Having a clean car obviously keeps the car looking newer longer but there are other, more technical reasons to keep one’s car clean. Dust, sand, salt in the winter – all of these are minuscule, abrasive particles that attach themselves to the paint and finish. If your car isn’t washed on a regular basis, these particles can literally scratch the finish of the car. Some substances such as bird droppings or tree sap can even eat through the clear coat, leaving the finish unprotected and vulnerable to additional wear and tear.

What is the best way to wash your car?

There are two options for washing your car – doing it at home or having a professional wash and detail your car for you.  Most people think the way to give their car the best wash possible is the “old-fashioned” way – in the driveway, at home. And while that can prove to be a fun afternoon activity, it can actually be quite harmful to both the car and the environment. However, taking one’s car to a professional can ensure a safe and thorough cleaning as well as provide the means to protect the environment around us.

If we use everyday towels or rags from our home to wash and dry our car, we might not be aware of the fact that there’s a good chance the finish of the car will get damaged. But the fact is that this can be avoided by having a set of 100% cotton towels that we can use only use for washing your car. Wash them only in liquid detergent, and never use one after dropping it on the ground. This will help alleviate scratching, but cannot guarantee eliminating it all together. Many drive through washes offer “touch less” options – where the car is cleaned by a powerful blast of water – and no cloth or other friction material ever touches the surface. Washes that do use brushes, called “friction” washes, only use materials or cloth that are engineered to wick dust, sand and grime away from the surface, therefore protecting your finish from scratching or damage. In fact, there have been great advances in the types of materials available for friction washes, including soft foam brushes specifically designed to protect one’s car.

To get the best possible service for your car, contact Gibbs Detailing to schedule an appointment.

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