How Often Should a Car be Cleaned?

Cleaning your car is an important aspect of car maintenance that many try to avoid. While a clean car is not only aesthetically pleasing, it can also increase the resale value of your car. While some clean their cars themselves, others would rather pay a professional valeting company to do the work for them. Whatever your preference, we’ve provided you with all the best tips and tricks.

Important Factors

The frequency that your car needs cleaning depends on factors such as location, lifestyle and weather. If you live in a built-up area, your vehicle is more exposed to dust residue settling. But, those by the ocean are more likely to be affected by the sea breeze, and the salty particles it carries.

These contaminants can affect the paintwork, and if left untreated can lead to rust damage. Cleaning your car once a week will prolong the lifespan of your vehicles paintwork.

No matter where you live, there is also the added inconvenience of birds! As much as you try, you cannot escape them, so do your best to clean off any bird droppings as soon as you spot them.

Whatever the Weather, Clean your Car!

Another factor that can influence your car cleaning routine is the weather. Sunny days are likely to fade the paintwork, while rain can corrode the protective layer over the paint. We experience harsher weather at the beginning of the year, so winter paint protecting tips should be considered.

If you’re planning to clean your car two or three times a month, invest in the best car cleaning products to give longer lasting results.

Do it Yourself

If you plan to wash your vehicle yourself, use these handy tips to avoid any unwanted damage:

  1. Always rinse the car off before you use your sponge to remove loose debris.
  2. Use a car cleaning shampoo rather than household detergent. Washing up liquid can damage the protective sealant.
  3. Use two sponges, one for the body and another for the wheels.
  4. Don’t forget to wash the lights and number plate!
  5. Avoid washing your car when the body is hot, or if it’s in the sun. This will dry the car off before you get chance to, leaving watermarks.
  6. When drying, use a microfiber cloth and a patting motion. This will help to avoid scratching the paint from any dirt left behind.

Don’t Forget the Interior

Cleaning the inside of your car is just as important as the exterior. If you eat in your car, there are likely to be crumbs and lingering smells.

Cleaning the interior of a car

These factors can impact the value of your car, especially if there are stains on the upholstery. A good upholstery cleaner will help to get rid of any unwanted smells and stains. Don’t forget to spend some time once a week to clear out any litter too.

You can wash your car as little or as often as you like. If you want to keep it in top condition, you’ll want to wash it at a couple of times a month. Get the best results by using the correct products and drying it off properly. Remember to commit to daily maintenance by cleaning off bug and bird residue as soon as you notice it. Doing this will help to protect your paintwork for longer.

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