Always keep a good supply of clean, absorbent, lint-free rags on hand. You will need them for wiping the part of the car you are working on, drying washed or degreased parts, wiping your hands and mopping up spills.

Keep old cotton sheets and tea towels, for example. But avoid man-made fibres which are not usually absorbent, as well as rags that leave fluff behind, as fluff can clog delicate parts.

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