How to Wash a Car

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Washing your car regularly not only keeps it looking nice but also protects the vehicle from showing signs of everyday wear and tear. This guide will help you learn how to wash a car correctly so you can drive through Kansas City free of noticeable scratches or other signs of damage. If the scratch persists, our guide to dent and scratch removal can help! Keep your Kia looking new with our car washing guide!

Quick Wash or Deep Clean?

How you should wash your car depends on how often you wash your car. If your car has been recently buffed and waxed, a quick clean is all you need to get your car looking shiny and new again. But if it has been a few months since you buffed your car and waxed your windshield, you should think about giving your car a deep clean.

Rinse Your Car Before Washing It

If you’re wondering how to wash your car in Independence, you should start by rinsing it off with warm water. That will loosen the dirt and build-up that has accumulated on your vehicle since its last wash and will make it easier for you to clean when it’s time to add soap.

You can use household cleaning products to wash the body and windshield of your car. Dish soap, laundry detergent, and Windex are good options for Raytown drivers who don’t have car products on hand. If you have it, wash the windows with an ammonia-free solution for cars. To avoid streaks and lint, dry your car with a microfiber towel. To clean your tires, choose a low-strength and pH balanced aluminum wheel cleaner.

Use a clay bar to buff away contaminants on your windshield and other surfaces of your car. You can also apply dual-action polisher to smooth scratches.

Apply Polish (If Desired)

Dual-action polishers with oils will give your vehicle a nice shine Orbital buffers speed up the buffing process but give you a less precise finish. If you decide to use an orbital buffer instead of buffing manually, be careful of debris as it can scratch your car.

Wax Your Car

Car wax not only improves the appearance of your vehicle but also protects the paint from UV rays and retains its sheen. You can use carnauba or polymer wax for your car. Polymer wax takes less time to set than carnauba wax, but with a slightly higher price tag, carnauba wax may be the better option for Blue Springs drivers on a budget.

How Often to Wash a Car

Curious how often to wash a car? It depends on how and where you drive. If you use your car to commute to Blue Springs for work or to go to the grocery store, you only need to wash your car every two weeks and buff it every six months. However, those who drive their Kia on off-roading adventures should wash their car much more often to prevent damage to the body and windshield.

How to Wash a Car: Tips

  • Cleaning Supplies: Instead of hand soap, dishwashing soap, or household glass cleaner, use solutions that are designed to protect your car’s paint. Use a natural sponge or wool mitt to wash.
  • Washing: Lather up your car with soap and clean the sponge with fresh water as you wash the car body, windows, tires, and wheels.
  • Drying: Don’t air-dry your car, as this can cause swirl marks. Use a chamois or terry towel to hand-dry the surface.

Rely on Cable Dahmer Kia of Lee's Summit for All Things Service!

For more information on car maintenance, our service department is here to answer any questions you may have. For professional maintenance and car repair, contact our service staff or schedule an appointment online at our service center in Lee's Summit. Before you come in, view our service specials for current discounts and promotions.

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400 NE Colbern Road Lee's Summit, MO


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400 NE Colbern Road Lee's Summit, MO
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