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April 7, 2020 in Tips
Spring is here! Along with your normal “spring cleaning,” do not forget about your vehicle! Very few things are as satisfying as a perfectly clean vehicle. Pulling out the hose and a bucket in the driveway allows you to take your time, giving your attention to the dirtier parts of your vehicle. We are giving our customers a few easy steps that will help you wash your car like a pro this spring.
Know the condition of the vehicle
Determine how dirty your vehicle is before grabbing the hose, buckets, and cleaning supplies. An older car may need a whole cleaning regimen with clay bars, waxes, and polishes to protect its paint. Meanwhile, a brand-new car may not require as much remedial care, so it will need different supplies.
Read all the labels and fine print
This step is huge! Before applying anything to your car or truck, read the labels on your supplies. Not all cleaners are all-purpose. Some supplies could damage paint, clear coat, and other finishes inside and out. As an example, some wheel cleaners include harsh cleaners that will stain or otherwise permanently discolor clear-coated wheels. Reading the directions on your supplies could also save you money and time!
Set up the buckets
Having different buckets for different parts of your vehicle can help ensure a great clean the first time around. Set up clean, soapy water in one bucket and clean water in another bucket.
Wheels and tires should be the last part of the car to be cleaned, as you don’t want to get abrasive brake dust and other contaminants in the water used on your car’s delicate paint. This grit is a common cause of swirl marks in the finish, which are actually very light scratches. If you have a third bucket available, you can use this for only wheels and tires.
Wash your car
Washing your car is where you start your adventure to a clean vehicle. This will remove loose contaminants, such as dust, dirt, and mud. Rinse the car down, then add soapy water to the exterior with a car-washing sponge or mitt, starting from the top and going left to right all the way down to the ground. Follow the soapy water with normal clean water, rinsing the soapy water off of the car to leave the car sparkling clean! Be careful to use a soap that is designed for car washing, because products such as dish detergents can be too harsh, stripping away the wax on your vehicle and possibly damaging the paint.
Dry your car
Using a soft cloth, or a cloth specifically designed to dry a vehicle, is important in this step. Using a regular washcloth or towel can damage your vehicles paint. Just like when you applied soap and rinsed the soap off, start from the top and go to the ground when drying off your vehicle.
Wax/Maintain a shine and protection (optional)
Once your car is washed, cleaned, and dried, the next step is optional, but is a very good idea for spring cleaning. Most people believe car wax only gives vehicles a shine, which is true, but car wax also acts as a protectant, adding an extra layer of protection to the paint from the sun to prevent discoloration or fading. The wax also protects the paint from anything that may land on the vehicle that is corrosive, including bird droppings or dead bugs, and prevents the finish from many light scratches from dirt.
Having a clean, waxed, shiny vehicle is very rewarding. Following these tips and steps will ensure you that you have a beautiful car this spring and into summer!
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