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The Ultimate Guide to Washing Your Car

Get your car looking spotless with expert advice from a leading car detailing in essex service!

Regular cleaning will keep the exterior of your car in great condition, especially during the winter months. It’s worth remembering however that washing your car the wrong way – or using the wrong products – is by far the most common way of inflicting damage to the paintwork of the car.

The optimum time to clean your car depends on the season and the weather conditions. In winter, the grime and salt on the road increases, but you should clean it during this time as the grime and salt can cause inflicting damage to the paintwork. As long as the paintwork has been protected with a suitable wax or sealant to keep the grime away from the surface, you’re better off leaving it for a month or so between maintenance washes.

Apart from the actual detailing products, there are a whole host of products that are essential for the perfect wash and dry, including a pressure washer, snow foam lance, two buckets (one for clean water and the other for dirty), a wash mitt, clean microfibre cloths and a wheel brush.

So, once you’ve got the kit, and you know when to wash your car, follow these three easy steps to cleaning perfection!



Prewashing your car is essentially washing your car before you actually wash your car. It is crucial for limiting the amount of swirl marks and scratches on the body that can be caused by a sponge or mitt during the next contact wash stage. The idea is to simply remove the worst of the contamination before you even think about touching the paintwork.

The procedure will vary depending on the level of contamination, but mostly it’s as easy as using a pressure washer to physically remove heavy grime. It’s a quick and easy stage that makes a real difference to the outcome.

Contact washing

It is essential to choose the correct product for your application and consider exactly how to carry out the cleaning to avoid scratches and swirl marks.

An effective way of contact washing is to simply use two buckets, one with shampoo and the other with clean water in for rinsing out the mitt. There’s nothing wrong with using a good quality detailer’s sponge; in many cases, these can be preferable because unlike mitts, they don’t have thick piles that can hold onto dirt and grit. A good quality detailer sponge will last you well, just steer clear of those cheap yellow sponges that builders use for grouting bathrooms!

Rinsing and drying

Rinsing is the simple tasks of removing all the shampoo on the car and lifted contaminates with clean water. Drying your car is as equally a big process as rinsing the car. Drying it properly prevents pooling and water marks created by leaving a car to air dry, and to make blemishes easier to spot before polishing – if you are planning on going that far.

A clean microfibre cloth or drying towel is a far safer item to be rubbing across the paintwork. Some ‘shammy’ leathers are also treated with oils that can leave nasty smears behind. Try not to use ‘drying blades’ either, as it only takes a small amount of grit to be dragged around the paintwork to inflict damage.

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