How To Wash Your Car Properly

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Washing your car can be a chore, but there are many ways you can make it easier. Washing your car half-heartedly can be worse than not washing it at all if you’re stuck on ways to get your car back to looking like new.  We are going to give you a few tips to guarantee you some useful advice on how to wash your car properly.

Why Do I Need To Wash My Car Weekly?

Now it’s easy to damage your cars paint as it is delicate and can easily be scratched off. Washing your car weekly and finishing off with a hand dry is the best way to see results and to get your vehicle looking like it’s fresh out of the shop.

Some contaminants on your car such as splattered bugs and bird droppings contain things that enter and begin to break down your cars paint layer. So washing your car weekly is a great way to make sure you constantly get rid of these damaging substances or to ensure that if they are on your vehicle, they’re only there for the least amount of time possible.

If you leave these substances to break down your cars clear surface, it creates a weak spot, which makes this area on your car easily susceptible to corrosion and discolouration from the elements.

Improper techniques can mean that you cause unnecessary damage to your car, so it’s important that you understand what you are doing and position your vehicle out of the sunlight and in a shaded area.

Tyres

Start off with a rubber, safe and low chemical content tyre cleaner – with a thick, stiff bristle brush, gently scrub your tyres and remove any dirt or grime gathered on your wheels. The grips in your tyres may contain gravel or dirt so you may have to work into your tyres a bit harder to remove this.

After removing as much dirt and grime possible, get a clean flat cloth and begin to wipe the metal rims of your tyres removing any dirt or dust residue, for a natural home remedy that will make your tyres shine then mix two parts vinegar with water and rub all over your wheel rims. Vinegar works as a natural stain remover and will remove any stains or tough dirt as well as add shine to your car tyres and alloy wheels.

Rinse your wheels and dust off any leftover debris, make sure to wash out your bucket to use again and clean any tools, so you don’t spread any dirt or harmful substances that could have been on your wheels.

Toxic brake dust from rotors and brake pad production adhesives at the back of your car should be rinsed out; brake dust is really sticky and highly corrosive so is a high risk of corroding your car. By washing this off weekly ensures it will not cause damage to your vehicle.
 man cleaning car tyres

Car Body

It is best to wash your car body after your wheels, so no dirt from your tyres get onto the car and so that when you rinse off the car body, it will also rinse your car wheels.

The best tool to clean your car with is a deep surface sponge with a lot of pores that can capture and hold dirt. A lot of people say that a deep sea sponge works best for them, as they accumulate clusters of dirt and grime and their natural fibres clean well without causing damage.

Avoid using power washers to rinse your car as the power could be too high and damage your cars body or paintwork.

Fill a bucket with water and soapy cleaning agents, or if you have it available to you, a car wash with lubricants is better. Work in the soapy water all over your car body ensuring to be gentle so to not scratch any paint off; lubricants are a good thing to use on cars as they remove contaminants while not removing any paintwork along with it or leaving any scratches.

Take extra care with any scratches or dents on your vehicle to not make them worse or quote for a car body repair at Scuff ‘n’ Scratch Milton Keynes where you can refurbish your damaged car body in twenty-four to forty-eight hours.
washing car body

Swirl Prevention

Swirl marks can dishearten you after cleaning your car so to prevent them then follow this easy tip.

Use two buckets – one filled with water, and the other filled with soapy water. Use the soapy water to clean your car but before going back in to get more, dip your sponge in the fresh water so that all the dirt and grime comes off your sponge and you have a clean sponge to continue cleaning your car with. This is what prevents swirl marks.

Drying

It is never a good idea to air dry your vehicle as water spots do not make your car look brand new. Water spots are formed when water droplets evaporate, but the minerals are left over and mark your car.

Always clean your mirrors and windows first as they will dry the fastest, and if you leave them until last, you are likely to make streaks on your windows. Dry your car with a large towel, or if any high absorbing cloths are available at a local car shop, they work well too.

It is important you dry your car thoroughly to prevent rust build up, a lot of people find that microfibre cloths work the best for them when drying their cars. If possible try to use a cloth from a car shop and particular material towels can leave a residue and fluff on your car that is hard to remove.
dying car

Waxing

Waxing is optional but boosts the look of cleanliness of your car by giving it the ultimate shine. Waxing should be carried out when the car is completely dried, but you will most likely have to apply more than one coat of wax to achieve the best results.

The purpose of wax is to protect your cars paint from the elements and to prevent it from tarnishing; it also protects from grit and debris that are kicked up from other vehicles that hit your car.
waxing car

Summary

By following these simple steps, washing your car is a breeze, and your vehicle will look as good as new in no time. We hope this article helped, and if it did then why not share?

Happy washing!

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