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Basic Car Cleaning mistakes

Cleaning your car is an important part of maintaining its condition. Without proper care, dirt and grime will accumulate on the surface and create a build up that can cause rusting to occur over time. However, there are some basic mistakes you might be making when cleaning your car that could be causing more harm than good!

Wiping off the dashboard with a dirty rag

Most people wipe off the dashboard but end up smearing around dust and dirt instead of taking it off.

The dashboard is smeared instead of wiped off using a dirty rag. Water might leave the surface wet, but without proper drying steps afterward, rusting or corrosion could occur which invites more harm than good!

Using water to clean your car

Water might leave the surface wet, but without proper drying steps afterward, you could be inviting rusting or corrosion into the nooks and crannies of your vehicle! The best way is with microfiber towels which can absorb tons of liquid (and grime) while leaving a streak-free shine

Using an abrasive cleaner for your car's paint job

If you use an abrasive cleaner like a sponge or car wash soap, it can cause damage and blemishes to your clear coat.

Not cleaning the wheel wells properly

Grime builds up in wheel wells and traps moisture that can rust out your suspension system over time! Make sure to get into those tight corners when scrubbing away dirt from this area of your vehicle.

Forget to use a squeegee after washing your car

If you use a squeegee after your wash, it can be used to dry off the water leaving behind no streaks or smears. It's important to get into all of those hard-to-reach corners!

Not using microfiber towels

These are best for cleaning because they don't leave any lint that might scratch your car's surface and create swirls in paint jobs over time. Microfiber is also great at absorbing tons of liquid (and grime) while drying with a streak-free shine! Remember not to expose them to too much sunlight as this could cause yellowing across its fibers.

Over-waxing or using too much wax altogether

Wax might leave your car shiny and new looking, but if you use it too much it will build up over time, leaving behind a greasy residue that attracts more dirt to accumulate. Waxing also leaves visible streaks on the surface of your vehicle that are difficult to remove!

Using normal home soaps

These can cause damage because they typically aren't meant for cars specifically. Using them regularly could lead to scratches all over the exterior paint job! The best way is with microfiber towels which can absorb tons of liquid (and grime) while leaving a streak-free shine.

Using Abrasive Cleaners

If you use an abrasive cleaner like a sponge or car wash soap, it can cause damage and blemishes to your clear coat. Never use ammonia or bleach on your car's exterior.

Conclusion

Remember not to expose them to too much sunlight as this could cause yellowing across its fibers. Use microfiber towels instead, which can absorb tons of liquid (and grime) while leaving a streak-free shine! Avoid using normal home soaps since they aren't meant for cars specifically and over-waxing your car's paint job will leave behind visible streaks due to excess wax build up.

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