A great deal of individuals detail or wash their car for aesthetic reasons and that is all very well, but there are far more important reasons for detailing one’s car. Most individuals spend roughly the same percentage of their money on a car. I mean that as they get a better job, they tend to buy a better car. Therefore a car is a sizable investment for most people.
It makes sense to preserve one’s investments and even if you cannot make your car increase in value, you can at least take every step in your power to slow the speed of its decline. One of the main ways of doing this is by regular maintenance and detailing a car ought to be regarded as part of your regular maintenance routine.
Car detailing as part of a maintenance programme also has a safety aspect. You assume that if your brakes are not serviced in the correct manner that there is a greater chance that they may fail one day and you ought to expect that if you do not take proper care of your car’s bodywork that it might rust and be less protective in case of a crash.
So having said that here are a few tips to help you protect your investment and perhaps even your life.
Windscreen wipers ought to be kept spotless and unworn at all times. Have you ever sat in a car with bad windscreen wipers whilst it is raining? It is very frightening. If it has not rained for a while, then you will not have noticed the dust and grit building up under the windscreen wiper blades.
This abrasive dirt will soon score your windscreen, especially if someone accidentally switches them on when it is not raining. A scratched windscreen is bad enough, but if the blades are worn, they will not clear the rain sufficiently for you to see properly either.
You should make a point or regularly lifting the blades from the windscreen and checking and cleaning them. You will soon see if the rubber is starting to perish or fray and you will also notice a line of solidified dust (or worse) on the glass. Wet both the wipers and the glass before attempting to clean them in order to soften up the dirt.
Use a sponge or chamois leather on the glass, but use an old rag on the rubber blades, because they can devastate a new sponge or costly chamois leather. Keep this rag for cleaning other abrasive parts of the car like the wheels, registration plates and bumpers.
While you are cleaning the windows of your car, it is a good idea to get into the practice of finishing the cleaning of the outside with vertical wipes and the inside with horizontal ones (or vice versa, if you want). This way you will know which side those annoying, and often distracting, streaks are.
While we are on the topic, it is not a clever idea to obstruct your vision by having furry dice or anything else hanging from your rear-view mirror. These symbols are intended to bring good luck and protection, but they are the exact opposite. Similarly nodding dogs and big speakers on the rear shelf are obstructive and window stickers of any size are silly. Transparent glass is intended to be seen through not looked at.
Owen Jones, the writer of this article, writes on many topics, but is at present involved with auto interior detailing. If you want some tips on detailing cars come over to our website now at Detailing Car Interiors.