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Putting off taking your car to the car wash? Not in the mood to vacuum under the seats right now? By putting off cleaning your car, you could be damaging it in ways you don’t even realize. In case you need a little extra motivation to get out the sponge and the hose, here’s just some of the ways cleaning your car will help keep it running for years to come.
The dirt and grime covering your car’s exterior is more than just an eyesore – it’s a threat to its long-term health. Dirt, bird droppings, and other particles that build up on the outside of a car act like sandpaper on a car’s paint job, scraping it away bit by bit. The longer a car goes without being washed, the more the paint gets damaged.
A car’s paint does more than just give it color and shine. Paint also protects the body of a car, keeping it from being exposed to the elements. When paint fades, chips, or scrapes off and leaves the car body underneath uncovered, the car body itself can start to corrode and rust, damaging the structural integrity of the vehicle.
Dirt, bird droppings, and other grime picked up on the road aren’t the only things that can build up on your car’s exterior, or that can damage the paint. Other threats to your car’s paint job include: • Abrasive sponges or cleaners, including household detergent • Sponges that have been dropped on the ground or contain dirt particles from other sources • Water and soap spots
When washing your car’s exterior: • Pre-rinse the car before washing. • Wash and rinse the car in sections to prevent soap from drying. • Do not use old shirts or household rags as sponges; use actual scrubbing products designed to pick up dirt and absorb water/soap. • Do not use household detergent as soap; it will strip the finish off the paint, making it more vulnerable.
Of course, cleaning the outside of your car is only half the job. Cleaning the inside of your car is just as important, and should be done just as often. That means not just vacuuming and emptying out the trash, but also shampooing the seats and carpets.
Think just giving the inside of your car a quick vacuuming now and then is enough to keep it clean? When a car’s interior isn’t thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis, dirt, germs, and other contaminants build up in the carpets and fabrics. This can lead to staining and faded coloring, and even cause nasty smells to build up in the car’s interior.
When cleaning the inside of your car: • Vacuum under rugs and seats. • Shampoo and clean the seats and carpets regularly. • For stains, clean directly with a sponge and carpet/fabric cleaner. Follow these steps, and your car will last longer, look better, and maintain a higher resell value!
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