I love my Alfa as much as the next man so I like to keep it looking tip top and love nothing more than spending Sunday making it look immaculate, and let me reassure you it does!
So when I look at all the threads regarding car cleaning where people are advising to use this product for this and a different product for that, I often wonder how people can afford all these products?
Unfortunately, like many others I do not have the luxury of going down Halfords and buying the complete range of AG products for every little part of the car.
So here's what I use and how I keep mine looking good on a budget, I will say before I start that the key to a clean car is not how expensive a product is or how fancy the bottle may look, It's all about getting into a routine where by you try a give it a once over at least once a week if possible or as often as you can to keep the grime down.
My weekly routine is as follows,
Go over the dash with a damp clean chamois leather.
Hoover the mats, including the dash and air vent grills with brush attachment.
Go over the windows with Mr Muscle window cleaner or what ever is in the cupboard under the sink.
Every couple of months clean the leather seats with a Dove bar soap.
I use Carplan TrippleWax or Turtle Wax Zip Wax car wash shampoo wich ever is on offer or whichever is cheaper at the time of requiring a new bottle using a sponge and one bucket starting at the top and working my way down to the alloys which are dealt with last.
Use a good quality chamois leather to dry off which includes door sills, boot sills and bonnet sills.
Every couple of months go over it with AG SRP to keep up the shine including the alloys.
And hey presto an emmaculate looking car at a budget, no need to re mortgage for a trip down Halfords of for an extension to keep all my bottles in!
Yes, yes, the use of one bucket and a chamois is going to cause a stir, but hey, I have always cleaned my cars this way and have never had any problems what so ever with swirling etc.. bare in mind manufacturers will tell you what you want to hear, after all they are trying to sell you something.
Thanks for reading