Your car is likely among your biggest assets, and it deserves to be protected. One of the first things people notice when looking at a car is its paint job, so it’s important to maintain its appearance as best you can, both for your own benefit and in the event that you may some day want to sell it for top dollar.
While washing and waxing your car, truck or van regularly is a great way to keep it looking bright, shiny and new, it also helps preserve the finish for years to come – provided you do the job properly.
How to Properly Wash Your Car
While washing your car at regular intervals or after driving or parking in a particularly dirty area is essential for keeping it looking its best, washing it the wrong way can actually do more harm than good.
Properly washing your ride begins with rinsing it in its entirety, and this must be done before any soap or cleaning agent is applied to its surface. This will make sure that any dirt or debris on the paint will be removed before it has the opportunity to scratch or otherwise cause damage to the paint itself.
Next, as tempting as it may be to use whatever cleaning agent you have around the house, such as laundry or dish soap, resist the urge to use anything other than a product intended for use on cars, because doing so can cause additional damage to the paint. Once your car has dried and you have a car-cleaning agent and a paint-safe washing mitt at your disposal, you’re ready to roll.
Start with the top of your vehicle and work your way down when washing, taking care to dip the washing mitt back in your cleaning solution before working on each panel. Once washing is complete, take the time to dry it completely using a soft microfiber drying towel to make sure you aren’t damaging the car’s finish.
If you took all the necessary steps to wash your car properly and you’re still noticing spots popping up on the paint afterward, you may be dealing with a hard water situation. This is especially likely to occur on hot days or when the surface of the car is otherwise hot. To avoid this, try to keep the surface of your car relatively cool after washing it.
For more about how to keep your car in premium condition, contact the car-care pros at The Clean Machine Car Wash by calling (360) 666-1533 today.