Sherree Schell
Idaho Falls, ID
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You can save quite a bit of money by washing your car yourself, you just have to be sure you're doing it properly. These tips can help you get it right every time.

How to Wash Your Car Properly

Washing your car may not be your favorite thing to do, but if you want to keep your car looking good and in great shape, it must be done. You don't have to spend a ton by taking it to the car wash, either. As long as you have the right supplies and technique, you can wash your car at home for a more affordable clean. Use these tips from Schell Distributing Inc to give your car a good wash at home.

Use the Right Cleaning Supplies

First off, you can't use just any type of soap to wash your car. In fact, using a soap that isn't meant for use on cars can cause you to damage your car's paint. Never use hand soap or dishwashing soap under any circumstances. Instead, use products meant for car washing purposes. There are specially made car washing fluids for your car's body as well as cleaners for specific parts of your car. These products tend to be milder so as not to cause damage to your paint or wax. When deciding what to use to scrub down your car, stick to a lamb's wool mitt since this will be gentle enough to not cause any scratches on your car's exterior. Your tires and rims will require other products because of the grease and dirt that accumulates in these areas, so look for products made for this kind of work.

Take It One Section at a Time

Instead of trying to wash your entire car all in one go, take the job on one section at a time. If you try to lather up your entire car, you run the risk of having the suds dry on your car. If the soap dries on your car before you have a chance to rinse it away, it will leave unsightly marks and streaks all over your paint. Instead, focus on one section at a time and work your way from the top to the bottom.

Never Wash a Hot Car

This may sound like a weird piece of advice, but if your car has been sitting in the hot sun all day or if you just got home from a long drive, your car's exterior will be quite hot. This can result in your car washing solution drying faster than usual once it's applied to your car. Just like in the previous point, this can lead to water spots and deposits forming on its body. Wait for your car to cool off or park it in the shade before starting to wash it. Now that your car's exterior is looking great, it's time to ensure its interior is just as healthy. To do so, be sure to give your car regular synthetic oil changes in Idaho Falls. If you're looking for the best synthetic oil for the job, contact Schell Distributing Inc. They will be happy to recommend products like AMSOIL's Signature Series 0W-40 Synthetic Motor Oil. Give them a call at (208)524-0322 or visit their online store for even more products.

Start With a Rinse

Before applying any cleaning solution on your car, be sure to give it a thorough rinse first. This will remove loose dirt and debris that is sitting on your car's paint. If you skip this first step, you can end up scratching your car as you scrub the dirt and debris into your paint as you scrub it down.

Don't Let Your Car Air Dry

Once your car is clean, your job isn't quite done. The next step is to dry your car as opposed to letting it air dry. You also shouldn't drive it around the block hoping that this trip will help it dry faster either. To dry it properly you'll need a drying chamois, or a few of these. Instead of rubbing your car (which can cause some scratching) use the drying chamois to absorb any leftover moisture. Do your best to get every spot before any water is allowed to dry on your car's exterior since this will result in water spots.

Finishing Touches

Once your car is clean and dry, you can follow up with a new layer of wax. This will add another layer of protection against the elements so that your car is able to stay bright and shiny for longer. Don't forget to give some extra attention to your tires and any glass surfaces which will need to be cleaned with special products.

Get a Synthetic Oil Change in Idaho Falls, ID

If it's time for your next synthetic oil change in Idaho Falls, ID, contact Schell Distributing Inc for help finding the right products. Give them a call at (208)524-0322 for the personalized service you're after.

 (208) 524-0322

 2000 W Broadway St
Idaho Falls, ID, 83402
United States
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