How to Properly Wash And Dry Your Car | Complete Guide for Beginners

“What do I have to do if I want to wash my car properly and how much money will I save?”

-this thought crossed my mind when I was getting my car washed and the bill came out $32.

Yep, $32 for a car wash! For which, I did some asking.

Washing your car with water on a regular basis is the best way to get those loose dirt off the car body and making sure the soil doesn't rub your paint off.

Be sure to use tools and washing materials of high quality as low-quality tools can do more harm than good.

Now, let us move on to the details.

Briefing Carwash

Car washing is something that almost all of us are familiar with, it is the process of getting any impurities sticking onto the paint that makes the car look dirty.

Although we know, "We have to wash our cars" we don't know "How". A few days back, I was in the same position, for which, I asked around to find the best guide to solve this simple yet complicated hitch.

Easy Car Washing Process For Beginners

The Right Car Wash

The quality of car wash soap matters a lot when you are washing your car. So do not get deluded by low-quality carwash just because you can save a dollar or two on this.

Low-quality carwash can react to your paint sometimes and make spots on it, and the only way of removing those spots are repainting it.

High-quality carwash shampoo will not leave marks or spots on the paint as their chemical composition is made in such that they are gentle towards the color.

A good car wash will shine the surface of the car, once you are done with the washing of your vehicle.

Try asking the store owner or store manager for details of the product. If the products have good suds, lubrication, rinses freely and gives a shine to the car after you are done, these are usually the signs to a good carwash shampoo.

Bird Stains

The most disturbing sight I can have is when I see my car covered with bird shit. "There is no easy way to get those off," says a friend of mine. Be sure to quire a microfiber bug scrubber which is smooth on the pain.

2 Bucket System

This is only for those who don't have a hose inside their garage or wherever they are going to wash their car. For those who have a hose system installed, use one bucket to hold soap water. For those who don't, use two.

The first bucket will keep the soapy water and the second will hold water. Herein, the benefits of using separate buckets are that you keep the soap water clean for longer.

As you will be getting your scrub in the soapy water for washing the car surface, tiny dust or rock partials might get stuck to the scrub and scratch your paint when you start rubbing it.

Let The Car Cool Down

Washing a hot car is never good! Park the car under a shade or where you can avoid direct sunlight. Let it excuse the heat before you plan to wash it.

Because soap water evaporates quickly, and if it does so on the surface of the vehicle, it will leave marks.

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Tires And Wheels Come First

Do not clean the body and then the tires as doing so there is a high chance of the body getting dirty again. On top of that, water will get dried and leave spots on your car before you finish washing it.

To clean your tires properly, you will need about 3-5 gallons of water, a soft tire, wheel scrub brush, sponge or washcloth and finally, an excellent acid-free payable wheel cleaner.

Cleaning your tires while they are still hot can be a severe mistake as spraying them with cold water might severely damage the tires and the breaks. Let the wheels get to normal temperature on their own before you start working on them.

The steps by which you should clean your car wheels are :

  • Start with one wheel first
  • Mix a bucket of soapy water with high-quality car wash shampoo, check user rating before you purchase the product
  • Start spraying water at high speed with a hose, keep it pointed to the tire you are working on first.
  • If your brakes are covered with a dense layer of a bust, then spray soapy water on the brakes and leave it as it is for about three mins. This process will unsettle the dust layer and make the scrubbing process easier.
  • Short handle tires and wheel scrub brush should be used to rub the tires thoroughly, make sure to use a lot of water while doing this process.
  • Now start scrubbing the areas which are accessible of the tire and the rim. Be sure to use plenty of water while cleansing as you might damage the tires if you wash it while its dry.
  • Start respraying water at the wheel to get all the soap and shampoo of the wheels and brakes. Be sure not to leave any of those substances on the brakes as it may cause problems in the long run.
  • Repeat all the process listed above for the rest of the three tires.

Washing The Body

The only maintenance activity that impacts the appearance of the body of your car is washing the shape of the car.

These are the steps you should follow while cleaning your car body:

  • If your car body is hot, let it cool down as washing the car while it is hot will leave marks on the body of the vehicle. This is because soapy water or just water will evaporate quickly as metal is a good conductor of heat.
  • It will discharge the heat stored quickly, once it comes in contact with the water.
  • Use top notch wash mitt. This little tool is essential as this must hold a lot of soapy water inside when you are washing the car with it.
  • A washing mitt made out of lamb's wool or cotton chenille covered sponge is recommended by experts. As they have a lot of fibbers, they get the dust of rather quickly.
  • Start by spraying a lot of water onto the body of the car and rinse the surface of the car. Make sure you were every part of it or dirt might leave scratches on the paint later on. Once you are done with the scrubbing, turn on the water hose at high speed to wash the soap off.
  • If it is a hot day, leave a water hose nozzle on top of the car with freely running water at normal speeds. This will prevent the water constantly evaporating as you are cleaning your car.

Tips to Drying Your Car Properly

Drying your car is as important as washing your car. Because if you don’t do it properly like I said before, it will leave marks. Before you start drying, make sure you are completely done with cleaning and no dirt or any other impurities are visible on the surface of the car.

If you are sure, follow these instructions to dry your car:

  • Set a hose nozzle in such a manner that it allows water to flow through the vehicle slowly. Do not spray at high speed at the vehicle. Let the water flow on top of the car for a minute or two while you get the tools you will need for drying your vehicle.
  • Paint-safe squeegee should be used to clean the windows first then the whole body. This process should be followed by drying the areas with a microfiber cloth.
  • Use clean drying towel to dry all the other parts of the car. If you are using a large cleaning towel, lay it flat on the surface and pull it across. This helps you dry the car faster.
  • Twist and shake your towel now and then to get the water absorbed out of the cloth.
  • When you feel like the surface of the car is mostly clean, start wiping the interior of the vehicle.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner to clean the carpets of the car.
  • The hood and truck should be opened after this, and you should clean all the dirt you can see out there.
  • Terry detailing towels should be used to dry your tires, as using the microfiber towel on the wheels will make it dirty.
  • Check if you have missed a spot.

Water blades are optional tools you can buy from the supermarket. This T-shaped tool will remove almost 90% of the water in a single stroke.

But be careful though if dirt particles get stuck to the blade, it can cause more harm than good as it will make a fine scratch on the paint.


Try visiting a known carwash if you want even more details on how to clean and try on your car. This was the research I had done for cleaning and drying cars.

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