Summer car washes are about as American as Apple Pie. You know how to get started—a couple buckets for washing/rinsing, draw the hose out, maybe blast some tunes from the boom box. After that, you wash, rinse, and presto: you’re done. However, some conventional practices in car washed may actually be hurting your vehicle. Here’s a list from your local Omaha Auto Mechanic of the do’s and don’ts of car washing:
DON’T wait for your vehicle to accumulate a ton of dust, grime, and droppings before you wash it. Here’s a good rule of thumb: If you’re able to write “Wash Me” on any windows of your vehicle, then you’ve waited too long for a wash. Your local Omaha Mechanic recommends you wash your vehicle at least once every two weeks.
DO use a new, clean sponge when washing your care. However, it’s important to not rotate this sponge in a circular motion, as it will create very subtle, but still noticeable scratches called “swirl marks.” Your local Omaha Tires shop suggests moving the sponge in a horizontal fashion across the vehicle, as this will minimize soap marks. BONUS: If you should drop your sponge in the dirt, try taking a few extra moments to rinse it out in your bucket of water. Nothing can create unsightly scratches more than stray sand and dirt can!
DON’T use household cleaning products such as dish washing detergent, glass cleaner, or hand soap! These sorts of cleaners can strip the protective layer of wax over the paint, leading to unsightly marks and scratches! Your local Omaha NE Tires shop suggests buying car wash detergent, which is specially formulated for a milder wash on vehicles.
DO wash your car in a cool area. This means parking your car in the shade, or even waiting for the sun to go down before starting the wash. Reason being, when the surface of your vehicle is warm, it will dry faster, leaving some less-than-desirable water marks. Your local Omaha Small Engine Repair shop knows you don’t want that after a good car wash!
DON’T air dry your vehicle. Remember those water marks we talked about above? Yeah, you don’t want those. Your local Omaha Auto Repair center suggests picking up son soft terry towels to wipe off the excess moisture.
Remember, this is just barely scratching the surface having to do with car-washing tips. For more tips, stop by a local Omaha NE Auto Repair shop like Auto Station today!