Car cleaning best practices – key to car longevity

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Generally speaking, common car washing relates to keeping the dirt and sand away from the car’s surface and exposed car parts, make it shiny and well-polished. Those dirty particles can tun into a major cause of paintwork damage to the vehicle. Therefore, heading with your car to a car wash is not a choice, it is a basic necessity.

Although there are many ways to treat your car nowadays, starting from using various high-end products, green eco-friendly tools or even waterless washing, still there are several major things that are necessary for a job well-done.

So, if taking good care of your car’s exterior is one of your priorities, you will definitely try to dodge the big and fast-paced car washing services with the gigantic brushes that usually do more harm than good and you will take your car to a professional car wash service that will achieve the best results, or your will dedicate your time and efforts to do it yourself.

Most people think that giving a wash and wax is the most practical technique to keep their four-wheeled friend shiny and clean, but, of course, there is much more to washing a car than those two methods.

First things first cover evaluating the condition of your car. This will direct you and guide towards how thoroughly it should be cleaned. A brand-new vehicle or one that already received a thick coat of wax on it, may only require a simple wash and a little bit of refreshing wax to maintain the quality of the layer, but a car with a little bit of mistreated exterior may require to be cleaned and polished as well.

Washing your car removes loose impurities such as dust, small particles, dirt, bugs and mud from the surface of your vehicle. Always use a special vehicle washing product and not some kind of liquid detergent or dish washing product, which can cause damage to the paint and strip away wax.

After completing the washing part you can directly detect irregularities, marks, bumps, scratches, cuts and corrosion in your paint and feel some specific leftover of bonded chemicals or oil residues that washing doesn’t remove. If you run your hand over a freshly washed car, and if you can easily notice some bumps, then a cleaning stage further is the right step.

Once the body has been systematically rinsed, be sure to wash it by sections, moving thoroughly from the top to the bottom of the car in the following order: start with the roof, then continue with window supports and windows, then cover the top of the bonnet and the upper panels, followed by the middle of the doors, then the front and the back bumpers.

You also have the option to polish it for extra gloss. This choice is optional and can be applied by directly by hand or by using a dual-action polisher. The layer adds colour depth and maximizes shine prior to waxing, especially on cars painted in darker colours.

Next phase is waxing which acts like sunscreen for your four-wheeled friend. It enhances protection from UV rays by adding a layer which reduces fading, as well as external objects that may land on the paint.

Finally, the wheel stage. Most importantly for wheels cleaning is to never use the same towels and mitts that you used on the body of the car and to use products specifically made for your type of wheel.