Cleaning the exterior

The car should be washed as soon as it becomes dirty. This means that the car is easier to clean since the dirt does not attach as firmly. It also reduces the risk of scratches and keeps the car fresh. Wash the car in a cleaning area with an oil separator and use car shampoo. Use cleaning agents and car care products recommended by Volvo.

Important points to remember when washing the car

  • Avoid washing the car in direct sunlight1. This can cause the detergent or wax to dry and have an abrasive effect.
  • Remove bird droppings, tree sap and resin from paintwork as soon as possible. They can contain substances that can very quickly affect and discolour paintwork. For example, use soft paper or a sponge soaked in plenty of water. An authorised Volvo workshop is recommended for the removal of any discolouration.
  • After the car has been washed, there may be tar residue from asphalt. Use tar remover as recommended by Volvo to remove the residual stains.
  1. 1 Does not apply to washing in an automatic car wash.