Car Wash Tips – How to Wash Your Own Car at Home!

Car Wash TipsAchieve professional results at home using these car wash tips! (And save some money while you’re at it!)

The items needed to perform a car wash at home are:

Bucket for water

Car Wash Soap

Car Wash Mitt or Sponge

Towel or Absorber to dry the car

Shady Location

and Certainly not least.. A Dirty Car!

Optional items needed to perform a car wash at home are:

Second Bucket for water filled with fresh, clean, water

California Water Blade or other squeegee product

Wheel Detailing Brushes

Air Compressor with air nozzle

First, park the car in a shady location out of direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can affect the car wash as it will cause the soap and water to prematurely dry and leave spots on the paint.

If the wheels on the car are covered in dirt or brake dust, it is best to begin by scrubbing the wheels first. Please note however, that if you recently drove your car it is recommended to not wash the wheels if the brakes are hot.  Washing the wheels while the brakes are hot will cause the soap or wheel cleaner to evaporate very quickly. This can cause spotting or in severe cases warp a brake rotor!

Rinse the wheels and tires with the hose. Using a sponge, rag, or wheel detailing brushes scrub away the dirt and grime that are covering the wheels. DO NOT use the same sponge or rag that you will use to wash the rest of the car. If you were to use the same sponge, you may pick up contaminates from the wheels and those contaminates could easily scratch the paint on the body of the car.

Once the wheels initial scrub is complete, the main car wash can begin.

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