Father and toddler washing the car

There's nothing like a good scrub to bring out the best in your car's finish, but the task can be a little intimidating. If you're sick of hitting the road every time your car needs a spritz, why not learn how to wash a car at home? Learning how to wash your car is a simple and rewarding task that can be completed on a spare afternoon, so gather your supplies and let's get going!

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Steps and Supplies Needed

First, you'll need to pick up a car wash detergent. Some drivers may try to save a few bucks by using dishwashing liquid or household soap, but you need to purchase a product that is formulated specifically with your car's paint in mind - or you might strip off the protective coating! Sponges, brushes, and mitts help you get into all of the nooks and crannies with your soapy solution. Don't forget buckets and a hose for sudsing up, along with fresh microfiber towels for drying off. Then, follow these steps:

  1. Fill a bucket with soap and water for washing and another with plain water for rinsing.
  2. Hose down the entire car to loosen the dirt and remove debris.
  3. Clean the wheels first with a brush and soapy water, then work your way around the car's surface with your soapy wash mitt or sponge. Spray the underside of your car last.
  4. After you've scrubbed each section, hose it off. And be sure to keep your tools clean and rinse them off when needed - especially your wash mitt.
  5. Dry with fresh towels to avoid spots on your car's finish, and admire your hard work! This is also a good time to wax your car if needed.

How Often to Wash a Car

You might think of a your car wash frequency as a matter of taste, but how often to wash a car really depends on your driving habits and your climate. Generally speaking, experts recommend washing your car every two weeks or so. This helps prevent build-up and keeps your vehicle in sparkling condition.

However, you need to consider your circumstances before you make a plan. If you often drive down dusty roads on your weekend trips from Schaumburg to Streamwood, you might want to wash up more frequently. And during the colder months, it's a good idea to wash your car more often to prevent road salt damage.

Find Out More Car Care Tips from Elgin Toyota

Want to learn more useful car care tips? Elgin Toyota has you covered. Find out how to check your oil or how to rotate tires, today, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions! While you're doing some research, see how our top models like the 2020 Toyota Corolla compare against competitive vehicles like the Mazda3. If you're ready to upgrade your current vehicle, give us a call today!