Most vehicle purists can attest that one of the best things about owning a car is being able to clean it from time to time. Cleaning your car on a weekend morning can be both therapeutic and satisfying. Even fathers will agree with the bonding effect that such an occasion presents, with their sons.
That said, there are many things that can go wrong when cleaning your car. From stained windows to scraped paint on the body, there is a method to ensuring the best finish.
Before Cleaning Your Car
Before beginning on any kind of work, it is critical that you take a close look at the current condition of the car. The amount of dirt on the vehicle will vary, depending on when last it was cleaned. It is also important to assess the amount of wax the exterior has. If there is still a good coat on it, there may only be need for a light wash and additional wax to bring it back to life.
In the event that the exterior has been beaten down by the elements, it may require a bit more work, including washing, polishing and waxing.
Take Stock Of Your Detergents
One aspect of car care that is often lost on drivers, especially newbies, is the fragility of a car’s body when it comes to washing materials. Depending on the brand, some detergents have acidic properties which can accelerate the corrosion of the body.
In addition to the type of cleaner, to avoid abrading the car, opt for microfiber cloth. By using a microfibre cloth correctly, when cleaning your car, you can prevent scratches and swirls.
Getting Down & Dirty
With all the necessary preparation and checks done, it’s now time to actually wash the car. Though it may not be necessary for a vehicle that is fairly clean, a high pressure hose is always commendable. Using this tool ensures that you dislodge any pieces of debris and dirt stuck in hard-to-reach crevices.
Be sure to use a specifically – design car shampoo to avoid damaging the paint and finish. Most car wash soaps are ready to use from the store shelf so this shouldn’t be too taxing. When applying the soap, be sure to use cotton gloves and dry cloths.
Buffing Off The Surface
One fatal error that most drivers make is assuming that cleaning your car ends with the washing phase. This however is not the case. After washing, scratches, swirls and other irregularities will become easily visible. Stubborn contaminants will also be seen at this stage.
In order to get rid of these, one can use a clay bar. This will easily deal with anything that may have become bonded to the car body over time.
Lather, Rinse, Repeat
It is worth noting that one can repeat any of these stages to achieve the desired finish. As a basic guideline, these are the steps to follow:
- Assess the amount of dirt on the car
- Get the necessary detergents and wash implements
- Wash off debris and dirt with high pressure hose
- Prepare surface for waxing and polishing