Washing your car is one of the easiest tasks you can do to protect, and even improve, its resale value. While it may sound simple, there are a few things you should and shouldn’t do to get the most out of your time behind the sponge. Here at Hurlbert Toyota, we’ve got some car washing tips that will both protect your paint and get your car as clean as possible!
Washing your car should be done when it’s cool out, preferably during the morning or evening, and when the car itself is cold. Washing right after driving or under the hot sun will dry water and soap faster. Not only will it take longer to get rid of spots but you may miss some altogether.
As for what you should use, avoid household cleaners and detergents. They aren’t meant for washing a car and may strip off paint’s protective wax. Instead, use a dedicated car wash that’s specifically designed for use on automotive paint.
Use a separate sponge for the wheels. Grains of sand, dirt, and rocks can get caught in the sponge and using it on the paint after the wheels can leave scratches. For the best result, use a natural, soft sponge or lamb’s-wool mitt. Avoid washing in circles as well. This can leave swirl marks that are noticeable on the paint.