After a harsh winter with brutal temperatures and dealing with salt and grime, everyone is taking advantage of the great weather we have been having this week. Now is the time to start thinking of your vehicle and how to get it ready for the warmer months to come. Here are a few tips to properly wash your vehicle.
The Proper Tools
When you think of washing your car, don’t reach for the dish detergent! This could harm your vehicle’s finish. Would you wash your dishes with shampoo? Different cleaners are formulated for different jobs. Stock up on the right tools for washing your vehicle:
- Bucket: get a good, sturdy bucket that will hold enough water and cleaner. You can also use it (when dried of course) to keep your sponges, rags and cleaners in.
- Microfiber towels, wool cloths or large sponges: be sure to clean them after using and make sure they are fully dried before storing away.
- Cleaners: there are many cleaners out there. Make sure that what ever you choose is formulated for washing a vehicle.
Find the Right Time
The best time to wash a vehicle is early in the morning or before sunset. You should avoid washing your car during the afternoon, when the sun is at its hottest. Washing your vehicle under the hot sun will dry the suds on your vehicle quicker and it will make it difficult to rinse as well as leave a layer of residue on the finish.
Rinse It Off
You’ll want to start by rinsing your vehicle off first to remove any loose dirt and debris. Begin at the roof and work your way down. Take your time, no need to rush through this step.
Wax On..Wax Off
Some cleaners have built in wax however for the first wash of the season as well as the last, use paste wax and buff it off. Not only will it provide a great finishing shine to your vehicle, it will provide added protection against the elements.
Don’t forget the interior! It’s been through the harsh weather as well! Vacuum the rugs and clean the mats. Clean all surfaces to remove dust and debris, paying close attention to the center console.
Roll up your sleeves and enjoy the results of your work!