Washing your car: all our tips for a clean and dapper body

The insects that come crashing down on it in fine weather, snow clearing salts, and mud in winter… our bodies are seeing all the colors! Attacked from all sides by pollutants, the paint needs to be washed regularly but also to be protected to guarantee its shine and longevity. A little overview to keep a body as dapper as it is shiny.

The cleaning exterior manual, produced with suitable products, is undoubtedly the most effective method of washing and most complete. Use only products dedicated to the bodywork, formulated to be efficient while respecting the materials. And above all, choose the right time to take action. So never wash your vehicle in the sun, or when the temperature is too high in summer (40°C) or too cold in winter (7°C). Not only can this alter the effect of the products and the final washing result, but also pose a risk to the treated surfaces. Learn more about how to get best service of Bilvask københavn read the entire article carefully;

Choose the right products

A shine shampoo is made to clean and give a shiny appearance to a regularly maintained body. As for the polish, it is the little extra which, moreover, will protect it from attacks. Body renovators are intended to remove the dull veil from old paintings. They revive the colors but have only a superficial action

All collectors know it: product quality is essential. For vehicles that “care” it is best to use steamgrønt wax shampoos which not only clean but protect and shine the surface.

When applied to any surface, wax protects your car body from heat, UV, oxidation, moisture, and pollution. Also of excellent quality, the “Original Wax” polishing wax is applied to clean bodywork after washing. Be careful, you must wipe it off immediately and work in small areas with elbow grease.

The three stages of a good 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 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 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

For bilrens 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 elbow lance or a flexible hose.

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 preferable to use two buckets: one in which you will soak your sponge to soak with a 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 soiled roof and end with the sills.

3 – Rinsing/wiping

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 circumference of the windows, the interstices of the doors, in order to avoid any subsequent sagging. A good rinse also helps to remove the last dust and dirt. Using a cold water jet remains the best solution for effectively rinsing the bodywork. However, be careful not to spray the ground to prevent any dirt present from rebounding from sticking to your sill. Wiping with chamois leather is an essential step to remove all traces of water and lime on the bodywork.

Your bodywork in cold weather…

As surprising as it may seem, it is essential to wash your car in winter. In fact, on average, a million tons of salt is dumped on the French road network each year 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! 

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 that hot water high-pressure jets were spared from freezing, you’d be 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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