Best Practices and Tips for Cleaning Your Car at Home

Keeping your car clean is important and not always easy, but cleaning your car at home is best! You may think all there is to keeping your car clean is a quick rinse, sudsy wash and drying it with a towel, but there is much more to keeping it clean and doing it the right way. Keep in mind, newer cars may take less work than older cars and each type or model of car may need different car cleaning methods and products.

Before starting the cleaning process, purchase microfiber cloths and separate them for use – one set for the exterior wash, for wheels and for windows. Also, purchase sponges or car mitts and compatible cleaning materials for the brand of vehicle and for chrome vs. aluminum wheels. Now, for the best practices for cleaning your car at home:


1. First, rinse your entire car to remove excess dirt and buildup to prevent scratches.

2. Next, wash the wheels with a safe cleaner for all wheels, then use a brush for washing the tires. When finished, empty the buckets and rinse all of your cleaning materials. Alternatively, an electric pressure washer can make quick work of the tires. Check out for more info.

3. Use car washing soap and add to a clean bucket of water. Since the bottom part is dirtiest, with a clean car mitt, wash the windows and the top half, all around the car, then wash the lower half. Another bucket with clean water should be used to continually rinse your car mitt or sponge, so dirt won’t grind into your paint, making scratch marks. Extra scrubbing and cleaner may be needed for bugs, tar and other spots.

4. After checking out the results of your fantastic washing job, it’s time for rinsing! There are two options: using a nozzle to spray off the suds or no nozzle, called the “sheeting method” (experts recommend), to allow water to slide off, giving a more thorough rinse.

5. Next comes the drying part. Always dry your car to prevent water spots – never air dry! Using a microfiber towel or a synthetic chamois, dry the windows and mirrors first, then work your way around, top to bottom. Next use another microfiber towel to dry your wheels.

6. If a coat of wax is not being applied after this wash, finish the process by protecting your exterior with a wax or spray sealant to give a shiny appearance.

Cleaning the interior:

1. Remove the floor mats and clean thoroughly using a scrub brush and a cleaning solution mixed in water, then let air dry.

2. Vacuum the upholstery and floors. If cloth upholstery, you may need to do some spot cleaning first; for leather, use a cleaner specifically for leather.

3. To clean and protect the vinyl, use a spray or cream cleaner with a soft cloth.

Some final tips: To protect the paint and prevent splotches, never wash your car in direct sunlight or when it’s too hot! Don’t think of it as work: enjoy the outdoors

and HAVE FUN!!

Let’s Go Paintballing!

Are you bored with water cooler talk? Want to injure that annoying friend without being hauled away by Uncle Sam? Ready for the best team-building exercise of all time with your Coffee and Cars buds?

Then come to Coffee and Car’s annual paintball outing!

When: March 3

Where: Planet Paintball Dyersdale

What: Shooting each other with brightly colored balls of pain -t.

We’ll work with and against each other in this complex strategy game, and use our surroundings to our advantage as we try to take down the opposing team. Cooperation is the key to victory!

“A house divided against itself cannot mercilessly destroy the other team at paintball.” -Abraham Lincoln, probably

So join us on the 3rd of March for the time of your life, unless you’d rather do something more exciting, like watching paint dry. Why do that, when you could be accidentally shooting your teammates, running around yelling, and then go home with a bunch of bruises- I mean, great memories! Heck, why do that at all? Watching paint dry is the definition of boring. Though, technically, when you come, you’ll see paint dry anyway… on your clothes… because you’re gonna get rekt, noob.

“Watching paint dry” was a bad example. I see that now.

Come paintballing with us! It’ll be fun! If you don’t have a gun, check out – they have plenty of options to choose from.

Grab your gear and meet us there, it’ll be a great time for all!

Three Of The Fastest Sports Cars In 2018

Are you feeling the need for speed? Well, get amped! 2018 might be an epic year of sports car satisfaction. There are so many details that make a sports car worth a test drive. Torque performance, roadway handling, interior specs, and even custom-paint jobs. This year, there is a sports car to satisfy everyone. Here are just 3 of the many sports cars available this in 2018.

2018 Aston Martin DB11

After 10 years since the last new auto model to be introduced by the 104-year-old London-based automobile giant Aston Martin, the Aston Martin DB11 is making automobile critics take notice. Available with 5.2-liter V12 that pushes 600-horsepower, and a secondary selection of 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 engine that provides the lower 503-horsepower. The V8 model is lighter and easier to handle, which makes it more appealing to the mass public. Although 4 people are supposed to fit inside, realistically it is a 2-seater with space in the back for a travel bag. Interior technology includes Infotainment with an 8-inch screen, navigation, and a 360-degree mirror that assists with reverse driving.

2018 Maserati GranTurismo

The historic Maserati automaker has impressed savvy drivers in Italy and beyond for over a century, and the Maserati GranTurismo release of 2018 has been no exception. Combining luxury and sports car performance, the GranTurismo contains comfortable interior that includes leather seats, legroom for passengers in the back, and the Maserati Stability Program that constantly monitors driving conditions with innovative sensors. Torque ability comes from the 4.7-litre V8 which produces 454 of horsepower and allows drivers to hear the vroom of the high-performance engine.

2018 Corvette Z06

The classic Corvette possesses the mechanical innovation available in 2018. Speeding to 60 MPH in 2.95 seconds from the 650-horsepower, the 6.2L V8 engine lives up to the expected performance. Acceleration capabilities rival other sports cars on the market in 2018, and individual driving performance is logged by the Performance Data Recorder. The Corvette Z06 is built with lightweight materials and has a rear spoiler that keeps the back of the car firmly on the road while traveling at high speeds. The interior gives passengers a luxurious traveling experience with Napa leather seats, has available Apple CarPlay or AndroidAuto compatibility, and built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi. Considered a Super Car, the 2018 Corvette Z06 combines luxury and horsepower in a respected high-performance automobile.

Our Favorite Cars from the 90s

In the 1970s and 1980s, car manufacturers produced designs that took the shape of boxes. On the other hand, they were unproportioned. Regarding performance, they lacked the edge that is in today’s vehicles. The strict regulations that governed the degree of emissions inhibited the manufactures from producing sport and muscle cars. In the wake of a new decade (the 90s), things took a turn for the better. Designers adopted new techniques and began using curves on the new models. The 1990 era saw the production of vehicles that were simple in construction and the rise of the airbags made them safer. Advancement in technology allowed designers to meet the emission regulation demands. As a result, the dream of higher speeds and power became a reality. The decade became the onset of the production of the vehicles we now love to call ‘the classics.’ Among the top cars in the 90s include;

McLaren F1

The F1 stands at the top. The engineers designed it with a high degree of precision that had never been used before. It was built paying much attention to every detail. The McLaren adopted the accuracy found in any Formula 1 car. Those lucky to drive the super car lauds it acceleration capability. The handling is perfect, and the vehicle communicates in detail about its path. The engine bay lining constitutes 24k gold that helps in the dissipation of heat. It runs on a V12 engine and delivers 618 hp.

Mazda Miata

Well, this model was designed for the wealthy and classy individuals. We would all love to drive in the Lotus Elan. Mazda adopted the British Roadster qualities that made it lightweight and infused them with the Japan technology and quality. As a result, we had the production of the Miata that came at bank-breaking prices. However, it remains the best sports car of the decade that they could buy.

Hummer H1

If I were to choose between the 90s vehicles, I would pick the original Hummer and brand it the super car of the off-road users. It was virtually unstoppable and could handle just about any terrain. While the others models borrowed its shape, the Hummer 1 maintains its flashy look. Its construction was spearheaded after Arnold Schwarzenegger made a request. The military Humvee attained a speed of 60mph in 20 seconds.

Ford Ranger

Built to last, the Ford Ranger went into the market in 1993. At the time, the Ranger was a show of might and power. Today, we still pine for a truck. The F-150 is way too big for most jobs. The ranger came in handy for people who frequented the hardware stores. Many contractors purchased the truck as it aided in the construction business. Additionally, they used it to light tow. However, the Ranger went out of production in 2012.

Buick Roadmaster

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Perhaps, this is one of the vehicles that most of the children in the 90s can relate. Most of us have probably spent time in this car while our moms steer the wheel in front. The truth is that this was an ordinary car with the 90s mums. It was a rear wheel drive that was powered by an American V8 engine. The vehicle could tow up to an estimated 5,000 lbs. It was cooler than the Corolla we drive today.

Ford Mustang SVT Cobra

It’s a no-brainer. In the 90s, the Ford manufacturers starved us of the Shelby Mustangs. However, Ford special vehicles team quenched our thirst with the introduction of the brilliant SVT Cobra. The Cobra hit the market in 1993. It was uniquely designed and pumped up to hold its ground against any sports car at that time.