Your car plays a pivotal role in your daily life-a trusted companion during road trips and rush-hour commutes, and a witness to your countless memories. It is important to give it the care it deserves.
To help keep your car in tip-top shape, follow these five simple tips. They will not only make your car look great, but they’ll also help it last longer!
1. Use a Pressure Washer
Your car takes on a lot on a regular basis — from everyday road grime to winter salt and more. Keeping it in tip-top shape is essential to your safety while driving and protecting your investment.
A pressure washer can help make the process of cleaning your car much easier and faster than hand washing. It is also more efficient than using a garden hose. When choosing a pressure washer, look for one that has adjustable nozzles to adjust the spray pattern and pressure to suit your needs. A good quality pressure washer will also have a 40-degree tip for high-pressure clean-up of the undercarriage of your vehicle.
Before you start spraying the dirt off your car, you will need to pre-rinse it with a spray of water from the hose. Once the car is rinsed, you can shampoo it with a good quality car wash soap, like the recently reformulated M.A.X. Power Car Wash Soap or Cherry Snow Foam. To avoid scratching the paint, always use a sponge or cloth that is dipped in a bucket of clean shampoo and not used directly from the sprayer.
2. Wash Your Car in the Morning
If you’re washing your car in the morning, you’ll have less of an opportunity for water spots to form. These unsightly spots are caused when the water dries and leaves behind mineral deposits on the paint and glass of your vehicle.
As you wash your car, make sure to keep your clean bucket of soapy water full at all times. Dip your sponge or mitt back into it every couple of minutes to ensure that you’re using a fresh, clean, and lubricated surface to protect the finish of your car.
Also, make sure to rinse your mitt frequently as it can pick up dirt and gravel from the ground as you’re working on the different sections of your car. These small particles can rub off against the paint of your car and cause scratches, so it’s important to wring out your mitt well after each use.
Another tip is to work in a shady spot when possible. Ideally, you’ll want to find a shady area that’s free of debris, like a carport or garage. Doing so will help prevent your door locks and other parts of your car from freezing after being submerged in cold water for an extended period of time.
3. Don’t Wash Your Car in the Sun
It’s best to avoid washing your car in direct sunlight, if possible. It can cause soap to dry too quickly and leave water marks. It can also reduce the effectiveness of cleaning products.
If you have to wash your car in the sun, it’s important to work quickly. This means preparing your materials ahead of time and working in smaller sections to apply the soap more efficiently. It’s also important to rinse frequently and avoid leaving any water spots.
It’s also helpful to position your vehicle so that the shade covers as much of the bodywork as possible. If you can’t find any shady areas, try washing the most exposed panels first. This will help prevent water from drying on those surfaces before you’re able to rinse it off.
Finally, be sure to use a high-quality microfiber towel when drying your vehicle. Older style chamois towels may scratch the paint and cause water spots. And be sure to separate your microfibers for interior and exterior car cleaning. This will help keep them clean and free of contaminants.
4. Wash Your Car in the Shade
In direct sunlight, soap can dry before you have a chance to rinse it off, which can leave unsightly streaks and spots on your car’s bodywork. If you absolutely must wash your vehicle in the heat of the day, find a shady spot where possible and work quickly.
Also, make sure you have two buckets of clean, lukewarm water on hand. One to dunk your sponge or mitt and the other to rinse it after each wipe. This will help prevent cross-contamination, where contaminants are moved from one area of the vehicle to another by a dirty towel.
Finally, always be sure to use a microfiber towel and a quality quick-drying spray wax or dry aid. Standard rags can trap dirt and drag it across the paint surface, scratching the finish. These products will lubricate the car’s paint and make it easier to wipe off any water marks that may have developed after you’ve finished washing. This will also prevent them from re-sticking to the bodywork when it’s dry. Also, remember to dress the tyres last as they can often contain silicone which you don’t want to transfer back onto the bodywork when it’s dry.
5. Wash Your Car in the Winter
Washing your car regularly is important all year round, but it’s especially critical during winter. Road salt and chemicals used to melt ice can cause rust on the frame and other metal parts of your vehicle if they’re not cleaned off in time. This can end up costing you hundreds or even thousands of dollars, depending on the make and model of your vehicle.
When washing your car in the winter, it’s essential to pay attention to areas of the vehicle that are typically overlooked, such as the underside and wheel wells. Additionally, it’s important to use warm water when washing your vehicle, as cold water can freeze and crack the windshield.
Finally, it’s essential to dry off your vehicle after you’ve washed it. Be sure to open all the doors and wipe down the door seals, as well as the weather stripping, so that any moisture doesn’t freeze and damage your vehicle. Taking these simple steps can help keep your vehicle in tip-top shape throughout the entire winter. For more auto advice, visit us at Canada Drives. We’re your one-stop shop for everything you need to keep your car in great condition all year round.