If there is one rule drivers should remember when it comes to cleaning their cars, it is that washing-up liquid is in no way, shape or form an adequate substitute for car shampoo.
Michael Stoops from Meguiar's told AOL Autos that using dish soap is a big no-no, claiming that it actually does more harm than good.
"Dishwashing detergent is very effective at getting grease off dishes. Car wax and grease have similar properties, so if it's good for removing grease it's also pretty good for removing wax," the expert stated.
When it comes to choosing a car shampoo that will be tough on dirt and grime but kind to the bodywork, there are a number of options, including Meguiar's Gold Class Car Wash and Shampoo.
"It doesn't strip your wax, helps to keep the shine and it's completely biodegradable. If you're on a budget, try our Crystal Car Wash," Mr Stoops told the website.
In terms of using car shampoo, the detailer showed that washing and rinsing one panel at a time is the way to get the best results.
Mr Stoops then went on to talk about how important it is to dry the car properly, claiming many people do not understand how critical this is to achieving a good look overall.
"Always dry the car. Our preference is to use our water magnet, waffle-weave microfibre drying towel – it has a specific type of microfibre weave that's highly absorbent," the expert went on to add.
Metro Canada writer Peter Doyle said recently it is important drivers use the correct tools to clean their car, otherwise they could cause significant amounts of damage.
This is particularly true when it comes to interior detailing, as the many surfaces require specific products designed to clean and protect at the same time.
Posted by James Robson