Besides, I had a product to test…. The Waterless Wash & Wax Car wash (also good for boats, caravans, kitchen white goods …). According to the bottle and information you just spray it on, leave 5 seconds and then wipe and grime, grease, mud, car gloop, tarry bits etc will come off.
Now, I have not cleaned the outside of the car for a conservative 5 months. The car is silver, but you could be forgiven for thinking it is more of a beige-brown-sludge-silver.
So, it was with a bit of trepidation that I headed out armed with nothing but a bottle of Waterless Wash & Wax and 4 micro-fibre cloths – in theory 2 for me and 1 each for the kids. Part way through the job, I realised that old toothbrushes were required to get into those hard to reach nooks and crannys around the door handles where green-stuff likes to linger!
I was incredibly suprised at how well the spray worked. Even with months old grime, it was literally just spray, count to 10 and wipe. Even my 5 year old could do a great job, once I explained and demonstrated how to wipe effectively – ie round in circles and quite firmly, rather than a very gentle flip-around with the cloth. The 2 year old wasn’t doing such a great job, but he enjoyed wiping and seeing how dirty his cloth got!
If you are a more regular car-cleaner than myself, then a more gentle sweeping motion with the cloth over the car would suffice.
So how well did it do?
And a little video (hopefully) showing the kids cleaning and a bit of me cleaning too!
Overall verdict – very easy to use, car came up a treat – it is back to being silver, gleams beautifully and looks a lot better. We even cleaned the wheel arches. It even cleans the inside (not cloth or leather though) and windows. I admit to doing some of the inside, but not all! The vacuum cleaner was required first and then it was supper time.
The microfibre cloths changed from blue to black, however am soaking them in Soda Crystals and will throw them in with the nappies on a relatively hot wash (60oC) and with luck they will be fine. If not for food surfaces use, then at least for the cars, bikes and floors.
The product contains Carnauba Wax and Kaolin Clay and does not contain petroleum distillates, solvents, kerosene or silicones. It is fully biodegradable and this does mean you need to use a bottle within 6 months of opening. However, for a usual car-cleaning family this is about 5 – 6 cleans for a mid-sized car (like our Renault Scenic), so easily possible to use within 6 months. If you allow the kids to use the spray, you may get through it faster! Spraying is fun and more may be used than is strictly necessary.