How to Wash Your CarSure, we power wash your car before we buy it, but it won’t be long before you’ve covered enough miles to warrant another wash. This may seem like a pretty basic topic, but not everyone knows the right way to wash their car. It doesn’t take an As Shown on TV gizmos or your very own pressure washer; you can get your car professionally clean and not spend much while doing it. We are going to walk you through the steps of washing your car.

First, make sure you have the following supplies:

  • Car wash soap – We emphasize using actual car wash soap, dish soap is hard on rubber components and can strip your car’s wax coat
  • A wash mitt – We recommend sheepskin or a microfiber cloth, these are ideal materials to avoid scratches
  • 2 individual buckets – one for the soapy mix and one rinse bucket
  • A detail brush or old toothbrush for stubborn spots
  • A hose with a spray nozzle long enough to reach around the entire vehicle
  • A drying cloth – An absorbent waffle-weave drying towel or an extra microfiber towel

Step 1. Pre-treat Stubborn Areas

Now that you have all your supplies handy, move your car to a nice shady spot. This will stop the water from evaporating too quickly and leaving spots, it might save you from a sunburn too. Take a walk around your vehicle and identify any stubborn spots, such as sap, dead bugs or bird droppings. Pre-treat these spots with undiluted car soap.

Step 2. Wash your Wheels

Next, inspect your wheels. If your hubcaps are dirty, wash them before you wash the rest of the car. Give the wheels a preliminary rinse, and then clean thoroughly with car wash soap and a detail brush. Rinse the wheels before moving on to the rest of your vehicle.

Step 3. Rinse Your Car

Now you’re ready to tackle the body of the vehicle. Lift your windshield wipers, then start at the top of your car and work your way down. Pay special attention to your pre-soaked trouble areas, most of the spots should wash away with the rinse.

Step  4. Scrub Gently

Once your car is thoroughly wet, dip your wash mitt in the soapy water and begin lightly scrubbing. We recommend starting at the top of the vehicle and working your way down. Be sure not to press too firmly and to always rinse your mitt before dipping back in the soapy water. If you rinse your mitt before dipping it in the soapy water again, you will deposit the majority of the dirt in the rinse water and avoid scratching your vehicle’s clear coat with dirt.

Step 5. Final Rinse

When you’re ready for your final rinse, remove the spray nozzle. This allows for a gentle stream of water to wash away the soap. Once again, start rinsing at the top of your car and work your way down. Remember, soap likes to collect in the crevices by the trunk and engine, as well as the tires. Rinse your vehicle thoroughly, and make an extra pass on these spots.

Step 6. Dry your Car

Finally, grab your microfiber or waffle-weave drying towel and dry your vehicle. Finish with an additional microfiber towel to get all the hard to reach places. Don’t forget to dry around the seal of the doors and trunk, this will help you avoid unsightly spots. Now your car is completely clean and it looks like a pro has done the work.

If you noticed that the water wasn’t beading when you rinsed your car off, you probably need to give it a good wax coat.