The Complete Guide to DIY Car Washing

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Now that it’s summer, you no longer have to put off washing your car because of the fear that the rain will ruin all your hard work and be a waste of money. Instead of taking your car to a car wash where the big, rough brushes might harm your car, you can go outside and do the dirty work yourself. If you don’t have the equipment to wash your precious car at home, the next best option is to drive to the nearest DIY car wash where you’ll be supplied with soap and water. However, if you wish to get some insight on how to master the art of taking care of your car, read on and find out the best tricks that will make your car shine on the highway.

Step 1: Rinse

In order to prepare your car and get started with washing it, you first need to rinse it with water to remove any dust, dirt, or big pieces of mud. Remember that, ideally, the temperature of the water must be warm; not too hot and not too cold. Warm water is the safest and most effective option for washing the exterior of your car.

Step 2: Actually wash the car

To prepare for the second step, fill a clean bucket with warm water and add car washing soap which can be found in any supermarket. Be careful not to use any detergent or soap containing chemicals that might damage the paint of your car. Apply the soapy water to the surface of the car starting with the roof, followed by the hood, then the trunk. Use a cloth or, if you want to be extra cautious, use special car wash mitts instead of rough sponges, to avoid accidental scratches. To complete the second step, rinse the car again to wash off the soap.

Step 3: Wax

In case your car is going to be in direct sunlight for a long period of time, it is a wise choice to apply wax with a microfiber cloth. The wax is not only going to protect the paint the paint from fading away or getting damaged but will also give a perfect shine to the surface of your car and make it look the best it can.

Step 4: Don’t forget about the windows and wheels

The last step is concentrated on little details that will help you achieve perfection. Since the wheels and windows are not made of the same materials as the rest of the car, you need to use a different approach to clean them. To wash the wheels of your car, either use a specific product that is designed for the type of wheels you have or go safe and use a regular aluminum wheel cleaner which is acid-free and won’t damage them. Lastly, wipe the windows of your car with a spray that is meant specifically for cars and won’t damage tinted windows.

Seeing your clean car shining in the driveway will bring you satisfaction and joy. If you wish to save on having your car washed every other week, follow these steps and do it yourself in less than an hour.