We all want to keep our cars looking like new, but sometimes it just seems like too much work to do on our own. Well, today we’d like to tell you that washing your car like a pro doesn’t have to be that much work. Not only is it less work than one would imagine, but it is also far cheaper than paying to have it done every time.
The first thing you need to do is make time for washing your car. It shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes and once you get used to the process it will go even quicker! You should wash your car once or twice a month, in the winter it should be more often due to salt’s corrosive nature. Okay, so now that you’ve put some time aside let’s get started.
Grab a bucket, a soft sponge or lamb’s wool mitt, some car wash soap, and a chamois/shammy or microfiber cloth.
Once you have all of your supplies gathered up, park your car in the shade, let it cool off, and then spray it down to rinse away all the dirt. Be sure to get the undercarriage as well; salt and dirt can hide underneath which can lead to rust and let’s face it, no one likes rust. After you’ve rinsed off the car put some soap in the bucket and fill it with water as per the directions; then take your sponge or mitt, dip it in the bucket and scrub away. Be sure to re-dip often and work from the top to the bottom, this will help keep the dirt from building up on the sponge which can become abrasive.
After you’ve washed an area, rinse the soap away and start on the next section. Once you’ve cleaned and rinsed all the sections grab you microfiber cloth or shammy and dry it off. When you’re drying your car, be gentle. There should be no need to push too hard to dry it off, just let cloth soak up the water. Once you’ve done that use a second cloth or shammy to go over the vehicle once again to get it completely dry. Never let the car dry in the sun, as this will most likely leave splotches, which will make all your hard work null and void.