Making sure your Mercedes-Benz is kept clean will not only keep it looking great, but it will lessen the degradation to components caused by mud, dirt and other foreign bodies, maintaining performance.
A regular, thorough cleaning routine is therefore important to maximise your own driving experience and is best practice to help maintain the value of your vehicle. For finance customers, it may help avoid penalty fees at the end of your contract.
As we enter the season of the Spring Clean, we wanted to provide our tips and tricks on how you can best look after your Mercedes-Benz. We have already shown you how to keep your interior looking as good as new. Now, we look at how to achieve that distinctive showroom shine and how to best look after the exterior of your Mercedes-Benz.
Exterior Cleaning Routine.
If, like us, you treasure the opportunity to show your Mercedes-Benz some much earned TLC, you are also likely to have a well-practiced cleaning routine already in place. However, as the team who are responsible for keeping our cars showroom-ready, we spoke to our on-site valeters to learn industry best practice.
Taking steps from their own cleaning schedule, they kindly created this 13 point list for owners looking to achieve an expert exterior finish at home:
1 – Pre-wash with either traffic film remover or pre wash foam and rinse with clean water. It is important to remove any grit and dirt that may cause damage to your paintwork when cleaning with a cloth later on.
2 – Apply wheel cleaner and agitate with a soft brush then rinse with water
3 – Using a “two bucket method” (one bucket with shampoo, one with clean water, or one bucket and a hose), wash the car with car shampoo using a microfiber mitt. Start at the top, working down. Ensuring you rinse the mitt in the clean water periodically as you go
4 – Rinse off the shampoo with clean water, ideally using a hose or pressure washer
5 – Dry the car with microfiber towel or a chamois cloth
6 – To help dry the car properly without leaving smears use quick detail spray which is wax based
7 – Decontaminate the surface of the paintwork using a clay bar
8 – Apply polish to the body panels of the car using a polish applicator, avoiding direct sunlight
9 – After 20-40 minutes remove the polish with a clean microfiber cloth
10 – Undergo a final inspection of the body panels to ensure that all polish residue has been removed
11 – Clean the windows with car window cleaner using two different microfiber cloths, one to clean the windows with the spray and another dry microfiber cloth to remove any smears
12 – Wipe the wheels with a microfiber cloth
13 – Finally apply a tyre dressing to the tyres using a sponge to give the car that showroom look
While it does highly depend on usage, we recommend following this cleaning routine every few weeks for the best results.
Use Genuine Cleaning Products.
Mercedes-Benz offer a large collection of products to help clean and protect you vehicle’s interior. These are designed specifically for the needs of your Mercedes-Benz and can be ordered directly from your local dealership. Prices are size dependent but range from £4.50 to £45.80.
Mercedes-Benz Car Shampoo
Thoroughly cleanse your Mercedes-Benz with this Genuine car shampoo. Optimum dilution is achieved by use of measuring cap.
USE: Open sealed lid and fill measuring cap by squeezing. Add this amount of shampoo to a bucket containing 5 litres of water and mix well before using.
REMEMBER: Do not wash your car in the sun or when the engine bonnet is warm.
Mercedes-Benz Convertible Top Cleaner
This specially designed cleaner will remove dirt, nicotine, squashed insects and bird droppings from your cabriolet roof.
USE: Sweep or vacuum off any loose soiling. Spray evenly and leave for 1 – 2 minutes to take effect and clean with a damp sponge. Wash again with a wet sponge and dry with a cloth.
REMEMBER: Use inside and outside of cabriolet convertible tops.
Mercedes-Benz Wheel Cleaner
This cleaning gel removes stubborn fouling such as aggressive brake dust, oil deposits and other road grime. It sticks to the dirt and dissolves it quickly, leaving nothing behind.
USE: Spray evenly onto dry or damp rims and hubcaps from a short distance. Depending on the severity of the fouling, leave for 1 – 5 minutes to take effect. Use a brush to loosen then thoroughly rinse with a powerful jet of water. Repeat application for severe fouling.
REMEMBER: Do not use in blazing sunshine or on hot rims.
Mercedes-Benz Window Cleaner
Use Mercedes-Benz Genuine Window Cleaner to remove road grime, sillicones, diesel soot, hot wax, squashing insects and bird droppings. It will also help maintain quiet wiper blade operation.
USE: Shake before use. Apply a few drops to the pane of the glass and rub all over using a microfiber cloth. Once dry, shine with a dry cloth.
REMEMBER: Do not use on paint, plastic and vulcanised rubber.
Mercedes-Benz Paint Polish
Achieve a deep shine and many weeks of protection without hazing.
USE: Shake before use. After washing and drying the car and getting rid of tar spots, apply thinly using a circular motion. Leave it to take effect for a short time and then polish to a mirror finish using a polishing fabric.
REMEMBER: Do not apply to plastic, use in blazing sunshine or on hot paintwork.