Tips on How to Wash a Golf Cart for a Squeaky Clean Shine

how to wash a golf cart

From cruising around the neighborhood to taking you on farm errands and outdoor adventures, you can count on your golf cart to meet your transport needs. In return, you could show your vehicle some tender loving care by cleaning it. 

While some hesitate to wash their golf cars for fear of damaging them, properly cleaning your ride will improve its appearance while preserving the paint job. Here’s how to wash a golf cart.


Start by removing your belongings from the vehicle to protect them from damage and clear any obstructions. That includes putting away your bags, electronics, umbrellas, water bottles, and coolers.

Next, park in the shade to prevent soap patches from drying onto your vehicle. You should also consider the area’s drainage–you don’t want the soapy runoff destroying your lawn.

You can proceed to gather the following cleaning supplies:

  • Water
  • Buckets
  • Hose
  • Brush
  • Dish soap
  • Rubber gloves 
  • Microfiber cloth

How to Wash a Golf Cart: Clean the Interior

Use a vacuum or broom to eliminate dust and debris before wiping the plastic interior with soapy water. Instead of harsh detergents that dull out your interior, go for dish soap which is friendlier to the finish. 

Avoid scratches by choosing microfiber towels and sponges over rags. If you cannot reach the grooves, feel free to go in with a toothbrush. 

Don’t forget to scrub your mats to loosen any mud from your off-road adventures.


Run a hose on any dirt clumps, avoiding the dashboard’s electrical components

Next, wash the vehicle’s exterior with your sponge and soapy water before rinsing it off. To clean the wheels and underside, start with a hose wash and tackle any rust using a wire brush.

You can apply a protective coating on the wheels for extra shine. Your windshield and mirrors also need some love. Warm soapy water and a microfiber cloth work better than paper towels and glass cleaners that can scratch your windshield.


Batteries are bound to collect dust, grease, and corrosion, affecting the vehicle’s performance. 

Start by disconnecting the cables and mixing water with some baking soda. Pour this solution on the battery and use a toothbrush to scrub off corrosion. Rinse it off and wipe the battery with a soft cloth.


Knowing how to wash a golf cart isn’t enough—you must also dry it. 

Rather than drip-drying your cart, wipe it with a microfiber towel to prevent water streaks. You can also use this opportunity to check for any lingering stains. Your cart may appear clean when wet, but some missed spots might appear as it dries.

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Take time to admire your shiny ride before putting it back in storage. If you have any questions about washing your golf cart or other maintenance tips, we’re here to help! 

You can also contact Diamond Golf Cars with your golf cart needs, and we’ll find you the perfect vehicle for your lifestyle.