How to Wash Car at Home
Washing your car at home is one of the most satisfying and relaxing things that you can do. You need to spare some time over the weekend for that, or at any other time when you are free. It is indeed an activity that needs devotion, that’s why you should spare some time for it.
One of the best things about washing your car at home is that you can make it more fun by involving the kids from time to time. It can also be a good learning experience for them. On your part, washing your car at home will be far cheaper than having a professional do the work for you. It also allows you to learn more about your car, the interior, and helps forge a strong personal bond between you and the car.
More often, all you will need to wash your car at home are the following:
- Cleaning rags
Other than these however, there might be other specialty applications that you will need, depending on the kind of aesthetics that your car deserves, or your preferences. The following tips should provide a step-by-step guide to help you wash your car at home easily:
Now, How to Wash Car at Home ?
Stay away from the sun
This is the first and most important, though basic rule that you should not ignore. Keep your car away from direct sunlight before you start washing. This is supposed to help you avoid premature drying. Premature dryness will leave patches on the body.
Prepare your equipment
You do not want to start cleaning the car then have to go back into the garage to look for something. Before you begin, make sure you have all the items you will need for cleaning as close as possible.
After that, fill up the water bucket with the appropriate amount of soap as has been recommended in the soap bottle. Have another bucket and fill it up with clean water for rinsing.
Before you start splashing water all over your car, take a look around. Make sure all the windows are rolled up, and you have the antenna retracted.
Pull back the windshield wipers. Make sure they are pulled way back until they are as far as possible away from the glass.
To soften and loosen the dirt, hose the car. Try not to use a strong water jet because this can easily force the grit to rub over the car surface, which might scratch it. Ensure you have the jet aimed downwards. Upward jets could see water dribble into the interior, if there are any flaws on the rubber seals.
Wash the vehicle
Always start from the top. Wash the vehicle one section at a time. Use circular motion. You will need to do this as you go around the car a number of times. Make sure you also pay attention to the lower parts of the car, which at times are neglected by so many people.
The lower parts of the car’s body are usually the ones filled with a lot of dirt. If possible, have a separate mitt or sponge for these parts. In as much as it is one of the dirtiest, you still have to make sure you exercise caution and scrub gently.
While you are cleaning, make sure you rinse the dirt off the washing sponge or mitt as often as possible with plain water. If you do not do this, you could have some dirt trapped in the mitt/washing sponge, and keep scratching the surface with it.
Before you move on to a different surface, make sure one section is washed and rinsed. This is to prevent the soap from drying on the surface, causing ugly stains.
In as much as you will be working on the rest of the car still, make sure that you keep the rest of the body wet so that droplets from drying water on the paint job do not leave behind water spots. Water spots can be quite the eye sore. If possible, try and dry the car with a towel or towels before it air-dries off naturally.
Taking care of the wheels
For the tires and wheels, you need to make sure you have a good, skinny and long enough wheel brush. This will make it easier reaching into the wheel openings. Just in case you own some glossy wheels, you should make use of a mitt or sponge to put the sparkle on them, just in the same way that you would do with the rest of the body after getting rid of the dirt.
The sidewalls of the tires should be cleaned with a good plastic brush. Get one that will do the job properly, without causing your hands too much strain. At the same time, make sure you do not keep banging onto the fender while brushing the tires.
Special care for those whose cars have perhaps been exposed to salt or some salty conditions, make sure you rinse off the bottom areas of your car. This should be done from a variety of angles to completely get rid of the salt compounds stuck on the car. A spray nozzle will easily come in handy.
One of the important aspects of cleaning your car at home that you have to pay attention to, is offering additional protection. This will help you make sure the surface of the car stays in top condition for a very long time.
Here are some useful tips that should help you get the best results while you are at it:
- In the event of significant damage, get rid of rust from the car first, then touch up the paint work. Alternatively, use a rust converter to stabilize the rust spots.
- Remember that adhesive accessories usually work best on clean surfaces
- Always apply wax only on a clean and dried body
- You should use water repellent treatments to improve visibility
If you follow these instructions to the latter, washing your car at home will be a lot easier, and so much fun.