Let your car sparkle
has imposed a ban on washing cars and watering lawns in
the morning hours. The result is dirty cars running around the
City Beautiful. To clean the windscreen is a simple matter. Pull
the windscreen washer lever. The cleaning fluid is splashed.
Switch on the wipers, and you have a clean windscreen. This is
very important for city driving.
interior rearview mirror to be fully functional, the rear
windscreen must also be clean. It is understandable why a ban on
washing cars has been imposed. Your cleaner turns on the garden
pipe and sprays the car for 15-20 minutes. In doing so, he
wastes several litres of water. There is a big difference in
washing a car and cleaning a car. A car can be cleaned with only
a couple of litres of water.
All you need is
half a bucket of water and a clean soft cloth. I favour the dhoti,
which can be bought easily at any hardware store. It is soft
cloth and is an absorbent. Start the cleaning operation by
sprinkling water on the glass area. Sprinkling, not pouring.
Wipe and clean with a soft cloth. In five minutes the glass area
would be sparkling.
the bonnet and again wipe clean. The sides of the car do not get
too dirty, maybe behind the front wheels only. One mug of water
is sufficient to clear the splashes behind the wheels. The dhoti
will be dirty. Rinse it out and wipe the whole car. You should
have a second dhoti, dry and clean. Dry wipe the entire car,
starting, of course, with the glass area. With a couple of
litres of water, you have a clean car.
to save and conserve water. It is only a matter of time before
water becomes as scarce and expensive as oil. While over-seeing
this operation, look under the bonnet. Is the windshield water
reservoir full? It should be. It will help you clear the
windscreen. You could add some ammonia-based glass cleaner like
Colin. Add a couple of teaspoons of vinegar. Vinegar helps cut
grease. There is sure to be some on your windscreen.
keeps flies from settling. Flies leave their tiny droppings on
the glass and chrome, which make your car dirty. There was
little rain last winter. So you may not have used the wipers for
some time. Chances are the rubber has hardened, and this may
scratch the glass. Change the wiper blades, and you will be
ready for the monsoons.