Do not hesitate. The more time you spend on your car paint, bird droppings, insect debris, tree resins, road dust, tar stains, soot particles, antifreeze salts or any other type of aggressive dirt, more Destroyer effects will have on your vehicle.
How often to wash it? It will depend on how much you use the car and where you keep it. There will be people who need to wash it once a month (or less) and others every week. As a rule, you will need this:
Shampoo: To clean effectively and leave a good finish. Avoid detergents and cleaners not specific to cars and check their characteristics: cleaning power, ability to evacuate water, polymers that enhance the shine …
Sponge: Natural lamb wool cloths (they collect more water and are softer) or microfiber gloves (very durable) are recommended. This way you avoid making micro-scratches on the paint, as many sponges drag dirt.
Drying: Use microfiber towels. It is a very absorbent material and avoid damage because they are designed not to scratch. Forget the rags and kitchen towels.
Two buckets of water: One for the shampoo and one for rinse (you can also change the water and use only one, of course).
You have to take some care according to the method you use to wash it :
Before going into automatic washing take the normal precautions: close the windows and sunroof if you have. Quiet, you do not need to remove the original roof antenna . What you should remove are special vehicle add-ons: roof racks, an additional antenna … If you have any doubts, ask the person in charge of the car wash beforehand.
Read the instructions for using the high-pressure cleaning device, especially the distance at which you should project the water on your car.
The water temperature should not exceed 60 ° C and try to maintain a relatively large distance from the softer parts of the car, such as rubber hoses, plastic or acrylic accessories and tires, so as not to damage them.
First of all, use plenty of water to soften the dirt. So then you will have to rub much less. Some people advise to start cleaning through the roof. But also those who advise before anything clean the tires to avoid splashing then clean areas.
We agree with this second opinion: they are the element that needs the most aggressive cleaning techniques and products , and it is not advisable that it reaches the bodywork. Give that dirt hard with a brush and then throw away that water. It would be like washing your hair with the water you used to wash your feet.
From there, clean the car from top to bottom . The water will fall down and the dirt from the lower parts will be easier to clean and less aggressive.
If you wash the vehicle with a hose , do not direct the water jet directly at the locks and door seals and the gate. Even if you think it dries earlier, try not to wash the car in the sun. You must dry it with a soft cloth to the touch. For crystals , an old and effective trick: newspaper, more effective and cheaper than specific cleaners.