5 Things You NEED to Know Before Washing Your Car at Home - Feed The Beast Detailing

5 Things You NEED to Know Before Washing Your Car at Home

While washing your car at home might seem like a simple task, there are essential considerations to prevent potential damage, especially when using a high-performance car detailing products like Feed The Beast. In this guide, we'll explore five crucial things you need to know before embarking on your next at-home car wash.


 1. Choose the Right Cleaning Products:

When it comes to car detailing, using the right products is key. Feed The Beast offers a range of high-quality car detailing products designed to enhance the cleaning process without harming your vehicle's surface. Avoid generic household cleaners that may contain harsh chemicals, as they can strip away wax, damage paint, and leave your car vulnerable to scratches. Opt for a professional brand that will give your vehicle a gentle but effective wash.


2. Use the Two-Bucket Method:

One common mistake during at-home car washing is using only one bucket for cleaning. The two-bucket method involves using one bucket for soapy water and another for rinsing your wash mitt or sponge. This prevents dirt and debris from being transferred back onto the vehicle, reducing the risk of scratches and swirls. Incorporating a professional car shampoo such as 'Reaper', 'Satan' or 'Ogre' from Feed The Beast to promote a lubricated surface, minimizing friction and potential scratches.

Grit guards are also something to consider. The plastic 'mesh' sits at the bottom of your bucket and will trap all the dirt that does not go into your rinse bucket at the bottom meaning less risk of dragging dirt back onto the vehicle.


3. Avoid Dishwashing or Bath Towels:

Choosing the right drying material is as crucial as selecting the appropriate cleaning products. Using dishwashing or bath towels may seem convenient, but their coarse fibers can introduce scratches to your car's paintwork. Instead, invest in high-quality microfiber towels or new twisted thread towels, which are soft, absorbent, and less likely to cause damage. Feed The Beast's drying towels are designed specifically for car detailing, ensuring a scratch-free drying process.



4. Mind the Sun and Heat:

Washing your car under direct sunlight or in extreme heat can lead to water spots and uneven drying, leaving mineral deposits on the surface. Additionally, heat can accelerate the drying process of cleaning agents, making them more likely to cause streaks or residue. Opt for a shaded area and wash your car during cooler parts of the day. Picking to use a quick detailer such as 'Griffin' may be a better option if your vehicle does not need a full clean when it is a hot day.


5. Mind Your Pressure:

Using excessive water pressure during the wash can lead to unintended consequences, such as paint chipping and scratches. While a high-pressure hose may seem effective for removing dirt, it can also force abrasive particles against your car's surface, causing damage. Opt for a gentle, controlled water flow, and consider using a quality snow foam cannon attachment such as 'Big Mouth', which evenly applies soap, further reducing the risk of scratches. By regulating the pressure and using the right tools, you can ensure a safe and effective car wash that enhances your vehicle's appearance without compromising its integrity.


By incorporating these five essential tips into your at-home car washing routine, you can maintain the beauty of your vehicle without risking damage. Elevate your car care experience, ensuring a brilliant shine and long-lasting protection. Take the extra steps to care for your car, and it will reward you with a gleaming, scratch-free finish for years to come.

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