Wet and Wild Vehicle Washing Tips

There are some people who love nothing better than spending their Sunday morning lovingly washing and polishing their car to within an inch of its life. And then there are others who don’t see the point in wasting two hours slaving over a bucket of water when the local car wash is cheap and cheerful.

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Reasons to Wash Your Car

Environmental toxins can wreak havoc on car bodywork. There are all kinds of acidic chemicals in the muck we drive through on a daily basis and if you park your car under a tree, you are already likely to be familiar with the damage caused by tree resin. And let’s not forget bird poo! Birds have an irritating habit of dropping corrosive droppings on cars. If you leave the droppings for any length of time, they will mark your car’s paintwork, which could affect the resale value if you want to sell at a later date. Finally, did you know that a clean car is more aerodynamic? Yes, dirty cars are slower and less fuel efficient because of the drag effect caused by dirt, so if you want to be a speed machine, keep your car clean.

The Old Fashioned Way

The traditional way to wash a car is to fill a bucket with hot, soapy water and attack the dirt with a big sponge. This generally works a treat and if you can persuade your kids to wash the car for free, they can end the task with a water fight.

However, even though the bucket and sponge method is simple, if you want to do the job properly, there are some things you should take care to avoid. One of these is dropping the sponge and then picking it up to wash the car again. What will happen if you do this is that lots of grit will stick to the sponge and then scratch your car. For this reason it is worth investing in a bucket with a sieve in the bottom to keep dirt and grit away from the sponge during the washing stage. This is highly recommended if you love your vehicle more than life itself.

Pressure Washers

Pressure washers are a popular way to wash cars (and clean the patio at the same time). Big brand name pressure washers such as Karcher, Vax and Evolution make the task of washing larger vehicles such as 4x4s and people carriers a lot easier. Instead of dragging buckets of water to and from the house, you can fire up your pressure washer and blast the dirt away. It is also possible to buy soap attachments to remove heavy grime.

Wax and Polish

Many detergents contain wax, but if you want to do a more professional valeting job, you are advised to wax and polish the body work once it is dry. Applying a layer of wax and buffing it up will protect the paintwork from dirt and environmental toxins.

There is no law that says you have to wash your car, but if you want it to stay in pristine condition, it is a seriously good idea to clean it every few weeks, especially during the winter.


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