How Do You Clean a Pickup Truck?

Owning a pickup truck is a great way to make your life easier, whether you need it for work or just for running errands. But with all the hauling and heavy-duty work pickup trucks do, it’s important to keep them regularly cleaned and maintained. Knowing how to clean a pickup truck properly will help you maintain its value and keep it looking good for years to come.

Step 1: Gather Your Cleaning Supplies
Before you start cleaning your pickup truck, make sure you have all the necessary supplies. You’ll need an all-purpose cleaner, automotive wax, non-abrasive sponge, bucket, microfiber cloths and a vacuum cleaner with an attachment hose.

Step 2: Start With the Interior
Start by vacuuming the interior of your truck. Focus on any areas that may have spilled drinks or food crumbs that may have accumulated over time.

Also be sure to vacuum underneath the seats and in any other crevices where dirt and debris may have accumulated. After vacuuming, use a non-abrasive sponge and all-purpose cleaner to wipe down any hard surfaces inside your truck such as dashboards, cup holders or door handles. Use a microfiber cloth to dry surfaces after cleaning them with the all-purpose cleaner.

Step 3: Clean the Windows
Once you’ve cleaned the interior of your truck, it’s time to move on to cleaning the windows from both inside and outside of your vehicle. Start by using glass cleaner and paper towels on the inside of your windows first before moving on to cleaning them from outside using glass cleaner and newspaper for best results.

Step 4: Wash The Exterior
Fill up a bucket with warm water and car wash soap then use a non-abrasive sponge or wash mitt to gently scrub away dirt from your truck’s exterior surfaces including bumpers, hoods, doors and tailgates. Make sure not to miss any spots as dirt can accumulate in these areas quickly if not properly maintained. Once finished with washing your truck’s exterior surfaces use a garden hose or pressure washer set on low pressure setting to rinse off any remaining soap residue from your vehicle’s exterior surfaces.

Step 5: Wax The Vehicle

Once you’ve rinsed off any remaining soap residue from your vehicle’s exterior surfaces it’s time to wax it! Apply automotive wax onto one section of your vehicle at a time using circular motions until entire vehicle has been covered in wax then let sit for 10 minutes before buffing off with a clean microfiber cloth until glossy finish is achieved. Step 6: Dry The Vehicle
Finally once finished waxing your vehicle it’s important that you dry any remaining moisture off of its exterior surfaces in order for the wax finish to be lasting so be sure to use an additional clean microfiber cloth or chamois towel for this step before taking it out for its first spin!


Cleaning a pickup truck is essential maintenance that should be done regularly in order for its exterior surfaces remain in peak condition over time as well as maintain its value throughout years of ownership. By following these simple steps outlined above you’ll be able help ensure that maintaining this type of vehicle is something that can be done easily without having to take it into an auto shop every few weeks!

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Susan Delgado