5 tips for a clean car
Washing a car. It sounds easy, doesn’t it? What’s there to know
5 tips for a clean car
Washing a car. It sounds easy, doesn’t it? What’s there to know – you take a dirty car, add some soap and water, and end up with a clean car! That may be the gist of it, but there are some tips we can give you to do it right, to keep your car in tip-top condition for years to come, and look good from day to day.
- Use the right stuff!
Don’t wash your car with any old soap. Yes, Sunlight dishwashing liquid will get the dirt off your car, but it’s not good for the paintwork. Buy a good-quality car shampoo, some microfibre cloths and a chamois and use them on your car and only on your car. After you’ve used the cloths, rinse them and dry them and store them somewhere clean, perhaps even in a Tupperware so that they don’t pick up little bits of sand or grime that could scratch your car.
- Rinse and repeat
The first step of washing your car is a thorough rinse. Rinse off as much dirt as you can before you physically touch your car.
- 3 buckets are best
Use three buckets if you can. Fill one with a mix of your car shampoo and water, mixed as per instructions. The second bucket should be clean water, and the third bucket should be another bucket of soapy water, but reserved exclusively for the car’s wheels (the dirtiest part of the car). When washing, dunk your cloth in the soapy water, wash a section of the car (working from the roof down), and then rinse the cloth in the clean water. Repeat.
- Park in the shade
It is easiest to wash your car in the shade, on a cool day. On a very hot day, particularly in full sun, the water on your car dries so quickly that you don’t have the time to rinse off all the dirt. The best place is in a cool garage.
- Wash regularly
For best results, wash your car regularly. Make it a Sunday routine, and share the job with your kids. If your car never gets too dirty, it’s quicker to clean and you’re less likely to damage the paintwork while cleaning it.
Next time we’ll talk about waxing a car.
Do it yourself!
We know it’s easy to drive to a car wash and get them to take care of the dirty job while you read the paper, but try to wash your own car every now and again. When you wash your car yourself by hand you notice if there are any problems popping up, like scratches in the paintwork, cracked lights or spots of rust, and you can get them taken care of before they get worse.