For some people it is essential to keep their car shiny and spotless at all times. Here are some car wash tips for washing and drying your vehicle.
Washing your car by hand can be a relaxing and satisfying activity. It will save you the money that would otherwise be spent paying for a car wash, and it allows you to give extra attention to especially dirty areas of your vehicle.
Washing and drying your car on a regular basis is the one car maintenance activity that offers the most benefit to the aesthetics of your vehicle. If you want to maintain your car’s resale value and keep the paintwork looking as good as new, pay attention to how you wash and dry it.
Commercial car washes use abrasive materials that may scratch or damage your car’s paint, so washing your own car by hand will allow you to keep the vehicle and paint job in pristine condition.
Preparing to Wash your Car
It is important to park your car out of direct sunlight, on the lawn or on a slab of paving or concrete is you can manage it. Direct sunlight makes the water evaporate too fast which will leave spots all over the paint and glass. One of the keys to a proper car cleaning is keeping it wet until it’s time for it to be properly and thoroughly dried
Don’t forget to make sure your windows are closed tight. Lift the windshield wipers way from the glass until they click into their propped position.
Choosing the Right Soap
When people wash their cars old school style they often believe that dish washing liquid is great for cleaning the car. But we know it has been formulated chemically to cut through grease, so it could harm your paint and trim. It is much better to buy a good soap that has been formulated especially for cars. The same applies to your car windows. Don’t use window cleaner that contains ammonia, use one specially made for car windows.
Drying your Car with a Chamois
After you have washed and rinsed your car, use a real chamois to dry it. It is soft, absorbent and completely non-abrasive.
Start at the top of the vehicle, and work your way down. Throw the chamois over the flat surfaces and gently pull it toward you across them. If you want to avoid streaking, fold your chamois into a square, and wipe. The trick to using a chamois to dry your car is to use it slightly damp, never completely dry.
Car Wash Tips
Here are some do’s and don’ts for how to wash your car at home.
- Keep the entire car wet as you wash it.
- Clean the tire sidewalls with a plastic brush.
- Spray the hose over the bottom of your car.
- Before applying anything to your vehicle, read the label. Not all automotive cleaning products are all-purpose.
- Make sure you have all the supplies with you when beginning to wash your car.
- When it comes to washing your car, it’s best to tackle the task section by section. Start at the roof and work your way down.
Regular cleaning maintenance will also make washing, cleaning, and protecting your car easier. So remember, use the right tools.