Cleaning your vehicle is important for its interior and exterior upkeep. can it improve your car’s appearance but also its performance and will help you save on expensive restoration if not maintained properly.
If you are to clean your vehicle on your own or hire a professional to do it, it is best that cleaning must be done properly. Improper cleaning can deteriorate the paint of your car, potentially doing permanent damage to your car’s exterior or interior.
In this article, we’re calling out a few of the most common ‘bad’ car cleaning habits - Read on below!
Here are some of the car cleaning practices that you should avoid:
Over-cleaning or washing your car oftentimes can wash away its protective wax. When your car detailer applies a wax, it is intended to last you until the next booked service. Over-washing your car between professional detailing can lead to a loss in effectiveness of that wax coating.
Using Abrasive and Harsh Cleaners
Abrasive and harsh cleaners are too strong which can damage your car’s interior or exterior.
Not Cleaning the Inside of Your Car
Allowing dust to build up on the instruments and vents or other moving parts can affect their usability as particulate matter can get lodged in the smaller moving parts. Likewise, spills and marks on the interior should be removed as promptly as possible before the stain sets in causing permanent markings on the interior linings.
Using a Hard Toothbrush
If you opt to use a hard toothbrush to clean the tires and rims of your car, then you might be causing damage to them. A hard toothbrush can be abrasive and too hard for the materials or coating on the rims. You must use a proper wheel cleaning brush instead.
Using Strong Chemicals
These can damage your car. Some can also cause health hazards. Strong chemicals should only be administered by professional car detailers because they have the proper equipment and skills to handle chemical cleaners and they only use it for certain purposes where it is safe to do so.
Using Paper Towels or Rags
Paper towels and rags can cause scratches and swirl marks to your car’s paint job if you use them for drying your car after cleaning it. It is recommended to use a microfibre cloth instead.
Detergents or laundry soaps, hand soaps, and other household cleaners are not advisable to be used in cleaning your car. These soaps are not pH balanced which in turn can also damage your vehicle’s paint job.
Don’t Use the Same Dirty Sponge
Sponges tend to be soft and absorbent so car owners may find them to be the perfect car cleaning tool. What’s shocking is that, since sponges have holes in them they accumulate dirt over time. You don't want to be dragging coarse particles over your whole car.
When you wash your car using a sponge, all the trapped dirt and grime in the sponge is going to be wiped off your car’s paint job leading to numerous tiny scratches.
Washing Your Car Under Direct Sunlight
Washing your vehicle under the sun can cause the cleaning products to dry up on the surface of your car even before washing them off. This may lead to a dull car finish or water spots if you can't shammy them in time before they dry.
Washing Your Car with Contaminated Water
Car washing using unclean water can significantly damage your car. This is because contaminated water may include microscopic particles that can scratch your car’s paint work and can also contain pollutants that can corrode or erode other parts of your vehicle.
Washing Your Car in the Rain
Although it might be a good idea to wash your car under the rain, water coming from rain can be acidic and contain pollutants that can greatly damage your car’s paint job and steel parts. Washing these in is counter productive if you want that perfect sparkling clean.
Cleaning your car is a must to preserve its lustre and finish. Although you have to be knowledgeable on what and how some substances and practices may impose damages to your car’s material because improper cleaning can lead you to costly repairs afterward, and we know you don’t want that to happen.
If you want to ensure that your car will receive the proper cleaning and detailing it deserves, then you should contact us today!
At Fully Slick Mobile Detailing, we are always committed to delivering premium services for your car’s quality upkeep!
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