Written by Kelly-Jane

Cleaning your car with a high-pressure cleaner

A high-pressure cleaner can be used to clean a lot of different surfaces, including your car. By using a high-pressure cleaner, you'll be done washing your car a lot quicker and you'll also get to hard-to-reach places easily. In this article, you'll read the best way to clean your car with a high-pressure cleaner and what things you need.

What do you need?


You need several things for cleaning a car:

  • A bottle of cleaner. This won't be necessary if your high-pressure cleaner has a separate tank for cleaners;
  • A spray nozzle (adjustable);
  • A rotary nozzle (optional);
  • (Rotary) washing brush;
  • Wheel brush (optional);
  • Car shampoo;
  • Wheel cleaner gel;
  • Insect remover (optional).

A number of these attachments will have been included with your high-pressure cleaner, but probably not all of them.


Before cleaning you car, always check if your high-pressure cleaner and all components are in order and properly connected. Also check if the washing brush and wheel brush are clean. If they contain dirt, you could damage your car's paint job.

Step 1: Pre-rinse

Rinse your car. Use the spray nozzle at the softest settings. Don't use a cleaning agent. Pre-rinsing is good for removing small grains of sand, so they won't damage your car's paint job.

Step 2: Wheels and insects

Cleaning the wheels

Spray wheel cleaner onto your wheels and leave it for at least 3 minutes. Clean the wheels with a wheel brush or rinse the wheels when you're rinsing the rest of the car. Are there a lot of insects on your windshield, headlights, or number plate? Spray insect remover on these areas and leave it for 3 minutes as well.

Step 3: lathering

Fill the bottle of cleaner with car shampoo and attach it to the lance. If your high-pressure cleaner has a special tank for cleaning agent, you should of course use that. Spray shampoo onto your car, using a soft setting.

Step 4: washing

Car washing brush

Now use the washing brush to brush away the dirt on your car. Don't put pressure on the brush, but gently move it in circles. Skip the rims, because the wheel cleaner could get on the washing brush, and that wouldn't be good for your paint job. You can rinse off the dirt from your wheels in step 5.

Step 5: Rinsing

Rinse the car using the rotary nozzle or spray nozzle at the highest setting. Maintain a distance of at least 20 centimeters between the nozzle and your car to prevent damaging the paint. Rinse the car clean from top to bottom and don't forget the wheels.

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