Step-by-Step method to clean your Tesla

First of all this process can be used on any car.

Things you will need:

Optional but recommended:

snow-foam2Things you will need if you don’t have paint protection:

Things you will need if you don’t have a water filter & live in medium/hard water areas:

For a car with ceramic paint protection applied this is how I would (& do) clean the Tesla:

  1. Snow foam the whole car (1/5 liquid 4/5 hot water)
  2. Wait 10 minutes for the snow foam to loosen and lift the dirt
  3. Whilst you wait: brush wheel arches to remove large debris (with specific wheel arch brush that isn’t used anywhere else on the car)
  4. Pressure wash the whole car to remove the snow foam and large bits of dirt, be careful with the paint (i.e. don’t get too close)
  5. Use a dedicated wheel brush to gently brush alloy wheels to remove brake dust/dirt etc (might not be needed on every wash)
  6. Two Bucket Technique the whole car (from top of car down)
    • 1st bucket filled with car shampoo and hot water
    • 2nd bucket filled with fresh clean cold water
    • Use wash mitt to clean from top of the car downwards e.g. always start with the roof, then edges of roof, then top parts of doors and so on…)
    • After each section (or part of section), squeeze dirty water from mitt then dip in cold water, squeeze water out again. Then dip in hot bucket and continue to clean.
    • Remember door shuts and inside the boot
    • Finish with cleaning the wheels (not needed on all washes), you might want a separate wash mitt for this or use wheel brushes
    • The wash mitt might become very dirty, if you’re careful you can pressure wash the mitt to remove any stubborn stains
    • Avoid washing the mitt in the washing machine etc
  7. Rince car with filtered water or rinse car and then dry with large microfibre cloths
  8. Clean glass/lights
  9. Done.

Things you should never do:

  • Use a sponge
  • Use a dirty wash mitt
  • Use any wash mitt you’ve dropped on the floor
  • Clean the car in direct sunlight on a warm/hot day (it will leave marks on the car)

Post not associated with Calvets car cleaning, it was just the only photo I had at the time.

  • Tony Coppola

    Hi Will – just reading this ahead of my new MX 75D arriving (in Nov). I’ve heard it’s not recommended to power wash the car due to cameras/sensors etc – but this is what you recommend is best solution. Any issues/watch outs in doing so?
    Thanks
    Tony

    • Power washing is fine just make sure you get the right attachment so it’s not a pin point and don’t point the water directly at the sensors/paintwork for too long.

      • Tony Coppola

        Thank you. Assume the foaming nozzle does that and you would simply use the hose (with resin attachment) to wash off gentle?