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Top Tips Tuesday: How to wash your car correctlyBack

WashingCarIt’s that time of year when your car starts to look really grubby, so we’ve put together a few simple tips on how to keep your car looking shiny and new throughout the winter season.

Cleaning your car properly will preserve its body for longer and prevent it from becoming vulnerable to rust, particularly during the winter months when wet and snowy weather can cause permanent damage.

Follow Trusted Dealers’ tips below on how to clean your car efficiently this winter:

  • Before you clean your car, hose it down to get rid of any surface dust or grit to avoid wiping this into the car’s bodywork.
  • Choose a sponge or a soft rag to wash your car – avoid using any abrasive cloths or scourers and these will scratch your car. You can use cotton wool to get into smaller, harder to reach areas.
  • Do not use a laundry or dish soap or detergent, it could remove the wax and other protective components already on your car. Instead, use a commercial biodegradable car-washing product.
  • Rather than rubbing your car body in circles, always wash from the top of the vehicle down to avoid soap scum and dirt from contaminating freshly washed areas. Make sure you rub gently rather than vigorously to avoid scratching or removing any paintwork.
  • Make sure you rinse your sponge out frequently to get rid of the build up of dirt and grease particles. Wash one section of the car at a time and don’t cut corners – these are the areas where the most dirt and dust can collect.
  • When you finish washing the entire vehicle, hose it all down again then towel-dry the car with terry towels or a synthetic chamois cloth to get rid of any water spotting.
  • When your car is dry, apply a high-quality polymer wax or sealer which will combine with the paintwork to provide the best protection for your car.

Posted by Leana Kell on 11/11/2014