How to Properly Wash your Car
Pick the Right Spot
Just like in real estate: it’s all about location, location, location. You should always wash your car in a shady spot. The shade is your friend, as it reduces the risk of of the car wash shampoo itself from drying onto the car before it can be rinsed off. Shampoo drying on the surface means smudges and spots. This is definitely not the result you’re aiming for when you wash your car.
You should also aim for a non-windy day. The last thing you want is a breeze blowing grime and debris back onto your car as you are trying to wash it off. The water and soap as you wash your car actually attracts and locks in particles, too. Then, when you rub with a cloth, instead of washing off the car you’re actually rubbing those particles into the paint.
The perfect spot can make all the difference.
Stick to Washes Made for Cars
It turns out, soaps and shampoos marketed specifically for cars are done so for a reason. You’re not just buying into an industry hype – car-specific soaps are designed to work best on car bodies. Things like dish soap you may have around the house can actually be too harsh for car paint. And, if you wash your car with them, they can strip the finish.
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