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Video:How to Wash a Car

with JJ Burkart

Save money and give your car a professional car wash at home using a hose and two simple products.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Wash a Car

Hi, I'm J.J. Burkart for About.com Home. I'm going to show you how to wash and wax your car.

Car Wash Tools

You will need:
  • a garden hose with spray nozzle
  • car wash soap
  • wash mitt
  • car wax
  • clean cotton towels

Position Your Car for Washing

The first thing to do is to park your car in the shade to prevent spotting.

Car Wash Pre-rinse

First mix the car wash soap and water in the bucket. Follow the portion instructions on the bottle. Now hose down the entire vehicle. Dip your wash mit in the bucket.

Car Wash Mitt

Working from the top down, thoroughly wash every inch of your vehicle. Rinse your mitt frequently, and change your soap and water to avoid scratching your car with dirt and sand particles. Double- sided wash mits are ideal. The cloth side won't scratch your paint job and the mesh side works great for headlights and windshields.

Car Wash Rinse

Rinse with the hose. Dry the car with cotton towels. Use one dry towel to wipe up most of the water, and then go over it with a second dry towel. Spread the car wax evenly using a circular motion. Allow the wax to dry to a haze. Then buff the wax off with a cotton towel using the same circular motion. Wax on, wax off.

Washing Car Windows

Lastly, wash your windows with glass cleaner to remove streaks and spots.

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