As I have said in my other reviews I clean my car weekly, sometimes twice a week. I have used these on and off for years along with various other products in fact my garage has two boxes dedicated to car cleaning.
I got these in Tesco on offer they were £2 for 20 wipes.
These wipes come in a pack like wet wipes with a peel off strip. There are two finishes matt and gloss. I am not too bothered which finish I have because I always use a silicone dash spray after I have wiped the plastic over because I like a glossy finish and I find it repels dirt and dust for longer than matt.
The wipes are strawberry scented.
You simply take a wipe out of the pack wipe the area required and then dispose of the wipe.
The wipes come out of the pack very moist so 1 to 2 wipes is adequate for the whole of my car.
The real test for me when it comes to car wipes is the plastic on my door. Every day for what seems like months on end it is raining when I get into the car and because I have to leave the door open for a couple of minutes to get my daughter in I seem to be left with these awful watermarks on the door which are evident in the daylight. I have tried a few different things and nothing has removed the marks these wipes however got the marks off and they didn't reappear once the wetness had dried on the door.
These wipes are also good at removing the dust and not transferring it around the car. One negative is that I fins these wipes don't repel the dust and a couple of days after cleaning I notice the dust gathering again.
The scent of these wipes is OK, I find it quite artificial but it isn't unpleasant.
I would recommend these wipes. The keep your car looking clean and they are a good size to do the job quickly. Every wipe is also moist even a month or so after opening.
I would give these 4 stars they are great for people who want to clean their car quickly with the minimum of effort.
Around a year ago my boyfriend and I realised that we needed to make some cutbacks, we decided that whilst it was nice having a car each it wasn't particularly necessary and there wasn't really a reason why we couldn't share a one. As my boyfriends car was the most expensive on the insurance his was the one to go. I do like a clean car, but with two kids I find its often a loosing battle so tend not to get overly bothered about it. My boyfriend on the other hand likes a clean and tidy car and over the past year I have noticed the car slowly filling up with a wide range of products, needless to say I eventually got the hint.
Whilst parked outside school waiting to collect my kids I noticed these Jumbo Dashboard wipes by Simoniz sitting in the passenger seat. The fact that they were "wild strawberry" flavour interested me, so decided to give them a go.
Simoniz Jumbo dashboard wipes come in resealable plastic packaging, similar to baby wipes. The packaging is blue with rain drops printed on, there is also a picture of a nice clean dashboard in the centre. Each pack contains 20 wipes which Simoniz claim will "clean and restore plastic and vinyl & absorb dust and dirt"
General information is given on the back including warnings and directions for use, all of this should be read thoroughly before using the product. Simoniz advise against using this product to clean the steering wheel or peddles, as the surface may become slippery and therefore become hazardous.
The wipes themselves are white in colour and rather thick, personally I wouldn't say these are "jumbo" but they are still quite big, about double the size of a baby wipe. I would describe them as being slightly damp, I do hate overly soggy wipes. As promised they had a fruity strawberry smell to them which was nice enough but a little too artificial for my liking, the fragrance wasn't overly strong and after around ten minutes I could no longer detect the fragrance at all.
I found the wipes incredibly easy to use and they worked well at cleaning my dashboard leaving it looking shiny and clean, they even manage to pick up all the bits of dust and not just move it about. The first time I used these I used two wipes, now I find just one is enough to give the dashboard a quick wipe over of a morning. Even during some rigorous rubbing on some hard to move marks I have found that the wipes stay in one piece, so far I have not experienced a wipe ripping or falling apart. I dispose of these wipes in our wheelie bin which is located in our drive next to the car.
There are only a few wipes left in the pack now, to be honest I don't think the pack lasted very long , I would certainly prefer for them to include more wipes. I was a little surprised to discover that these are currently priced at £3.99 on the Halfords website, although the wipes work well and do the job intended I still think they are rather overpriced.
So, I have discovered that I too like a nice clean car and Simoniz jumbo dashboard wipes make the boring job of cleaning the dashboard quick, easy and convenient. They are ideal for me and I would certainly use them again if they magically appeared in the car again, personally I think they are a little expensive so would perhaps wait for a special offer and then stock up.
I give these Simoniz Jumbo dashboard wipes 4 Dooyoo stars out of 5, knocking a star of for the price.
Please ignore the ratings for terrain etc below.
Simoniz dash board wipes are dirt cheap in Home Bargains- less than a pound- but I picked up a few packs recently from Tesco for about 20p RRP £4 so quite a bargain.
I buy them from Home Bargains as part of a Christmas pressie for my dad but seeing as they were so cheap in Tesco around Father's Day I bought a few packs for him and for home.
The 20 wipes come in a blue plastic pack with resealable tab, are wild strawberry scented, large in size and are for a matt finish. They are designed for all plastic and vinyl surfaces in your car. Their material attracts dirt and dust.
The wipes are easy to open and reseal after one has been removed. They are nice and moist and stay that way more or less once opened. Not a particularly strawberry fragrance but sweet and fruity if a little artificial but leave a nice clean smell behind. These are a good size and seem good quality, they don't rip.
They are incredibly easy to use just take one out of the pack and wipe around with it. These quickly clean up dust and dirt, sticky stuff needs an extra wipe but the results are good. I tend to use one wipe for the dash and steering wheel and another for the rest of the car, doors etc. It drys quick and does leave a streak free matt finish, there are no polishing qualities to these wipes but I do know that Simoniz do a gloss version.
They do the job they're intended for.
4 stars from me because they are costly at full price.
My husband likes to look after the cars in our household but he is pretty lazy in doing so, he will always take the cars to the jet wash rather than doing it at home and likes to use these dashboard wipes for a quick clean.
The wipes are not exactly cheap and cost around £4 for a packet which contains 20 wipes, we buy these from Halfords but I have seen them on sale in Tesco too within the car care aisle.
The wipes comes in a soft plastic packet just like a packet of baby wipes and you can reseal the top of the packet between uses so that the wipes don't dry out before you get chance to use them. The wipes have a supposed "wild strawberry" scent to them although I would say they just smell sweet but that is much better than a chemical cleaner type of smell.
The wipes inside the packet are pretty large so you only actually need one or two wipes to do the dashboard depending on how dirty it is, the wipes aren't too wet so the dashboard is only left damp and once it has fully dried the dashboard is left streak free but them our dashboards aren't totally smooth so I cannot guarantee a streak free finish on a smooth dash.
The dashboard has a pretty good shine to it once you have used these wipes and we have found that on a summers day this can actually cause the sun to reflect which can be quite bright in your eyes so my husband tends to use them on an evening in the summer to prevent this being a problem.
The wipes perform really well but the price is a drawback, if you use 2 wipes a time and we have 2 cars that means the packet only lasts 5 weeks which doesn't seem bad but when you think it is £4 every 5 weeks just to clean the dash board it is a pretty hefty price.
~Car care wipes from Simoniz~
I must admit that that I do tend to prefer using good quality car care products as I feel they can help to give your car that just stepped out of the showroom finish. When I used these Simoniz jumbo matt dashboard wipes I only did so as they had been bought at a bargain price and seemed to be something that would be useful to have as a stand by, to help clean the interior plastics, vinyls and hard finishes in my car. I thought that the pack with its bright colours stood out amongst others on the display in store when I saw it and I recognized the Simoniz brand which I felt was a trusted one, although it is not my ultimate favorite car care brand.
~Using the wipes~
When wanting to use one of the wipes I found it very quick and easy to gain access to a fresh wipe, as all I had to do was peel back the slightly sticky front central panel and pull out a fresh wipe ready for use. This panel can be stuck down and pulled open time after time, until it eventually becomes quite dry around the edges, so that it looses its stickyness and cannot completely seal up the pack anymore. I bought these wipes as they promised to be a matt finish wipe that wouldn't leave marks and smears on the hard surfaces that I wanted to clean in the car. I also thought that the sound of them being a jumbo sized wipe may mean that I used just one to complete the task, rather than having to use multiple wipes.
The pack information promised to help clean and restore surfaces made from plastic or vinyl as well as help to pick up dust and dirt along the way, which again sounded very promising. In use I found that these wipes had a nice feel to them with them being neither too thin or too thick to be able to work with. I found that these wipes tend to fluff up a little after a lot of use if used too vigorously and could sometimes catch and leave threads of the material behind. The wipes are fragranced quite strongly with a bend of fruits of the forest and orange oil and whilst this is very synthetic it is pleasant enough in my opinion as it leaves the car smelling clean and fresh. The wipes could be used to clean quite a large area, which was something I expected with them being larger than a normal sized car care wipe, so one wipe was generally enough.
The main issue I had with these car wipes was really the fact that they didn't seem to be able to give me the super matt finish on plastic and vinyl that my usual car care spray cleaner can. I really don't like to see smear and wipe marks on the matt plastic areas of the car and I found that these wipes left smears on many areas which I could see quite prominently, as they were in my view line on the car dashboard. Whist the wipes most certainly picked up any dust in their path which I was pleased with, this leaving of smears around many of the un-textured black surfaces of the dashboard was rather unsightly to my mind.
These wipes even left some marks on the textured soft vinyl parts of the dashboard which normally don't show any wipe marks at all after a quick going over with my usual car cleaner and a soft cloth. I used these wipes in the other car that I have access to and they worked much better and I feel this is mainly due to the different type of surfaces they were used on, as the other car has a completely different finish to its dashboard and other surfaces. This leads me to say that these seem to work well enough on semi matt plastics and vinyls as they don't leave marks or smears at all, however when used on really matt soft toned black plastics and textured soft touch lighter toned matt vinyls they can and do leave unattractive smears which are very irritating to see.
~Product rating/ price~
As the results with these were so very hit and miss I feel they only deserve a mid point 3 star product rating. I paid just £1.50 for these as they were highly reduced. You can expect to pay closer to £3 / £.50 for a pack of these wipes at normal sale prices. In future I will continue to stick with my usual car care spray which is Meguairs Quick Interior Detailer spray, as I feel this product is far superior to anything else I have used.
I must admit that I have very much lost the love to keep my car clean lately. I would most certainly admit it is lazyness as opposed to lack of time. Although the dash is quite curvacious I still find it an ininviting task. Perhaps it is the frustration that as soon as cleaning the dash, the dust soon settles again on the wet surface and I never quite get it as clean as I would like to. Anyway, I decided to give the Simoniz Jumbo Matt Dashboard Wipes a go as I thought they would provide me with a quick and simple solution to my problem.
The wipes cost around £4 for a pack of 20 from Halfords. They can also be bought online and I would imagine from other car accessory shops also. As the wipes are 'Jumbo' in size I can easily clean the entire dashboard with just one wipe. A streak-free finish is always left and the wipes aren't too damp either. There is some moisture there in order to clean and also contain the dust. The wipes are also of a cloth texture and so they don't rip easily like cheap quality disposable wipes. As the wipes are about 20cm square they will cover even the largest of hands. I find them particularly useful for cleaning up spillages - often acquired having driven through the drive-thru!
The main advantages of these wipes are that instead or disturbing the dust they contain it, meaning I don't find a dust covered dash later in the day. The results are pretty impressive, but there is one sticking point for me. I think the price is a little bit much, but I can't find any other product that works as well without having to comprimise. The 'wild strawberry' scent gives a clean and not sickly smell. I like the 'new car' smell, but when you think of a fruity scent you would always imagine a product like this to be lemon.
The quality and size of the wipes, coupled with the results achieved means I must recommend them. My only gripe is the price, which I think is very much on the high side. Bargains can often be found in Halfords but not on this occassion. If they were priced at £2.50 or £3 then I would be much happier, but £4 is really just a bit too much. Ultimately though this product is fantastic and I have used other Simoniz cleaning products for my car in the past with similar success.
My car, as I imagine everyone else's does, gets very dusty inside. I have a vauxhall corsa and the dash is very wide making it hard to reach over towards the window screen and it is a large space for dust to gather. I bought these cleaning wipes because of the size and hoped that they would provide a quick and simple aid to cleaning the interior of my car. Although "jumbo" sized, the wipes are perfect for storing in the glove box for those car cleaning emergencies.
*Price and availability*
The wipes cost around £3.99 for 20 from Halfords or other garage shops. You can also buy them online if you wanted to. This is quite a steep price for the wipes, but one is all you needed to clean the whole area.
The wipes come in packs of 20. They are jumbo and have an approximate size of around 20cm x 18cm. This is quite large when unfolded making cleaning the car quick and easy.
The wipes are quite thick and feel good quality. They don't tear or rip like some other cheap wipes. The cloths are easy to use because the material holds on to the dust and dirt particles, so you can throw them away rather than simply displacing the dust. They are coating in a pleasant smelling liquid, however, the wipes are not too wet so they don't leave the surfaces sticky or damp.
The wipes are great and I always have some in my glove box ready for when I need them. They are also useful for helping to clear up car spillages as they have a large surface area. I have black plastic parts that can look streaky if I use polish on them, however these do not leave any streaky marks and have quite a refreshing 'wild strawberry' fragrance, that is pleasant but doesn't linger. The size of the wipes is a big help in getting into those hard to reach places. I was pleased with the look of my dash after use as it looks really clean. The wipes do not polish, but they do make sure that all dust is removed. I much prefer these wipes to the flash dash sponges I have used before. The downside is definitely the price! They are really overpriced, after all they are just glorified wet wipes!
I'm going to hold my hands up here and admit to being ever so slightly lazy when it comes to doing certain tasks that other people seem to take great pleasure in performing. Along with gardening which I think is _the_ most pointless way to pass a bit of time, cleaning the car is another tedious task that I avoid until absolutely necessary. I don't 'do' hand-washing, I'm not one of those who will stand on the drive at 9am on a Sunday morning with a hosepipe in one hand and a soapy sponge in the other whilst ensuring that every bit of dirt and dust is removed from the paintwork of my car, instead I'll begrudgingly take it to the local carwash and pay someone else £5.00 for them to have the pleasure of washing it down, wiping it over and drying it off. Exteriorly my car is probably the worst colour for showing up the dirt being black and whilst the guys at my local car wash do an excellent job in transforming it from an uncared-for wreck into something that resembles showroom condition I still have the problem of dealing with the inside of the car myself as even I can't bring myself to pay the extra fiver it costs for them to give the car a quick valet.
So, faced with a beautifully gleaming car on the outside but resembling a dust enriched shed on the inside every now and then I decide that it's a good idea to tackle the ash that inevitably drops from the cigarettes I smoke whilst driving (I know, it's a disgusting habit) and the build up of dust and bits. I used to use a tin of good, old fashioned polish and a yellow duster at one point but found that bits of the duster would fall off or get caught in the car's air vents thus adding to the problem so admitting defeat and deciding I needed something better for the job I looked for something 'car specific' and ended up buying these Dashboard Wipes from Simoniz.
===Simoniz 'Jumbo' Matt Dashboard Wipes===
Sold in packs of 20 I picked up mine from Halfords for a rather-expensive £3.99 but figured the price would reflect the quality of the wipes and that they would be ideal for the job they were designed to do. As shown in my picture the packaging of these is quite eye-catching being predominately blue in colour and having a thick and spongy feel when held and I did get the impression from holding the pack that these were going to be a lot more than just a generic wet-wipe. The pack is resealable which is always a good thing with products of this nature, that means that any moisture the wipes hold wont dry out once the pack is opened and as my wipes are fragranced with 'Fruits of the Forest - Wild Strawberry' I expected that there would be a transference of smells from the wipe to the interior of my car.
Referred to as 'Jumbo' in size a single wipe from the pack is rectangular in shape, white in colour and has perforations on its surface. It measures a good 15 inches in length by around 10 inches in width and like any other 'wet wipe' is damp to the touch. The 'Wild Strawberry' fragrance is better described as 'mildly fruity' to my nose at least but the wipes are of exceptionally good quality and of a decent thickness. Simoniz claim that these wipes "cleans and restores plastic and vinyl whilst absorbing dust and dirt" which is what I expected of them in the first place and why I spent just under four quid on a pack of them.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out how to use a wet wipe so I'm sure it will come as no surprise to read that all you have to do with these is to remove one from the pack and wipe over any places on the inside of a car that may be a haven for dust, so unsurprisingly, that's what I did.
My car's dashboard, central column and door panels are grey in colour and made from a plastic construction and it's safe to say that these wipes did exactly what I expected from them. Being the size they are a single wipe does cover a large surface and even on the seemingly never-ending expanse of plastic my Vauxhall Meriva seems to made from I still managed to get the majority of dust and ash picked up with a single wipe. As I expected, the 'mildly fruity' fragrance did transfer from the wipe to my car's interior and as well as cleaning it also left a pleasant smell behind. The fragrance isn't so strong that it overpowers and whilst I wouldn't go as far as to say I could smell strawberries I was still left with a fresher-smelling car than I started with.
These wipes are specifically designed to leave a Matt finish which is what I wanted as my dashboard isn't glossy anyway, unlike my old 'polish and duster' method which often times left streaks or bits of duster caught up in the air vents and screw-holes it was pleasing to see that these left no streaks or residue (or even bits of wipe) behind. They do capture the dust as claimed and it was clear to see just how dusty my car actually was by the state the wipe ended up in and overall I got the results I wanted and so desperately needed.
My only grumble with these is the price of them as I do feel they are overpriced for what they actually are. I expect that the boffins at Simoniz took a great deal of time in perfecting these wipes and coming up with the optimum cleaning accessory but at the end of the day that's all they are; a wet wipe. They may be larger in size than other similar products and they may smell nice but I can't imagine that they perform any better than a standard wipe that you can buy in any supermarket and once my pack is used up I doubt I'd bother buying them again unless they happened to be on special offer or I was feeling a little reckless with my money.
===Conclusion and My Rating===
For the results they give then there's little to complain about so it's on that basis that I'm awarding a good 4 star rating. If you're the type of person who does take great care in maintaining a perfect looking car both inside and out and like to spend money on buying the best for it then these will be perfect for you. Me? I'm rather more rough 'n' ready on my outlook on things and my car is a functional necessity which ferries me around, I like my car, don't get me wrong, but I don't love it _that_ much to keep spending four quid on a pack of wipes I could get for a fraction of the price elsewhere and still end up with the same results. I do recommend these wipes from Simoniz but honestly, they're nothing to get excited about.
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