Top 3 Car Washing Mistakes
This video shares some simple solutions to help you avoid the car-washing mistakes that can ruin a vehicle’s paint.
Here’s a quick summary:
1. Sponges used for bathing are designed to rub or scrub away dead skin. If you use these on your car, your paint may be scratched as abrasive grit is pushed against the surface. Instead, use car-wash mitts that are designed to pick up the dirt and carry the debris within the fibers until it is released into a bucket of clean water.
2. Avoid using dish soap to wash your car, because it’s harmful to the paint. Soaps have specific purposes. For instance, you wouldn’t use hand soap to shampoo your hair. Soaps for washing your car are formulated to remove the dirt with as much lubrication as possible in order to leave the paint’s clear coat or wax unharmed.
3. Avoid using the same towel on both the wheels and the paint, since that will quickly damage the clear coat and require a polish or even a compound to remove. Instead, use separate towels or tools for the different parts of the car.
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Why You Should Clean Your Steering Wheel
Your steering wheel is one of the most-used parts of your car, but it’s also usually one of the least-cleaned. Leather steering wheels have natural pores and crevices that can easily collect dirt, grime, oil, food residue, and who knows what else, especially in the areas where you typically grip the wheel.
The good news is that cleaning a steering wheel is quick and easy.
The first step is to remove any loose dirt and grime. You can pick up a good leather cleaner at many stores or through Amazon (Meguiar’s is a popular leather cleaner). Spray a small amount of the product on a cloth – we recommend spraying it on the cloth rather than directly on the wheel, since this helps prevent overspray from reaching your instrument cluster. And it’s best to use a microfiber towel rather than terrycloth, which can spread lint all over the place.
Gently wipe the wheel, making sure you don’t rub too hard-you’ll be surprised at how much dirt comes off! Then use a damp cloth to wipe off any excess cleaner and dry the wheel with a dry microfiber towel.
The second very important step is to protect your cleaned steering wheel by replenishing the oils with a good conditioner that will help keep the leather soft, flexible, and durable. Apply the product and allow the oils to be absorbed, then simply rub it down with a clean towel to remove any excess.