Sponsored

Top tips for a clean car (sponsored)

Cleaning your car is an essential part of routine maintenance. We show you how to do it right.

Car maintenance isn’t just a case of making sure the oily bits are kept in good order, but also making sure your car is clean. Having a dirty car inside and out isn’t just unsightly, but can reduce your car’s value and desirability.

Your local Nissan dealer is an expert at maintaining your car’s condition – here are their top tips on to keep your car shining.

Keeping the outside of your car clean is an easy thing to do, but to get the best results there are some important rules to follow.

The first is to not be tempted by the convenience of an automatic car wash. They might be quick and do a reasonable job, but you could find them damage your car’s paintwork with their heavy brushes. It’s far better to do it yourself.

How to wash a car

Nissan’s experts recommend filling two buckets of water – one with water, the other with a mixture of water and high quality shampoo. Next, spray the car with water with a hose as this loosens the dirt and grime.

Take a sponge, soak it in the foamy water and start at the top of the car. Work in sections – once you’ve finished one section, rinse the sponge in the clean water.

Repeat this until the whole car has been lathered, making sure you lather the dirtiest areas last. Rinse thoroughly using clean water and then use a jumbo microfibre drying towel or a chamois leather to dry off the car.

You should give your windows special attention. Having dirty windows increases the chances of having an accident, so keep them clear. A simple window cleaner is fine for the inside, but make sure it’s of decent quality so it doesn’t smear.

Wash the outside of the windows with soap and water, remembering to clean the wiper blades – these can become filthy and any grit caught in them could damage your windscreen.

How to clean your alloy wheels

You’ll want to clean the wheels too, but make sure to do this separately from washing the paintwork.

Spray them with a hose to moisten the dirt and then use a special wheel cleaner. Apply the solution onto the wheel, following the instructions, wipe and then rinse off.

It’s also a good idea to add a little wax so that brake dust clings to the wax rather than the wheel. That’ll make it much easier when you come to clean your wheels the next time.

How to clean your car’s interior

You shouldn’t forget the inside of the car either. Give the carpets and seats a thorough vacuum and wipe all the plastic surfaces down. There are plenty of cleaning products available to help you with this.

If your car has leather seats you should use a special leather cleaner that removes dirt and nourishes the leather. Firstly vacuum the seats, take a microfibre cloth and apply the cleaner and rub into the leather. Use a small brush to agitate the leather, and then wipe the seats with a clean microfibre cloth.  

For more information on keeping your car’s bodywork and interior in peak condition visit your local Nissan dealer.

More Nissan Service Care tips...

• How to prepare your car for your holidays• How to use a puncture repair kit• How to top up and check your engine oil• How to change your car air filter• Five ways to help pass your MoT

Recommended

Renault and Nissan suffer heavy losses in 2020
Renault

Renault and Nissan suffer heavy losses in 2020

Renault posted a loss of almost £6.6 billion for the first half of 2020 – and Nissan’s finances took a £1.12 billion hit
30 Jul 2020
New Nissan logo revealed alongside Ariya electric SUV
Nissan

New Nissan logo revealed alongside Ariya electric SUV

Just like Volkswagen, Nissan has revealed a new logo to kickstart its EV revolution
15 Jul 2020
New Nissan Ariya electric SUV unveiled ahead of 2021 launch
Nissan Ariya

New Nissan Ariya electric SUV unveiled ahead of 2021 launch

The Nissan Ariya, a rival for the Tesla Model Y, has arrived with a maximum range of 310 miles and pricing from around £37,500
15 Jul 2020
Nissan Sunderland: Factory's future dependent on Brexit deal
Nissan Ariya concept
Nissan

Nissan Sunderland: Factory's future dependent on Brexit deal

Nissan's vast Sunderland plant survived global cost-cutting measures from Japanese maker, but its future is still in the balance
3 Jun 2020

Most Popular

New 2021 BMW M3 launched with huge grille and 503bhp
BMW 3 Series M3 Coupe

New 2021 BMW M3 launched with huge grille and 503bhp

The new sixth-generation BMW M3 Competition saloon gets a 503bhp straight-six engine and four-wheel-drive
22 Sep 2020
New 2020 Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV revealed with up to 323 miles of range
Volkswagen ID.4

New 2020 Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV revealed with up to 323 miles of range

The new Tiguan-sized Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV becomes VW’s second ID. model, rivalling the Tesla Model Y
23 Sep 2020
New Range Rover Velar PHEV launched with 33-mile electric range
Land Rover Range Rover Velar

New Range Rover Velar PHEV launched with 33-mile electric range

Land Rover has given the Range Rover Velar an update, with a new plug-in hybrid powertrain and an improved infotainment system
23 Sep 2020