How to Wash a Car

Washing your car on a regular basis definitely improves the appearance, but it also does much more than that. When your car is washed properly, the cleaning can control imperfections that aren’t immediately visible and can help to protect the exterior paint. Learn about how often you should wash your car in this guide from Lexus of Albuquerque. We want to help you keep your Lexus looking like new on Santa Fe-area roads.

Plan Ahead 

First, you need to figure if your car needs a simple wash or the full package. Most times, recently waxed, polished, or new vehicles need a simple wash and wax. However, if your vehicle has experienced exposure to different elements without attention for a couple of months, it’ll most likely need more. 

Rinse & Wash 

Before you begin washing, rinse off your car to remove loose dirt and debris. To clean your vehicle’s surfaces properly, utilize a natural sponge or specific car washing mitts. After you’ve washed the car’s body fully, thoroughly clean the windows with an ammonia-free product that is strictly used just for cars. Next, you’ll want to switch to an acid-free, low-strength pH balanced aluminum wheel cleaner to clean your wheels and tires.

Remove Bumps & Apply Compound 

Have a few contaminants like tree sap attached to your car’s surface? Gently use a clay bar to buff away the contaminants stuck onto your vehicle. To smooth out any tiny scratches underneath the surface, apply 2-4 coats of a dual-action compound polisher to complete this step. 

Apply Polish (If Needed)

The best type of polish is dual-action. The polish oils give your vehicle a sleek, glossy look that’ll make your car look fresh. To apply it, simply use a soft towel or orbital buffer. Orbital buffers may work faster but they show a less finished look on your car. Additionally, be mindful when debris comes between the pad and your car, it could scratch the paint. 

Wax Your Car

Car wax doesn’t just improve your vehicle’s appearance, it helps the car retain its sheen and protects the paint from UV rays. Polymer and Carnauba are two of the most common car waxes on the market. Polymer wax might be a little more expensive than Carnauba, but, it doesn’t need as much time to set and doesn’t haze. 

How Often to Wash a Car

Now you may wonder how often to wash a car, well it depends on how often you drive. Do you usually find yourself running errands or are you more adventurous on thoseBelen roads? For instance, if you’re traveling from Los Lunas to work, you’ll want to wash your car every two weeks then wax every six months. Let’s say you’re taking your Lexus RX 350 off-road for an adventure, you’ll need to clean it right after. 

How to Wash a Car: Tips

  • Cleaning Supplies: Try to avoid using solutions like dishwashing soap, household glass cleaner, or hand soap to ensure your paint’s protection. Use a wool mitt or a natural sponge to wash your car. 
  • Washing: Make sure to soak your car with soap and rinse the sponge with clean water to wash the car windows, tires, wheels, and overall body.
    Drying: Do not air-dry your car, this can cause swirl marks all over your car. Make sure to hand-dry the surface using a microfiber towel or chamois.

Get More Car Care Tips from Lexus of Albuquerque! 

Still not confident how to wash a car correctly or how often to wash a car? Lexus of Albuquerque is here to help and answer any questions! Not only do we offer useful car-washing tips, the certified service technicians in our service department provide expert auto care for your Lexus vehicle. Make sure to contact us about our current service specials to receive a great deal!

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