Car washes are great but sometimes it’s nice to be able to take care of your vehicle yourself. But are we really washing our cars the way we should? Here are three things to avoid when washing your ‘veeks’:
Using a Sponge
When it comes to washing a car, using a sponge is a big no, no. Yes, absorbent and yellow and porous it is, but it also has a flat surface that can allow small bits of grit to get stuck in its groves. These can mess up your paint job after a rub down. Some say that’s why cars get awful swirl marks and tiny scratches.
Tip: Use a wash mitt or microfiber cloth instead.
Using dishing washing liquid
Convenience isn’t always the best thing for your vehicle. Sure, dish-washing liquid will clean your car, but at the same time it will also strip off your car’s wax. Besides, such detergents contain degreasers and other chemicals that can damage the paint on your car; it accelerates the oxidation process and gives the vehicle a dull look. Yup, your vehicle’s paint is way more sensitive than the finest China in your breakfront, so avoid using dish soap.
Tip: Invest in car shampoo.
Leaving the car to dry naturally
It’s not uncommon to see people wash their cars, rinse it and then leave it out to dry in the wind. This method will absolutely save you time and the energy to go over the whole car again, but not wiping it dry will leave your car with unwanted watermarks. After you’ve washed your car, you want it to look spotless and not like you used it as a canvas in a pre-school art class. So, take the extra time and effort to wipe your car dry.
Tip: Avoid washing your car in direct sunlight.
That new car smell eventually fades but there’s nothing like a wash day to get your vehicle feeling fresh again! Showing your car some love is essential and now that you know what to stay away from, you can wash your wheels like a pro. And if you’re taking your car to a professional, be sure that they’re avoiding these things too.