How to Wash a Car

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Washing your car not only keeps it looking its best on Fort Worth roads, but it also helps to protect the paint. Imperfections you can’t see, such as small scratches, are made less visible when you routinely wash your car. Wondering how to wash a car properly, and the types of materials you need? We’ve got you covered! Read on for a step-by-step guide from the service team at Karl Klement Ford.

Step 1: Decide What Your Car Needs

Does your vehicle need a quick cleaning or the whole nine yards? If your car is new or has been waxed recently, it likely just needs a wash and a wax to help maintain its appearance. Has your car been exposed to the elements, such as rain, mud, and dust? If so, it’ll likely need the full package.

Step 2: Rinsing & Washing

Starting with a rinse will help remove dirt and debris resting on the surface of your car. Then, use car washing mitts and drying cloths to thoroughly wash your car. After you’ve finished washing the exterior of the car, use a car-only ammonia-free solution to wash the windows. Finally, use a low-strength, acid-free pH balanced aluminum wheel cleaner and clean the tires and wheels.

Step 3: Buffing

Are there stubborn bumps on your car’s exterior? Use a clay bar to buff away debris like tree sap attached to the surface. Dealing with a scratch instead? You can use a compound and a dual-action polisher to reduce the appearance of scratches to make your car look smooth. Typically, the compound takes 2-4 coats.

Step 4: Polishing

Dual-action polishers are the best choice. Polish contains oil that’ll leave your car looking glossy and stylish. Use an orbital buffer or a soft towel to apply the polish. Orbital buffers are the quicker option but don’t give you as much control. Additionally, you can end up scratching your car if debris lodges between the pad and your car’s surface.

Step 5: Waxing

Like car washing, car waxing does more than give your vehicle a refreshed look; it also helps safeguard the paint from UV rays. Two of the most common types of car wax are carnauba and polymer. Compared to carnauba wax, polymer wax is more expensive, but it doesn’t need to set quite as long and doesn’t haze.

How Often to Wash a Car

You might be wondering how often to wash a car. It depends on how often you drive on Springtown and Boyd roads. Do your commutes typically consist of just driving to and from work or running errands? If so, try to rinse and wash your car every two weeks and wax it every six months or so. If you’re taking your Explorer or Ranger off the beaten path, make sure to wash it afterward.

Tips on How to Wash a Car

Before you start washing your car, check out the following tips from our service team: 

  • Car Cleaning Materials: Use car washing solutions that were designed specifically for car paint, instead of something like dish soap, hand soap, or glass cleaner. To scrub, use a natural sponge or wool mitt. 
  • Car Washing: Work up a lather and thoroughly wash your car’s body. Clean the sponge with clean water as you wash. 
  • Car Drying: Air-drying your car can create swirl marks. Instead, use a soft towel to hand-dry your car. 

Get More Car Care Tips from Karl Klement Ford!

Karl Klement Ford can help you keep your new Ford or used vehicle in top shape for longer like with protections from the Ford warranty. Do you have any more questions about how to wash a car? Contact us online for assistance! While you’re here, be sure to check out our service specials for coupons on the routine services your vehicle needs, as well as our range of Ford accessories.