To clean your car at a do-it-yourself car wash, vacuum the interior, perform the pre-wash, clean the tires, soap the chassis, rinse the entire vehicle, drive out of the wash bay, and dry your car in the parking lot. This 35-minute procedure requires quarters, a garbage bag and towels.
- Prepare your vehicle
Before you enter the wash bay, remove all trash from the car's interior. Stick the detritus in a garbage bag, and put it in the trunk if you cannot dispose of it at the car wash facility. If your car has removable floor pads, take them out, and shake them vigorously to remove dirt and debris. Stick them in your trunk.
- Vacuum the interior
Open all of your car's doors, put quarters in the vacuum, and clean the interior of your vehicle. Replace the floor pads.
- Enter the wash bay
Close your doors, and drive into the center of the wash bay.
- Perform the pre-wash
Insert quarters into the wash bay console, and select the pre-wash function. Cover the chassis in pre-wash solution.
- Wash the tires
Wash the tires while the pre-wash solution sits on the chassis.
- Soap the chassis
Select the soaping function, and wash the chassis. Focus on the lower portion, which tends to be the dirtiest.
- Rinse the vehicle
Use the rinse function on your entire vehicle, including the wheels and tires.
- Leave the wash bay to dry your vehicle
Drive your car out of the wash bay, and move it to a spacious area of the parking lot. Turn the vehicle off, and buff it dry with towels.