How to Wash a Car

Parent teaching toddler how to wash a car properly

As a vehicle owner, it's important for you to keep your vehicle working properly as best as you can. While most Streamwood drivers assume this means regular checkups, it also means having your vehicle washed properly to remove old dirt, grime, and road salt from the winter. A good car washing can remove buildup that could lead to chipped paint, dents, or other issues, which is one of the reasons why a car wash is included with every service at Elgin Hyundai. However, most drivers also don't realize there is actually a proper way to wash a car. Find out how to wash a car from your friends at Elgin Hyundai below.

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What You'll Need

Washing a car will take more than just a rag and some soap. If you truly want to wash a car in the best possible way, then you need the right items.

  • Sponge or washing mitt made of microfiber or sheepskin
  • Bucket of soapy water
  • Bucket of plain water
  • Brush or sponge for tires only
  • Microfiber drying towel, squeegee, or shammy
  • Wax
  • Polish

Tips for Washing a Car

Before starting to wash a vehicle, it's important to have some basic tips that can make the experience so much better. Remove any leaves, debris or old bumper stickers from your vehicle before you get started, too.

  • Wash your car in the shade
  • Keep your vehicle wet at all times
  • Do not squirt water under your hood
  • Ensure all doors and windows are properly closed

How to Wash a Car

Now that you know what you need and some basic tips, you can start actually washing your vehicle. These tips and tricks will teach you the proper way to go about it.

  • Start with the tires: Your wheels will be the dirtiest because of their constant relationship with the Schaumburg roads. These will not only be the most time-consuming to clean, but you'll want to replace your soap and water buckets with new ones when you're done.
  • Rinse the entire vehicle first: It's important to start the washing process with a wet vehicle. Put water all over the entire vehicle before you get started.
  • Treat stains first: If your vehicle has stains or built-in dirt patches that need extra attention, be sure to treat these areas first with special solutions.
  • Wash one side with straight lines: You should always start with one side of your vehicle and complete the entire side before moving on. You should also be sure to wash your vehicle in straight lines, and circular motions will leave spots. When you're done washing the side, rinse the vehicle off.
  • Dry the vehicle: Once you're done washing it, you'll want to dry your vehicle appropriately. Do this using the right cloth.

Learn More at Elgin Hyundai

Whether you're in the market for a new vehicle near Bartlett or you want us to wash your car when you have your vehicle serviced, let the team at Elgin Hyundai in the Chicago Suburbs help you. But first, now that you know how to effectively wash your car, learn the benefits of waxing your vehicle. Contact us today to learn more about our service specials. While you're here, find our other how-tos focused on repairing dents on your car, how to set up Hyundai HomeLink, and one on how you can become a better driver.

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