One of the best things about bringing your car through the car wash is the convenience. A one-stop shop that allows you to roll in, get your car looking like new again, and then roll on out. Sometimes, however, not even those huge drying mechanisms get every last drop of water. Here are some best practices for how to properly dry off your car after going through a car wash:
First, you’ll want to work quickly to dry all the glass components of your vehicle’s exterior. This includes windows, mirrors and any chrome fixtures not on your wheels. If you have a squeegee, use this, snaking your way down. If not, use a lint-free or microfiber towel. Regular bath towels are usually made of rough polyester, which can scratch your paint. They also have a tendency to leave lint behind.
After your mirrors and windows are dry, move on to the body of your car, again working your way downward. On flatter areas such as your hood, throw the towel and gently drag back towards you to dry off the most surface area in one swipe.
Once the body of your car is dry, move on to all doorjambs and hinges. Any seals between windows need to be dried off as well. And don’t forget the seams of your hood and trunk.
Finally, after the body of your car is dry, move on to the wheels and tires. Feel free to use your old bath towels for this job as any residual brake dust and dirt will soil the towel.
Although a car was provides an easy and efficient way to wash your vehicle, obtaining a perfectly dry finish may require a little elbow grease. Follow these steps after going through the car wash and you’ll have a water-spot free shine that will last.