1.Wash Your Vehicle in a Shaded Area
Many car owners don’t realize how important this is, especially in the summer. To avoid water spots, avoid washing your car in the sun. Try to keep the vehicles surface as cool as possible. If the car’s surface is hot, the soap will dry quickly, leaving stains on the paint. This will require another wash.
2. Pre-soak Vehicle
Pre-soaking your vehicle will remove heavy contaminants that might require extra time removing. Get this off first, to avoid rubbing it into the paint and leaving scratches. This is especially important with dried mud.
3. Car Washing Materials
Have a bucket filled with water and liquid soap ready. Also have a sponge or mitt for the wash.
4. Divide Your Vehicle into Sections
Unless you have a small sports car, you should divide your vehicle up in sections. Wash a section, and then rinse it. It’s a good idea to start with the roof of your vehicle, followed by the hood and then the rear of the vehicle. Next you will want to wash the upper sides of the car, and then move to the lower areas. The lowers areas will have more dirt, so you want to do these last to avoid rubbing this dirt on the other areas of the car.
5. Rinse off sponge and mitt before placing it back into the bucket
If you don’t rinse off the sponge and mitt before, you will most likely add dirt and other particles to the bucket of water and soap. When you take the mitt and sponge back out to wash the vehicle, you will be rubbing your car with dirt, which will result in scratches.
6. Rinse your vehicle!
Don’t just go around the vehicle onces rinsing it. Rinse it numerous times! The more the better.
7. Use a different tool to clean the tires and wheels
Your wheels and tires contain lots of dirt and brake dust. DO NOT use the same mitt you use on your paint, to wash your wheels and tires. Brake dust can easily scratch your paint. A lot of car owners learn this the hard way.
8. Expensive doesn’t always mean better
Most expensive car cleaners or liquid are not necessary. That bottle of dishwashing soap under your kitchen sink will do the job, and do it well. It’s not the soap that cleans the car, it’s YOU!
9. Be careful of harmful cleaners
Some cleaners contain chemicals that if inhaled by a human can be hazardous. When using a chemical on a hot vehicle, the chemicals will vaporize, making it easier to inhale.
10. Make it fun!
You are more likely to do something if it’s fun. So make washing your car a fun activity! Listen to music and get in a swimsuit!