As a vehicle owner, you want to make sure that your vehicle is looking good! Not only because it makes you feel good to have a clean car, but it also protects the investment that you have put into your vehicle. You keep the mechanical maintenance up to date, so that the vehicle keeps running correctly. You also want to protect the condition of the exterior and the interior of that vehicle as well. Car detailing isn’t something that is really complicated. But there are some things that you should be aware of that the professionals already know and do. Here is a bit of information that we hope will be of benefit to vehicle owners.
You may remember back in the day, helping your father wash the car on the driveway at home. The both of you would be armed with bucket or hose, bits of towels or sponges, and you would tackle the task together on a sunny afternoon. While the memory is great, we would suggest you change a couple of things if you are building new memories with your own kids.
First, you should be using a couple of buckets. One with the soap in it, and the other just plain water. Try to keep the soap bucket from getting contaminated with the dirt, grime, and dust that is coming off your car. The second bucket, of just water, should be used to rinse off contaminants, before dipping into the soapy water.
Let’s mention here, that if you are using dish soap to clean your vehicle, you should stop doing that. Professional car detailing does not use this household detergent, as it will cause damage and strip your clear coat finish from your vehicle. There are still a lot of vehicle owners that use dish soap, so we would love to get the word out on this. There are many different brands of car soap available and they range in prices, allowing owners to find one that will fit their budget. Dish soap may already be on hand, but please consider simply purchasing car cleaning product specific to this job.
So, what is the deal with microfiber cloths? We will tell you! If you use a towel or sponge for cleaning your vehicle, chances are you are not getting all the contaminants out of the material before plunging it back into the soap bucket. Bits of dirt, sand, and grit can still be caught in the material and this can cause abrasive scratches and such on the surface of your vehicle. Microfiber rinses much cleaner than sponges or even old towels. There are microfiber mitts available almost everywhere car detailing supplies are sold. They are kind of fun to use too!
And, is a warm sunny day good for washing your car? Well, sure it is! Except, instead of doing it under direct sunlight, you may want to move your vehicle to a shady spot. A warm vehicle, sitting in the sun, will heat up, both inside and out. The surface you are cleaning should be cooler, so that the water doesn’t rapidly evaporate, leaving behind streaks and soap spots. Besides, being in the shade might make the job even more enjoyable for you too.
Some car owners have not yet jumped on the new mobile auto detailing services that are popping up in there city. If you are interested, you can always check out Mobile Auto Detailing in your neck of the woods! It might be something you prefer, having someone do the detailing and really making you love your car!
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