Car Cleaning and Detailing Tips

Cars can get dirty very easily. Car exteriors seem to be magnets for dirt, road tar, tree sap, bird droppings and other contaminants. At the same time, vehicle interiors suffer from dirt, dust, pollen, moisture, spills, food particles, smoke and vinyl vapors that cause wear and tear, create unpleasant odors, and leave stains and deposits on interior surfaces and glass. Also, over time, both the outside and inside of a car can deteriorate from exposure to heat and ultraviolet rays from the sun.

The only way to combat these automotive enemies is regular cleaning and detailing, which makes a vehicle more attractive, extends its service life, and preserves more of its original value when it comes time to sell or trade. AAA recommends washing a car every one to three weeks and waxing it two to four times a year, depending on vehicle use, road conditions and weather.

Basic car cleaning consists of exterior washing and waxing, interior vacuuming and dusting, glass cleaning, and applying various protective products. Detailing, performed by professionals and skilled do-it-yourselfers, takes cleaning to a higher level. The exterior may undergo several levels of paint treatment and protection, the interior carpets and upholstery are shampooed, and throughout the car every surface is cleaned and treated with products that restore a “like-new” appearance.

These AAA recommended tips and resources on automotive cleaning and detailing can help keep your car in tip-toe shape.

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