Washing your car during winter can be very challenging.
It might seem meaningless, but it is impossible to keep the grime from building up. Below are guidelines that one should follow while cleaning his/her car during the winter season. These guidelines will enable you to maintain the appearance of your vehicle.
Things to Do:
- Spray under your car to release any form of sludge or salt that might have build-up. If you are taking your car for an automated car wash, request the use of one that has an underbody wash.
- Ensure you wash away all the salt left on your car for too long. This because the oxidative reactions of salt might lead to rust.
- Pay attention to the wheels and tires of your vehicle. Make sure the pressure is correct and use a wheel glaze after cleaning. This prevents cases of cracking of the rubber on your tires.
- As the winter season approaches, ensure your car is waxed. This will act as a barrier to the salt and dirt and it will protect your car.
- Buy winter floor mats that will protect the interior of your car from the entry of salt and dirt.
Things Not to Do:
- Do not wait for the spring season to wash your car. The more the salt stays on your car the longer the chances of rust formation
- Do not forget to stock your car with anti-freeze. This will prevent damage to your car’s body parts.
- Avoid driving your car while it is still wet after washing. The car handles might freeze and cause severe damages.
- Avoid pouring hot water on your car. This might cause cracking of your body car and windshield.
- Do not wash your car on a day with below zero temperatures. This may lead to water freezing your door shuts or the car keyholes.