Five Tips for Washing and Detailing Your Houston Truck

Taking care of your truck can help it look new longer and can provide a more enjoyable ride for you and your passengers. Washing, cleaning and detailing your vehicle takes a relatively short amount of time and can make a big difference in your truck's appearance on the road and in the driveway. This process can also help you identify any broken or malfunctioning components and to order replacements from your local Houston truck parts store. Here are five helpful tips for detailing your truck and keeping it in tip-top condition inside and out.

Make It Part of Your Routine

Penciling in time for weekly washing can ensure that your truck always looks its best. This can also prevent damage to your clear coat finish from bioorganic materials like bird droppings and the remains of bugs. By taking time out to pamper your truck once a week, you can preserve that like-new look longer.

Be Gentle

High-power washes and abrasive cleansers are great for removing dirt and grime from concrete walls. Employing the same cleaning techniques, however, can do a real number on your truck's delicate finish. Hand washing with a soft sponge or cloth mitt is the best way to prevent scratches or marring. Use only manufacturer-approved solvents to remove tar and other sticky materials; this can ensure that your truck's finish stays pristine and shiny throughout repeated cleaning processes.

Start at the Bottom

Your tires typically attract the most dirt and grit during the course of an average week. Starting your cleaning process there can help you avoid accidentally splashing dirty water on areas you have already completed. Commercial tire cleaning solutions can provide added help in removing tar and dirt from wheel wells and tires.

Use Plenty of Water

Changing the water several times when washing your truck can help you avoid transferring dirt from one area to another. By using small batches of soap and water and switching frequently, you can also prevent grit from accumulating in your bucket and potentially scratching your truck's finish. Be sure to rinse frequently with fresh water to get a clearer look at your progress and to identify any spots that require additional attention.

Simple Steps for Interior Detailing

Most automotive experts recommend that you start at the top center of your truck when detailing the interior:

  • First, gently vacuum your headliner with care to avoid detaching it from the roof of your truck.
  • Next, clean your windows with microfiber towels or newspaper and an approved auto glass cleaner to prevent spotting and streaking. Ammonia-based products can cause damage to tinting on windows and should be avoided.
  • Products specially designed for use on dashboards, gear shifts and door panels can not only clean these components effectively but can also reduce the risk of cracks and deterioration over time. Use soft brushes and cotton swabs to reach those tight corners and to ensure the best possible results.
  • If your truck has leather seats, taking the time to clean these materials with a professional-grade conditioning treatment can extend the life of your seats and can often restore dulling leather to like-new suppleness and color.
  • Removing and cleaning floor mats with a brush can remove any grass, dirt and debris tracked in over the course of a week.
  • Finally, vacuuming cloth seats and floors can ensure a fresh start for the new week.

These detailing tips can keep your truck's interior looking great week after week.

Establishing a good working relationship with a Houston truck accessories dealer can help you find the best products and parts for your beloved truck. Whether you need Houston bed liners, lighting kits or cleaning supplies, your local automotive supply store can deliver the best guidance and the most effective solutions for all your truck maintenance needs.

  • Posted on   11/30/15 at 02:19:48 PM   by biz  | 
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