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One thing that all automobile owners in our congested city are acutely aware of is how quickly their vehicles become dusty. Within three days of a wash, vehicles in Dhaka get dusty, and after a week of use, they resemble an abandoned car.




Naturally, car washing has become a part of our everyday lives, and while most of us understand the essentials, we don’t know how to do it without damaging the paint. Here are five things to consider the next time you clean your vehicle. While these will not change the appearance of your vehicle, they will help to preserve its beauty in the long run.



-Avoid washing your car in direct sunlight:



The cleaning procedure is harmed by exposure to direct sunshine. Water and detergent have a tendency to quickly dry up when exposed to direct heat, which means that by the time someone gets around to cleaning the dirt off their automobile, they’ve scratched the clear coat.

Furthermore, due to the hard water in our pipes, the rapid drying of water droplets tends to produce small white spots on the automobile. As a result, try to clean your car in the shade.



Gamcha is a good material for drying human skin, but not so much for cleaning cars. It doesn’t have the thickness or softness of a microfibre towel. When someone uses a gamcha to remove dirt, they unintentionally press the dirt on the clear coat, damaging it.



A microfibre towel, on the other hand, tends to catch dirt particles and keep them away from the paint, as long as the user does not rub it like sandpaper. In a nutshell, wipe the car with a microfibre towel and save the gamcha to dry yourself afterward.

-Use two buckets, if possible:


Whatever you use to clean your car, gamcha or towel, will need to be rinsed in water every now and then to remove all the built-up particles. If you use a single bucket, the water in the bucket will become dirty by the third or fourth rinse, and if you keep dipping the cleaning cloth in it, all of the dirt will end up on your car’s surface.


A quick fix for this is to fill two buckets, one with soapy water and the other with clean water, preferably with a grit guard. Before wiping the car, dip your fabric in the soapy water, then clean it off by immersing it in the clean water bucket. Repeat the process until the entire car has been completed. This way, you’ll be able to safely wash away the majority of the dirt without risk of contamination.


-A pressure washer is a good investment, so is a vacuum cleaner:


While water hoses and bucket washes are effective at getting the automobile wet, they are ineffective in removing loose dirt, soot, and other sticky materials from the body. These substances are difficult to remove from the vehicle and frequently leave severe scratches on the clear coat. A powerful enough pressure washer blasts away all the sticky material while also

loosening deeply embedded dust particles without denting the clear coat. A pressure washer can also cover your complete car with a thick soapy foam significantly better than a person can with the correct adapter.


However, a pressure washer is only useful for washing the outside of a vehicle (unless you have a Jeep, in which case, blast away!). A little vacuum cleaner that works on the car’s 12-volt charger will go a long way toward cleaning the interior, clearing all the dust and filth from the upholstery, especially if you use a coat bush to loosen up all the dirt first.


-After you’ve finished washing the car, let it air dry:


The hard-to-remove white stains on your bathroom tiles and glass are caused by hard water. Vehicle paint is not as tough, and attempting to remove hard water stains from it without professional assistance will cause more harm than good.


Clean water also leaves stains, which, while not as visible, are equally difficult to remove. The main cause of such stains is allowing a car to dry out on its own, which can also lead to rust if water droplets find their way to a bare metal part.



The simple solution is to use a dry towel to absorb all of the water droplets, preferably after a quick windshield squeegee. Soaking out the majority of the large droplets is sufficient, but if you want to be thorough, go ahead.



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