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As the weather warms up this summer, it is the perfect time to get your car squeaky clean. Car washing is necessary for keeping your car’s appearance clean. However, precautions must be taken to ensure that your car’s finish is free of scratches and degrade. Here is a list of helpful tips for successfully washing your car in a safe and effective manner.


Don’t Wait

It is important that you wash your car before crud begins to accumulate. Clean away dead bugs, bird droppings, tree-sap and various atmospheric chemicals from your car as soon as possible. This will prevent acids from leeching off the wax of your car, ultimately destroying the paint job. Keep this from becoming a problem by washing your car as soon as it becomes noticeably dirty. You can use bug and tar remover to assist in the cleaning process.


Fill the Reservoir with Vodka

Yes, you read that header correctly. It’s not just shot glasses that need refilling of hard liquor; it’s your dirty car as well. At some point your windshield-washer reservoir will need to be refilled. Mix together 3 cups of vodka, 4 cups of water and 2 teaspoons of liquid dishwashing detergent in a jug. Screw the cap and shake it up. Pour the appropriate amount of customized liquid needed into your vehicle’s windshield-washer reservoir.


Stay out of Direct Sunlight

Make sure you stay away from direct sunlight as you wash your car. Before you’ve had a chance to rinse your car, the sunlight will dry the soapy water from your car quickly, leaving watermarks. To prevent this problem from arising, stay in a shady area as you wash your car. Drying your car by hand is most effective.


Seeing Clearly

Combine 1/4 cup of household ammonia with 1 quart of water into a plastic bottle with a tight cap. Store this bottle in your car to clean your windows and windshield when they get dirty. Use a sponge to absorb the solution and apply it to your dirty windows and windshield. Dry them off with paper towels or a soft cloth.


Two Buckets are Better than One

Wash your car using two buckets. One bucket should be designated for clean soapy water, while the other should be used for dirty water. After cleaning portions of your car, rinse your sponge or mitt into the bucket of dirty water. Then absorb the sponge into the clean bucket as you continue washing. This will prevent the dirt from ending up on your car again.

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