Remember that new car smell? What’s that, you say? Your car smells, but that’s nothing new? Hmmm…might be time to get busy paying attention to the details…car detailing, that is. With a wash, wax and some tire TLC, your ride will look (and smell) fly in no time.
You could wait until upholstery stains, carpet crud, windshield scuzz, dust and odors mount up, but why let it get to that point? Car care experts recommend regular intervals for getting that sedan, SUV or sports car spick-and-span, typically advising the heavy-duty treatment at summer’s and winter’s end. This is due to the punishing effects of weather extremes on vehicle interiors and exteriors. However, washing and waxing throughout the year offers the best protection.
When you’re ready to wash and wax your car, truck or SUV and shine those tires and wheels, here’s a list of cleaners and supplies you’ll need:
Start on the interior and work your way to the outside. For tips on upholstery upkeep, check our illustrated step-by-step guide. Here are a few steps for exterior clean-up time, culled from the detailed washing and waxing tips listed on our NAPA Know How Blog:
Just like a dirty, scuffed pair of shoes will sabotage an otherwise impeccably assembled necktie, shirt and suit, wheels and tires that look the worst for wear will detract from a spiffy wash-and-wax job. The only way to get rubber and rims rocking is to use a dedicated wheel-and-tire cleaner. Apply plenty of cleaner to the outer surface, then go heavy-duty by scrubbing back and forth using a tire brush. Apply cleaner to the wheels and set for a minute. Using a clean paintbrush, gently remove any debris. Next, hose down wheel and tire. Dry both with a microfiber towel.
While you’re detailing your vehicle, you may also want to:
Remember, with Glenbrook Auto Parts in Glenview, you can save time by ordering your parts online and picking them up in the store. We’ll have them ready and waiting for you.