Wash Your Car Like A Boss: 5 tips to get it right
Make it a habit
Don’t wait until someone writes “wash me” in the dust on your rear window. Bird droppings, bug splatter and air pollution all contain acids that will eat away at the your car’s finish. The paint will eventually look dull and faded, and the only way to restore the “new” look is with a new coat of paint. Rinse off these eroders as soon as possible, and protect your vehicle’s finish with a thorough car wash every week or two. Worried about water use? The high-pressure wands at Suds’n’ Pup are efficient and use far less than you would at home.
Use products designed for cars
Dish soap, laundry detergent and household cleanser are not designed for cars. They are not gentle enough, and could strip off your car’s protective coating. Both the automatic and manual car wash at Suds ‘n’ Pup use cleaning formulas specifically designed for vehicles, that will kep that protective layer intact and doing its job.
Rinse well at the start
Skipping this first step is a sure way to embed small scratches into your paint. Rinsing gets rid of loose particles and softens sticky blotches before you move in with a sponge or mitt.
Go with the grain of your vehicle
It doesn’t matter that in Karate Kid, the “wax on, wax off” motion was circular. You don’t want swirl marks on your vehicle. Instead, move your sponge or mitt along the panels; this is especially helpful along the hood and the roof, large areas of the vehicle that really reflect the light and show up inperfections.
Rinse from top to bottom
Not only is this an efficient way of getting rid of the soapy residue, it creates a sheeting action which helps cut down on pooling water.