Common Car Cleaning Mistakes – and Why We Avoid Them at All Costs! – Part 1

So, it’s the perfect day to clean your car – the sun is shining and according to the weather forecast, there’s no sign of a thunderstorm for the next week… or so you hope. And while you’re aching to see the original car’s colour which is presently masked in all that grime and gunk, it’s good to keep in mind some of the cardinal sins when cleaning your car.

Portughes Car Detailing has put together a list of common car cleaning mistakes and why we avoid them at all costs.

1. Washing in direct sunlight

Apart from being bad for your vehicle’s finish, it makes the job much more challenging. Since the water and cleaner dries quicker in the sun or on a hot surface, you’re more likely to get water spots. You may even notice swirl marks in your car’s paint after washing.

2. Using a drying towel to remove dirt you missed

By using your drying towel to remove dirt, you run the risk of scratching your paint. And while we’re on the topic, you may want to avoid the squeegee for drying your vehicle’s surface. A squeegee can pick up as well as drag dirt into your paint, so essentially, all you’re doing is grinding the dirt into your finish.

3. Pouring waxes and polishes directly on the vehicle’s surface

Don’t pour liquid waxes and polishes directly on the surface of your car, as it can lead to dark, uneven streaks in your finish. Instead, apply or pour these types of the waxes and polishes directly on to your applicator, to avoid getting dark spots or uneven streaks.

4. Using solvent-based tyre and rubber protectants

Avoid solvent-based tyre and rubber cleaners and protectants. We suggest for you to check your rubber cleaner bottle for distilled petrochemicals, which can adversely affect your tyre’s surface quality.

5. Cleaning your wheels and tyres last

Always clean your wheels and tyres first, since they’re most often the dirtiest parts of your vehicle. This will prevent you from splashing grime from the dirtiest parts of your vehicle onto freshly washed surfaces. Clean the soap and rinse buckets and start fresh after washing the tyres, too.

6. Using dish soaps or detergents

While it’s true that dish soaps are convenient and cheap to use, and even somewhat effective at cleaning cars – in reality, they’re a little too good – harsh even. Dish soap and detergents are formulated to remove grease and wax and can strip away automotive waxes and sealers that are there to protect your vehicle’s finish. Instead, use a purpose-made automotive wash.

7. Using ammonia-based glass cleaner

Apart from having a pungent smell, ammonia can be damaging to upholstery and dashboard surfaces if accidentally spilled or dripped. The solution? Use an ammonia-free glass cleaner. That way you needn’t worry about the chemicals which can damage dash surfaces or discolour the upholstery.

A good part of car maintenance is ensuring that cleaning is done in the best possible way. At Portughes Car Detailing in Malta we take cleaning cars very seriously, so much so, we’d rather do the dirty work ourselves, so you don’t have to.

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