Having a clean car is something that everyone enjoys. In addition to making all driving experiences pleasant, it also saves you mental stress and a world of embarrassment if someone were to climb into your car. Worse, if your car is dirty on the outside as well then it’s going to end up standing out like an eyesore everywhere you go.
That’s why everyone should always allocate time to clean out the interiors and the exteriors of their vehicle. That being said, detailing should be done the right way for you to achieve the maximum effect possible. A lot of the time, people end up making common, avoidable mistakes that prevent them from getting the most out of the time they spend with detailing. So here are a few essential best practices to help you avoid these blunders:
Use the Right Cleaning Supplies
One of the most common mistakes people make when detailing their car is using a sponge or a rag to wash and soap. While sponges will successfully get rid of dirt and grime, it could very well damage the paint on your car. This is because due to the porous nature of a sponge, dirt particles can get trapped in the surface. Hence as you continue to use it, these dirt particles can scratch the paint. For this reason, we recommend that you use a microfiber cloth instead and further, that you use two separate ones for the tyres and the body of your car.
Though it may seem obvious that you shouldn’t use dishwashing detergents on your car, a lot of people (especially first timers) seem to ignore this rule. The result is a ruined paintwork and polish coat. Therefore it’s essential that you use cleaning chemicals that are specialized for vehicle interiors.
It’s best to stock up on the proper car detailing supplies before you get started. If you’re not sure about what you need, consult a knowledgeable friend or an expert in the industry.
Don’t Reuse Water
Something you definitely don’t want to do is reuse the soapy bucket water on your car, because all of the dirt that you’ve just gotten rid of is floating in there. Instead, keep a second bucket filled with clean water, and use this to wash away the soap from your car.
If you’ve washed the tyres of your car first, make sure you throw this water away before you move onto washing the painted portion of your car. This way you ensure the best possible results from your effort.
Use a Horse
If you have access to one, use a hose instead of rinsing your car by hand. This will make things a lot easier. By using a hose, you save a lot of time and energy because you can simply use the pressure of the horse to rip away any dirt or grime that’s stuck on the surface of the car. However make sure that the pressure isn’t excessive because otherwise it can end up damaging the paintwork.
It might take some time and effort to make a habit out of following these best practices. However, when you find yourself consistently having the cleanest-looking car in the neighbourhood, you’ll never go back to your old ways.