Hand Wash Your Car
We recommended every 2-4 weeks to keep a clean surface and allow the protectant to perform at its best.
Below are some best practices to safely wash your recently detailed vehicle and avoid damaging the surface in the process.
- Hand Wash with “2-bucket method” – use a microfiber wash mitt with one bucket that has clean water for rinsing your mit and a separate bucket with your soapy water. Both should have a grit guard on the bottom to prevent hard contaminants from causing abrasions.
- You should always wash your vehicle in a cool & shaded area, hot & sunny areas will make both soap & water dry up quicker which can likely lead to creating water etchings within your paint.
- Only use pH-neutral soaps. We offer 2 varieties of pH-neutral soaps, one is even infused with si02 which is not only safe, but also helps “boost” the paint sealant we applied during your detail. (Non pH-neutral soaps will remove the protectant that was applied when we detailed your vehicle.
- It is advised that you do not use wax infused soaps as it can at times leave a streaky residue behind as it “falls off” the vehicle.
- When drying the vehicle, avoid using towels that can cause abrasion such as bath towels. It is highly recommended to only use microfiber towels for drying, more specifically ones that are designated as drying towels, such as our Autocorrect Detailing 1200GSM Edgeless Drying towel. This towel is specifically designed to absorb high volumes of water while also protecting your car from marring with its twisted loop fiber design.
- After drying if you want to add a topical sealant now is the time, we highly recommend our Silica Sealant which can be found here.
- If you don’t have time to wash the vehicle yourself, avoid automatic washes with brushes and high-volume hand washes, and use touchless automatic washes. There is one located at the carwash directly in-front of our shop.
For more in-depth information & step by step instructions, watch the video found on our Youtube Page where Zach goes step by step through the washing process.
Clean your wheels & tires
Below are some best practices to safely clean your wheels and avoid damaging them in the process.
When cleaning your wheels you should never cross-contaminate, meaning you should have a separate bucket filled with separate brushes, mits, and water from what is being used on your vehicles paint. We also highly recommend cleaning your wheels & tires one at a time prior to washing your vehicle so that if any dirt or cleaner gets on your vehicle you can remove it while during washing.
- We highly recommend using an all-in-one tire & wheel cleaner (like ours you can buy here), especially if you are unsure about what kind of wheels & brakes you have on your vehicle. Using the wrong cleaners can damage wheels & cause problems with certain brakes, which is why an all in one cleaner is suggested.
- Pre-rinse your tires & wheels with high pressure or a jet setting on a garden hose, then spray your tire & wheel cleaner onto both the rubber & metal. While you don’t need a lot of product for it to work, ensure that you have adequately covered all surfaces for optimal cleaning.
- It is recommended you use a separate brush / tool that is designed for each of the following areas to avoid damage, and we recommend cleaning in this order as well:
- Tire scrub brush for tire faces
- Wheel Barrel Brush to wash break dust inside the barrels of your wheels
- Wheel Face Brush to clean break dust on the faces of your wheels
- Lug Nut Brush to clean out hard to reach areas such as lug nuts and valve stems
- Separate Wash Mit for one final wipe down of wheel faces
- Once you have cleaned your tire & wheel to your satisfaction, rinse off the wheel to ensure all debris & chemicals are off. You should never let any cleaners stay on these surfaces for prolonged periods of times as they can cause damage.
For more in-depth information & step by step instructions, watch the video found on our Youtube Page where Zach goes step by step through the cleaning process.