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Often, you find that people tend to neglect washing their car, resulting in a large amount of excess dirt, grime, and other contaminants which prominently display around the exterior of their car. This results in the dreadful thought as to what the interior of their vehicle looks like, with places such as floor mats (car mats).
Our latest post will provide some insight into the above by determining how often you should wash your car.
How Often Should You Wash Your Car?
In order to strike the right balance between not ‘over-washing your car’ and neglecting your vehicle, we suggest that you should aim to wash your car every two weeks at least. Aiming for every two weeks will allow you to stay on top of the cleanliness of your vehicle, eliminating all of the excess dirt, grime and other contaminants.
Of course, you should always take into consideration depending on where you are driving your vehicle can result in you washing your vehicle sooner than the recommended two weeks. For instance, should you take a family trip which requires you to drive on roads that attract more debris than normal. Should a situation like this arise, then we suggest that you wash your car upon your return.
Once you have decided that it is time to give your car a wash, it is just as important to make sure you are washing your vehicle correctly.
Which Products Do You Need To Get The Best Results?
Prior to starting the washing of your car, we suggest that you have two - or even three buckets at your disposal. Each bucket will have its own individual purpose. This is so you can have a dedicated rinse bucket, wash bucket - and even a wheels bucket.
We refer to this as the two (or three) bucket wash method. Having dedicated buckets will limit the number of swirls and scratches on the paintwork - which will give you a superior finish. We suggest that you take a look at our Duel Detailing Buckets Complete Set as these include a rinse, wash and wheels bucket.
Other necessary components during the two bucket wash method are the Grit Guard and Gamma Seal Bucket Lid. The grit guards are essential as they keep the dirt and grime at the bottom of the bucket(s) - far away from your wash mitt (another crucial component), minimising the risk of scratching or inflicting swirls into your paintwork.
Whereas the Gamma Seal Bucket Lid offers a watertight option to accompany your Duel detailing buckets. The snap-on rim is pushed onto the bucket lid edge, with the seal then being created by a screw-threaded centre piece lid that can easily be unscrewed to allow access to the bucket.
The Pre-Wash Process
The pre-wash process is often an overlooked component of washing your vehicle. This stage allows you to remove as much dirt and grime on the surface of your vehicle as possible - without making physical contact. Without this pre-wash stage, you will find that the two wash bucket method (addressed above) will provide lacklustre results. This will be down to the grime present of the vehicle will be applied to the wash mitt and swirled across the surface of the vehicle - even scratching it.
The Nitty Gritty - Pre Wash & Degreaser is a non-caustic blend of grime killing surfactants that is specially designed to remove all traces of road grime and bug splatters with its exceptional cleaning power. In order to use the Nitty Gritty - Pre Wash & Degreaser, we suggest that depending on the required cleaning situation - you dilute it from 1:10 to potentially up to 1:200. Once you have diluted to the required strength, apply a trigger spray or a dedicated pump sprayer (which can be applied VIA a Foam Lance if desired). Once it has been applied, allow a contact time of 2-3 minutes, afterwards, pressure rinse off.
Following the Pre-Wash stage, the next critical stage is the shampoo stage. This is where the two or three bucket wash method (as stated earlier) comes into play. Once you have your car wash buckets in order, you should also have an effective car shampoo that gets the best results.
For this, we recommend the Bahama Blue - High Concentrated Shampoo. This is perfect for giving you incredible suds with superslick lubricants and anti maring properties.
Once you are happy following the shampoo stage, next is the decontamination stage. Decontamination and the removal of these contaminants can be broken down into two separate processes. The first being the chemical decontamination and the second being the physical decontamination.
The purpose of the decontamination stage is to remove contaminants that have bonded to the surface of the vehicle. Examples of this can be road tar or iron fallout. Therefore it is imperative that you have products that you can rely on. Hence our Duel Decontamination Kit. Our Decontamination Kit provides everything that you need - the Toxin - Iron Fallout Remover, the BlackJack - Tar & Glue Remover and the Erase - Clay Bar.
To Finish, Wax Your Car
We recommend that you finish with waxing your car as this will add an additional layer of wax as this is without a doubt one of the most satisfying processes in detailing and car care. Our Element Hybrid Wax Kit has everything that you need to achieve the best results - in one essential kit.
Our Element Hybrid Wax is a durable super glossy finish in which you merely need to apply it to the incredibly soft Coral Microfibre Cloth to buff out the wax.
A Summary Of How Often You Should Wash Your Car
We recommend that you should wash your car every two weeks, although situations may occur where this might be needed to be pushed forward. As well as this, it is also important to get an understanding of what the best practices are when it comes to washing your car.
Take a look at the various car cleaning products that we have available today, or alternatively - take a look at our other guides to learn more.