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View Poll Results: What does everyone use to wash their cars with?
Sponge 160 25.32%
Natural Sea Sponge 10 1.58%
Wash Mitt 214 33.86%
Microfiber Mitt 155 24.53%
Towel 69 10.92%
Brush 72 11.39%
Other(Please List) 57 9.02%
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Old 03-09-2012, 11:37 PM   #171
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Gliptone makes some good stuff... their carpet extractor powder concentrate and vent magic stuff is awesome.

Before


After


The results would be better with an actual extractor and OxyClean, but for a bucket, a rag and brush; you can only bring back something tortured so far before dyeing or replacement needs to happen!

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Old 03-10-2012, 07:55 PM   #172
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I use a method that is time consuming but worth it.

It is known for 2-2 bucket method.

What is needed?
-2 buckets
-microfiber towels
-shamwow or regular towel
-Maguiars wash and wax
-Maguiars leather cleaner and protectant
-Maguiars interior cleaner and protectant
-Armor All shine tire applicant
-Febreeze smell neutralizer
-Windex Glass cleaner
-RAINX 2 in 1
-Tree scent hanger

APPROX EXTERIOR CLEANING TIME: 1 HR
APPROX INTERIOR CLEANING TIME: 45 MINS

==EXTERIOR==

First step: The clean bucket I add Maguiars Wash & Wax (yellow) to form soapy water and I use a microfiber towel to clean the entire car.

Second step: After using all the soap on the car wash the microfiber towel on the dirty bucket and reuse on the clean bucket to continue washing the car.

~Repeat step 1 and 2 until the entire car has been washed

Third step: Same way as cleaning the entire body of the car but clean my rims spoke by spoke and in bet weens, then around the lip. Complete same steps until all four rims are done.

Fourth step: Use mother's back to black on flat black bumper and side portions that have residue on them that need cleaning.

Fifth step: Use RAIN-X clean & replant on all outside windows.

Sixth step: Dry car body with a regular towel or shammy.

Seventh step: Dry rims spoke by spoke, in betweens, and around the lip with a dry microfiber towel.

Eighth step: Apply Armor All tire shine gel around all four tires.

==INTERIOR==
First step: Use FEBREEZE air neutralizers

Second step: Remove and wash all purpose duty floor mats (if you have if not skip until third step) and replace.

Third step: Vacuum floors and dashboard cracks were dust can accumulate.

Fourth step: Remove cup holder and middle piece rubber compartments, clean them, and replace.

Fifth step: Clean leather seats with Maguiars leather cleaner and protectant

Sixth step: Clean dashboard, sides, chrome, and steering wheel with Maguiars interior cleaner and protectant.

Seventh step: Clean all inside windows and mirrors with WINDEX or ALL PURPOSE GLASS CLEANERS.

Eighth step: Apply car scent tree (scent of your choice).


This is a long process that takes about 1-2 hours to complete but in the end it pays off and I do it on a 2 week basis and keeps my car clean, smelling good, and most importantly feeling sleek.

Hope you guys enjoy my method.
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Old 03-21-2012, 03:54 PM   #173
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That's quite a routine!!

I've always used 2 bucket method and Wayne's Towels MF mitt. Gonna upgrade it with grit guard and foam cannon for my dad's power washer. The rest is all Einszett and Glanz stuff. Trying to decide between another MF drying towel (waffle) to make two for me total or get an absorber/chamois. California blade kinda scares me for dragging grit across the paint. Oh and paint protection film is definitley in the cards in the future...
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:23 PM   #174
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I use sponges. I end up buying at least 3 per summer because my father keeps stealing mine. I do use some microfiber cloths to clean my wheels.
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:33 PM   #175
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Wash mitt -- microfiber.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:18 AM   #176
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Well,now that I've claybarred and waxed my car I simply wash using a soft microfiber scrubber and towels to dry it every couple of weeks and use a spray detailer to finish it off. I'm fortunate the car only sees about 500 miles a month and spends it's time in either a covered parking or my garage so it's been staying pretty clean.
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:53 AM   #177
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Foam gun, with a microfiber mitt to get the tricky spots. Cascade rinse with a microfiber towel to get the remaining spots. Then wait 20 minutes for water to come out of all its hiding spots and touch up.
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:39 AM   #178
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I lurvee my foam gun!


IMG_1647_wm by Lyonsroar91, on Flickr

This is the soap I use!


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Old 07-13-2012, 05:26 PM   #179
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what foam gun do you have, that isthe car wash that I use as well
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Old 07-13-2012, 05:46 PM   #180
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This is the gun:

http://www.amazon.com/Gilmour-75QGFM...mour+foamaster
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