How to Clean Your Car Properly

You need to take precautions when you are washing your car as there are many factors that could result in damage to your vehicle. Take for example the automatic car washing systems that are spread throughout cities. These car wash centers use very low quality soap and rough brushes that can do serious damage to the exterior of your car in short order. It is a much better idea to take the 15 to 30 minutes required to wash your car by hand.

In order to properly wash your car you will need two buckets of waters, one to use to wash the car and the other one can be use to rinse out your sponges so you aren’t rubbing dirt back onto your car. When you are choosing a cloth to wash your car you should avoid rough material and if possible use a mitt that has been designed for car washing. Using improper materials can result in tiny scratches on the car that are difficult and expensive to repair. If you have a small power washer this tool is great for cleaning your tires, and with the proper attachments can drastically speed up your car cleaning process.

Drying Off Your Car

Once you have finished washing the car it’s time to start the drying process. The majority of people will skip this step and let the car dry by itself. Doing this can results in dry patches that will make your vehicle look nearly as bad as when you started the project. The easiest and quickest way to dry your car is by using a micro fiber towel or mitt. The micro fiber material will produce a great finish and will cut your drying time almost in half.

Polishing to Perfection

Now that your car is nice and clean you can polish it up to produce a lasting shine that will put your car on the map. You only need to complete this step three or four times a year to ensure that your car maintains a healthy glow all year long. The easiest way to polish your car is by using detailing clay that comes in a brick. All you need to do is break off a small piece of the detailing clay and gently rub it onto the body of your car in small patches.

This process helps remove oils, saps, salts, and other materials that normal soap and water can’t remove on their own. This step takes a considerable amount of time and you should set aside an additional thirty minutes to one hour in order to complete this step.