Washing your car by hand can be quite a pleasant experience. You get the satisfaction of taking care of your own vehicle and you end up saving money.
However, if you’ve resolved not to bring it to an expert or to one of the local car washes, then you have to make sure you learn how to wash a car properly. This way you ensure that no damage is caused to it as a result of poor technique or use of incorrect tools.
If you’ve never washed a car before, don’t worry. All you need to do is keep the following tips in min:
Always Make Preparations Beforehand
Before you get started with washing a car, you have to take the following preparatory steps:
- Park the car in the shade. If the car is directly exposed to sunlight, it can get dry way too fast, leaving uneven spots on the paint. The quick drying is also going to make cleaning much tougher.
- Make sure that you close all of the windows of the car so that water has no way of getting inside.
- Gather all of the cleaning supplies. This includes things like car detergent, a long-enough hose, microfiber cloth, buckets, washing mitt and a scrubbing brush.
- Fill two buckets with soap and water and a third with just plain water. The former will be your washing buckets and the latter will be your rinsing bucket.
Hose Off the Car First
Many amateurs make the mistake of soaping up the car from the get-go. It’s easier if you instead spray the body with a hose in order to loosen up dirt and grime. This way you don’t work as hard with your hand. However, make sure that you don’t use a very powerful stream as this can damage the coat of paint.
Work on The Tyres First
The tyres are the dirtiest part of the car and you don’t want dirt flying off of them and getting on an already clean car. Hence, we recommend cleaning them first. Use a scrubbing brush to get rid of all the grime.
Wash One Section First
It’s always a good idea to clean one section of the car first before you move on to the next. This ensures that each part of the car gets a proper cleaning. You also want to make sure that you work your way down. This has two advantages: firstly, the water and soap will run down to the lower parts, meaning that the lower parts will get a ‘double cleaning’. Secondly, dirt will tend to run down below as well so it makes sense to scrub the top parts first.
Keep Your Mitts Clean
Make sure that you regularly clean the dirt and grime out of your cleaning mitts. Otherwise anything that’s stuck in there can really scrape the finish on the car. Use your rinsing bucket and when it gets too dirty, make sure to replace it with a clean one.
And there you have it – 5 essential tips to help you wash your car properly!