The Dos and Don’ts of Washing Your Car

There’s something so satisfying about seeing a gleaming car on your driveway, and sometimes we all have the urge to put in the work ourselves rather than visiting a car wash or cleaning service. If you’re cleaning your car this weekend, there are a few things you definitely should and shouldn’t do…

Do Be Careful

This one sounds obvious, but it’s surprisingly easy to damage your car. Zips on your clothing, jewellery and other items can easily scratch your vehicle, so wear clothes that are suitable.

Do Read and Follow Directions

Some car products have specific instructions regarding their use, so it’s important to read the label to make sure you not only get the best out of your products, but that you don’t end up damaging your car by accident.

Don’t Disregard Baby Shampoo

Using diluted baby shampoo works wonders to get rid of those pesky presents we receive if we park our cars underneath trees while at work. This tip is especially useful if you don’t have time to properly wash your car, but are sick of seeing your car covered in, well, poo.

Don’t Forget the Rims

Using wheel cleaner at the start of your cleaning process gives it time to work properly while you clean the rest of your car – it takes more time to break down the dirt and dust that gathers on your rims. Tyres looking a bit shabby? It might be time for a new set. Search for tyres online for great deals, or visit your local dealer.

Do Dry Your Car Properly

Let the towels absorb the water when you’re trying your car, as rubbing too hard will leave you with a streaky vehicle. Simply laying a clean, dry towel on the area you want to try and patting it down will suffice – but you will need a few towels to completely dry the car, of course. Letting your car air dry will leave you with spots, and that’s no good for anyone.

Don’t Forget the Interior

There’s nothing worse than a car that’s stunning on the outside but that looks like it’s had a fight with a lawnmower on the inside. Don’t forget to clean the inside of your car, and detail your interior.

Do Go Over Every Nook and Cranny

Under the car mats, in your boots, in the foot wells and the doors – don’t miss a spot! Nobody likes a job half finished.

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