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How to Clean a Golf Cart?

You love your golf cart, don't you? Of course, if you want to keep it running smoothly, then cleaning is one task that needs to be done. Cleaning your golf cart is more than just running the hose over it and squirting on car-wash soap. There are a few things you'll want to take into consideration for the best results!

Cleaning your golf cart can be tedious, but these simple steps will help make it easier. With this guide, you'll be able to do everything from basic cleaning to all of those tough stains!

Step 1 - Preparation

To give your golf cart that pristine look, it is important to park in a shady location before washing. The direct heat and sunlight can dry out soap spots on the vehicle's finish too quickly! Before you start cleaning, ensure the right tools are at hand. Some surfaces require specific products, and others will do just fine with a different set of equipment together! The following items should help make this process go as smoothly as possible:

  • Bucket
  • Liquid dish shop
  • Freshwater
  • Rubber gloves
  • Microfibre towels
  • Paper towels
  • Soft brush
  • Plastic shine or polish

Step 2 - Get Your Cart Ready

First, remove anything that could get in your way or damage during cleaning. You should ensure that the interior is free of any equipment or items that could be ruined by water. This includes GPS systems and any personal items stored inside dashboard storage. And make sure there isn't trash around before starting. Also, shield any electronic components that might be damaged by moisture. Before starting, you should also make sure that the cart is off.

Step 3 - Clean the Interior 

Clean up using a broom, vacuum, or leaf blower. To properly clean, mix the soap in some clean water and dip a microfiber towel into the soapy mixture. Do not use harsh detergents. Wipe down all plastic on the cart, including cup holders, dashboard, etc. Next, use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe off the soap.

Pro Tip: Instead of old rags or t-shirts that are too rough for this task, use microfiber towels and mitts, which will be much kinder!

Step 4 - Clean Windshield 

The golf cart windshields are often polycarbonate or acrylic. Unfortunately, these materials scratch easily, so you'll need to give extra care when washing this part. The glass cleaner and paper towels won't work well on this because they'll scratch up easily; instead, use warm water with the same microfiber towel.

Step 5 - Clean the Aluminium 

You will want a dedicated cleaner for the aluminium part of the body. There are spray-on products or ones that can be applied with sponges and towels; either way, it's important to use this liquid followed by rinsing off thoroughly. You can apply an aluminium polish if you want (this will help restore shine).

Step 6 - Clean Seats 

When the vinyl seats on your golf cart grow mold or mildew, it can seem impossible to clean. However, just one part of bleach mixed with two parts of water applied using a sponge will solve this problem!

Step 7- Clean Underside & Wheels 

Wheels and underside of a golf cart is prone to accumulating dirt and mud because of where they are. A simple water hose wash will get the job done, but if you want better results, use some spray and a wire brush to clean rust. No chemicals are needed here, just plain tap water should do it!

Step 8 - Drying 

You should spend some time drying out the golf cart inside and outside to avoid water spots. The best way to dry your golf cart is by going from the top to the bottom using microfiber towels. Once you have completed that process, move on with lower parts such as bumpers and undercarriage of the vehicle. Afterward, use another microfiber towel for one final wipe-down, so all areas are thoroughly cleaned.

Step 9 - Clean the Battery

You may not think that dirt, grease, and corrosion can damage your golf cart's battery, but it is true. Over time these elements build up on the battery and can shorten the battery life. So, it's essential to clean your golf cart battery. First, clean the battery terminal with a mixture of water and baking soda with the help of a toothbrush. Leave it for around 10 minutes. Afterward, rinse thoroughly with water avoiding any electrical components.

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Pro Tip: When cleaning or disinfecting the cart, wear disposable gloves to protect your skin from oils and dirt.

Step 10 - Disinfect

Disinfecting wipes are easy to keep your golf cart clean and free from germs. Use these on high-touch surfaces like the handles, grab bars, or steering wheel for quick decimalization. Hand sanitizer is a must-have for those long rides. Make sure you have some in your cart!

Final Words

The care and maintenance of your golf cart will not only keep it looking great, but also extend its life! Keeping a clean and organized machine is important for longevity!

Need some help finding the perfect accessory for your golf cart? Stop by Golf Cart Garage, where our expert staff will guide you in selecting just what's needed.

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