How to wash your car with car wash soap
Washing your car is not just about splashing it with foamy water, scrubbing and then spraying with hose water to rinse, in the true sense of the word. Such a regimen would damage your car exterior finish, paint, and wax, thus incurring an additional cost of maintenance.
You should take caution with the soap and other cleaning accessories that you use. For instance, many people are accustomed to using their dishwashing soap, yet it is the same thing quickly that's turning their car into a jalopy.
It’s not just washing the vehicle, but how and where you dry your car could also be degenerative if done incorrectly.
So how do you go about washing your car?
Step 1: Ensure that your vehicle is cool and if it’s sunny, park it under a shade. If you had been driving it for long, give it some time to cool down because if you wash its hot surface the soap will rapidly evaporate before rinsing, thus leaving swirl marks and water spots.
Step 2: Prepare all the wash items depending on the cleaning method that you decide to use. These items are the best soap to wash car, two buckets, microfiber towel, mitt, sponge or pad, pressure washer or foam gun with cannon, wheel brush, and hose pipe.
Step 3: Start off the process by gently spraying the car with water from a garden hose to wash off the loose dust and mud. This also softens the hardened dirt and grime so that it becomes easier to clean without the need of scratching your car surface.
Step 4: Pour the appropriate amount of car wash soap into the bucket, foam cannon or power washer and mix with water to the required ratio until it foams. If you intend to use the hand washing method, get the second bucket filled with clean water for rinsing.
Step 5: Soak the towel, mitt, terry cloth, or sponge in the sudsy solution and clean the car starting from top to bottom. The bottom parts always collect the highest dirt and therefore it makes sense to let dirt run top down. Clean by stroking the car surface in straight motions and not circular. A circular pattern will leave ugly water swirls.
If you are using the power washer method, turn it to low pressure and spray the soapy solution again from top to bottom. A high-pressure jet will rip the car paint so it's important to take caution.
Step 6: Wash and rinse section by section. As soon as you're done washing a section of the car surface, toss the towel or pad into the clean water until it drops the dirt particles. Use it to wipe that section before the suds dry. Otherwise, if the soap dries off it will form unsightly spots.
Step 7: Once you’re through with all sections, rinse the car once more from the spray garden hose starting from top downwards to ensure that all the soap is washed away.
Step 8: Dry the car gently with a soft chamois or microfiber towel.
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