With so many car wash centres all across the region, it’s easy to get caught up in the wave of people pulling in on the next gorgeous afternoon and sitting inside while the exterior is cleaned to a nice, bright shine.
However, nothing beats the results and the connection you gain with your vehicle than washing it yourself.
It’s About the Inside and Outside.
Yes, there are plenty of car wash centres that offer you the option of having the inside and outside cleaned ‘professionally.’ But what does ‘professionally’ mean for these centres?
It usually means that a person working for the car wash centre is going to take care of the cleaning. Does that mean they went to the university and earned a degree in car wash techniques and strategies? Of course not (insofar as there’s no such degree … yet).
They may have experience working on cleaning cars, but do they have the kind of desire and passion you would, especially if this car is your ‘baby?’
A great reason to keep your car looking awesome.
It’s fine to pay someone to clean your car, but then it becomes little more than another object you own that gets you from one place to the next. When you take some time to clean your car yourself, you pay attention to potential details about it that could be beneficial in time.
So here are 5 awesome tips that will help you wash your car and keep it looking great for many years to come.
Tip 1: Use the right cleaning solutions.
There are many cleaning products out there, and different ones will be better for some parts as opposed to others. For example, you should you a mild cleaning solution for the finish of your car, but a specially designed solution for your tyres (like an acid solution).
When you start with the right cleaning solutions, it makes a world of difference to how well the finished product looks. I mean, when you get those tyres looking brilliant and like-new, guess what? The rest of your car will also look amazing.
Tip 2: Don’t let anything ‘go.’
When you don’t have a lot of time, it’s tempting to just give the exterior a quick wash, but you should begin developing a habit whereas you clean outside and inside the car.
If you don’t have time to do both, then make note of where you left off and then pick up the next day. Unlike your home, which will usually require cleaning every day, your car’s interior might get away with once-a-month attention and still be great.
Tip 3: Take advantage of compressed air.
If you have an air compressor, use it. You can clean those floor mats, heating vents, and many other components of your car with compressed air.
It helps to blast away the dirt, leaving only a small bit of residual (or stains on the floor mats) that you can then tackle with the right cleaning solutions.
Tip 4: Use a paint-cleaning clay.
If you notice some spots on the finish of your car are dirty, feel rough, or have swirl patterns, you can use a paint-cleaning clay and rub it across the affected area.
Just make sure you don’t (ever) drop the clay on the ground or get it contaminated in any way, otherwise you’ll likely scratch the surface and cause a host of other problems as a result.
Tip 5: Protect your car’s paint with wax.
When you’re done washing the car, get out there and wax it. Not only will this make it shine, it also helps to protect it from environment factors, including pollution and the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.
Okay, now that you’ve gotten some good tips on washing your car, what are you waiting for? Get out there and pamper that beautiful machine!
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