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Car Cleaning: Big Mistakes You’re Making

Car Cleaning

It seems like such an easy task. How can we get something as simple as car cleaning so wrong? You might think you’re taking care of your car when you wash it, but you might not be! Many of us make the following mistakes, so let’s take a look at a few particularly bad examples.

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One Bucket Of Water

How often have you gone out to your car with just one bucket of water in tow? You’re just making the problem worse, dipping a sponge into a dirty bucket every time you want to clean the car. At the very least, bring two buckets and a host of sponges to help you get the job done. Also, think about going the extra mile with equipment like pressure washers as mentioned at Wash Wisely. The more you’re willing to invest in, the cleaner the car you’ll get!

Wrong Soap

Here’s another area where we often skimp on the cost and pay for it later. Unfortunately, you can’t just decide to use dishwasher soap for the purposes of cleaning your car. This can cause havoc to the paintwork, subsequently causing serious damage in the long run. If you have to use soap to clean your car, invest in specialized soap for the occasion. This is the only way you can be sure you’re not doing any damage.

Cleaning In Sunlight

It seems like such an obviously good idea, right? It’s sunny out, so why wouldn’t you want to clean your car in the sunlight? The reason for this is that a car that dries too quickly can result in smudge marks all over the place. This means your clean car looks uneven and dirty from the outset, potentially doing damage as well. It’s much better to wait until the sun isn’t at its peak before you go outside to clean your car.

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Wrong Cloths

Again, we often overlook this simple element of cleaning because we don’t understand the dangers. Using the wrong type of cloths or sponges can cause damaging scratches if you’re not careful. In many cases, you’ll only realize the damage later on, when it’s too late to actually do anything about it. Investing in microfibre cloths will ensure that you get the best results and stay away from any damage.

Cleaning The Wheels Last

I know why you think it’s a good idea to clean the wheels last. It makes sense that you’d want to leave the dirtiest element of the clean until you’ve done everything else. The problem with doing this is that you might end up splashing the dirt back onto your newly clean car. It’s actually a better idea to tackle the wheels as a priority before moving onto anything else. Of course, if you’re going to do this, make sure you’ve got clean cloths, sponges, and water supplies to hand. You don’t want to be cleaning your car with dirty wheel water!

See? I bet you’ve fallen prey to at least one of these mistakes in the past, right? We all have!



Wilko is a full-time motoring journalist with an obsessive interest in all things automotive.


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