Keeping your car clean is no easy task, especially if you use your vehicle on a daily basis. Grime from driving on roads, sitting in parking lots of even from your neighborhood seagull can accumulate and cause your vehicle to get dirty. If you're like me and have a busy schedule it's not always easy to find the time to do a full car wash or detail process and need a few tips on how to keep your car clean between washes. You've come to the right place, so lets jump right in!
How To Keep Your Paint Clean:
Use a Quick Detailer Spray On Your Cars Exterior
Auto detailers and car enthusiasts most often use quick detailers. Quick detailer, or QD, products easily and quickly remove water spots, dust and other light contamination on paint or other vehicle surfaces. The majority of detailing brands have a product specifically made for quick detailing, and their popularity shows that car enthusiasts agree that having a product for easily cleaning the contaminates on a vehicle is a necessity.
What is a Quick Detailer?
A quick detailer combines a cleaner and a protective super sealant, in our case either a ceramic or graphene based sealant, into a product that is easily applied. The goal of our Detail Spray is to provide an effortless application that will both deep clean and protect with long lasting results.
How to Use a Quick Detailer
Spray directly into a fresh microfiber towel or onto the surface, a little goes a long way!
With a Microfiber Towel, evenly spread our Detail Spray across the surface. You should see the product spreading and quickly “flashing” away.
With a second fresh microfiber towel, buff any remaining detailer spray to a high gloss and reflective shine.
Coat one area at a time, move onto the next, and repeat the process. Layer for additional protection.
Quick Detailer Pros and Cons
Aids in drying after wash to help prevent swirl marks or streaking
Can be used when it's been rinsed and is still wet
Streaking can occur if over applied
Can only be used on lightly soiled areas
Use A “Waterless Wash” On Your Cars Exterior
What is a Waterless Car Wash
A waterless wash also referred to as no water car wash and spray-on car wash, is a product that can produce the same results as water, but without using water and often in less time.
As the name suggests, a no water car wash is a type of auto wash that does not require water from a hose to be used in the process. This type of wash has been around for some time now and many people are starting to turn to this option when they need their car cleaned.
It is often comparable to a detail spray, but its solution is better at picking up molecules and smaller contaminates. So if your car's dirt level is somewhere in-between a light dusting and an hour under a seagull's favorite light pole, then a waterless car wash is probably just what you need.
How to Use a Waterless Car Wash
Spray evenly onto the surface you want to enhance, coat and protect and into a microfiber towel.
With your microfiber cloth gently wipe the sprayed surface. Before the product dries switch to a clean, dry microfiber cloth and buff off any remaining haze.
Coat one area at a time, move onto the next, and repeat the process until the entire vehicle is glossy, clean and streak free.
For added shine and protection apply multiple layers.
Use an Interior Detailer to Clean and Maintain Your Car's Interior
What is an Interior Detail Spray?
An all-in-one spray interior detailer and protectant that leaves your dashboards, leather, vinyl, plastics and other interior surfaces clean, protected & shining like new. It also creates a non greasy "like new" finish on your interior surfaces, while odor neutralizers remove smells and leave behind a clean, crisp finish.
How to Apply an Interior Detailer
Spray product directly into microfiber cleaning towel to prevent unwanted overspray.
Wipe interior surface evenly and deliberately until desired cleaning/finish is achieved.
Remove any excess product with a clean and dry microfiber towel.
Use a Heavy Duty All Purpose Cleaner on Your Car's Interior
What is an APC
An all purpose cleaner is exactly what it sounds like. It should be able to tackle any general cleaning job, and get it done. Typically, an interior APC can be used on all of the same surfaces as our Interior Detailer. However, for an optimal clean and shine, they are best used in conjunction, as the APC does not leave the same protective coating as the Interior Detailer.
How to Use an APC
Spray product directly onto soiled area, brush or microfiber towel.
Lightly agitate product and rinse for a grime free finish.
Note: Do not allow to dry on surface, and we do not recommend for use on hot vehicle surfaces.
Both Interior and Exterior
Use a Hydrophobic Glass Cleaner
What is a Hydrophobic Glass Cleaner?
Many typical "name brand" glass cleaners will get rid of grime and streak marks, but not all are created to be hydrophobic. A hydrophobic glass cleaner typically uses hydrophobic compound such as ceramic (sio2) or a graphene (rGO) to repel water. This keeps the surface look clear and clean for longer, and protects your windows and mirrors from building up water spots.
How to Apply Our Hydrophobic Glass Cleaner
Lightly mist Clarity onto the window surface. Only 1 or 2 sprays is necessary, a little goes a long way.
With a microfiber towel quickly buff in the product to remove any dust, dirt or grime making sure to wipe all areas of the glass.
Flip the towel over to a clean side, or use a secondary dry microfiber to buff off any remaining residue to reveal a crystal clear shine.
Note: For Best Results: Use out of direct sunlight. Best paired with our Microfiber Glass Cleaning Towel. Hydrophobic effects build with each use.
How Long Does a Car Detail Take?
Detailing a car can take anywhere from two to six hours depending on the amount of dirt, nature elements, and road contaminates that needs to be removed. The average cost of a professional car detail starts at $65 and could range up to $500 at a high-end detailing business.
Tips and Tricks:
Try Adding a Car Trash Bin
One of the best way to keep your car interior clean and clutter free is by placing a trash bin in it. All sorts of trash can end up in different spots of the car, like the gaps between the front seats and the console, in compartments, on footwells and on floors so it's best to keep one nearby.
Use a simple plastic bag to collect and when it is full, take it out of your car.
Use A “Car Duster” On Your Cars Exterior
A car duster is a good investment for people with a lot of time to clean their car. These tools can be used to quickly remove dust and debris from the surface of your car. A car duster can also be used to remove cobwebs and other types of dirt from your car's interior or exterior. This device is composed of bristles with a small amount of cleaning solution on the end. The car duster can be used to remove any sort of grime or dirt from the exterior of your vehicle without the use of water or a full wash with water.
Keep Your Cars Paintwork Protected
Keep your cars paintwork protected by using a car wax. Waxing will not only protect your paintwork from the environment, but also make it easier to clean dirt and grime off the surface. Make the dust a lot easier to remove when it does build-up.
Car waxing is important for keeping your car looking great. Waxing will make the dirt and grime easier to clean off the surface of your car. In addition, waxing will protect your paintwork from most environmental elements.
Park Your Car Under a Cover
Parking your car under cover is a great way to keep it clean. This will protect the car from the elements, such as the rain. You should also make an effort to park your car in a shady spot during the day, so that it doesn't get too hot and bake in the sun.
Try Not to Park on The Side of The Road
This can be detrimental to your car for many reasons:
Cars driving past can blow dust or dirty water from the road onto your car.
Sprinklers may splash your car, leaving water spots that are difficult to remove
Excessive amount of time in the sun will wear on the paint and could damage interior surfaces.
Parking your car next to other cars that are dirty or covered in mud could result in the dirt being transferred onto your vehicle.