The weather is finally starting to shape up here in Chicago and business is booming for drive-through car washes and hand washes. You may also be excited to perform your driveway wash this spring. Whether you’re sporting a brand new car or maintaining and old ride, regular washing is important for its upkeep.
How often should I wash my car?
Tree sap, bird droppings, bugs, sun, grease, and dirt are all harmful elements that can corrode your vehicle and strip away wax and paint. Don’t let these materials build up on your vehicle. Location and climate are also two main factors that determine how often you’ll need to wash your car. If you live in an area with heavy pollution and sea salt in the air, consider washing your car a few times per month. If you live in an area with little pollution, you can get away wish washing once a month in the warmer months, and more often in winter months if snow and salt accumulate.
What kind of products should I use?
Be advised not to use household cleaning products like hand soaps, dishwashing soaps, or glass cleaners on paint. Only use car-wash formulated products so that you do not strip away protective wax or paint. A soft, natural sponge will work great for applying suds to your auto body. A soft, nonabrasive cloth will also help to remove stubborn deposits from wheel wells and the lower edge of the body. We recommend using a separate rag for the wheels and tires to avoid transferring dirt onto the car’s body.
Now that you have washed the exterior of your car, how about sweeping through the interior to really complete the job? If you have time to remove trash, dust, and cleanse the interior windows, your car will really thank you! It also feels great to step into a fresh, clean car!