Tips For Choosing Car Cleaning Products

A person standing in front of a car

Car cleaning products can be a nightmare to buy, especially if you have never done it before. You want to make sure you get your hands on the best and end up without anything that stinks or leaves a bad taste. But how do you know where to start? Here are a few tips:


A good old fashioned sponge is the best car wax cleaner that you can buy. It works like a normal sponge, but instead of just wiping it on to the surface, you put the sponge into a pot of hot soapy water. Once you’ve soaked the sponge in the soapy water, you then push it under the hood and clean off all the dirt and grease that’s on it. If you’re looking for the best, strongest cleaning tool, a pressure washing sponge like the Karcher K5 is a great way to make sure you don’t miss even a single spot.

Polish removers

Using a regular household cleaner might leave your car cleaning efforts in the lurch, but polishes can work wonders. Just use a cotton ball to wipe the cleaner onto the surface of the vehicle, making sure you get in all the nooks and crannies. You should be left with a nice, high shine finish. Make sure you follow the directions on the bottle of polish. If you get impatient, remember that the polish will get messy fast and you need to keep wiping it off. Some polishes are better suited to hard-to-reach spots, so look out for those.

Chrome cleaner

If you think you’ve got tough stains, you should consider using a chrome cleaner. A chrome cleaner is typically made from boron, which is known to help clean without damaging or scratching your vehicle’s finish. Just dip a cotton ball into the cleaner and then apply it to the area to be cleaned, working from the outside towards the center. Using a seat cleaner like the Mop and Shine will leave a protective barrier on the seat and protect the finish.

The Mop and Shine

This makes a great sponge because it contains no chemicals or synthetic materials, which makes it safe to use anywhere. Use a damp sponge to wash car doors, interior mirrors, windowsills, hoods, grilles and dashboard – anything you can reach and clean. For paintwork, you’ll likely want to use a car wash with soap and water or a paint-safe microfiber mop to clean the exterior and paintwork. You should never use a magnetized sponge on the paint or vinyl because this will interfere with the painting.

To ensure the best results when washing your vehicle, be sure not to miss any crevices and accessorize spots. Use an old toothbrush or cotton swab to clean the tires and underside of the vehicle. If there is mud, dust or dirt, take a dip and try to clear away as much of it as possible. A good way to keep mud and dirt from building up again is to drive the vehicle to a well-lit parking lot and let it sit overnight.


To clean the interior of your vehicle, you can use either the Mop and Shine or a car wash with soap and water. Use a soft bristled brush to scrub down interior surfaces and a microfiber mitt to polish upholstery. Snow and rain can make the interior of your vehicle slippery, so consider using a snow foam pad or an ice scraper to apply pressure to stop the slide. Finally, vacuum the seats. A good car vacuum can save your life.

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