How to wash a car is as much about "how to do it" as it is "what to use to do it". From choosing the best car wash shampoo to proper car washing techniques.
At the end of the day the real goal is to end up with a cleaner car than its current state of filth!
I am amazed at how many people continue to get this very basic requirement of car care completely wrong. From using harsh detergents to outdated "tools" of drying.
A subject that seems as mundane of how to wash a car can appear, there is much more to it than a casual observation would suggest.
"Whether you look for excuses to wash your car or consider car washing a necessary evil, I am going to show you better products and better tools, for better results."
Pick any subject in life and you will know that there are always more than a single way to get from point A to point B. Washing your car is no exception.
As many people as you are willing to ask will deliver just as many opinions from what is the best car wash soap to what is the safest way to dry your car.
Having observed as well as trained countless people on proper detailing techniques, I find some common mistakes people make in the car washing process that has helped me create the top 3 tips of how of wash a car.
These tips are less about technique and more about the actual car washing "tools" that I recommend so you can become more efficient, more effective, and safer while producing better results.
I bet you would rather have the best car wash soap rather than just good car wash soap. But everyone has a different opinion as to what makes the best, truly the best.
I start with choosing a top rated car wash soap as this falls under my list of important tips to washing your car. And with that, I will list out my recommendations for what I consider the best car wash shampoo:
Darren's Note: I am neither a chemist or a formulator. I can only speak from first hand experience. And my first hand experience tells me that there exist many options when it comes to a quality car wash shampoo. This version from Turtle Wax is simply one of countless options that exist. But with that said, this products meets the demands I put onto a dedicated car wash soap.
Next on my list is the best car washing mitt. I have seen endless examples as to what people will use to wash their cars. From dish towels to sponges; I think I have seen it all.
But not all options represent good options when it comes to how to wash a car. Once again I have metrics of demands that must be met for me when it comes to the best car washing sponge of mitt:
If you have decided on washing your car yourself, then you will certainly need a wash bucket. Below you can see one of the many wash buckets
Not all buckets are created equal. While you aren't required to over-think your choice in a car washing bucket, this version has many winning features to it:
I am amazed at how many people I find that still default to the bath towel of kitchen towel method of drying their car off. While these towels you find so useful in your house or in the bathroom due to being 100% cotton and super soft feeling on your skin, are such the wrong choice when it comes to drying off your car safely and effectively.
This might seem like a silly add-on, but when it comes to washing your car, despite the satisfaction that comes at the end of the process, the process itself will quickly become more of a burden than a wanted delight.
For this reason I think every part of the how to wash your car process should be strategized for maximum efficiency and results...including your choice in a proper hose nozzle.
I am going to add some additional car washing tips taken from the world of professional detailing that might be completely unknown to many of you reading this.
The world of cosmetic car care is vast, deep, and filled with countless products. The innovation constantly put into this vast subject is both the good news and bad news!
Good news as it delivers us car owners with more and more options.
Bad news as we may find ourselves overwhelmed with the countless options.
One of the innovations to this industry is what has been labeled as drying aids. These can range in many versions, made by many companies.
Since I have recommend the Turtle Wax car wash, i am also going to recommend their form of drying aid.
This is a way to maximize the efforts you will already be putting into washing your car. Now with one additional product and a little extra effort, you can leverage your time and energy into producing even better results and protection for your car.
Often in life we want to really "dumb things down" in an effort to over-simplify our world. I completely get this factor and employ it in many areas of my life.
While you were interested enough in how to wash your car, you may be even mre interested in a way to keep things even more simple....so long as you understand the pros and cons of this decision.
Enter the Chemical Guy's car washing kit.
Darren's Professional Tips: Chemical Guys has an extensive line-up of products and so far everything I have tried has proved to deliver great results ( I do take issue with their need to use embellished labeling and marketing, but nonetheless, I have had very good experience with all their products I have tried). When it comes to car washing despite the endless chatter of opinions, you really don't have to over-think it.
The heated debate of how to wash a car, car washing products, doing it yourself, etc., etc. will rage on forever! Visiting any car or detail forum will quickly overwhelm most of you.
You will find you are sucked into "expert" opinions regarding techniques and products to the point of confusion as to what to do next. Sometimes a voice of reason needs to be applied that will suit the 95% of us out there who want to keep things simple.
Simply put; you don't have unrealistic expectations, you just want to know what products will provide quality results without breaking the bank, or breaking your back!
So pick and choose among my car washing tips that come from decades of both personal and professional experience!
I hope this has helped you come to some winning conclusions in your corner of the world!