Washing and drying a car ‘requires the two-bucket approach’

Washing and drying a car are both essential steps in making it look appealing, however, many drivers actually do more harm than good when it comes to these two tasks.

That is according to Michael Stoops from Meguiar's, who told AOL Autos that swirl marks are a major problem for many motorists and that they are more often than not caused by poor washing and drying techniques rather than stones from the road.

To avoid this, drivers should follow the two-bucket method along with grit guards, which will ensure the contaminants they lift off with their car shampoo are not rubbed back into the paint work.

"The point is to get the dirt off the car, then get it off the microfibre wash mitt into your rinse bucket, not put it back in the soapy water. The baffle just keeps the dirt from swirling around at the bottom of the bucket up into your water," Mr Stoops told the news provider.

While two buckets are important, it is also vital that owners use the correct tools to wash and dry their vehicles.

Namely, they should avoid old tea towels and rags and use microfibre cloths and wash mitts to do the job.

"The biggest mistake people make is using a cotton towel or an old beach towel and an old beach towel tends to have old beach sand in it. They're not removing the dirt from the paint, all they're doing is grinding it around and into the paint," the expert went on to add.

Richard Hinson, former associate publisher and editorial director of AutoWeek, told the Detroit Free Press recently that both exterior and interior detailing are important.

He recommended tackling the cabin before moving onto the outside, as this will see drivers avoid traipsing more dirt into the carpets and giving themselves more work to do.

Posted by Simone Williams

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