513: Road Trip
The Car Wash - Sponges
When you decide
to take that exciting road trip, you'll want to make sure that your
old reliable is fresh and clean. Of course, you can always go to
an automatic car wash, but there's nothing like an old-fashioned
hand wash to give yourself a sense of accomplishment and a sparkling,
Some of the
essentials you'll need involve a hose with a brush attachment
which you can hook up to a water source for a thorough pre-wash
and rinse. Then, it's onto different types of sponges. Coarse
sponges are perfect for any part of your car that's crusted with
bugs and other dirt, such as rims of wheels or license plates.
Softer sponges are perfect for the top of the car and for the
paint. Another item that really works is a wash mitt, which fits
onto your hand. Don't forget to keep a bucket handy for all that
hot, soapy water.
dashboards and headlights, glass cleaner and paper towels work
wonders. As well, you might want to use a paint brush for fine
details on the interiors, the air vents and the steering wheel.
Cleaning towels are readily available at a hardware store or automotive
supply place and they are great for final detail work on chrome
or for the interior if you have a fine vinyl or leather polish.
Find soft cloths that don't leave any lint but do bring up a nice
shine. For the perfect dry job, you will want to use a shammy,
a piece of fine suede fabric, which works perfectly to avoid leaving