How to thoroughly wash your car at home

DIY expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault has the best tips to keep the car shining all summer!

If you own a vehicle, washing a car by hand is both therapeutic and beneficial for yourself and your car’s appearance. Correct washing is one of the most overlooked areas of auto care, and frequently washing is the best way to maintain a new-car finish. Ensuring the right technique is applied for a sparkling finish can be simple. DIY expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault has the best tips to keep the car shining all summer!


  • 2 Buckets
  • A few sponges
  • Drying cloths
  • Car wash soap


  1. Rinse the car clean
    You want to start by hosing the car down and sponging it clean with soap and water.
  2. Clean detailed elements
    Consider using Wipe New to thoroughly clean the plastic elements on your car like in between the windows. Tape off the surrounding glass on the windows. Then apply the pre-soaked pad to the area and that will restore the plastic finish. 
  3. Get the Headlights
    Use a headlight restore kit to correctly bring clarity to your headlights. Tape off the surrounding areas of the headlights. Spray the headlights with water and scrub the pad onto the surface to remove any oxidation or yellow discolouring. Then reverse the pad and polish the surface. Once the surface is dry use the microfibre cloth to ensure a complete dry finish. Keeping your headlights crystal clear.
  4. Ideal Products
    A convenient product to use for a thorough clean is a Foam Cannon. A Foam Cannon is a personal pressure washer that will give the car a high quality clean. Its greatly beneficial as it’ll allow you to use less soap and water to wash.


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In Calgary it is illegal to wash your car on the street. The water and soap will go through the storm sewer system straight into the river. There are two sewer systems and only the system from houses & buildings gets treated.
The soap from washing cars harms fish and the river ecosystem.

July 05, 2020 at 1:04 pm

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