Dos and don’ts of washing your car

Washing a car is a tedious but necessary process of maintaining a car. It makes a car look good and prevents contaminants form ruining many of the components. But using improper materials and methods are likely to do more harm than good. So here are five things you should keep in mind next time you wash your car.

Use the right Sop

A popular habit amongst us Bangladeshi owners and chauffeurs both is to use the same soap to wash our cars and wash our dishes. The same type of chemical that is designed to take the grease and grime off your cutlery can also eat away at the clear coat of your vehicle and be detrimental to the overall sheen of your cars paint.

Use the right material

Another commonly seen mistake is to use sponges, or locally popular fabric the “gamcha” to wash our vehicles. Not only are these abrasive as a material, but they also pick up dirt from the car and drag it along the paint, making the situation worse. The best option is to invest in microfiber towels which are now widely available in different shops.

Use two bucket if possible

Ideally, one should employ the use of two buckets when washing their vehicles, one with clean water and one with soapy water. After cleaning the grime off of one section, it is ideal to rinse it off in the clean water and then saturate the mitt with soapy water, to prevent the rinsed off grime to get back on the car and causing scratches and swirl marks.

Do not wash is under direct sunlight

Washing in direct sunlight, or even starting to wash the car before the car has completely cooled off can result in the water and soap to dry too quickly, leaving unwanted water and soap marks.  The ideal scenario is a well ventilated and completely shaded environment, or doing so in the evening.

Do not let it dry on its own

Letting water dry on its own will also leave water spots on the paint, glass and other components which is less than ideal and defeats the point of washing your car. The car should still be slightly wet, and dried off carefully with a microfiber cloth on the vehicles body, all the windshields and all the nooks and crannies such as inside the door, under the trunk and the engine bay. Ideally, the engine should be left running to gradually dry off any water in the engine bay right after washing.