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How to Properly Wash Your Car

A touchless car wash, which uses high pressure...

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We all know that car washes are important part of car maintenance, but do you know how to correctly wash your car? Here are some basic tips on how to properly wash your vehicle.


When should you wash your car?


  • Wash your car once a week. Don’t wait until layers of dirt accumulate. Debris like bugs, bird droppings, and chemicals from the atmosphere may strip away on the exterior. It may seriously hurt the car’s paint. After rain, you should still wash your car. Heavily polluted areas have acidic rain, which hurts your car’s paint job.


What products should you use for your car?


  • Do not use just any household cleaning products. Your vehicle needs product designed especially for car paint. These products are usually milder.
  • When you wash your car, use a natural sponge to apply the suds. Natural sponges are less likely to scratch the paint job.
  • Certain parts of your car will accumulate more grease and dirt. You may need to use stronger products for these areas.
  • Use a separate sponge for the wheels and tires. Usually, there is a significant amount of debris found on wheels and tires. This debris may mar your car’s finish. You can use mild soap and water on your wheels and tires. If you want to, you can also use a wheel cleaner product. However, make sure the product is safe to use all on cars.


How do you wash the car?


  • First, rinse the car’s surface thoroughly with water. This will loosen any layers of dirt or debris. It will make the whole washing process a lot easier.
  • Wash and rinse one area at a time. This strategy will give you enough time to rinse soap off.
  • Wash your car from top to bottom.
  • Don’t wash your car immediately after driving it. Let the car cool down.
  • Don’t wash the car in direct sunlight or hot weather. Heat will make the suds dry faster. This will make washing more difficult. There also could be soap spots or deposits.
  • When you wash the car, move the sponge lengthwise. Don’t move it in circles. Circle movements leave light but noticeable scratches on the paint job.


How do you correctly dry the car?


  • Never let your car air dry. Air drying will leave watermarks. To dry the vehicle, use a nonabrasive towel. You can also use a chamois or soft terry towels.


These tips should help you properly clean your car!


Car washing is only one component of car maintenance. Properly maintain your car to make your car safer. If you are involved in a car accident, contact an Orange County car accident lawyer.