If you care about your car even a little bit, you should be sure to wash it regularly. At least once a month or so, take some time on a Saturday to get your vehicle looking sharp inside and out. As easy as it may seem to be, there are some things you should keep in mind when you wash your car. Keep reading to learn more.
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3 things to remember when you wash your car
Use the right soap
Your intuition might tell you that regular old dish or hand soap can just be squirted into a bucket and mixed with water and you’ve got yourself a car-washing substance. Your intuition would be dead wrong. Using hand or dish soap on your car can strip the wax and dull the finish. Use vehicle-specific soap unless you want to intentionally remove the wax to apply a new coat.
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Get a microfiber towel
Don’t just let your car air dry and don’t dry it off with a regular towel. Household towels are made of cotton or polyester and are too abrasive to safely dry a car. A microfiber towel is much softer and it won’t damage your paint or wax.
Don’t wash in direct sunlight
Maybe this sounds silly, but it’s true. We recommend washing your car on a partly cloudy or overcast day. It’s best to have your car wet until it’s ready to be dried. Sun-drying can lead to streaks and spots. Wash your car in the shade or wait until the sun hides behind some big cumulonimbus clouds for a while.