The Top Seven Most Common Vehicle Cleaning Problems And How To Solve Them

In this post, we examine the top seven most common vehicle cleaning problems and how to solve them. The list includes environmental concerns such as wasting water as well as cleaning issues like the difference between waxing and polishing. Washing your car regularly and properly lengthens the life of your vehicle.  Contact us at Hansma if you require car detailing.


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1. Washing At Home Uses More Water

Washing your car at home is more wasteful than going to a car wash. The average person can use up to 400 litres of water by leaving the hose running while scrubbing the car. A car wash uses around 150-200 litres per wash, while at a self-serve car wash that number can drop to 100 litres or less.

2. More Water Pollution

When washing a car at home most people allow the dirty, untreated water to simply flow into the sewers. In comparison, most car washes recycle the water or send it to a water treatment plant.

3. Dishwashing Detergent

Many people simply use dishwashing detergent to wash their vehicles. However, dishwashing detergent removes beneficial oils and other protective surfaces. It is always better to use a gentler detergent that has been specially formulated for vehicles. 

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4. Interior And Exterior

Some people make the mistake of stopping after washing the exterior. If you want to preserve the value of your vehicle, both the interior and exterior should be thoroughly cleaned. Book an appointment with Steve Lipski, our car detailing professional, to see how good a car cleaning can be.

5. Swirl Marks

Those swirly scratch marks you see can be cleaned with a non-abrasive paint cleaner, but only if the scratch marks are not too deep. For deeper scratches, it is always best to seek professional help.

6. Polishing And Waxing Are Two Different Things

The main purpose of wax is to provide a protective coating for your vehicle. In contrast, the purpose of polish is to reproduce the shine that your vehicle displayed when it was on the dealer's lot.


7. Don't Wash Your Car Until It Is Filthy

Some car owners wait until the car is truly filthy before they wash it. However, waiting this long is counter-productive as it allows the dirt to begin to eat away at the protective coatings on your vehicle. Most cars can be washed by hand in 30 minutes or less.

Car Detailing At Hansma

We pride ourselves on our ability to clean your car to the highest standards possible. Hansma Automotive is located at 88 Shoemaker Street in Kitchener. Check out our services page for a complete list of what we can do for you.


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Posted on November 25, 2015 .