Here in the UK, we may not always have the most reliable summer weather, but millions of British motorists will still be taking to their buckets and sponges to give their motor vehicles the TLC that will be needed over the coming months.
Diamondbrite, the leading provider of vehicle paint and interior protection with a growing range of retail car-care products, gives us tips on how to make the job easier, get the best results, and avoid common pitfalls.
Six tips for cleaning and protecting cars during the warmer months
1. Cool shade and cold water
Wash the car in the shade to avoid the suds drying out and leaving stubborn and unsightly residues on hot paintwork. A quality car shampoo will work just as well in cold water as in hot water but it won't dry as quickly. Rinse the suds and dry with a fine microfibre cloth for a super shine. Washing-up liquid will strip away protective layers of wax or polish.
2. Wax for a lasting shine
Waxing the car after washing enhances and prolongs the shine, helping to protect the bodywork against strong sunlight that can cause paint fading. It will also make the car easier to clean for months afterwards. A spray-on wax is easier and quicker to use than a hard wax, and if applied during the summer months, it should keep the car protected until the autumn.
3. Banish bird lime and bug splats
Bird lime in particular can cause damage to paintwork if it is not quickly removed, and like splattered bugs, it can be harder to remove as the sun effectively bakes the deposits. Removing these contaminants regularly will help prevent damage and save on elbow-grease later.
4. Love leather and keep fabrics free of grit
Leather upholstery can dry out in hot temperatures leading to discoloration and cracking. Use a nourishing leather feeder and mop up any spills to avoid stains and stop odours baking into fabric seat fibres. Vacuum any dirt and beach sand from the seats and carpets to prevent scuffs and accelerated wear.
5. Freshen the interior in a flash
A weekly squirt and wipe with a plastic replenisher will keep the dash and door-cards clean. It will also give your car a lasting subtle interior fresh scent in place of the musty, dusty smell that can become present during the hot summer months.
6. Sun cream is for skin, not car surfaces
It may be essential for our skin, but sun cream is a nightmare for car surfaces both inside and out the chemical formulation can leave stubborn white stains on paintwork and dash plastics that can seem impossible to shift. With this in mind, take extra care to avoid leaving behind long-lasting white splashes and fingerprints. Should the worst happen, paintwork that has been protected by a quality wax will be much easier to clean.
John Boseley, Managing Director of Diamondbrite, says;
"Washing the car seems straightforward enough, but we repeatedly see people making harder work of it than they need to, and it can be disheartening if the result doesn't seem worth the effort. Our simple tips will help motorists spend less time and effort and achieve a super summer shine."
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All Vehicle Contracts Ltd Published: Jun 26 2018