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There is a big difference between washing your car right and just washing it or just getting it washed. Whether you wash your car yourself or take it to a detailer, you want to take care of your car, after all it is an investment. There are a few things to know, understand and watch out for when it comes to cleaning or getting your car cleaned the right way.

1. Don’t use dish soap or other household detergents.

Soaps not made specifically for car washing can strip away waxes and finishes and be too harsh on your paint job. Plus its for dishes so besides the suds and unless you have a set of plates or drinking glasses on your car it wont work.

2. Don’t wash your car in direct sunlight.

Soapy water will dry before you can rinse it off. Its better to wash it in the morning or late afternoon. FIND SHADE.

3. Don’t use the same bucket for soap and rinsing.

Squeeze your wash mitt out in a SEPERATE  bucket before dipping into soapy water to get more suds. Use a two OR three bucket method for washing your car.

4. Don’t forget to clean the tires/wheels first.

This is key. Ignore this and you will be splashing grime from the dirtiest parts of your vehicle onto freshly washed surfaces. Clean the soap and rinse buckets and start fresh after washing the tires, too. Clean from top to bottom.

5. Don’t dry your car with a regular towel.

Baby your finish with a microfiber drying towel instead of grinding dirt and dust particles into it. It is better for your paint.

6. Don’t wipe missed spots with the drying towel.

If you spotted dirt after completing your washing stage, wash the area again. Don’t try to instead wipe it clean with a drying towel could embed dirty particles into your paint, scratching the surface.

7. Don’t apply wax or polish directly to the car’s surface.

Find a spot on your car and start there to test it.

8. Don’t over wax.

Don’t do too much. Anything after a second coat is a waste, likely to be wiped away.

9. Don’t skip the polishing.

Well you’ve come this far; why not smooth out the surface of the paint and make it shine?

10. Don’t use an ammonia-based glass cleaner for the interior.

Chemicals from the spray can damage dash surfaces or discolor the upholstery. Using an efficient soft microfiber cloth makes cleaning the inside of your vehicle equally easy.