The three stages of a good car wash

1- Start with a good shower

The more dirty your car is, the more essential the shower is. Whether you do this work at home using a simple water jet, a high pressure cleaner, or in a washing center (then avoid the rollers most of which can cause micro-scratches on the surface bodywork), this step removes dirt, mud and even microchips that are stuck to the bodywork in order to avoid transporting residues with the sponge and creating micro-scratches.

A body “shower” from bottom to top so that traces of dirty water flowing do not mark the surface and are better evacuated on an already clean surface. Start with the parts particularly prone to soiling: side sills, doors, bumpers, etc.

2 – shampooing

It is a meticulous washing step. It makes it easy to loosen stubborn stains and remove them one by one. In a car wash, it is recommended to always start with the hood of the vehicle. Thus, by the time you go around it, the detergent will have had time to take effect and soak stubborn stains and dried insects.

Use the cleaner detergent suction system if yours has one to apply concentrated shampoo. Place the suction tube in the detergent container and adjust the density of the mixture. To facilitate certain operations on the sills or under the body, use an angled lance or a flexible hose.

Rims are often the most difficult to “scrape”. To do this, use a suitable acid-free product intended to remove traces of tar and especially microparticles from your brake pads.

Rims are often the most difficult to “scrape”. To do this, use a suitable acid-free product intended to remove traces of tar and especially microparticles from your brake pads.

With a sponge, you can use streak-free shampoos which, after rinsing, dry in 20 minutes and will prevent you from drying your vehicle manually. Ideally, it is better to use two buckets: one in which you will soak your sponge to soak it with soapy solution (shampoo + lukewarm water), the other in which you will rinse it. Thus, the dirt is released in one of the buckets, the shampoo water will remain clean throughout the washing of the bodywork and you avoid any risk of scratches!

Using a sponge, start with the less dirty roof and end with the sills.

If you wash your car by hand without using a pressure washer, never scrub the dirty bodywork with a brush or sponge. Spray all the parts with the water jet beforehand and remove mud and particles with water. Indeed, under the action of brushing, the dirt turns into a real emery cloth and scratch the paint irreparably.

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3 – Rinsing / wiping

Ideally, use a polisher to apply a protective wax and make your body shine effortlessly.

Above all, he must be careful. Indeed, the darker the car, the more traces of remaining soap or lime will be visible after drying. Rinse this time from top to bottom starting with the roof towards the windshield and the rear window. Insist on the turn of the windows, the interstices of the doors, in order to avoid any subsequent sagging. A good rinse also makes it possible to remove the last dust and dirt. Using a cold water jet remains the best solution for effectively rinsing the bodywork. Be careful, however, not to spray the ground to prevent any dirt present from rebounding from sticking to your sill. Wiping with a chamois leather is an essential step to remove all traces of water and lime on the bodywork.

Insect problems: they crush, stick together, and are impossible to remove even after washing … If this is the case after washing spray an “Insect and droppings cleaner” on the cold bodywork. Leave on for a few minutes and wipe off with a soft lint-free cloth. It goes by itself!

As surprising as it may seem, it is essential to wash your car in winter. In fact, on average, a million tonnes of salt is dumped each year on the French road network in order to remove snow or melt ice. The equivalent of about 48 kg of brine (a mixture of water and salt) spilled on the roads every second! And the kilometers of roads which are not covered with this mixture are indirectly salted by the vehicles having previously driven on the treated roads. However, salt is particularly corrosive and will damage your car if it is not cleaned quickly. To avoid the degradation of your paint and your body, remember to wash your car well, especially the chassis and wheels! This will prevent rust from forming on the frame and on the sill.

To do this, go to a washing center where you can “clean the axle”. On the other hand, choose the right moment to clean your car because most roller washing stations close as soon as the temperature drops below 3 ° C! And if you thought high-pressure hot water jets were spared from freezing, you’re wrong: hot water freezes faster than cold water! Astonishing isn’t it? The solution is therefore to wait while waiting for a warm spell, but above all do not forget to at least wash the chassis of your vehicle when the temperatures rise!

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