Washing & Waxing Your Vehicle
Ensure longevity and good trade in value by keeping your Toyota in tip-top shape.
Keep your vehicle clean by regular washing. Before you get started make note of
the following scenarios that may cause weakness to the paint or corrosion to the
body and parts. Wash your vehicle as soon as possible…
- When driving in a coastal area.
- When road tar, tree sap, bird droppings and the bodies of dead insects are sticking
to your vehicle.
- When driving in areas where there is a lot of smoke, soot, dust, iron dust and chemical
- When the vehicle becomes particularly dirty with dust and mud.
- Work in the shade and wait until the vehicle body is not hot to the touch.
- Caution: When cleaning the underside or chassis, be careful not to injure your hands.
- Rinse off loose dirt with a hose. Remove any mud from the underside of the vehicle
and wheel wells.
- Wash with mild car-wash soap, mixed according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Use a soft cotton cloth and keep it wet by dipping it frequently into the wash water.
Do not rub hard – let the soap and water remove the dirt.
- Wash these carefully and do not scrub with abrasive cleaners. The bumper faces are
- Remove with turpentine or cleansers that are marked safe for painted surfaces.
- Notice: Do not use petrol or strong solvents, which may be toxic or cause damage.
- Rinse thoroughly – dried soap can cause streaking. In hot weather you may need to
rinse each section right after you wash it.
- To prevent water spots, dry the vehicle using a clean soft cotton cloth. Do not
rub or press hard – you might scratch the paint.
Make it shine
Polishing and waxing is recommended to maintain the original beauty of your Toyota’s
- Always wash and dry the vehicle before you begin waxing, even if you are using a
combined cleaner and wax.
- Use a good quality polish and wax. If the finish has become extremely weathered,
use a car cleaning polish, followed by a separate wax. Carefully follow the manufacturer’s
instructions and precautions. Ensure that you polish and wax the chrome trim as well
as the painted surfaces.
- Wax the vehicle again when water does not bead, but remains on the surface in large
- Notice: Always remove the plastic bumpers if your vehicle is re-painted and placed
in a high heat paint waxing booth. High temperatures could damage the bumpers.
Touch it up!
Touch-up paint can be used to cover small chips or scratches.
- Apply the paint soon after the damage occurs or corrosion may set in.
- To do a good job, use a small artist’s brush and stir the paint well.
- Ensure that the area is clean and dry.
- To apply the touch-up paint so it is hardly noticeable, apply only to the bare spots.
- Apply the smallest amount possible and do not paint the surface around the scratch
Cleaning your air conditioning control panel, car audio, instrument panel, console
panel and switches.
- Use a soft damp cloth for cleaning.
- Soak a clean soft cloth in water or lukewarm water then lightly wipe off any dirt.
- Notice: Do not use organic substances (solvents, kerosene, alcohol, petrol, etc.),
alkaline or acidic solutions. These chemicals can cause discolouring, staining or
peeling of the surface.
- Caution: Do not wash the vehicle floor with water, or allow water to get into the
floor when cleaning the vehicle interior or exterior.
- Water may get into audio components or other electrical components above or under
the floor carpet (or mat) and cause a malfunction, or it may cause body corrosion.
- The vinyl upholstery may be easily cleaned with a mild soap or detergent and water.
- First vacuum over the upholstery to remove loose dirt
- Then, using a sponge or soft cloth, apply the soap solution to the vinyl.
- After allowing it to soak in for a few minutes to loosen the dirt, remove the dirt
and wipe off the soap with a clean damp cloth.
- If all the dirt does not come off, repeat the procedure.
- Commercial foaming-type vinyl cleaners are also available which work well. Follow
the manufacture’s instructions.
- Notice: Do not use solvent, thinners, petrol or window cleaner on the interior.
- Use a good, foam-type upholstery cleaner.
- Give it a good strong vacuuming to remove as much dirt as possible.
- Apply the foam in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Use a good foam-type shampoo to clean the carpets.
- Vacuum thoroughly to remove as much dirt as possible. Several types of foam cleaners
are available; some are in aerosol cans and others in powders or liquids which you
mix with water to produce a foam.
- To shampoo the carpets, use a sponge or brush to apply the foam.
- Rub in strong, overlapping circles.
- Do not apply water – best results are obtained by keeping the carpet as dry as possible.
Read the shampoo instructions and follow them closely.
- The windows can be cleaned with any household window cleaner.