The clean and shining car pleases the eyes of its owner and draws the attention of passers-by. However, there is a small problem: many drivers complain that after washing their car, there are muddy spots left on the body and windows. Let’s find out how to wash a car properly!
Is it better to wash your car in a carwash or by yourself? There is no unambiguous answer to this question. Each car owner chooses the option that is more convenient for them. For some, it’s easier to come to the specialists and give a car in their hands, others prefer to do everything themselves.
According to MechanicFAQ, a carwash is not a bad option if you have time to wait in line and money to pay for cleaning services. But it’s not perfect. On the Internet, you can find complaints from car owners who, after washing, found stains or even minor scratches on their car after the workers’ attempts to wipe away the stains. The main drawbacks of car washes are:
- financial expenditures depending on how dirty a car is;
- a high probability of getting a car with stains and scratched surfaces caused by the carelessness of the washer;
- quick washing (as other clients are waiting in line), which leads to poor drying and leaks.
To avoid such situations, it’s better to wash your car yourself. If you have never done it before, try to take into account all the recommendations.
Where To Wash
The right place is already half the battle. It should be spacious so you don’t splatter the neighboring cars. You shouldn’t wash your car in the sun: under its rays, water and detergents dry up quickly, leaving the same notorious stains. The best place to do it is a well-lit garage or a shady area. And don’t forget: all the liquid (along with dirt and chemicals) will flow from your car to the ground, so don’t wash your car on the lawn or playground.
What To Wash With
The more carefully you choose the right detergent, the better the result will be.
- Water. Almost half of all stains appear because of poor water quality. If you don’t use the filtering system, and the water in your water pipe is too hard, it can leave a white alkaline stain on the surface of the body. Pipelines in countryside areas often supply water with clay, sand, and limestone, which, when dried, also leave stains. To reduce the likelihood of this, if possible, try to wash the car with filtered water.
- Hose or buckets. If you don’t have a garden hose, you will need buckets or other water containers.
- Detergents. Prepare a special car shampoo. If it’s too concentrated, dilute it according to the instructions on the packaging. You will also need some glass cleaner. Do not use dishwashing gel, it’s not suitable for all types of car paintwork.
- Auxiliary tools. To wash your automobile properly, prepare the following tools: a porous sponge, a soft brush, a silicone scraper, and a cloth. There are special rags made of microfibre or soft suede that collect moisture perfectly. They prevent the appearance of stains and lint on the bodywork.
- Additional means. Many experts recommend using wax after washing to polish the body. It creates a protective film on the paintwork surface, removes all stains, and protects an automobile from dirt. The wax polished body acquires a deep tint and shine.
Secrets Of Washing The Car
You should wash the car after it has cooled down to avoid the rapid drying out of the liquid. So, let’s start the water procedures!
Step one: get the car wet. This allows all the spots of dirt, bird droppings, and other impurities to soak and expose to the detergent better. Wet the whole body completely, don’t forget the lower parts of the mirrors, wet the wheels as well. If you have a hose, the whole process is effortless. If there is no hose, simply pour two or three buckets of water gently over the automobile. You can also use a large porous sponge: wet it in a bucket of water, squeeze the water on the body, trying to not touch it with your hands or the sponge, so that there are no small scratches from dried dirt.
Stage two: apply detergent. You can use a sprayer or the same sponge you used to wet the car. After applying the shampoo, you should wait a couple of minutes, it will soften the dirt properly.
Stage three: washing. Using a soft sponge, gently rinse the dirt off the body from top to bottom. Try to not push hard on the sponge and make sure that it’s not covered with large grains of sand that could scratch the surface. You can wash the wheels and rims with a brush. Don’t forget about the doorways.
Step four: rinse. Rinse the detergent off the body with a hose or a bucket of water. Check the soft sponge for any impurities and wipe the car again, wetting it in clean water from time to time.
Stage five: drying. Here, you will need a silicone scrubber and a special microfiber or soft suede cloth. Use a scraper to remove excess water from the surface of the car, and then use a cloth to get rid of moisture. Squeeze it out from time to time. This way, you can avoid stains.
Step Six: washing the windows. Mirrors and windows can be washed with a glass spray and a soft dry cloth. Spray the product gently so that it doesn’t get on the freshly washed body.
Step seven is the final step. Use a suede or microfiber cloth to remove all the moisture without leaving any stains. Many car owners prefer to use car polish to give the body the shine and extra protection. Apply the polish according to the instructions on the packaging.
Hope these recommendations will help you quickly learn how to wash your car.
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