9 Must Have Car Cleaning Items

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Cleaning your car is important if you want to enjoy and preserve it. Car Smart has all the car cleaning accessories you will ever need.  

When it comes to cleaning your car, as with many things, having the right equipment is vital. The following are cleaning items every car owner should have: 

Bucket and Sponge

The most basic car cleaning equipment to have is a bucket that you can use to hold soapy water and a sponge with which to clean your car. In fact, it is best to have to have 2 buckets, one with soapy water and another with clean water to rinse. You may also have two sponges for various parts of the car. 

Grit Guard

When the soapy water in your bucket gets dirty, the grit starts swirling around and makes the water dirty. A grit guard sits at the bottom of the bucket and prevents that from happening. Therefore, you have a clean supply of soapy water.

Car Wash Liquid

Not all soaps are good for washing cars so you should have car wash liquid. When buying car wash liquid, look for one with as neutral a pH as possible. It should be bubbly enough to clean the dirt and grime off your car as well as remove hard spots when you wash your car. 

Wheel Brush and Cleaner

Your car wheels are the dirtiest part of your car and they need specific items to clean them. The cleaner will remove the most stubborn dirt and grime from your wheels. The brush should be sturdy enough to scrub off dirt and reach small spaces. 

Microfiber Towels

Drying your car is as important as washing it. After a good wash, you want a microfiber towel which will leave your car as dry as possible and remove water spots that usually remain. Cheaper towels will scratch the surface of your car so ensure you get microfiber towels with a high GSM count. 

Polish and Wax

After you have washed and dry your car, it is time to put the finishing touches. Polish and wax will help to keep your car’s new and glossy for years to come. You should wax the paint of your car at least once every six months. Not only will it remove the tiny scratches and marks on your car but it will also protect it from the elements.

Detail Spray

For a finer finish after cleaning and drying your car, you should use some detail spray. It will help with any water marks or spots you might have missed. It will also provide your paintwork with additional shine. 

Window Cleaner

You need a window cleaner to clean both the inside and outside of your windows. You only need to a dab a little of the cleaner on a window and then clean it with a microfiber towel. It will remove any streaks and leave them looking crystal clear. 

Interior Wipes and Cleaners

Since you spend the majority of your time inside your car, it needs to be pristine as well. You should buy cleaners for your dashboard, mats, fabrics and other interior surfaces. A microfiber towel is great for cleaning the inside but you can get specific interior wipes if you want.