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The 7 Secrets To Cleaning
a Tesla Like a Pro

Here we are, in the dead of winter for half the country. Now while those of you on the west coast may be experiencing everything from 80 degrees and sunny to raining non-stop, the other half of the country is covered in ice and snow. It’s easy to forget that no Tesla goes unscathed, and we all get dirty sooner or later. In this article, we explore 7 tricky little secrets to cleaning your Tesla like a pro. Not saying you weren’t cleaning it like a pro already, but hopefully, you can walk away with at least one piece of solid new information. We discuss some of these in our Ultimate Guide To Washing Your Tesla, but this will further elaborate on these 7 key points.

  1. If using a pressure washer, maintain a distance of at least 30 cm between the nozzle and the surface of your Tesla. Avoid aiming the water-jet directly at parking sensors and cameras.
  2. Avoid using tight-napped or rough cloths, such as washing mitts. A high-quality microfiber cleaning cloth is recommended.
  3. Do not wash your Tesla in direct sunlight.
  4. Do not use hot water, detergents, or highly alkaline or caustic cleaning products, especially those containing hydroxide.
  5. After washing your Tesla, dry the brakes by going on a short drive and applying the brakes multiple times.
  6. Do not use windshield treatment fluids. 
  7. Do not use chemical-based wheel cleaners or pre-wash products. These can damage the finish on the wheels

If using a pressure washer, maintain a distance of at least 30 cm between the nozzle and the surface of your Tesla. Avoid aiming the water-jet directly at parking sensors and cameras.

Believe it or not, this is one of those mistakes many people go through when they first get a power washer and try spraying their car with it. They get too close, and they use too high of an angle head causing more pressure than desirable. If using a power washer we recommend using 40-degree head. This will ensure an even pressure that’s just right for your Tesla.

Avoid using tight-napped or rough cloths, such as washing mitts. A high-quality microfiber cleaning cloth is recommended.

Don’t be afraid to rewash or even throw out old microfibers. First off, you should NEVER use rough cloths, but if you think about using old microfibers please ensure they’re washed, and rinsed out before you begin using them. That means rinsing them in your rinse bucket before using them in any capacity, even if they just came out of the dryer.

Do not wash your Tesla in direct sunlight.

This should be obvious, but getting your Tesla all wet, and then letting it bake in the hot sun is a great way to warp your pain and get dry marks all over your Tesla. If you’re going to wash your Tesla, do it either before the sun comes up, or after it goes down for the day.

Do not use hot water, detergents, or highly alkaline or caustic cleaning products, especially those containing hydroxide.

The two takeaways here are that HOT WATER is not good for your Telsa, don’t pour it on especially in cold weather where this can result in cracked glass. Other than that, Dish soap, and any products containing Hydroxide can also strip away the properties of your Tesla’s paint.

After washing your Tesla, dry the brakes by going on a short drive and applying the brakes multiple times.

This is a trick of the trade and something we recommend to all Tesla owners. Instead of letting your breaks dry from downright soaked, take your Tesla on a drive after its wash and this gives the wheel wells an opportunity to air out and dry up before you park your Tesla again.

Do not use windshield treatment fluids. 

Seems counterintuitive right?!! “Why can’t I use Windex on my Tesla’s windows?” Same thing as any caustic cleaning products, it’s going to strip away some properties of the conditioned glass, and ultimately has the chance of ruining the look. When it comes to Tesla’s, don’t guess about what’s right, because one small mistake could lead to major sadness.

Do not use chemical-based wheel cleaners or pre-wash products. These can damage the finish on the wheels

Chemicals, chemicals and more chemicals! No but really, so many people are tempted to keep taking out cleaners and using them all over their Tesla only to realize it messed their Tesla up. Keep it natural, and keep your microfibers clean. If you do these two things you’ll see a long and beautiful life for your Tesla.

Summary

By following these 7 steps, you’ll save yourself a lot of hassle many Tesla owners face every single day. Getting acquainted with the best practices for washing your Tesla not only will pay dividends in keeping your car looking beautiful now but also will help keep it operating well into the future. Thanks for reading and feel free to check out some more information on washing your tesla in our Ultimate Guide: here.