Washing your car is like taking a good hot shower, it just makes you feel better. But there are some important things to remember.
First, household detergent is a real no-no; it’s likely to take off the wax and damage the paint. There are numerous products designed especially for your purpose available in auto supply stores, use one of them.
Work in the shade and use a sponge, towel or wash mitt. These should be kept completely free of abrasive grit. Pay attention to those crevices underneath the vehicle that accumulate mud and road dirt. The high pressure hose in a do-it-yourself car wash is great for this, as is a home style pressure washer.
Automotive chemical manufacturers have developed new products that make the finished job more impressive. Tires and black plastic trim, for example, can be made to look like new with protective dressings. There are cleaners for chrome, aluminum and stainless steel; even products designed for hard-to-remove brake pad dust from wheels.
The Council reminds you that while we can’t seem to escape harmful ultraviolet rays and acid rain, regular washing and waxing can keep your vehicle looking new.
Source: Automotive Service Association (ASA) / Car Care Council