5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Car Fresh

At New Again Auto Detail, we take great care to make your vehicle shine like New Again – both inside and outside. It’s a passion, and we treat your car like our own.

One of the ways we can add more value to the services we provide, is to share some tips with you to keep your freshly detailed vehicle looking great until your next appointment.

Let’s look at some ways you can keep your vehicle looking good, both between New Again Auto Detail appointments, and for the long haul.

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Tip 1 – Wash When Wet

Don’t let the rain fool you into thinking the dirt is just washing away in the showers. That might be true of the dust that settles on your paint – as long as you NEVER drive it!

The truth is, road spray carries considerable grime that sticks like a magnet to your paint. It’s important to continue to wash your vehicle throughout the rainy season – even if it looks pretty good when wet.

Let it dry, and you’ll think differently.

An easy way to keep the road grime manageable is to use local drive-through car washes. Of course if you’re a fanatic like me, I get the hose and bucket out even during a rain storm, but New Again Auto Detail customers are.. well… more normal.

A permanent diet of drive-through car washings is not my recommendation. However, if you need a very inexpensive “sprucing up” and want to help your paint live a long time, keep it clean. A good choice is any of the “soft cloth” style operations.

Check with the operator about the chemicals they use and avoid those with harsh products. Soap is really all you need, since chemicals can be extra hard on painted and plastic surfaces.

Tip 2 – Dry Door Drips

New Again Auto Detail Hillsboro PortlandIn spite of clever Tip naming, these really are serious suggestions! After returning home from the drive-through wash, take about 4 minutes to wipe out the door jambs. Remember, it is dirt that is the enemy of paint and plastic. The grit causes micro (or macro) scratches when touched.

Keep some old bath towels in the garage. It will just take one to gently wipe things down and get that last bit of dirt the drive-through didn’t catch. The water in the jambs provides just the right amount of wetness to clear away the dirt without hard wiping, which can cause scratches.

Tip 3 – Vacuum Vigorously

Many drive-through car washes offer free vacuum service. You can certainly do this at home, but the extra power of the commercial vacuums will make the job a lot easier. In the same spirit of wiping out the door jambs above, the few minutes it will take will make a world of difference.

In addition to helping keep odors out of your vehicle, regular vacuuming can extend the life of your carpets and floor mats considerably. The same grit that can harm your exterior’s paint and plastic surfaces will break down the carpet fibers more and more every time you get in. A quick vacuum will keep the grit to a minimum, and the life expectancy to a maximum.

Tip 4 – Wash Windows With Wipe

New Again Auto Detail Hillsboro PortlandA quick way to keep interior windows clean is with a microfiber cloth. Microfiber does a surprisingly good job, and no spray cleaner is needed. It will brighten up the glass that has developed that “hard-to-see-traffic-when-looking-into-the-sun” haze.

You know that look.

Start with a damp cloth to get ahead of fingerprints and smudges. Once you knock those down, simply use the microfiber cloth to remove any residual streaks. You will be amazed at how good it makes your glass look – and how easy it is to use.

Tip 5 – New Again Auto Detail Luxury Wash

For those of you who would prefer not to be bothered with finding a drive-through car wash, remembering to drop in, frustrated with the hand signals given when trying to line up your front tire in the channel… doing your own vacuuming and door and window wiping… you get the idea… There is a better solution.

Luxury Wash

A great way to keep your vehicle in New Again condition between Full Service Detail appointments is with a Luxury Wash. Once a month, enjoying a Luxury Wash is like a “Mini Detail.”

In the rainy season (which is nearly year round!) you may want to hit the drive-though car wash about every week or two. Add the costs and of course your time, and it make more sense to take a different approach.

For just $50 and in less than 90 minutes, you can have a refreshed chariot waiting for you upon your return. Just make an appointment, drop it off and enjoy your free time. When you pick it up, you’ll be all set for your next New Again adventure!

Mike Playford
New Again Auto Detail


  1. This guy knows what he is doing. I have an 07 Altima that is in pretty damn good shape for being a decade old but he took it to another level. It has cloth seats and where I rest my elbows was stained by years of my skin oils getting in there. Took it to Mike and it was gone. Recommended for sure.

  2. Thank you for all the tips, some I really hadn’t thought of before

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