How to Wash a Car

washing a car

Keeping up with regular car washing is a great way to improve the look of your ride, and it also brings other benefits to your Doral commute. Using the proper technique, a car wash can protect the exterior of your vehicle and help minimize the damage done by imperfections from small scratches or bumps. At Bolufe Auto Sales, we can help teach you how to wash a car and how often to wash a car to maintain the optimal exterior appearance of your new-to-you ride. Explore our guide below to learn more about how to wash a car and achieve a professional-level shine!

Plan Ahead

Knowing how often to wash a car can be a bit confusing for Hialeah drivers. Many of us get the urge to clean when our ride is excessively dirty, but it may be wise to give your vehicle a cleaning more often. Decide if your car needs a quick wash or a deep cleaning and wax. In most cases, recently waxed and polished cars can make do with a quick wash and wax. If your car has been out in the elements for a few months without any exterior car care, your ride may need more attention.

Rinse & Wash

Before you get into the nitty-gritty of how to wash a car, start with a rinse. This will help remove loose dirt and debris from the surface. You can use car washing mitts and drying cloths for a more thorough cleaning. Once you have finished cleaning the body, you may be wondering how to clean a car windshield or if you can use Windex on car windows. We highly recommend an ammonia-free solution that is intended for car use only. Next, use a low-strength, acid-free ph-balanced aluminum wheel cleaner to scrub the tires and wheels.

Remove Bumps & Apply Compound

With a clay bar, you can gently rub the exterior of your vehicle to buff away contaminants like tree sap that may stick to your car’s surface. Next, you can apply 2-4 coats of a compound with a dual-action polisher to smooth out tiny scratches that may be beneath the surface.

Apply Polish (If Needed)

If you want to have the slickest ride in Kendall, we recommend a dual-action polisher. The oils in the polish will provide the glossy look you need to turn heads on every commute. You can work with an orbital buffer or a soft towel to apply the solution. Using an orbital buffer will be quicker, but will offer less control over the finished look. Watch for any debris that may become attached to the pad while you polish. Scratches can occur if you polish with a dirty buffer.

Wax Your Car

Car wax helps drivers achieve an elegant look, but it also serves some important protective roles. Carnauba and polymer are the most common types of car wax that Miami drivers utilize to provide UV protection to their paint job.

How Often to Wash a Car

How often you should wash your car will depend on your driving habits and lifestyle. Do you mostly commute around town or do you head for the road less traveled? We recommend that most drivers pencil in time for a car wash every two weeks, and a wax every six months. If you are an off-road enthusiast, clean your car as soon as you can after your adventure!

How to Wash a Car: Tips

  • Cleaning Supplies: Skip the regular household products like hand soap, dish soap, and glass cleaners. Opt for products designed specifically for your automobile and use a wool mitt or natural sponge to wash.
  • Washing: As you lather your car, make sure to rinse your sponge thoroughly to ensure you aren’t recycling dirty water across the exterior of your car.
  • Drying: Air-drying can lead to unsightly swirl marks. Use a chamois or terry towel and some elbow grease to dry the surface of your vehicle.

Get More Car Care Tips from Bolufe Auto Sales!

Still have lingering car wash questions? Wondering how to clean inside car windows? Or perhaps you want help learning how to clean the inside of your windshield for a clearer view of the road ahead. Our DIY car care tips and Hyundai maintenance schedule guide can help you learn how to keep your ride up to snuff. Contact us if you have any questions about how to wash a car. We are here to help!

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