What Not to Use to Spring Clean Your Car
Getting your car cleaned after winter is necessary to prevent rust and corrosion from forming on your car. If you plan to wash the car by yourself, you need to know the things not to do or use while spring cleaning your car.
Don’t Use Household Cleaners
Some people think it is okay to wash their car with shampoo or dishwashing soap. However, there are reasons for not using household cleaners to spring clean your car. First, they do not have the necessary contents to remove tough winter grime, road grit and road salt from your car’s surface. Household cleaners make plenty of foam but that does not mean they would effectively clean the car’s surface. Another reason to not use shampoo or dishwashing soap is that they spread dirt around instead of absorbing it or breaking it down. This can leave the car’s surface with scratches or swirl marks. Also, rinsing a car that was washed with household cleaners is a bit difficult and it leaves a residue that becomes powdery when it dries.
Don’t Use Old T-Shirts or Rags
The last thing you should use while spring cleaning your car are old T-shirts or rags. According to experts, old T-shirts and rags hold dirt particles in their fibers which are more likely to scratch the paint when you use them for drying. Also, clothes are not soft as microfiber cloth nor are they are super absorbent. When you use old clothes there is always a hidden risk of dirt particles from the clothes getting lodged in the car’s surface, defeating the purpose of cleaning.
Don’t Only Use One Bucket
Using one bucket for both soapy water and rinsing has its drawbacks. Most people dip the cloth used to clean the car’s surface repeatedly in the bucket with soapy water. The result is that the dirt particles attached to the fibers of the cloth get mixed with soapy water. When you use the soapy water again, the dirt particles from the soapy water go right back onto the car’s surface. Hence, you should use two buckets while washing your car. One bucket should be filled with soapy water and the second bucket should be filled with clean water for rinsing the cloth.
Don’t Use A Steel Wire Brush to Clean Tires
There is no doubt tires are dirtier than your car’s surface and you need to use a hard brush to scrape off the dirt from the tire’s surface. This does not mean you can use a steel wire brush to clean tires, though. The steel wires in the brush can penetrate the rubber while cleaning the tires causing leakages. Avoid using a steel wire brush or similar things to clean tires.
Keeping your car clean will not only improve its looks but also protects it from the harmful effects of winter grime. By avoiding the things above, you can ensure the car’s paint stays clean and shining for years to come.