How to properly wash your RAM truck
In Texas, we are blessed (and cursed) with plenty of sun year-round, and that Texas sun can do a number on both the interior and exterior of your car or truck. Now that summer is (theoretically) winding to a close, it’s a good time to make sure your vehicle’s finish and interior are in top shape.
At Blake Fulenwider Ram Chrysler Dodge Jeep Beeville, we recommend the following cleaning regimen to keep your RAM truck or your Jeep protected and looking its best. Follow the steps in this order to keep from tracking dirt back across a cleaned area. Be sure to wash your vehicle in the shade.
- Clean the interior first. Toss any trash. (Better yet: Treat it like a national park. Carry out trash anytime you exit.) Take out items that don’t belong in the car.
- Remove the floor mats and slap them together to knock out loose dirt. Then put them on a hard surface, like a driveway or patio and vacuum. Use a wet-dry vacuum with a blower feature (if you have one) and move the hose to the exhaust port. Blow debris out of the space between the seat and center console.
- Sweep across console and dashboard cracks and crevices using a clean toothbrush. Run it along the door panels to dislodge any dirt. Vacuum over those cracks and crevices.
- Vacuum the upholstery and floor. Move the seats all the way forward, vacuum, and then move them all the way back and vacuum. Recline the seat backs all the way back and vacuum in the crevices.
- Using a damp microfiber cloth, wipe down the dashboard, console, gearshift, steering wheel, door handles, cup holders and seats. Or if you have brush specifically for use on vehicle interiors, use that. Their fibers are treated with wax to hold on to dust and debris. Use an auto-specific leather and plastic cleaner with a clean cloth on the hard surfaces.
- Wash the windows on the interior. Do the sunroof also, if you have one. Apply a foam window cleaner, which won’t drip. Lower the windows and wipe the edges too.
- Put the floor mats back inside, and make sure all the windows and doors are closed.
- Rinse off the entire vehicle, starting with the roof and working your way down. Pay particular attention to the wheels, wheel wells and any really dirty areas.
- Fill two buckets with water. To one, add the recommended amount of auto-specific soap. Using a microfiber sponge or a car-wash mitt, soap up the exterior. Periodically rinse out the sponge in the plain water to keep from scratching the finish with trapped debris.
- Upper portion of each side
- Lower portion of each side
- Clean the tires with a second sponge. Clean the rubber and the metal or alloy rims. You may need to use a wheel brush.
- Rinse the car again all over, starting with the roof. Dry immediately with a chamois or a microfiber towel. Work from the roof down and use a circular motion.
- Wax when the car is fully dry. Follow the wax manufacturer’s directions on use. Waxing gives the paint protection from the environment, scratches and fading.
Wash in the following order, hosing off after each step:
Once you’re done giving your expensive investment the treatment it deserves, keep your vehicle out of the sun as much as possible to prevent fading, cracking and an overall dulling of the paint job. Park it in the shade or a garage.