Do's and Don't of Car Washing

With spring finally, here, most people will find themselves doing their spring cleaning. Tidying your house is a nice place to start, but keeping your vehicle clean is just as important. A clean car is not only a matter of looks but also a way to maintain its value and performance. But do you know the right way to wash your car? Here are some do's and don'ts of car washing that can help you keep your vehicle's appearance pristine.

Do's of Car Washing:

  • Use the right tools: Choose soft, non-abrasive materials such as microfiber towels, wash mitts, and sponges to avoid scratching or damaging the car's surface. Also, use a pH-balanced motorcar shampoo to ensure the paint is not stripped of its protective wax.
  • Clean the wheels and tires first: Before washing the car, clean the wheels and tires with a specialized cleaner and brush to remove brake dust, dirt, and grime.
  • Rinse thoroughly: Use a hose or pressure washer to rinse off any loose dirt and debris before washing the car. Doing a pre-wash rinse can prevent scratches and swirl marks caused by rubbing dirt into the paint.
  • Wash in sections: Divide the car into sections and wash one section at a time, starting from the top and working your way down. Splitting the cleaning sesh into sections can prevent water from drying on the surface, which can leave water spots.
  • Dry with a microfiber towel: After washing, use a microfiber towel to dry the car thoroughly. These fibers eliminate water spots and help maintain the shine of the paint.

Don'ts of Car Washing:

  • Wash in direct sunlight: Avoid washing your car in direct sunlight or hot weather, as it can cause water and soap to dry too quickly, leaving behind spots.
  • Use dish soap: While dish soap is great for cleaning dishes, it is not recommended for washing cars as it can strip the wax and protective coatings on the paint.
  • Use a high-pressure washer: Using a high-pressure washer can damage the paint, trim, and even the mechanical components of the car, so be careful.
  • Forget to clean the undercarriage: Neglecting to clean the undercarriage of your car can lead to rust and corrosion over time.

By following these do's and don'ts of car washing, you can keep your car looking its best this spring and summer. If you have any questions or concerns about car washing or detailing, please do not hesitate to ask the professionals at Tom's Auto Center.