Should maybe give car shampoo a try.

  17. These are all great tips. I routinely forget to deep vacuum my seats. If you look into any of them, it shows. LOL

  18. These seven car cleaning hacks and tips are great. Especially the tip about using chamois for drying the paint.

  19. My husband is a total car fanatic and probably knows every car wash secret. However, I will still show this to him in case there are new ones for him.

  20. Visiting my favourite washing station is such a great idea! It's just that it's been so long since I last visited Wandegeya, for me to have that service!

  21. Elizabeth O says:

    I'll have to try chamois the next time I was my car. I always end up with water spots no matter what I do.

  22. thank you for sharing these tips.. i dont have my own car yet but will keep 'em in mind..

  23. Every so often we do a deep cleaning. I will have to keep your tips in mind.

  24. I usually just drive through a car wash to keep my car looking its best. But self- washing does have its advantages..

  25. I love a good car cleaning hack! two kids and I need it!

  26. Most especially now, in this time of pandemic – if your a car owner Keep your car clean—even if you’re not using it as often—to prevent permanent damage to the paint job and to keep bad odor and molds from building up in both exterior/interior. Vehicle sanitation is also a must to get rid of viruses and other germs.

  27. As a woman, I definitely need this. However, I just drive to a carwash most of the time.

  28. As a woman, I definitely need this. However, I just drive to a carwash most of the time.

  29. Thats a good idea, i barely didn't know the tips & trick, all i do was just washing my car 🙂

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