My wife was not impressed that I spent from 10:30am to 5pm cleaning the car on the last bank holiday. Completely acceptable use of time if you ask me!
I find it takes me so long to clean a car properly, I have developed a new strategy. Basically, to speed things up, instead of a smorgasbord of poorly-done tasks (Chinese takeaway syndrome, where as many flavours get crammed in as possible), I concentrate my energies on just a couple of things to do them well. I call it menu washing:
1. Quick overall wash, remove mats and shake out the worst
2a. Detail clean of wheels
2b. Waterblast (pressure wash) wheel arches
2c. Detail clean of engine compartment (from on top)
2d. Degrease under engine/transmission if needed and dress tyres
2e. Detail clean of door jambs/boot channel/rubber seals/exhaust tip etc.
3a. Clean windows inside and out
3b. Dust/brush/vacuum dashboard etc.
3c. Vacuum carpet and mats
3d. Wet vacuum carpet/seats
3e. Condition leather seats
4a. Clay bar and Turtle Wax Ice paste
4b. Treat black plastics
4c. Touch in stone chips, polish out scratches
Obviously there just isn't time to do everything - so I always do 1, then pick one item each from 2 and 3, or one item from 4, and that's about two hours well-spent
over six months everything gets done and the car looks pretty good. Problem is, I have four cars to do
and there's often bigger jobs to do too...