Everyone seems to wash their car in a different way, depending on where they come from, what kind of car they have, as well as many other things. The truth is, though, there are simply some things that are not well suited to car cleaning, and some solutions that may even damage your car without you realizing it. In order to keep your car in great shape for as long as possible, it is important to use proper car cleaning techniques on both the inside and outside of your car.
For example, parking your car on the driveway, and slathering it with dish soap and water may not necessarily be the best thing to do if you are hoping to get your are as clean and as shiny as it was when you found it in the lot. While dish soap can be effective in removing visible dirt and other grime that seems to be so easily attracted to your car, it actually turns out to be detrimental to the integrity of your car’s paint job. That’s right-it can actually serve to remove the wax coating that protects the paint on your car. By cleaning your car with the old dish soap and bubbly water trick, you might actually find that the paint on your car becomes dull and chipped much faster than if you had it cleaned professionally.
We’re not saying that a professional clean is the only way to go when you are hoping to get your car in clean and beautiful shape. That, although effective and usually safe for your car, is not always as cost efficient as one might hope. And if you were to use these services every time you need to clean your car (which for some can end up being several times a month,) you can imagine the kind of financial hit you could ultimately take. Thus, for those individuals who like to do things by themselves, here are some great car cleaning tips that will be safe for your car.
First of all, make sure you have all of the equipment you need to be able to clean appropriately. This might include car shampoo, wax, microfiber towels, a wheel brush, and other things. Most of these items can easily be found in a supermarket or a local car store. If you are unsure where to find these materials, use the internet as a research tool, or ask some of your neighbors for suggestions.
It is best to clean the car when the surface of it is cool, so that the soap does not dry before it is cleaned off, and no damage is done to the rotors in the wheels. Use one bucket of water mixed with car shampoo to lather up the cleaning agent as is necessary. Use another bucket as a rinse for the car. If you start with the wheels and work up, you will be able to avoid splashing of dirt, and essentially make rinsing much easier in the end.
Use these simple ideas when washing your car, and get much more out of the life of your vehicle.