Wash Your Car Like a Perfectionist
Washing a car can be one of two things: fun or frustrating. Good news, if you keep reading you washing your car will be hassle free from now on.
Let’s start with three of the most important do’s and don’ts of washing a car:
Do: Use a soap made specifically for washing a car, such as Meguiars Gold car wash.
Don’t: Use any type of household soap to wash your car, including but not limited to: hand soap, dish soap, or detergent of any kind.
Do: Use two wash buckets. One with soapy water, and one with plain water (you will learn why soon).
Don’t: Put a dirty sponge in the soapy bucket.
Do: Wash your car weekly, especially if there is a lot of dirt or bugs on it.
Don’t: Over wash your car, or leave dirt and grime on it for weeks at a time.
Now, that we have covered those rules, let’s move on to what you will need.
Two buckets of water: One with soap in it, one without. With two buckets you are able to wash off the dirty sponge before putting it in the clean water, with less likelihood of rubbing dirt into your paint and creating scratches.
Two separate sponges: One for the tires, and one for the car. Make sure they are soft, and free of wire or any coarse material.
Two towels: Not just any towel, a microfiber towel is your best option to avoid scratches. You need one for drying, and one for waxing.
Wax: Avoid spray waxes! Ideally, it is best to use a wax containing carnauba.
Okay, now that we have gotten all the technicalities out of the way, let’s talk about how to wash your car to best avoid streaks, and get the perfect clean!:
Step 1: Wet the entire vehicle and rinse well! Begin by cleaning the top of the car, and then work down the sides, and go to the front and back.
Step 2: Lastly, wet the tires, and then use a sponge and the soapy water to clean them either with tire cleaner, or the soapy water you already made.
Step 3: This step is very important. Rinse the soap off of the car as you move from section to section.
Step 4: After the car is completely washed off, use your microfiber towel to dry the car.
Step 5 (optional): Step five is waxing, although this is optional, it is suggested to do at least monthly in order to protect the paint on your vehicle. It is best to do this step in the garage, and out of the sun. Check what the wax bottle says to make sure, but generally you will start by putting a small amount of wax on the application pad and work in small sections of your car. Use small circles to rub the wax in with your microfiber towel. If possible, use a buffer to buff the wax. After, that just go over the car and make sure all the wax is removed, and you are done!
Now that your car is washed, take it for a drive! Feel free to stop by Drivers Automart while you are out! Who knows, maybe you will find a new car to wash.
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