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Dos and Don’ts of cleaning your car

by Approved Garages | 27 May 2016

Washing your car at home can be relaxing, improves the vehicle’s appearance, not to mention, you’ll save a few quid.

But as easy as cleaning your car may seem, there are certain things to be aware of so that you don't accidentally scratch or degrade the finish.

Here are some tips on how to maintain a new-car-finish at home and keep the car sparkly clean:

Don’t: Start dry-scrubbing your car before hosing it down once or twice first. This is because loose debris, dead bugs, mud or dirt could cause scratching if you start rubbing it down with a soapy sponge straight away.

Do: Rinse all the car’s surfaces thoroughly with water before you begin using soap. Take one part or section of a car at a time and thoroughly wash that area before moving onto the next.

Don’t: Use any household detergents you use for your dishes or dusting on your car. There is a risk of the protective wax layer on your car being stripped off with these as soap, dishwashing detergents, hand-wash or glass cleaner are not formulated for a car’s paintwork.

Do: Invest in a good car-wash product – if you use it every week, it will still last you a good few months, so it’s worth buying. These dedicated car wash products tend to be milder and are designed for automotive paint. Use a natural sponge or a woollen mitt when applying the soap suds.

Do: build up the car wash formula into a lather before you apply it to the surface – and keep wetting the sponge. Use two buckets of water – one to wash the sponge and the other with clean water to wash the car with.

Once its washed, it’s time to dry the car

Don’t: Allow the car to air dry by driving it up and down your street a couple of times – this will leave watermarks.

Do: Use a soft towel that absorbs water quickly.

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