Best Car Cleaning Kits
We look at some of the best car cleaning kits you can buy online, when it comes to cleaning your car, a kit will give you everything you need to get the job done properly.
In this buyers guide we look at the Muc-Off car cleaning kit, Autoglym, Carplan and another kit by Kent. Spring is arriving, or so we thought, and with that, it's time to make sure we're cleaning the grime off the car and making it look as good as possible. This will help the car last longer which is important to us.
Each car cleaning kit and valet bucket we look at has a number of cleaning items in it, from wheel cleaning shampoo to glass cleaner and everything in-between. We feel that you can get a fantastic job done no matter which car cleaning kit you choose, but we'll go through the ins and outs of a few that we really like below. They come in at different price points and different cleaning products.
Why A Full Car Cleaning Kit
With a full car cleaning kit, you get the choice to clean just the wheels, windows and glass of your car or the body. Or you can go the whole way and clean every little bit of your car, including the bumpers, under the wheel arches, inside and out.
You also get the equipment to help you clean the car as well, including, in some products, brushes, cloths and more. These will help you get the car cleaned more easily and give you a better finish. The last thing you want to do is spend an hour cleaning your car for it to be left with streak marks.
If you are looking to clean every part of your car, you need everything to do that and want to save money as well, you can do that with a full car valet and cleaning kit.
One thing to remember when cleaning your car, is not to forget about the underneath of your vehicle. With a hose or spray bottle, rinsing off the underside every few weeks will help tremendously with your suspension, exhaust and underside longevity. This is due to the amount of salt that will build up underneath from the grit used on the UK roads.
The best car cleaning kit we used was the Muc-Off Luxury Car Valet Kit. It had everything and was very simple to use. We have used the bike cleaning kits by Muc Off before and they have always proved very good and there was no difference with the car valet kit. What we really liked about this kit, over any other, was that the soaps and cleaning bottles all contained biodegradable products.
The only downside to the Muc-Off cleaning kit is that it doesn't come with a bucket or bowl, so you will need your own to put hot water and your products in. Other than that, what a fantastic set of cleaning products it is. Even the pack that the bottles and cleaning products come in is well made and fits nicely in the side space of your boot. It has neat little products like the magic sponge, which grows when you take it out of its packaging. They have thought of space saving, products that help make the job easier and you'll get everything you need to make your car or vehicle looking brand new again.
The Best Interior and Exterior Car Cleaning Kit
If you want to clean inside your car, as well as the exterior, look no further than the Autoglym Collection Cleaning Kit. You get more cleaning products in this car cleaning set than any other. You get an interior cleaning shampoo which you can use on many different materials and textures in your cars interior. If you have a stain or just want to make the car smell nice and keep the dash or other areas clean, look no further. Whilst you wait for your car to dry off on the outside, ready to wax, why not do the interior for 10 minutes.
It's a very easy set to use, there are specific products for different parts of the car, the downside is that you don't get a cleaning bucket or pot to put water in to, nor do the bottles look that different, just makes sure not to use the wrong product on the wrong part of your car.
The Autoglym collection is the most expensive car cleaning kit we have used but compared to buying all the products separately, is much cheaper.
Best Budget Car Cleaning Kit
If you are after a more budget and affordable car cleaning kit, the CarPlan and Kent valet kits could be just what you are after. You even get a bucket with the Kent kit.
Both give fantastic results, the CarPlan would suit more of a birthday or Christmas present as it is boxed nicely but the Kent bucket kit has more cloths and pads than any other car cleaning kit we have reviewed.
With either of these two, you can wash your wheels, windows and car body. The Kent comes with a bucket that you can fill up with hot water which is a great thing to have, no need to purchase an extra water bucket to clean your car.
|1||Review of Muc-Off Luxury Car Valet Kit||5/5||£££|
|2||Review of Autoglym The Collection Cleaning Kit||4.8/5||££££|
|3||Review of Carplan Demon Gift 8 Piece Cleaning Kit||4.6/5||£££|
|4||Review of Kent Car Care in a Bucket||4/5||££|
Review of Muc-Off Luxury Car Valet Kit
This is a review of the Muc-Off Luxury Car Valet Kit
The Muc-Off Luxury Car Valet Kit is as it says luxurious. It comes in a stylish sturdy carry case. That is particularly spacious inside. This allows for organisation of the products inside. It has a zipped exterior and a carry handle to the top. Inside there is netting and separate compartments. There is more than enough space to fit further Muc-Off products that are not included in this kit such as the Muc-Off Soft Washing Brush.
The interior of the case has netting to help keep bottles from moving. The netting ozzes punk netted tights, very neon but also feminine.
The Muc-Off wheel cleaner uses a biodegradable alkaline formula. Spray vigourosly It safely and effectively removes grime, road dirt and brake dust. Once sprayed on it just needs brushing into and around the wheels and then rinsing off.
The best brush to use is the wheel and component brush, it is slim and has an ergonomically designed handle that is comfortable to use and grip. The brush is shaped and designed to fit through the wheel edges, rim and alloys.
The Muc-Off car shampoo uses an intensive pH balanced formula that emulsifies dirt and grime, added to water it produces a foamy lather. Although this liquid is pink it actually smells of delicious apples. It leaves the car clean without streaks and spots.
The Muc-Off speed wax gives the effect of a long time spent waxing your car when in fact it has taken a few minutes. After only a few seconds of spray leaves a protective reflection finish.
The big pink sponge is longlasting and comes very small but expands out to a handy size that is comfortable to use and covers an wide surface area.
Lastly the Muc-Off Glass Cleaner leaves your window sparkly clean, cutting through dirt and grime thats built up on your window. It is safe for all types of windows and glass even the glass on your sat nav. It also works well on carbon fibre, vinyl.
- Stylish and luxury gift for car lover
- Large spacious and sleek carry case
- Easy to use and apply bottles
- Colourful package
- 5 Cleaning Tools
- Uses biodegradable, safe to use products
- A little pricey
The Muc-Off Luxury Car Valet Kit is a vibrant, fun but also effective cleaning kit perfect with space to add more to the kit bag.
Review of Autoglym The Collection Cleaning Kit
This is a review of the Autoglym The Collection Cleaning Kit
The Autoglum Car Valet kit is a sophisticated looking kit, if you are after professional quality products for cleaning your car then this is a great contender.
The Autoglym car cleaning kit includes:
- Bodywork Shampoo 325ml
- Super Resin Polish 325ml
- Gloss Protection 325ml
- Clean Wheels 500ml
- Instant Tyre Dressing 500ml
- Alloy Wheel Seal 450ml
- Interior Shampoo 500ml
- Car Glass Polish 325 ml
- Vinyl and Rubber Care 500ml
- Hi-Tech Finishing Cloth
- Aqua Dry Cloth
The bag is a sturdy, chunk of a carry case. Once unzipped you will find your cleaning products tucked neatly in black netting either side of the bag holding them in place.
Bodywork shampoo and conditioner provides a protective water repellent finish.
After you have washed your car with the bodywork shampoo and conditioner and dried with the microfibre cloth check your car body work is cool to touch then you can apply the super resin polish.
The super resin polish provides a longterm beauty treatment for all paint type. Apply to one panel at a time using circular motions and adding a little more pressure to scratches or hazing on the paintwork. Then finish off wiping in straight lines to even the polish out. This is a fantastic top notch car polish.
The Autoglym gloss protection provides a strong and robust barrier to keep the polish in and dirt out, the bottle needs to be shook well and applied gently across the car, providing a thin even layer.
The clean wheels product is a formula to clean the road dirt and grime from inside and around your wheels. Spray directly at your wheels and alloys and clean from the base of your wheel upwards. The formula quickly gets to work lifting up the dirt, then use a cloth or if you can a wheel brush (not provided) to aggitate the dirt a little more and then give it a good rinse through with a hose. To tackle the tyre around the wheel, try out the instant tyre dressing this applies a durable polymer creating a natural looking sheen. Sometimes you can clean your car to prestine condition but dirty tyres can let you down. The dressing can be applied to both wet and dry tyres and get it directly into the tread of the tyres and helps to make them look like new again. My only concern is if you have already washed your car and polished it and then you do this is the spray does slightly over shoot and you do not really want this getting on your paintwork so I would advise doing this when you in the washing stages of your car cleaning.
Now as you can imagine with professional car valet if you have alloys they need a little bit more TLC. Using the Autoglym alloy wheel seal comes in a spray bottle that is super fast and easy to apply. It provides a glossy finish that helps deter the build up of dirt, grime and brake dust. Once your wheels are clean from the clean wheels and instant tyre dressing this extra coat is all about future prevention of dirt addition. Apply to the wheel rims and spokes then buff with a polishing cloth.
The Autoglym car valet kit is not all about the exterior, it cleans your interior too. The Autoglym interior shampoo is great for cleaning the car seats, the floor mats, to the boot trim, dashboard and steering wheel. It is a good idea to shake out mats and vaccuum throughly before spraying the shampoo then wipe over with the aqua dry cloth.
For cleaning the windows Autoglym uses a powerful glass cleaner, it can applied to the inside and outside of your windows. Spray it evenly and then leave for five minutes then remove the residue with a microfibre cloth.
The vinyl and rubber care product provides an excellent barrier for future protection of your car interior. Against moisture, dust, staining and fading. Using a polishing cloth, once applied wipe down.
There are several products to this cleaning kit, each does its job in a smart, effective manner, from removing dirt, to making it look prestine, reflective and glossy and then others for preventative measures. It is a comprehensive kit for maintaining an immaculate conditon to your car. Due to most of the products being of a spray on nature this does mean they are not as direct as they could be so you need to be careful where you apply each bottle and that you are using the right bottle as they all look a little similar except for the small coloured patch and writing in the middle.
- Sophiticated wash bag looking carry bag
- Fresh and clean designed products
- Fabulous gift
- Provides excellent quality finish
- For both inside and outside your car
- Next day delivery with Amazon Prime
- The bottles all look very similar
- Hard to apply directly on to a given spot with the spray.
This is a fantastic car valet kit that is worth the money for the quality of all the products provided. There is no doubt when using the kit in the correct order , your car has the potential to look better than when you bought it!
Review of Carplan Demon Gift 8 Piece Cleaning Kit
This is a review of the Carplan Demon Gift 8 Piece Cleaning Kit
The Carplan cleaning kit by Demon is an eight part kit that comes in a well designed and fun logo box. Which already makes it quite the fun gift for those who love to clean their car. It does seem to be missing the Demon Wash bottle but as this is designed for heavy dirt and grime patches unless you are living out in the countryside where your car gets heavily dirty you can see why it has not been included and why you could always buy this additionally if needed.
This kit includes:
- Demon Wash Snow Foam Shampoo 1L
- Demon Spray On Shine 1L
- Demon Clean 1L
- Demon Wheels 1L
- Demon Tyres 1L
- Large Sponge
- Microfibre Cloth
- Mighty Oak Air Freshener
Demon Foam Shampoo allows for your standard 3 caps full into a bucket of warm water before dunking your sponge in to then lather up your car with. It produces a dense snow foam that is a pleasant cherry fragrance. Demon also do a larger bottle a 2L which is much more user friendly in its application, with an added nozzle for you to attach the bottle to your hose pipe and then spray the wash fluid over your car. This larger bottle is not included in the pack.
The Demon Wheels (wheel cleaner) is a safe to use on all wheel trimmings even with scuffs or damage. Make sure the wheels are cool before use. Use the sponge to aggitate the fluid after about 1 minute. This little bottle of formula helps to remove brake dust, road grime and oil and it does this fairly well although you do need to give it a good amount of elbow grease for it to do its work so I would possibly say this isn't strong as other wheel cleaners out there. The Demon Tyres spray is an additional shine spray to the spray on shine but for your tyres, it leaves your tyres with a glossy wet look but this only lasts a few days.
Demon Clean (Demon active super cleaner) is designed for your car interior. It is multifunctional so it can be used on the dash board, fabric and even the windows, it seems to work best when spray in patches and then rubbed with the microfibre cloth. .
The Demon Spray on Shine is great especially if you like the idea of waxing your car but just don't have the time or drive to do it. It can be used on the outside paintwork, your car bumper and wheels. Simply spray the shine directly on to your car, it requires very little effort simply wipe with microfibre cloth and you will soon get a wax reflection like effect to your car. I would say the microfibre towel is a little small so I would purchase a few more at your local supermarket. Surprisingly the shine lasts for a week or so, even longer or less depending on your general driving location.
- Large size
- Great birthday or Christmas present
- Simple and easy to use
- Enough to several car washes
- Small microfibre cloth
- Wheel Cleaner not particularly quick and easy at removing dirt
- The tyre spray on provides the "wet look" doe a few days maximum
- Missing the Demon
The Demon Gift Cleaning Kit is a fun filled large pack of cleaning your car goodies for your average car driver.
Review of Kent Car Care in a Bucket
This is a review of the Kent Car Care in a Bucket
The Kent Car Care in a bucket is a simple, cheap and cheerful set of products for cleaning your car and one of the only kits that comes inside its own cleaning bucket!
Included in the cleaning kit is
- 1 x bucket
- 1 x bugshifter
- 1 x wash and wax shampoo
- 1 x polishing cloth
- 1 x demist pad
- 1 x stockinette
- 1 x sponge
- 1 x yellow duster
- 1 x synthetic chamois
The bucket itself is very thin and also a bit flimsy. It can hold up to 10 litres of water but be careful not to knock it.
The bucket has a good number of types of cleaning cloths from sponges to dusters great for a wide variety of uses on different parts of your car. Unfortunately there is only one wash product and this is average in its ability it cleans well and with the different cleaning scrubs allows you to apply good elbow grease to the cleaning. The wash also leaves your car streaky unless you get straight to work buffering your car to prevent this from happening.
- Cheap and cheerful
- Wide variety of cleaning cloths and sponges
- Next day delivery with Amazon Prime
- Flimsy thin bucket
- More cloths than cleaning products
- Can leave streaks
The Kent Car Care Bucket provides you with a good number of cleaning wipes, cloths, sponges and a bucket. All the simple stuff. It is reflected in the price you are paying, it lacks any clever cleaning products or ease of cleaning however if you really are after some suds to wash your car, a cloth, sponge and bucket to literally arrive tomorrow then this is what you need.