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These are the most frequent mistakes when washing the car in summer

Take note of how to wash your car in summer, that high temperatures often influence the final result. The dirt that accumulates on the bodywork of your car deteriorates the paint and actually affects its tone, which in the long term causes a loss of shine. That is why it is essential to remove possible remains of sand, saltpeter, resin, insects, and bird feces as soon as possible.

It must be borne in mind that now in summer the high temperatures and exposure to the sun when we leave the car parked accelerate corrosion and can cause irreversible damage to the paint, rust, or scratch the exterior of the car.

Car wash in summer

Faced with this situation, the cleaning specialist Istobal gives us a series of tips. First of all, it must be clear that not maintaining a regular cleaning of the car and not respecting all the washing phases, removing dry stains and the use of inappropriate products, are some of the most frequent mistakes that some drivers make at the time to wash the car in summer.

It is advisable to respect all the washing phases (pre-wash, wash, rinsing, waxing, and drying). Sometimes, to want to spend less time, the prewash is omitted, something that is not convenient even when the vehicle is not very dirty, in order to remove all kinds of oils, dust, and organic debris and thus protect the car body and other components.

It is not recommended to remove possible dry spots.

Before starting the prewash, Istobal advises performing a quick rinse with water to cool the exterior of the car if it is very hot. It is also very useful to use specific products against mosquitoes, as well as specific waxes. It is also advisable to protect the body against ultraviolet rays and keep the car clean for longer.

If you opt for a pressure washer center, you must maintain a minimum distance of 30 cm from the tip of the lance to the car to avoid excessive water pressure on the vehicle. Likewise, when cleaning the wheels, avoid hitting the same point for more than five seconds, as well as directly between the rim and the tire so that the joint is not affected. It is also not convenient to apply the high-pressure water-jet directly on the electrical components given the force of the water.

It is also not advisable to remove possible dry stains because the surface can be damaged. The brush must be used with a washing program with water and a suitable cleaning product. Keep in mind that old and abrasive rags and sponges can damage the surface.

Forgetting the cleaning of the wiper rubbers is another of the frequent mistakes that Istobal points out. They tend to spoil relatively frequently due to heat and it is advisable to soak them periodically to prevent them from drying out, in addition to using a cloth to remove any substance and facilitate subsequent drying.

Water consumption

As for the interior, it is advisable to use specific and recommended products for cleaning these surfaces. The widely used hydroalcoholic gel is not the most suitable in this case because it can cause damage, even more so with high temperatures, by drying out the material of the dashboards and affecting screens or plastics.

Not planning a neat vacuum is another very common mistake. It is convenient to start by throwing away any possible waste from the interior, such as papers, empty bottles, etc. Then remove the mats and empty the boot before vacuuming.

You can also use a blower to remove accumulated dust in any corner and do not forget to vacuum the mats before putting them in a carpet washer.

It is very useful to use a blower to remove accumulated dust in any corner.

Remember that in Spain, as in other countries, it is forbidden to wash your car on the street, and you can be fined. To this is added that choosing to use the hose at home is the option that generates the highest water consumption, as well as being very polluting.

According to data from the Ecology and Development Foundation (ECODES), around 500 liters of water can be wasted per car, not to mention that the products and detergents are not treated before being discharged.

A quick, comfortable and effective solution is to choose to go to a laundry center. If you opt for a pressure gun, it makes it possible to wash a whole car with an average consumption of between 40 and 60 liters.

On the other hand, in the washing tunnels, an average of 160 liters of water is used per complete washing program, of which 100% of the water can be reused thanks to advanced recycling systems.

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