Bring Back the New – Easy Detailing, Steps 3 and 4

Over time, grease, grime and debris will collect on your car in areas you don’t pay particular attention to – until you see how they should look.
Volkswagens are resilient cars that retain a fresh finish for many years.  All you need to do is break through a layer of road grease and car wash film to return your vehicle’s finish to that sought-after “new” look.
Following are steps 3 & 4 of our 6-step Easy Detailing series.  Each mini-series will finish with recommendation of an exterior car wash to tie it all together.
Good luck!
3: Door Jam clean-up
  • Required tools: All-purpose cleaner/degreaser (options here), thick rag or old towel
  • Time budget: 12-15 minutes
  • Note: One area often overlooked when cleaning cars is the door jams.  These collect grease and grime over time, and once clean will freshen the overall look of your vehicle significantly.
  • Steps:
    • Open all doors and look for soiled areas in door sills and jams.
    • Spray all-purpose cleaner on soiled areas and allow to soak (Note: be careful not to “over-spray” cleaner through vehicle interior)
    • Wipe surfaces clean with a clean, lint-free rag.
    • Repeat if necessary

4: Interior vacuuming

  • This step may seem obvious but is often overlooked. 
  • Pull out floor mats, move front seats forward and back, focus on vacuuming thoroughly.
  • Vacuum seating surfaces with focus on cleaning out the creases where dirt collects.

Final step

  • To finish off your car cleanup, give it an exterior wash.  Take it through an automated car wash or wash it yourself at home.
  • Car wash:
    • Go somewhere you know the brushes are soft and soaked in water to reduce/remove chances of scratching.
    • Pack a chamois or towel so you can dry the car completely, and “chase” the water run marks when returning home.
  • Driveway:
    • It’s a good idea to wash your car in the shade, preferably in the early morning or evening.
    • Use a good amount of car wash soap (not dishwashing detergent) to create lather and pull dirt from the car.
    • Rinse thoroughly.  Remaining soap will attract dirt and dust.
    • Dry throughly.


You’re done!  Stand back and admire the finished product.

Easy Detailing steps 5-6 will be posted in next month.  Stay tuned!

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