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Which is the best way to wash ?

Question : When a car is washed every week, is it better to wash the car:

1. With any of the car shampoos in the market?

2. With car shampoos termed as "wash and wax"?

3. With water mixed with a little dishwashing detergent?

4. just with water and cloth?

I understand that if any soap or detergent is not completely washed away, it will cause metal parts to rust easily. To wash away the detergent completely, we may have to use plenty of water. What are the pros and cons for each of the above washing?

Answer : If you look at the conditions under which you are driving every day, you will notice there is a lot of oil and grime on the bodywork, and the best way to get rid of this is by using a detergent. What you need is a detergent that will break down the oil and dirt, and wash off the paintwork and to that end, even household washing detergent will do the job as long as all the detergent is washed off with plenty of water.

Be careful when using washing detergent because some of the cheaper "no-name" brands contain caustic soda (sodium hydroxide), and this is corrosive if not washed off with copious amounts of water. To be safe, you can use a branded car wash or even dishwashing fluid, which is quite gentle. The so-called wash and wax liquids are never as good as separate car wash and followed by a waxing after the car has dried out.


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