Washing Your Car: Tips And Tricks For The Perfect Shine

Smiling man washing his car with a sponge.

April flowers bring pollen, and yellow dust covers everything. It can really build up on your vehicle. Luckily, a simple at-home car wash is all you need to get your truck, car, SUV, or van looking like new. Plus, an at-home-car wash is a great activity for the whole family to take part in. Below are some basic car-washing tips to help you keep that new-car finish!

The Right Equipment to Start

Any ‘ole soap won’t do for your vehicle. Common dish soap is great for cleaning in the kitchen, but it can cause problems with the paint finish on your car. Use a soap formulated for cleaning vehicles. These car washing soaps are often concentrated so a little goes a long way. Mix the formula per the package directions. You will want to use a large, soft natural sponge or a lambs-wool mitt to wash with. Another good tip is to fill a second bucket with clean rinsing water to periodically rinse the dirt off of your sponge or mitt. You will also want a few microfiber or soft terry towels for drying.

The Right Method for Washing Your Car

First, rinse your vehicle to remove any loose dirt. Then, focus on washing one section at a time. Instead of washing in circular motions which can cause noticeable scratches, wash in a straight line down the length of the vehicle, front, and rear. Once you’ve washed a section, rinse it off gently using a hose without a nozzle before moving on. When you’ve finished washing, it’s time to dry. Don’t let it air-dry, and a drive around the block won’t work either. These methods can cause hard water stains. Instead, use microfiber or soft terry towels to dry your vehicle. Blot the water up to avoid streaking.

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The Finished Product

Once your vehicle is dry, you can marvel at its perfect finish. Car washing is something you can do regularly to keep your vehicle looking like new. Your truck, car, SUV, or van is looking great. Now it’s time to visit the Huber Motor Cars Service Centers to keep it running great, too. We make it easy to schedule your oil change, brake service, and more online!