We’ve all gotten our car washed before, and we’ve all tried to do it ourselves. Somehow the pros always make your car look so much cleaner. This is because most people do not wash their cars correctly. To get that professional car wash shine, you must learn to do it right.
While most people begin on the exterior, you may want to focus on the rims first. The tires and rims are often the dirtiest part of vehicle, and you don’t want all of that excess grime to rub onto your clean car. So, wash those tires before anything else. This doesn’t need to be a deep clean, it’s just to get all of the sediment off.
After you’ve washed down your tires, be sure to wash down the rest of your car with a hose. This process shouldn’t take too long, but you’ll want to make sure that you are as thorough as possible. Make sure you get the windows, tires, and rims completely covered as well. For the windows, you will want to lift your windshield wipers up. There is a lot of dirt that gets stuck under the wipers, and this can be scraped across your windshield which causes scratches. You should also hose down the bottom of your car. This won’t make it look any better, but it will get rid of some of the salt and minerals that have built up.
Many people just grab some window cleaner and a rag after their dirty car has been sitting in the sun for hours, yet this can actually damage your car! A hot car dries much faster, leaving your car less clean and more likely to develop soap stains, so make sure to wash your car in the shade. Using a household cleaner is a real problem because they are not formulated for car paint. Car paint can be easily damaged, and there is nothing worse than ending up with a worse looking car than you started with.
Getting a quality car wash cleaner is easy and affordable, and it can greatly lengthen the life of your paint job. Make sure to use the car detergent as directed. Usually a car detergent will be heavily diluted with water. Using more than the recommended amount can adversely affect your paint job, leaving you will a much duller shine.
Using any old dishrag is bad, too. You will want to use a large clean sponge, and make sure to use a separate sponge when working on the wheels and tires. Or if you’re a more serious car aficionado, you’ll want to pick up a car wash mitt. These are specially designed for your car’s exterior, and with just one use you’ll be hooked.
The drying process is an area of constant error. Taking your sponge and dragging it in circles only spreads the dirt and grime around, leaving your car with noticeable circular stains. To keep your car looking fresh, dry using a sponge in straight lines. Make these lines long and drawn out so that you use as few as possible. The will keep your car shining long after you leave the driveway.
And Just For Good Measure
It never huts to add a quality car air freshener once you have finished cleaning your car. We guarantee that if you take the time and follow these steps you can give your car that professional clean and shine all from the comfort of your driveway.
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