Helpful Tips To Wash Your Vehicle

Man using a yellow sponge washing front fog light of a red car. Springtime brings pollen, and yellow dust covers everything. It can really build up on your vehicle. Luckily, a simple at-home car wash is all you need to get your truck, car, SUV, or van back to it’s a perfect finish. Plus, an at-home-car wash is a great activity for the whole family to get outside and take part in. Below are some helpful tips to wash your vehicle and keep that new-car finish.

Gather The Right Equipment

Any household cleaner won’t do for your vehicle. Common dish soap is great for cleaning in the kitchen, but it can cause problems with the paint finish on your car. You also want to avoid glass cleaner and disinfectants. These can damage to paint finish and wax coating on your vehicle. Use a soap specifically formulated for cleaning vehicles. These car washing soaps are often concentrated so a little goes a long way. Mix the formula per the package directions and work it into a sudsy mix. You will want to use a large, soft natural sponge or a lambs-wool mitt to wash with. Another good tip is to fill a second bucket with clean rinsing water to periodically rinse the dirt off your sponge or mitt. You will also want a few microfiber or soft terry towels for drying.

Don’t wash your vehicle in the heat of the day. If it is hot, the soap and water will dry too fast and make washing more difficult. Instead, park your vehicle in a shaded spot to cool off or wash in the early morning or evening.


  1. Rinse your vehicle to remove any loose dirt.
  2. Focus on washing one section at a time, and work the washing soap into a lather with lots of suds.
  3. Instead of washing in circular motions which can cause noticeable scratches, wash in a straight line down the length of the vehicle, front, and rear.
  4. Wash one section at a time, and rinse it off gently using a hose without a nozzle before moving on.
  5. Use microfiber or soft towels to blot your vehicle to avoid streaks.

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The Perfect Finish

Once your vehicle is dried, you can step back and marvel at its perfect finish. These tips to wash your vehicle are easy to follow, and car washing is something you can do regularly to keep your vehicle looking like new. You worked hard to get your truck, car, SUV, or van is looking great. Now it’s time to visit the Walt Massey CDJR Service Center to keep it running great, too. We make it easy to schedule your oil change, brake service, and more online.

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