Washing your car is a vital step in the detailing process, ensuring this is done correctly and safely is paramount for minimising the risk of inflicting swirl marks scratches into your paintwork.
Firstly, it's important to use a Snow Foam to loosen and remove as much dirt in a touchless way before washing. More on this process can be found in our Snow Foam Guide. Doing this will not only making washing your vehicle easier but safer as there is less dirt to potentially get dragged around the paintwork by your wash mitt.
After the Snow Foam is done it's onto washing your car. It's worth using a good car shampoo with excellent lubricity to ensure the wash mitt glides across the surface easily, obviously our Auto Wash Shampoo is fantastic at this! You then want to use a Wash Mitt over a sponge. Our Microfibre Wash Mitt features long, super soft microfibre strands that lift dirt and grime away from the surface and deep into the mitt minimising the risk of rubbing against the paint. Now it's onto the Wash Buckets, we recommend the use of two. Why? Well one bucket labelled the "Wash" bucket will be full of car shampoo and will remain as clean as possible, the second bucket will be labelled "Rinse" this is where the dirty water will be. We will explain more on this in a moment. Finally you need to invest in a good quality Microfibre Drying Towel.
So, onto the "Two Bucket Method". Using two buckets separates the dirty wash water and the clean water. As mentioned above the "Wash" bucket features clean shampoo and the "Rinse" bucket contains the dirty water. First, dunk the wash mitt in the wash water and proceed to wash the vehicle starting from the top of the vehicle. Be gentle and glide the mitt across the surface in straight lines. Wash a small area of the car and then return the wash mitt to the rinse bucket, thoroughly cleaning it against the Grit Guard at the bottom of the bucket. Remove the mitt from the bucket and wring excess water into the rinse bucket. Now return to the Wash bucket for a fresh dose of clean wash water. Repeat this process all over the vehicle and you slowly separate the dirty water from the clean water making for a much safer wash.
Finally, rinse the car down and then gently dry with a Microfibre Drying Towel.
Yes, all of the gear can be expensive, however most items like the Wash Mitt, Buckets and Drying Towel will last a long time.