5 Quick Wash Tips To Save Time

Washing a car should be an enjoyable experience. It should be something that can be fun, and even involve the junior members of the family. But it can also seem like a chore, like repainting a house or cleaning the pool.

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Washing a car should be an enjoyable experience. It should be something that can be fun, and even involve the junior members of the family. But it can also seem like a chore, like repainting a house or cleaning the pool.

There are a number of small quick fixes that can help save time and make a chore, awesome.

Clean on the go.

Eyeball your car at the end of the day. Is it dusty? Does the glass have spots of brown or ochre? There are products that can be used to wipe down a car’s surface without requiring a full wash. Window cleaning products in a spray bottle, for example, or a damp microfibre cloth to remove spots of dirt on the paint or windows will lessen time required when going for a full wash.

Prewash.

With water restrictions still in force in most of the country, and for the forseeable future, using a water efficient device such as a water wand with varying nozzles  to pre-rinse will kickstart the quick wash process.  Some will have a shower nozzle setting, others a mist nozzle. As long as the car’s surface is reasonably wet, it will make using a wash cloth much easier.

Use additives on the go.

Washing a car is intended to remove as much dirt as possible from the paint and clear coat of a car. But what if the dirt was even easier to remove? A product known as a clay bar, mostly a mix of resin compounds , can be used to remove almost anything embedded in the surface. What this does is lessen the amount of gunk that a traditional wash has to deal with and also leaves the surface smoother, meaning drying will be quicker.

Don’t completely wring out a cloth.

A car’s surface whilst washing should always be damp to wet. And by holding two corners on one side, the cloth’s full surface area can be used by gently dragging it in one direction (preferably downwards) and maximising the use of that surface area. And by keeping the surface damp to wet, it makes rinsing off the car easier and less prone to having dry spots form.

Rinse in one go.

The aim here is to wash the car all over without sections drying off. By washing from the top down, gravity pulls dirt laden water to the lower extremes, and by staying wet, means that a stop/start drying process, where the need to go over a formerly dry area wet by another spray, is negated. A chamois, used in the same way as a wash cloth, again has the full area collecting water. It then leaves far less to be dried by a second chamois.

Which type of quick wash methods have you used that works for you? Share your thoughts on our feedback section.