your car every week can be a time-consuming proposition. In this day
and age of rushing about, 12-hour workdays and traffic jams, the last
thing you have time for is washing the car. Yet, if you're like
me, you hate to have a dirty car. So, what do you do?
Over the past few years, a number of innovative products have emerged to
help us maintain the appearance and cleanliness of our cars. The
first such product was the car duster, which remains a popular, safe and
effective tool for daily dusting. Next came detailing sprays, which
provide the lubrication necessary to remove dirt and dust safely.
Most recently, the car care industry has seen the emergence of lint-free
microfiber fabrics as multipurpose cleaning and polishing tools.
Using my Quick Detailing™ techniques, I have reduced my soap-and-water
washing to every other week on my commuter car, and once a month on my
weekend toys. Time is only one factor in considering quick
detailing. Water shortage is another. Sooner or later, drought
hits all of us. It seems to run in seven-year cycles here in
Done properly, Quick Detailing™ can reduce the amount of time you spend
cleaning your car. It also reduces the effects of harmful elements
(road grime, bird droppings, bugs, etc.) and keeps your car looking sharp.
Ten minutes every other day is all it takes to maintain a finely groomed
To apply my Quick Detailing™
technique, you'll need two
or three good microfiber
detailing towels, a bucket of water and a quick
detailing spray. A car
duster also works well at removing the top layer of dust, but is not
is not just for the exterior of your car. There are detailing
sprays for your car's interior, as well. Einszett
Cockpit Premium is an excellent interior detailer. It removes
dust, fingerprints and light soil from all nonfabric surfaces. You
will also find a number of handy products for dusting the dash, removing
lint and keeping the interior smelling fresh.
quick-detail your interior with a detailing spray or a bucket of fresh
water. To use an interior detailing spray, fold your microfiber
detailing towel, spray it with a few shots of detailing spray, and wipe
down the dashboard, console, seats (don't use a detailing spray on cloth
seats), door panels and door jambs. Use the interior detailing spray
more for dusting than cleaning. It's not necessary to wet the
interior surfaces with the spray.
If you're not
using an interior detailing spray, fill your bucket with water.
Rinse your microfiber detailing
towel thoroughly and wring out as much water as possible. Fold the
towel in half, then in half again. Use
your damp microfiber towel to wipe down the interior. The microfiber
towel will quickly remove all dust and fingerprints from your dash and
windows will need a quick wipe-down every few days, too. Rinse the
microfiber towel, wring until damp, and wipe down the interior glass.
Follow immediately with a dry microfiber detailing towel.
rinse your microfiber towel thoroughly and wring out as much water as
possible. Fold the towel in half, then in half again. Starting
at the top, wipe down your car, wiping in a single direction only.
As the surface of the towel gets soiled, flip it to a clean side.
When all sides of the towel are dirty, rinse it out in the bucket, wring
and keep wiping. Don't forget the windows.
When the loose
dirt is gone, rinse the towel again, wring out all excess water, refold,
and spray the towel with a few shots of detailing spray. Wipe the
car down with the detailing spray, giving a couple of shots into the towel
for each panel. Buff immediately with a clean, dry towel. I
recommend a second microfiber detailing towel. Spraying the towel
instead of the car will ensure better distribution and will use less
product. A 16-ounce bottle of detailing spray should detail your car
10 to 12 times, depending on the size of your car.
final step, do your wheels. If your wheels are fairly clean, simply
wipe them down with the damp microfiber towel. Rinse the towel for
If your wheels
have heavy brake dust, give them a couple of shots of detailing spray to
loosen. Using the remaining water in your bucket and the damp
microfiber towel, rinse each tire and wheel. A quality microfiber
towel can hold a lot of water, making it perfect for rinsing away brake
dust. Use the dry towel to dry and buff.
learn your car and the Quick Detailing™ process, you can easily clean
your car in 5 to 10 minutes. Compare this to the 45 to 60 minutes it
takes to wash and dry your car with soap and water. If you did a
quick detail on your car every day, you would spend no more time than you
would with a weekly wash, and your car will always look freshly detailed.
If you prefer to clean your car dry, instead of the initial microfiber
towel wipe-down, do a quick dusting using a car duster. A good car
duster will quickly remove all surface dust, preparing your car for the
quick detailing spray.