Keeping the exterior of your car clean is part of routine car maintenance whether you have luxury sedans or even just you’re basic family car. It is important that you get dirt, salt and other grime off of the car on a regular basis. When dirt and salt are allowed to accumulate on the car, it can dull the paint while making your car hard to look at.
Soap And Water Will Do
Soap and water should be all that you need to get your car clean. Additionally, you want to use a soft cloth or sponge when cleaning your car. If you use something that is abrasive, it will leave scratches on the exterior of your car. When drying your car, make sure that you are using even strokes with a clean cloth of sponge. This ensures that there are no streaks or other residue left on the vehicle as it dries. Streaks on the chrome or glass can take an additional washing or two to completely get rid of.
Should I Wax While I Wash?
Some car wash kits will include a waxing agent. This means that you can wax your car while you wash your car. Although this can be a great way to get a shiner finish after you wash the car, waxing a car is not necessary. Additionally, you can apply a coat of wax to your car whenever you want. If you do decide to wax your vehicle, make sure that the wax is fully washed off before you leave your car outside. Otherwise, the wax will dry on the paint and leave a crusty coating that can be hard to get rid of.
Tires And Chrome Can Be Washed While The Rest Of The Car Is Being Washed
Don’t worry about ruining the chrome or tires by using soap and water on them. However, you can use tire blackening products to make your tires look like new. This can be something that you should consider if you are going to trade or sell your car in the near future. Doing so will increase the value of your car because it will look properly maintained. If the outside of the car looks like it has been taken care of, people will assume that the rest of the car has been properly maintained as well.
Properly washing your car will make it look better, keep the exterior from rotting and make the car worth more in the future. To wash your car, all you need is some soap, water and a soft sponge or cloth. Make sure that you are drying it correctly as well as making sure that there is no wax residue left over on your car.
Author Bio: Jack has been a mechanic for 10 years and is a complete rev head. He has 5 cars to his name, and his past time hobbies include redoing old cars, going to car shows and writing blogs about cars.