Getting your car washed probably makes you feel good and it should. You are protecting it from chemicals that it might have picked up on the road, which could lead to some paint degradation. You are making sure road salt is removed since you know this can lead to rust. Still, you cannot always take your car in to get it washed so you are thinking of washing it on your own. The idea of washing your own vehicle may sound simple, but there is a lot that you need to know before you get started. The following are five things you need to know before you wash your car.
1. Prevent Scratching
You would be surprised how easy it is to scratch your car when you are washing it. You need to make sure that you take the proper precautions before you start washing your car. The simplest thing you can do is remove all of your jewelry, which includes rings, bracelets, and necklaces.
It does not stop there; you also need to pay attention to the clothes that you wear when washing your car. Stay away from shirts, pants, or jackets with metal pieces. All you need to do is get close enough to your car for one of these metal pieces to scratch it, which can happen so just avoid it. Lastly, make sure you cut your nails before you start washing your vehicle for the same reason.
2. Always Read
Reading is something some people like to avoid, but you should not skip this step at the moment. Whip out your vehicle’s manual to see what it tells you about washing your car. There may be special instructions in there that you do not want to overlook.
Usually, there are special instructions regarding car waxing and leather upholstery. Some leather requires that you keep the cream on the material longer than what the instructions on the label instructs. You need to make sure that you adhere to your instruction manual. The same thing goes for car wax, so just try your best to read your manual before you get started.
3. Work the Rims
Some people like to wash their rims before they start washing the rest of their car, which is only partly right. Yes, you should spray your rims with specialized cleaner before you wash the rest of your car, but do not clean the rims immediately. What you want to do is let the cleaner sit for awhile. Remember there is wheel crud and brake dust on there that takes some time to loosen up so let the cleaner work.
Furthermore, washing your rims before you wash the rest of your car means that the dirt you remove will end up on your recently cleaned rims. Wash your car after you apply the cleaner to your rims, and just finish off the rims when you are done rinsing your vehicle. Be sure to put some effort into the rims because the grime will likely be a little harder to deal with.
4. Control the Water
The amount of water you end up using on your vehicle is important. You want to use just enough and nothing under or above. The problem is that some people do not take this seriously. Using a little water means that the soap will not have enough moisture to work its magic. Spraying too much water on your car means you’ll end blasting all that soap away.
It is tempting to spray hard water on your vehicle because it ends up removing some of the surface stains without you having to wash it, but this is not a good idea. All that soap you placed on your car is now gone, and you still have deeper stains to worry about. Purchase a sprayer-head with multiple settings so that you can control the amount of water you end up using while washing your vehicle.
5. Proper Drying
You are going to get tired of pat drying, but you have to do it when you finish washing your car. It is important that you do not try to use one towel and just rub your car because this creates streaks. You also want to avoid driving off and letting the car air dry because you will end up with spots. A lot of time was spent washing this car, so don’t let these spots or streaks ruin it.
Get a number of clean towels and begin to pat dry until the vehicle is completely dry. You might want to ask someone to help you get this done, or just pat dry multiple areas of your vehicle. You can also purchase an electric dryer, which makes this process a lot easier.
Now, you have all the tools to do this job right. It is okay if you make a few mistakes at the beginning since you are just learning, but keep it going because you’ll get better. Hopefully, these suggestions make it easier for you to wash your own car.