Here’s a few gems from our panel of industry experts…
Open your flaps
Petrol flaps are notorious for holding gunk, so whip ’em open while you’re washing… and yes make sure you keep the bloody cap on! As for your doors, it’s always a good idea to open them for a quick wipe around during the drying stage. Just to get rid of all that hidden shampoo and water.
Get some cheap matts
After you’ve cleaned your car, chances are you’re gonna need to move it. With that in mind, your wet trainers aren’t going to do wonders for the carpets you’ve just shampooed. Get some disposable mats on eBay. They’re only a few quid for half a million of the buggers and they’ll sort you out nicely.
Want to get all that dust out of your air vents? Of course you do and the easiest way is to use a thin brush or the very technical sounding ‘detailer’s sponge on a stick’. That’s how the pros do it.
Remove your centre caps
Alloy wheels are made from metal (thankfully), but very often you’ll find centre caps are plastic. If possible, when using a wheel cleaner, whip these out and keep them to one side. Very often chemical cleaners can seep through the gaps and cause the plastic to corrode from behind.
Use more buckets
Yes people, two buckets is oh so 2016! In other words, it makes sense to keep a separate bucket just for your wheels. The two bucket method for the rest of the car is still the best though. One for shampoo and a separate bucket of clean water for cleaning debris after you’ve rung out your mitt/sponge. Don’t throw what’s left at the end over the car either – if you’re gonna do that you might as well let go of the bucket all together.
Read the instructions…
You may know your stuff, but application methods always vary from product to product, so make sure you’re clued up on all the instructions. If they happen to be ‘all in foreign’ check with the supplier before using the product. You never know, right?