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If you love a good hand wash and you want to do it yourself, you might be doing it all wrong. Summer is the perfect time of year to get out the hose, bucket, and a sponge and wash your car in your driveway. You can spend some time outside and spend time with your family as you scrub your car clean. But many people don’t know how to property wash their car by hand, which can lead to all kinds of paint damage, harsh scratches, and water spots. Use these tips to make sure you’re washing your car by hand the correct way.

Avoid Using Tough Bristles

While you might like the idea of scrubbing the exterior of your car to death with a tough sponge or brush, those stiff bristles can wreak havoc on the surface of your car, damaging your car’s paint job in just a few seconds. That’s why it’s best to use a soft cloth or sponge when cleaning your car. You don’t need to use a lot of force. A gentle wash works better every time.

Don’t Wash Your Car in Direct Sunlight

Washing your car in direct sunlight can be tempting, especially if you’re eager to enjoy a beautiful summer day. But washing your car in the sun can lead to some problems down the line. It can lead to water spots that will ruin your car’s appearance. The sun melts the water into the surface of the car before it has a chance to dry properly. Unless you’re able to dry off your car in a matter of seconds, try to get in the shade when washing your car by hand.

Dry Thoroughly Before Driving Away

Not drying your car properly will also lead to water stains. You might think that the wind will dry your car for you, but this mistake usually leads to some tough water stains that you’ll need to remove later on. Make sure you carefully soak up all the water on your car with a dry towel before hitting the road or leaving your car in the driveway all day long. You should also use soft water whenever possible to avoid hard water stains.

Come to R&J’s Auto Spa in Lakewood for all your car wash needs!