Car Washing Is Best Done At Home In The Courtyard

  • The expert shares his best advice.
  • The winter has been both mild and snow-poor in many places this year.
  • Many people may then think that it is time for a slightly early spring wash of the car.

Broom has got Tom Østli from Drøbak, a man who is well above average in car washing and diaper care; to come up with his best advice for what he himself calls a normal, simple maintenance wash of the car.

Ideally, you should have a high-pressure washer, preferably with a foamer. But if you do not have it, it works with a regular garden hose as well.


To dissolve in salt and asphalt residues that often adhere to the body, especially on the lower parts and rims, degreasing should be used. Follow the instructions for use. Some can be applied on wet paint, after rinsing the car. Others should be applied to dry varnish.

What is important here is to let chemistry work its time. Often between 3-8 minutes. Make sure it does not dry out. Then you have to put on more, Tom points out.


If you have a high-pressure washer, preferably with a foamer, you can use this to apply foam now. Or use the garden hose with high pressure and flush.

Work your way up and down the car. It’s about getting rid of as much dirt and grime as possible, so that you do not drag this around when you wash your hands, because it is fy-fy, and makes scratches,  Tom further explains.

Hand wash

The next point is hand washing. Fill a bucket with water and a good pH-neutral car shampoo is at the end. Make this foam well, preferably by whipping up the water.

Here I prefer a washcloth made of microfiber. It is not a big investment. Possibly a good microfiber cloth. Cheap sponges with soap work poorly. They’re too tight. But a good “open” sponge for the 100 note can work, says the experienced car nurse.

He also recommends using two buckets

Yes absolutely! One to Bilvask, preferably with a Grit Guard, a small grate at the bottom that acts as a dirt separator. And a bucket to wash the washcloth or sponge with after you have washed a surface on the car, before you dip it in the soapy water and continue washing.

Use a lot of water, change water often and wash only small surfaces at a time. Do not rub, but just let the mitten / sponge slide slightly in the direction of travel. Do not allow the soapy water to dry.

Here you start with the roof. Wash this and rinse. Wash the windows and rinse. Wash the hood and rinse. How to work your way down the car.

A separate washcloth or sponge for the rims may be a good idea, so you do not have to bring brake dust around the paint.


When you are done, flush the whole car well

Yes, it’s important, Tom confirms. And when you have rinsed well and think you are done – then you start all over again and rinse again. Soap residues are very often left in nooks and crannies, behind moldings, behind mirrors, etc. This can leave marks in the paint if it remains.


Finally, it is ready to dry the car.

Here I use a microfiber towel. Put it on and let it soak up the water. If necessary, gently pull it, with the direction of travel, over the wet surface, the car wash specialist concludes.

Make good routines – then it goes fast

And if you do not mind this, then it’s just driving in a washing machine?

He, he… No, go. Not if you want a clean car. Even the most expensive machine wash is nowhere near as clean a car as this. It does not wash under wheel arches, under roof spoilers and in nooks and crannies as well. I can guarantee you that. Also, it is a much less gentle wash. Nor does the brushless get clean.

The washbasin described above does not take that long. It is a matter of acquiring the equipment, which is not a large investment, and creating good and efficient routines. Then this goes pretty quickly, and you get a clean and nice car, Tom concludes.

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