Cleaning your car, it always seems like it’s one of those “I’ll get around to it later” kind of jobs, but in summer it’s really important for drivers to take care of their car in order to maintain its paintwork and upkeep its appearance.
To help keep your car sparkling over the summer months, we’ve selected five simple steps for you to follow in order to keep your car looking its best and with very little maintenance required.
1 Wash on a cloudy day or in the shade
If a car is not kept cool whilst washing, the water will evaporate too quickly and leave water spots all over the car. It’s important the temperate of the car is low to keep the wax from drying too quickly and baking onto the car’s surface (sun-hardened wax is especially difficult to remove).
2 Completely hose off the car
Wash the top layer of dirt off before you begin shampooing to ensure that you can get to the nitty gritty when you begin shampooing your car.
3 Use a clean wash mitt and proper car wash liquid
Always use a clean wash mitt and a washing liquid that is specifically created for washing your car – never use washing up liquid as this can often cause more damage than good to your cars paintwork, and it often leaves your car streakier than before you washed it!
4 Start with the wheels
Use a lot of soapy water and a scrubbing brush to scour the wheels and tires of your car. Taking extra care of your wheels and tyres can help to avoid the corroding effect of brake dust; these are the closest element of your car to the floor, so they need extra care from the wear and tear of everyday driving.
5 Wax on, wax off
Use wax after washing your car as it protects your car’s paintwork from the sun – it acts as a sunscreen for your car. We recommend waxing your car at least three times a year in order to keep its paintwork gleaming and in great condition.