Car washes are a necessary exercise to rid your vehicle of dust and dirt in addition to maintaining the upkeep of the paint job. Because most of us do not have the time or desire to go through a ‘sub-par’ machine wash, tackling the project on our becomes a frequent necessity. Car shampoos are obviously the most important component when rinsing, but it is recommended to follow a checklist to make sure you are getting the most out of your product.
“Car shampoos have different ingredients than alternative soaps and detergents, they are designed to lubricate and finish without residue or grease… using a shampoo that is not made for a car’s body will cause streaking and spotting from the sun after it has been applied”
2 Buckets, A Sponge Applicator, And A Microfiber Towel
To get the best shine from your car shampoo, you will ideally need 2 buckets so you have one for soapy water and one for clean water. A sponge or applicator pad will help you rub in the suds, and a microfiber cloth will top off your job with an even sparkle.
Never Use Anything But A Vehicle Grade Shampoo
Car shampoos have different ingredients than alternative soaps and detergents. They are designed to lubricate and finish without residue or grease. Using a shampoo that is not made for a car’s body will cause streaking and spotting from the sun after it has been applied.
Fill The Bucket Liberally
Car owner’s make the common mistake of having half their bucket full of shampoo. This is unwise because you will end up spending twice as long to rinse your automobile so that it washes off. Less is more, with only a few ounces necessary for even the most stubborn jobs. After you have poured in the shampoo, add water so it foams up nicely.
Start From The Top And Work Your Way Down To The Wheels
When your sponge has absorbed an ample amount of shampoo, start rubbing your applicator in circular motions with a steady speed. If you have a decent enough cleaner, grime will begin to disappear immediately. Apply the shampoo in sections on your car, and each time you have covered an area thoroughly, rinse it out in a second bucket that is full of just clean water. This will remove the contaminants so you do not place them right back on the car when you resume scrubbing. After the exterior looks foamy, spray with precision until all the suds have disappeared. A microfiber towel will polish off the wash with a soft, consistent stroke that will leave your car streak-less.
Using The Shampoo To Maximize Effect
If you are able to get your hands on a shampoo and wax mix, you can flush the pores on your vehicle’s paint job. This wax does not have the same effect as car wax on its own, as it is not a sealant. It does, however, help the shampoo’s chemicals eradicate dirt for a better reflection.
Shampooing seems like a ‘turn your brain off’ type of task, but it is something that can be done poorly even if you are paying attention. For example, not rinsing your applicator in between swipes can actually damage the bodywork because you could be scraping the finish with dirt embedded into the sponge. Having a professional auto detailer visit you and handle your wash with the perfect shampoo is a great value, effective and a quick fix to a dusty ride.