We all know that washing your vehicle on the regular is important to keep it looking good but there are other benefits to it too. You do not only bring back your vehicle’s shine every time you give it a good wash you also increase its lifespan little-by-little. A clean vehicle means better visibility too as your windows aren’t covered in dust or grime. If you are planning on selling your vehicle, then cleaning it will surely increase its value – no one wants to check out a dirty car. Doing this type of basic car maintenance regularly will prevent damage to the paint job which can be caused by the elements. A splash of water may seem like it’s enough if it’s done regularly but actually this type of car maintenance requires more than that.
How to Wash Your Car
By washing your car I mean the exterior of it, the interior is a whole different thing. To get the most out of a cleaning session it’s important that you have all the necessary supplies and that you have done the following things. In order to have your vehicle clean and shiny at the same, time it’s important that you park it out of direct sunlight. All the windows need to be closed, the antenna retracted and the windshield wipers pulled away from the windshield.
1. You’ll need a car wash detergent/ soap, three buckets, microfiber cloths, a hose, water supply, two or three wash mitts, a sponge, a stiff scrubbing brush and a separate brush for the tires. Make sure you are wearing clothes that you don’t really take care of that much as you will definitely get wet and soapy.
2. Before you get into the nitty-gritty, fill a bucket with water and add car wash soap/ soap in the amount specified on the product. You can fill in two buckets if your car is dirty so you have a separate one for the tires. Make sure you have one bucket filled with just water in it – this will be your rinsing bucket.
1. Start washing the car first by rinsing of dust and loosening grime with the hose. Avoid using a strong jet of water as it can rub in the grime and scratch the paint. Make sure you have the hose aimed downwards when using it. Start by washing the wheels first after you’ve loosened up the dirt and grime.
2. Using a long skinny wheel-brush to clean the opening of the wheels but if they are already clean and glossy you can use a sponge or a mitt instead. After that, using a large wash mitt start scrubbing the body. Make sure you wash the car starting from the top and then go down to prevent washing the same sections of your car twice. In case your car is very dirty make sure you go over it with the mitt multiple times but avoid scrubbing excessively.
3. If your car has bird droppings or splattered bugs remove them either with a tar remover or with a damp rag. If you are not using a remover, make sure you soften the bird droppings and/ or bug splatters by dabbing a sponge soaked in warm water. Then scrub away with the rag. If you’re using a remover make sure to not scrape or use a brush aggressively in order to remove the stains.
4. After washing each section of the car, rinse it before you move on to the next section and make sure you rinse the wash mitt too. Washing different sections of the car make sure you have the whole car wet during the whole process this is important in order to prevent water droplets from drying on the paint. The lower part of the body needs to be the last and you should use a separate mitt for it for the best results.
5. The sidewalls of the tires need to be cleaned with a plastic brush to get rid of the grime and dirt that has been absorbed from the road. Lastly, before you go on to dry and wax the car make sure to spray the bottom of the car with the hose from different angles. This will remove salt from the underbody which is the main cause for corrosion.
Drying & Waxing
1. Dry your vehicle clean using fresh towels/ microfiber cloths. Use several microfiber cloths if you can and fully wipe down the body of your vehicle to prevent the buildup of rust. While some people will use towels drying off the car with microfiber cloths will yield the best results.
2. When you’re done wax the car by applying either car wax or polish. This can be done more than once if the water doesn’t stand up in beads after the first waxing session. Waxing will protect the paint job from the sun’s rays and from flying grit and grime. In the end, you can treat paint damage and rust with touch up paint and a rust converter or add a water-repellent to the windows for extra protection.