We take a look at some of the main car cleaning problems and some advice on how to best look after your vehicle.
Cleaning in extreme heat or sunlight
Most people wait until a nice sunny day to clean their car, but did you know that it’s actually a bad idea to clean your car in direct sunlight? Heat affects the strength of the chemicals in the products you use. Plus it’s really hard to clean when the car dries out so fast, so can cause lots of problems.
Not removing dirt before washing
It sounds silly, but the most effective way to wash your car is removing the tough grimey areas before washing it. Otherwise you’re just going to circulate all the muck around the car as you clean the easier parts. It’s best done in stages. This can create more cleaning problems..
Not using enough clean water
You know what it’s like; you clean the bonnet of your car to find your bucket of water is already black. Our advice? Fill up several buckets of water and keep a hose handy to swap the water consistently. There’s nothing worse than cleaning with dirty water.
The best cleaning products for your car
You might not realise, but a lot of cleaning products are tailored to your car’s use or it’s paintwork. If your car is going to be sat in a garage all week then it’s no use using a product that requires light to activate. Always read the labels to avoid problems.
Spend extra time on your alloys
Often, your wheel arches are the dirtiest part of your car so it’s important to spend extra time cleaning them, using a separate cloth and bucket of water to ensure the oil doesn’t transfer onto the body of your vehicle and cause more problems.