One of my favorite things to do when I was little was to help wash the car. I remember being able to go out with my dad or my brothers, enjoying the nice weather and sunshine, and of course getting myself soaking wet. I think I played in the water more than helped. These days, I still love to wash my car. While I do wash it home sometimes, I usually try to wash it at the car wash, by hand because car washes are required to recycle their water. No matter if you are washing the car at the car wash or at home, do not wait for someone to remind you to wash your car, you know with the “Wash Me” written on the window shield. Either way, there are certain things that are DO NOT do when you are washing your car.
Do not use 1 bucket. You will want 2 buckets. One for soapy water and one for clean water to rinse the sponge. If you only use one bucket, you will keep putting the dirty water right back on the car.
Do not use a scrub brush on the car. You will want to use a soft sponge or a car washing mitt. Using anything else can leave scratched in the paint.
Do not use regular soap to wash the car. You should not wash the car with Dawn or other types of household soaps. It can mess with the paint. Invest in a good quality car washing soap. It will be worth it to maintain the look of the car and since you only need a small amount at a wash, it will last a long time.
Do not leave grime on the car. After going to the beach and being in the salt air or after a snow/ice storm, wash your car. Leaving that mess on the car will eat away at paint.
Do not wash with soap first. Always rinse the car first. This gets the loose piece of grime and dirt off. These loose piece can get on the sponge and scratch the paint.
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