- Car Care & Maintenance
Essential Car Wash Supplies
Clean Your Car
Washing your car is a task that most of us do not look forward to; we just have better things to do, but like any other chore around the house it still needs to be done.
Sure some people enjoy cleaning their vehicles; my brother is one of these people. He has an older muscle car that he takes enormous pride in keeping it looking the best that he possibly can. His baby lives in the garage while his truck resides behind a fence on the side of the house, even though he drives the truck more than the Nova.
Most of us don’t get as excited as he does about cleaning our vehicles we still bite the bullet and get it done.
For me it is all of the preparation, the type of vehicle to be washed is a factor too. Getting a bucket, the car wash solution, a washing mitt and a drying cloth is inconvenient to me. The actual washing part isn’t too bad but drying is one of my least favorite things to do. I will however take washing our car over our full size truck because the truck forces me to get out our ladder, just another thing to drag out of the garage.
In case you didn't know please make sure that you only use solutions that are specifically designed to wash vehicles; do not use your dish washing soap. Using soaps that are not designed for vehicles can actually damage the finish and the paint.
How much detailing do you do when you wash your vehicles?
Car Wash Service
If you simply despise washing your vehicle, or your living complex prohibits cars being washed on the property, you can choose to take it to a car wash. These are available at some gas stations or specialty places where they only wash vehicles and sometimes sell gas.
There are more advantages than convenience if you go to a car wash. Many people feel that these facilities use less detergent and water to get the job done. The water is also treated before entering our public works systems under the street to remove any oils or sediment from your dirty vehicle before entering any waterways; obviously these measures are not occurring in your driveway at home.
Car Wash Sign
Car Upholstery Cleaner
Cleaning your vehicle is not limited to the exterior; the inside needs some of your attention as well. Time to go back to the garage to get the shop vacuum and the Armor All to clean and protect the dashboard and upholstery, too bad we can’t do the washing in the garage since everything is already there.
For me cleaning the inside is kind of a pain because of my height. People over six feet tall aren’t exactly comfortable contorting their arms as required to vacuum that hard to reach spot under the seats or washing the inside of the windshield; I do not enjoy being on the verge of becoming a human pretzel.
So you have cleaned the exterior, vacuumed and preserved the inside so it must be time to call it a day and prop your feet up right? Wrong. You might need to address detailing the exterior.
What is detailing? Detailing is the part that protects your paint and other exterior materials from the weather and harsh sun continuously beating down on it.
Fortunately many products on the market only need to be applied a couple of times a year, just read the directions on the back of the product to see what they want you to do. For me waxing a car is an extension of drying it so I have a great time doing it, just like I enjoy going to the dentist. My biggest issue is finding leftover product months after the waxing job. I might find it in the grooves around the trunk or around a door; I usually don’t have anything on me to wipe it off either.
As much as I despise waxing our vehicles I know it has to be done, if I still want paint on them as they get older. We aren’t a family that trades in vehicles every few years; we just drive them until they go out and then get another used one that fills our needs at the time.
I bought an older car in high school with saved up paper route money. It wasn’t fancy but it got me from point A to point B and it was mine! When I went to school in Arizona I took it with me, it didn’t have air conditioning but I was eighteen and the heat was not going to bother me.
What I didn’t know about Arizona was the sand and dust storms Phoenix endured. I remember getting my first lesson one afternoon at work when you could see this massive thing coming off of the desert. Just imagine your vacuum blowing out all of the stuff you sucked up, but on a much larger scale.
I found out the hard way that the paint job on my car didn’t agree with the sand blasting from these storms; I had numerous spots where the paint failed under these conditions. That was the only lesson I needed from Mother Nature about what she was capable of doing to vehicles that weren’t properly protected from her wrath. Even though I did not enjoy waxing, I now understood completely the value in doing it.