Washing your car by hand can be a relaxing way to spend your summer weekend. Not only does it give you a way to cool of in the scorching summer heat, but it also gives you a car that shines like new. If you find that your car ends up with splotchy water spots and crusty soap, follow these tips on how to wash your car and make sure your car stays spot-free!
Park it somewhere shady. Not only will parking in the shade keep you from getting sun burnt, but it will also prevent premature drying, which causes the majority of water spots that show up on your paint.
Gather your supplies and prep. Gather two buckets, soap (preferably special car washing soap), a sponge, and rags. Combine the water and soap according to the bottle’s directions in one bucket, and then fill another bucket with plain water. After you’re done filling the bucket, hose off the car to rinse it off, pointing the hose downwards on the surfaces to avoid scratching your car.
Begin washing. Soak your sponge or large wash mitt in the soapy water and begin cleaning your car. Don’t use a brush on the car, since it will scratch. Be sure to start at the top and work your way down, circling around the car several times. When you’re done washing one area, make sure you rinse it out to avoid the soap drying. This will also prevent droplets from drying and leaving water spots.
Keep your sponge or wash mitt clean. Make sure you frequently rinse the sponge or wash mitt in the bucket with plain water to keep it clean.
Save the lower body and wheels for last. These are the dirtiest part of the car, so make sure you use a separate sponge or mitt when washing them. For the wheels, use a wheel-brush to clean the spoke openings and the sides of the wheels.
Dry the vehicle. Use your fresh towels to dry the vehicle, making sure to use a new towel once the one you’re using gets damp. This will prevent streaks from forming, keeping your car squeaky clean.
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