Carwash Myths and Truths Debunked

Have you ever wondered what you could possibly be doing to ruin your car? Well lucky for you, today I am going to debunk some car wash myths and truths, so you can be better educated on how to properly care for your car.


When should I wash my car?

Myth- The best time to wash my car is when there is plenty of bird droppings on it and it is starting to look embarrassing.

Truth– You should really be washing your car about once a week. Once you have noticed the mess, it is probably too late. Chemicals from the atmosphere, that you won’t notice, will get on your car and strip the wax off. If left too long, the chemicals can strip through the wax and get to your paint.

What products should I use to wash my car?

 Myth- It is ok to use any soap that is lying around my house to clean my car. Actually, dish soap actually works just fine when cleaning off the car.

 Truth- The only product you should be using on your car is a cleaner that is specifically designed for car washing. All of the other soaps, which should only be used for dishes, will damage your car. When applying the soap, be sure to use a lambs wool mitt or soft sponge.

How should I wash my car?

Myth- In order to cover every inch of the car, it is best to wash in circles all around the car. In all cases, it is always best to avoid tunnel because they don’t clean your entire car.

 Truth- In reality, you should really be moving the sponge horizontally to prevent marks left on the car when dry. Also, make sure the car is fully wet before soaping up to prevent watermarks later. Tunnel washes do a great job at wetting, soaking and applying soap horizontally to ensure a complete car wash.

What is the best way to dry my car?

 Myth- The best way to dry my car is to take it for a spin around the block. Plus, I get to show off my clean whip to all the neighbors.

 Truth- Your neighbors will all love your clean car, however, before driving it around the block, make sure it has been properly dried beforehand. The best way to dry the car is by using the blotting technique. This technique will ensure that there are no dry water spots left on the car. If you are in a hurry, use a soft pliable squeegee to dry off the car.


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