Washing and drying your car
A car that is washed regularly will retain its value and shine. How to wash your car
- If the car is very dirty, first spray on a prewash or solvent detergent on the dry car from the bottom up. Let it take effect for a few minutes and then rinse. Especially in the summer you should allow insect marks to soak for a moment.
- Rinse the car before washing, starting from the most dirty area and working your way to the cleanest, which usually means from the bottom up. Then, rinse the entire car from top down. Prerinsing is very important to make sure no solid dirt that might scratch the car is left on the surface.
- Use a wash bucket with a grit guard on the bottom and dose the detergent according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The grit guard prevents any sand and dirt in the washing water getting transported back to the paint surface in the brush or sponge.
- Start washing with a car wash brush or sponge from the roof and use large circular motions, going one area at a time from the top down. Wash the rounded shapes and around the mirrors carefully to avoid leaving any spot unwashed. The netting on the flipside of the Kungs microfibre sponge can be used as an insect sponge for cleaning the windscreen and headlights.
- Always rinse after having washed one area to make sure the detergent does not dry onto the surface. Rinse with plenty of water.
- If necessary, wash the windscreen with windscreen washing fluid, rinse with water and dry with a tool like the Kungs Aqua-away wiper.
- Finally, wash the rims with detergent and a brush or sponge designed for the purpose. Then, rinse.
- Dry – do not leave to dry!
- You should dry the car thoroughly because drops of water left on the car can create a lens that will amplify rays of the sun and cause the paintwork to fade. In addition, hard water will often leave stains on the paintwork.
- Using the gentle Aqua-away wiper makes it easy to dry both even and curved surfaces.
- Finish up the car with the Super Dry towel, genuine chamois or a microfibre chamois. Remember to also finish the edges of doors and skirting boards as well as any decorations and small details the car has.