As the summer months begin, it is the perfect time to give your car or truck a good washing. You could always take your vehicle to be professionally washed and detailed, but it can also be fun and easy to wash the car or truck yourself.
Here are some rules to follow for the perfect car wash.
1) Everyone should know this already, but first you need to wait for the perfect weather. Obviously, you should not try to wash your car in the rain or inclement weather. You also shouldn't wash your car in full sunlight, as the light can leave streaks on windshields and bake the soap into the exterior paint.
2) Start your car wash with a rinse, not soap. Rinsing off your car first helps loosen and remove some of the caked on dirt. This means less scrubbing for you later.
3) Work on the tires first. Because the tires are usually the dirtiest part of your vehicle, it's best to start with them. First, you may need to use heavier-duty cleaners on your tires. You definitely don't want this residue getting on your newly cleaned car. Also, tires often require the most scrubbing, so it's best to get the harder work out of the way first.
4) Then it is time to move on to the rest of your vehicle. Many people wash their car horizontally, that is, from front to back. Car washes work this way, so it seems logical. However, you should really be washing your vehicle vertically, from top to bottom. As the runoff from washing up top makes its way down the vehicle, it helps clean away some of the dirt and grime on the lower parts of your vehicle. Because the lower areas are usually dirtier, this is a much more efficient cleaning method.
5) Finish it off with a good rinse. The last think you want is to leave left over suds.
Any other car wash tips to add? Let us know in the comments!