How to Wash a Vehicle

Washing a car is a part of keeping it maintained. One can wash a car by taking it to an automatic car wash or can be cleaned by hand. Hand-washing is more effective for removing dirt besides saving money. Here is how it is done, follow the directions.

Things Needed

  • Water
  • Garden hose
  • Bucket
  • Penknife
  • Car wash liquid or soap

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  • Non-detergent soap
  • Window cleaner
  • Car-washing sponge
  • Chamois
  • Tar-and-bug


Step 1:

Use a garden hose and clean the underside of the car and the inner sides of fender wells with fast pressures of water for washing all the road dirt and grime which can be a cause of rust and corrosion.

Step 2:

The body has to be inspected for rusty spots especially the fender wells and quarter panels. A penknife can be used for scraping off the rust, then the spot can be sprayed with rust-proof compound, this is usually available in aerosol cans. Eliminating the rust is important when it is in a formative state. It is better to control that disease at the start before it spreads can results in an expensive repair by a professional body shop

Step 3:

The car should be parked in a shady area.

Step 4:

Mix the car wash liquid or soap in a bucket of warm water for making a lotion.

Step 5:

Start washing the car from top to bottom. Start with the roof, then moving to the hood, both sides, grille and rear panel. Wash one section at a time. Use the sponge and lather the section with the soapy solution, press down to loosen the dirt and grime. Before the solution dries, the section should be sprayed with water using a garden hose. Then move to the next section.

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Step 6:

After the car is washed, spray it with water once again. Then use a chamois to dry it but first soak it in water and bring it out. Begin with the roof and move from section to section. Wring out the chamois as it becomes saturated. Clean the windows with the glass cleaner.

Step 7:

Finally, the body can be inspected for any tar and residue. Use a tar-and-bug solvent for removing it.

Tips and Precautions

  • Make sure that the vehicle is parked in a cool and dry spot.
  • Keep hydrated while washing the vehicle during summer.