Make sure your car isn’t losing value by washing your car on a regular basis. It’s not just for appearance but the minerals in the dirt can actually damage your paint. Always use the correct materials to make sure you don’t jeopardize that shiny paint job.
Gather your car washing materials
A Quality Made Microfiber Rag
Are you looking to get that super clean showroom look on your average daily driver? You need to be thinking microfiber. Microfiber cloths are made from synthetic materials such as nylon, Kevlar, and polyesters that are tightly woven to create a super absorbent material. The strands of material are less than 1/100 the diameter of a human hair and 1/20 the diameter of a strand of silk. Since they are tightly woven they are extremely strong and durable, perfect for washing your car.
I always choose the highest performance bucket available, just kidding. As long as it can hold a few gallons of water you should be just fine.
Car Wash Soap
We suggest using a dedicated car-wash soap specifically designed for use on automotive paint. Dish and hand soap can actually damage your car’s paint coating.
Choose a Car Washing Location
You are going to need to be near a water supply and, if available, a spot in the shade. If there is no shade you may need to wash small portions of the car to avoid soap drying on the car. If you can park near a hose, and especially on a slant, then perfect! This allows for the rinsed water to run off the trim and molding.
It’s Car Washing Action Time
I always wash the wheels first and get all the dirty sludge out of the way. I then use clean water and microfiber cloths for the next stage of the wash.
Start by thoroughly rinsing the car’s surface to remove loose grit and surface dirt. Get your microfiber cloth ready by soaking it in warm soapy water if available. I use two buckets – one bucket holds your soapy water and the second bucket holds rinse water. Rinse your microfiber cloth in the first bucket before you dunk it into the soapy water. Then starting at the top, wipe down everywhere on the car with the soapy microfiber cloth. Use an open hand when doing this to increase surface area. Clean the wiper blades and leave them up. Once all the dirt has been removed with the cloth, rinse the entire vehicle off with clean water; a hose works best because of the pressure, keep going until all the soap suds are gone.
It’s Drying Time with Your Microfiber Rag
Then dry the entire car with a clean dry microfiber cloth. Wet it, ring it out and repeat. Once there is just a thin film left on the car you can either air dry or grab a dry microfiber cloth and finish up.