Tip 1: Be well organized
As always, organization and preparation is half the battle. This is no different in car care. Far too often we think that it is enough to collect all the products and then off to the car wash.
What then often happens is that you arrive at the car wash and only then realize that something is still missing or that you don't have enough of a product with you. That surely is very aggravating.
Ideally, you have a physical checklist that you go through before you head out. Once you have created them, you can use them again and again.
In summary, this checklist should contain the following points:
- product group
- product name
- Average consumption per application
- Application Notes
Bonus Tip : It's easiest and coolest if you have a good car detailing bag . There you can store your products in a space-saving and safe way.
Tip 2: Never apply rim cleaner to wet rims
We all love our rims and there is a good reason for that: the rims make up a significant part of the visual appearance of our beloved car. There is no way we can allow them to look like pigs.
So it's no wonder that rim cleaners are on everyone's lips. A good rim cleaner can help you remove dirt and brake dust from the rims and let them shine again. However, this is only on condition that you use it correctly.
An error we see again and again:
The rim cleaner is sprayed onto wet or even hot rims.
This is wrong, of course, because the rim cleaner cannot work optimally in this way. If the rim cleaner is sprayed onto the rim, the chemicals try to "bind" with the brake dust and then loosen it.
In order for this to run optimally, it is important that the rim is not wet and has already cooled down a bit. Cooled down so that the liquid does not evaporate and therefore practically cannot act at all.
This is the optimal sequence for washing the car:
- Let the car cool down (especially the brakes and rims).
- Spray on rim cleaner
- Spray on insect remover
- Leave everything to work for about 3 minutes
- rinse car
Then the hand wash continues.
Tip 3: Do not use washing brushes!
We often see people drive to the car wash, give the car a quick hose off and then go straight to the actual wash. If you are not yet very familiar with car care, you can even use the washing brushes in the wash box.
Illustration of the washing brushes in the washing box:
Please don't do this as it will damage your car's paintwork. A visit to the car detailer will not be long in coming.
The reason for this is that these brushes are not the gentlest on the paintwork and it is also never certain who used these brushes and how.
In plain language this means: You can never be sure whether the brush of the predecessor was not even briefly on the floor and then a small stone was hidden in the bristles, which is now waiting to scratch your paintwork.
We therefore strongly advise against this washing method.
A much better alternative is our new washing brush cover , which you can simply put over the washing brush,
Tip 4: Pre-wash instead of hand washing directly
So before we really get down to business, it is important that we carry out an intermediate step. Before the actual hand wash, we carry out a so-called pre-wash.
In this way we ensure that we coarse dirt loosen on the paint and can then be removed more easily later when rinsing with the high-pressure cleaner. What doesn't go away with the prewash will definitely go away with the hand wash.
We carry out the pre-wash using a foam wash through. That means that we foam our car first. We create the foam with a foam sprayer, a foam generator and a car shampoo.
This is the perfect combination to carry out the most effective prewash possible.
By the way: We have prepared a corresponding savings bundle for the pre-wash in the shop.
Tip 5: Two-bucket principle when washing by hand
We always wash the car after the pre-wash using the two-bucket principle. The idea behind it is very simple and very quickly explained:
bucket 1 is filled with water and shampoo. This bucket is only intended for applying the foam to the vehicle with a wash mitt.
bucket 2 is only filled with clear water. The used wash mitt is washed in this bucket. Please wring the glove away from the bucket and not over the bucket. This reduces the risk of dirt getting back into the bucket, which could then get onto the paintwork and scratch your vehicle.
Here's how to do it by hand:
Dip your wash mitt in the bucket of suds water so that it is well wet and has absorbed enough suds. Then start washing your car in the second step from above.
Washing from above means that you first wash the upper part of your vehicle with the wash mitt. It is also important that you only clean your car in small, partial areas, as the wash mitt naturally collects dirt.
So clean your wash mitt in the second bucket regularly so that you always have a clean glove.
Aren't there more tips and tricks?
Definitely, there is a lot more to consider when it comes to car care. These 5 tips were just a few basic things we should all keep in mind.
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