6 Things You Shouldn’t Do When Washing Your Car

A lot of us rarely give much thought when it comes to washing our vehicles. After all, what is there to think about? You grab a bucket of water, a rag and some automotive soap and get to it.

However, there are so many mistakes you can make when you’re doing such a simple task- mistakes that can cause noticeable damage to your car if you’re not careful. Hence, in this article, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the most important ‘don’ts’ when washing your car.

Don’t Use Brushes or Sponges

Often, contaminants such as dirt and grime can get stuck to your car’s exterior. A lot of novices try to get them off by using brushes. While it does get the contaminants off, it can wear off the paint in the process.

Sponges are abrasive as well. This is because a sponge’s pores can pick up and hold on to contaminants. Hence, while you’re rubbing a sponge across the surface of the vehicle, these contaminants are dragged along with it, resulting in scratches.

The best option is to use a microfiber cloth.

Don’t Scrub Too Hard

Some dirt can be quite stubborn, which may make us want to keep scrubbing harder and harder. However that increases the likelihood of us damaging the paint. Instead, you should think about using clay bars for cars to pick up these contaminants. The adhesive surface of these bars allows you to pick up the most stubborn dirt particles quite effortlessly.

Don’t Use Just Any Detergent

Some people claim that dish detergent works as well as the automotive shampoos. This is a myth that has been debunked by experts over and over again. Dish detergent comes with chemicals that can essentially strip away the paint of a car. This is true even of the weaker ones.

There are plenty of automotive shampoos that don’t cost much more than detergent. Hence, there’s really no excuse not to get one.

Don’t Wash the Car Out In the Sun

A lot of amateurs tend to wash their car outside with the sun shining directly on it. This helps the car dry very quickly. More accurately, it causes the vehicle to dry too fast. As a result, you’ll end up getting uneven spots on the paint.

Don’t Just Use One Bucket

When cleaning your car, your bucket of water can get quite dirty. Hence, you shouldn’t use one for both rinsing your cloth/rag and washing your car. Instead, we recommend that you get three buckets for the job. Fill two of those with soap and water and the third with just plain water. The former two will be used for washing and the third will be utilized for cleaning the cloth. You should also make sure to replace the third if it gets too dirty.

Don’t Save the Tyres for Last

The tyres are the dirtiest part of your car and so you won’t to clean it first. Otherwise mud and dust can fly off and get on the newly-cleaned surfaces.

Do you do any of these things while washing your car? If so then it’s time to stop before you either cause damage your car or spend more effort than necessary during the process.


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