Vehicle Cleaning Tips from Lincoln

Here at Myrtle Beach Detailing, you can be sure our skilled auto detailing team will keep your Lincoln looking brand new with a good cleaning. However, there are supplementary measures you can do, to maintain your automobile stays in showroom form. By taking appropriate care of your car’s inside and outside, you can help safeguard your vehicle’s worth, improving and expanding your ownership satisfaction.

Car care products

For cleaning the interior, you may need the following:

  • car vacuum cleaner with brush and crevice attachments
  • cotton swabs
  • plastic and vinyl cleaner
  • cloth cleaner
  • leather cleaner
  • spot/stain remover
  • microfiber or paper towels.

For cleaning the exterior, you may need these items:

  • detailing spray
  • bug and tar remover
  • car wash soap
  • clay bar
  • wax
  • ammonia-free glass cleaner
  • wheel cleaner
  • lambswool wash mitt
  • microfiber drying towels and polishing cloths
  • microfiber or foam wax applicators
  • large nylon- or natural-bristle brush
  • small detail brush
  • wash bucket
  • water hose
  • optional pre-wax cleaner
  • scratch remover
  • sealer/glaze.

Cleaning the Interior

Vacuum – Begin by vacuuming the carpeted areas, the seats (don’t forget the back rest), dashboard and rear window area. A vacuum accessory with a brush can assist in dislodging obstinate soil. You can also utilize a thin crevice tool to access those difficult areas.

Clean cloth seats – Clean the cloth seats with a suitable cleaning mixture. You’ll want to apply it with a sponge and let it rest for a few moments. One the seats are dry, simply vacuum up the residue.

Clean and condition leather – Help get rid of imperfections and dirt from leather surfaces with a quality leather cleaning product, a fresh towel, and light force. Be careful not to scrub too tough, extreme pressure may get rid of the dye.

Tips for trim pieces – Polish up your inside trim sections with a plastic and vinyl cleanser. Use this mixture with a fresh cloth to help eliminate set-in dirt. Most cleansers also have the additional advantage of long-lasting safeguard once they absorb in. Wash hard-to-reach crannies with cotton swabs. This method works well on the dashboard and radio areas.

Remove carpet stains – Treat carpeting and fabric blemishes with a stain remover. Allow the mixture to saturate the fabric for a few moments. Then just brush spots with a plastic-bristle scrubber. Wipe up the area with a new rag. Once that’s done you can vacuum again. Just repeat this process if you have troublesome spots.

Cleaning the exterior – The first thing you’ll want to do is to inspect all painted areas.

First, go over your whole automobile to locate any problem areas. This would consist of impurities like bird feces, tar, and tree sap. Also, look for scratches, swirls and chips in the paint. Perform a pretreatment on the softer impurities with a detailing spray product.

Next Up…

Hand wash tips – Be sure to place your automobile in a shaded area. Rinse it off one good time. Then clean it with a bucket of proper car cleaner and a lambswool washing mitten. Be sure to clean from the top of the automobile then down the sides. A nylon or natural-bristle scrubber will get muck out of tire sidewalls.

Rinse and dry – Next, bathe the vehicle by overflowing it with a water hose, again, from the top down. Dry from the topmost part of the vehicle then down the sides with microfiber drying cloths. Dry the windows then the paint. Be sure to dry the automobile in the shade. Also, make sure to dry prior to water spots forming.

Remove contaminants with clay – Rub your hand along the vehicle’s surface one panel at a time. You should notice the impurities on your fingertips. Those will feel like tiny lumps on the exterior of the vehicle. If your paint is new, and the surface feels completely smooth, you can skip to the next part.

If you notice impurities simply utilize a clay bar to eliminate them. Compress the clay bar so that it fits in the palm of your hand. In your other hand, grab your detailing spray. Spray detailer spray on one panel to loosen the clay. Next, softly massage the compressed clay to and fro over the whole painted surface, one panel at a time. Once the surface is completely dry, run your fingers over the surface again. It should be totally smooth at this point. If, not, repeat the process.

Waxing after Cleaning

Add wax – You ought to wax the vehicle once you’ve used a clay bar. Apply a modest quantity of wax onto a microfiber or foam applicator pad. Beginning on the roof, using a circular action, put the wax on only a couple of sections at one time. The dried-up wax ought to appear as a soft haze.

Eliminate the dried – up wax employing microfiber or all-cotton towels. Make sure to turn the towels over every so often. That way, the wax won’t saturate them. When you are finished, use a clean towel to do a final run over the painted surfaces. Be sure to get rid of any wax stuck in tight areas.

Clear up windows and mirrors – Wash your outer and inner window areas and mirrors by misting an ammonia-free cleaning product onto a lint-free or microfiber cloth.

Choosing the right wheel cleaner – Before buying a wheel cleaning product, check your owner’s manual to learn which sort of wheels are on your vehicle.

Types of wheels:

  • Painted, anodized, and clear-coated aluminum (many factory wheels)
  • Polished aluminum
  • Polished magnesium
  • Chrome

When you recognize your wheel type, you can select a correct cleaner. To wash your wheels, wash down with soapy water, then wash down with clean water. Clean brake dust and dirt with your spray-on or with a paste-type wheel cleaning product. Be sure to remove it quickly.