Cleaning & Maintenance

This is how to wash your car


There is a lot to read about washing your car. But which method works best? In this article we'll show you 5 steps for properly washing your car.


When you go out with your car, it is exposed to all kinds of pollution. Sand, insects, salt, tar, brake dust and smog are some of the many types of pollution that can remain on the paint of your car. Only with the right cleaners and the right methods you can remove this pollution easily and safely.

What you need:

– Car that needs a wash
– All Purpose Cleaner
– Wheel Cleaner
– Splash Shampoo
– 2 buckets with dirt lock
– 1 washing glove
– 1 microfibre chamois

Tip: Never wash your car in the sunshine, the product may dry up. It is best to wash the car when the paint is cooled down.

Step 1: Pre-cleaning the car

Before touching the paint with a washing glove, it is important to remove the dirt that lies on the car. Many people first spray the car with only a high-pressure sprayer. However, this is not enough to remove all the dirt.

To properly remove all dirt, first apply a good pre-cleaner to the dry bodywork of the car. The chemicals will crawl under the dirt and will remove the dirt from the bodywork. All Purpose Cleaner is very suitable for this. All Purpose Cleaner loosens dirt easily and also insects are easily removed with this product.

Tip: always apply a pre-cleaner from the bottom to the top of the car. If you spray it from top to bottom, the product will have less effect. The product can soak longer on the bodywork and will have more cleaning power.

You then rinse the car with a high-pressure washer. This is also done from bottom to top. This allows you to see exactly where you left and the cleaner stays where it needs to do its job. Spray the whole car so that all loose dirt is removed from the bodywork.

Then mist your rims and tires with Wheel Cleaner. Let it soak in for one to two minutes and then spray off with a high-pressure washer. Don’t you have a high-pressure washer? Then use a garden hose with a strong jet and possibly a brush.

Step 2: Wash the car by hand

After you have cleaned the car well, you will see that it’s is still not completely clean. This is called static dirt. The paint of your car is statically charged and attracts dirt. It cannot be removed with a high-pressure washer. This dirt can only be removed by friction. If you use a good shampoo and washing glove, this dirt can luckily be removed without scratching.

Fill a bucket with the prescribed amount of Splash Shampoo and add warm water. Put a dirt lock at the bottom of the bucket to catch the dirt coming out of the washing glove. This minimizes the scratches that can occur during washing. Put the washing glove in the bucket. Wash the car from top to bottom. You do this because the worst pollution is low on the car. Wash the car part by part in the longitudinal direction, to be sure you don’t skip any parts. It’s not necessary to put a lot of pressure on the paint. As soon as you have washed one part, rinse the washing glove well in the bucket. The dirt lock will hold most of the dirt. Repeat this process for each part of the car until you are finished.

For more luxurious washes, a two-bucket system is often used to further minimize the risk of scratches. In this two-bucket system you have one bucket of clean water and one bucket of diluted Splash Shampoo. Both buckets contain a dirt lock. After each washed part you first rinse the washing glove in bucket one with only water and then you put the washing glove in bucket two containing the Splash Shampoo. In this way most of the dirt will remain in the first bucket.


Step 3: Rinse the car

It is best to rinse your car with a low pressure water jet. When using high pressure, you will get a mist of many small droplets which are harder to dry. With low pressure, you rinse a large, constant film of water over the car. Because Splash Shampoo has water-repellent properties, you will see that the water film falls evenly off, so that a chamois is hardly needed anymore.

Step 4: Dry the car

If you do not have access to descaled water, or even better, osmosis water, you will have to dry the car to prevent limescale stains. This works very well with a microfibre chamois. This is a combination of a chamois and a microfiber cloth. Wet the cloth well and wring it out. Wipe off the car with the cloth, starting on the roof and working downwards. Wring out the cloth well in between.

Step 5: Post-treatment of the car

When your car is clean and dry, you can give the car an extra boost with Fast Glaze. Fast Glaze takes care of the paint, removes any water stains and gives a deep shine.

Tip: Don’t forget to also wash the doorposts! And protect them with Fast Glaze. So you always have clean and protected doorposts.


Do you also want a clean interior? Read here the best way to clean the upholstery of the car.

Jeroen Eggink

Started as a hobbyist and grew into the owner of a large car care company in the north of the Netherlands. Always been a fan of Cartec's products and eventually became a product trainer. Has a lot of experience in the car care industry and likes to share practical tips & tricks.


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