How to Clean Dad’s Car Like a Pro: Treat Dad to That Fresh Car Feeling

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and while buying your dad a brand new car might be out of the question, you can still gift him that showroom shine. Giving your dad’s car a professional-grade clean is a thoughtful and practical gift that he will appreciate. Follow these steps to treat your dad to that fresh car feeling, just in time for Father’s Day.


To clean your dad’s car like a pro, you’ll need the right tools and products. Here’s what you’ll need:

– Microfiber wash mitt

– Large drying towel

– Detailing brushes

– Vacuum cleaner with attachments

– Air freshener

Nielsen Cherry shampoo

–  Nielsen Quick detailer spray

Nielsen Wheel cleaner

Nielsen Non Silicone Tyre Dressing

–  Nielsen Interior Cleaner

Nielsen Interior Dressing

Nielsen Glass cleaner

Begin by giving the car a thorough wash:

Start by rinsing the car with water to remove loose dirt and debris. Grab your Pre Wash. The foundation of any successful detailing routine is a gentle yet effective pre-wash. Begin by applying Nielsen Pre-Wash to a pre-rinsed vehicle, via a pump sprayer or a trigger bottle, diluted between 10:1 & 4:1 for heavily soiled vehicles. This will loosen any built-up muck, mud, traffic film, road salt, and grime. “Our Pre-wash is gentle on Ceramic coatings, waxes and sealants.”

Clean and shine the wheels and tyres to make them look brand new:

The wheel and tyres can take your vehicles look to a whole new level. Apply Nielsen Wheel Cleaner to remove brake dust and grime. Pay extra attention to the wheel barrels, simply spray it onto the surface, allow it to dwell for a few minutes, and then agitate with a soft brush to remove stubborn dirt. Rinse thoroughly for sparkling clean wheels. Use a brush to get into the nooks and crannies.

For stubborn contaminants like iron particles and industrial fallout, a dedicated Fallout Remover is essential. Nielsen Fallout Remover is specially formulated to dissolve these contaminants without damaging your wheels or paintwork. Finish off your wheel care routine with Nielsen Non Silicone Tyre Dressing. This easy-to-use dressing is designed to provide a deep gloss finish and a long-lasting shine with no greasy residue. Simply apply it to clean, dry tyres, spraying directly onto the surfaces.

Once complete, reach for your Cherry Shampoo and two buckets. Using the two bucket method; one bucket of water and one bucket of water mixed with premium car shampoo. Grab your Cherry Shampoo and add 2 drops to one bucket of water- this is your shampoo bucket. Wash the car using a microfiber wash mitt, working from top to bottom to avoid dragging dirt over the paint.

After washing, use a fallout remover to remove any embedded contaminants from the paint surface. This step is crucial for achieving a smooth finish and prevent long-term damage. That’s where Nielsen Fallout Remover comes in – a quality fallout remover, applied as part of your post-cleaning routine, helps dissolve these particles, preventing corrosion and maintaining the integrity of your vehicle’s finish.

On to the drying stage:

You can now begin drying your vehicle. We recommend using a plush drying towel and having some microfibre cloths handy for delicate areas such as wheel faces/tyres, door shuts, and bottom sills. Using a large, clean microfiber towel will prevent water spots.

For an extra gloss enhancement, you can spritz the painted surfaces with our Quick Detailer during the drying process.

Enhance the paintwork:

Achieve that showroom shine with these steps. Use a Quick Detailer spray to enhance the paint’s gloss and add a layer of protection. Nielsen Quick Detailer is a super versatile product that has also been designed to work as a clay bar lubricant or a drying aid. Spray and wipe with a clean microfiber towel. Nielsen Quick Detailer is safe on sealants, coatings and waxes. It quickly and effortlessly removes dust, grime, fingerprints and watermarks, leaving a smear and streak-free finish to your vehicle. Formulated to give a slick finish and enhance the gloss and shine of your paintwork.

For an even deeper shine, apply a layer of Nielsen Exhibition Polish. Formulated with top grade carnauba wax to provide a long lasting exhibition quality shine & finish. Apply with a circular motion using a polishing cloth or damp applicator. Allow the product to dry to a light haze before buffing off with a clean, dry microfiber cloth.

Clean the Interior

A spotless interior is just as important as a shiny exterior. Start by vacuuming the seats, carpets, and mats. Use attachments to reach under the seats and into crevices. Use Nielsen all-purpose Interior Cleaner on the dashboard, console, and other surfaces. Wipe clean with a microfiber towel. Use detailing brushes to clean air vents and other hard-to-reach areas. Clean the inside of the windows with Nielsen Glass Cleaner for a streak-free finish. Followed by Nielsen Interior Dressing to maximize the appearance of your interior finish.  

Final Touches

Add the finishing touches to complete the professional look:

Place an air freshener in the car to keep it smelling fresh.

Do a final inspection to ensure every area is clean and shiny.


This Father’s Day, give your dad the gift of a professionally cleaned car. With these steps, you can achieve that fresh car feeling and make your dad’s ride look and feel brand new. It’s a thoughtful and practical gift that shows your appreciation and care.

Ready to get started? Visit our website to find all the detailing products you need to clean your dad’s car like a pro. Order now to ensure you have everything in time for Father’s Day!

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