How clean is your car? If you don’t wash it regularly, you could end up with costly maintenance and safety issues. You might occasionally run your vehicle through a car wash. But there are benefits to doing the job yourself — including preserving the paint and being able to get into every nook and cranny. Ready to get started? Follow these five tips to wash your car thoroughly and correctly. First, wait for the right weather. Instead of washing your car on a sunny day, wait for overcast skies or park in a shady area. Direct sunlight can dry the soap too quickly, leaving streaks and spots behind—work from top to bottom. Hose off your car first, and then use a soft sponge to apply auto shampoo. Starting at the top, wash and rinse your vehicle in sections such as the roof and windows, rear, sides, and front. When you get to the front, take a rag and wipe down your windshield wipers. Don’t forget the wheels and undercarriage. Dry with a microfiber or chamois cloth. Finish with wax.
What should you do after washing your car
Keep it clean. Dry-off with a microfiber or chamois cloth. Immediately wipe down all of your car’s exterior with appropriate car wipes or a fabric cleaner. For example, wax polish will give your paint a fresh look. Check for unexpected damage. Some car interior and body repairs are overlooked during the wash. Check under the hood, under the rear bumper and inside the wheel wells.
Wash your car regularly. And if you’re able to use an auto wash for your car, do so. It will help keep the paint as clean as possible.