Armor All Polishing Cloth - £1.99 - RRP £3.99 - Instore Only
Forget nano particles, car wash guns or everlasting polishes... the biggest revolution in valeting over the past couple of years has been the microfibre cloth. Its essential if you want to make cleaning your car easier.
The secret is in the fibres, which are split into tiny strands that can dig out grime and hold it. Not only can the cloth clean, but it also absorbs water, and several makers now produce special weaves to suit particular jobs, such as glass cleaning or buffing.
These cloths can clean, polish and dry, so we tested all three. Each was weighed dry, soaked, then put back on the scales to check how much water it could absorb. Cleaning was assessed on dirty window glass, and finally we buffed polished panels, looking for a quick shine with as little resistance as possible. Price was also considered in the final verdict, although it played a small role, as no cloth cost more than £7.
Picking a winner was easy, as Armor Alls Polishing Cloth cleaned up in our tests, and at £4 is great value. Recommended is Meguiars, while Halfords twin pack will come into its own when using the bug remover mesh in the summer.
...and here's what they said...
Armor All Polishing Cloth
BEST BUY - 5 STARS
Impressive giant-killing performance from Armor Alls new cloth. It passed our glass and panel tests with flying colours, although what sealed the victory was its amazing absorbency. The Polishing Cloth was able to hold more than twice as much water as its closest rival. No motorist should be without one.