If you've ever paid to have your car professionally detailed, then you know how expensive this service can be. As someone who cares deeply about my car and wants to maintain its value, I like to have my vehicle detailed on a regular basis. It wasn't until recently that I actually began detailing my own car. After buying all the supplies I needed, I was able to detail and wash my car just as thoroughly as the professionals for a fraction of the price. If you're interested in learning how to detail your own car, you've come to the right place!
Are you the owner of a car? Do you try to avoid washing your vehicle as much as possible? Many people often view having to get their vehicle washed as a tedious chore. There may be a light spray of water from a garden every so often but, otherwise, the vehicle is left to the elements and not taken to actually get washed unless it gets a thick coating of dirt. Sometimes not even then.
If this sounds like you, you are likely not aware of the harm that not washing your car can cause. Most cars should be washed about once a week but may need it more often depending on the following things.
1. Salt: If you live in an area with snow, you're likely already aware that icy patches get salted to help prevent them from becoming a hazard to anyone. If you drive over or past an area that has been salted, your tires or the tires of nearby vehicles may kick salty water up so that it hits the bottom part of your vehicle. Unfortunately, ice water can be highly corrosive to vehicles. You may not be able to get to the car wash when it's below freezing, but you should certainly get your vehicle washed as soon as the weather is warm enough for you to do so.
2. Bird droppings: Bird droppings are a mixture of both urine and feces. As a result, allowing bird droppings to sit on your vehicle for an extended length of time can lead to serious paint damage. The sooner you visit the car wash after discovering bird droppings on your car, the more likely it is that the damage will be minimal or non-existent. If you get your car waxed, this will help prevent, but can't entirely eliminate, damage from the droppings.
3. Bugs: Depending on when and where you drive, it can be extremely common to wind up with multiple bugs going splat against your vehicle. Not only are they unsightly on your windshield and potentially restrictive to vision, but you might also have guessed by now that they are also potentially hazardous to your vehicle's paint. The longer they're allowed to sit on your vehicle, the less likely they'll come off after just one trip through the car wash.
If you're just getting a bug splat once in a while, weekly washing may be sufficient. On the other hand, if you find your car has been covered in bugs after almost every trip, you may want to consider getting your car washed two or three times a week to make sure that everything gets removed.