How to Wash Your Car in Winter
Keeping your car clean during the winter is a common issue. Not only are you dealing with slick roads, salt, ice and snow, but there is also the freezing temperatures you must consider. We recommend that you don’t stop washing your car though because it can lead to rust, corrosion and other permanent damage. Follow one of the two methods below to wash your car in the winter:
Method 1: Shampoo
- Fill a bucket up halfway with water and a cap full of very mild shampoo (think baby shampoo). Swish the water around to create suds.
- Fill another bucket with warm water for rinsing.
- Clear off any snow or ice that is on your car. If ice is really stuck on you will just need to work around this area or use extra warm water to loosed it up.
- Dress warmly and don’t wear gloves. You will have to get your hands wet.
- Start washing systematically. We recommend top down and front to back.
- As you’re washing, remember to rinse. If you notice any dirty looking areas, repeat the wash.
- Don’t forget your wheels. They are the most exposed during the winter months.
Method 2: Use a Coin-Operated Car Wash with a Manual Sprayer
- Keep the car running with the heat on. If it’s below freezing, avoid using soap. If it’s less than 15 degrees below freezing, do not wash your wash. Wait until it warms up.
- Wash the car from the bottom up first because it is the most important area to clean. Spray the wand under the wheel wells, floor boards, rear end and front end.
- Work your way up to the top of the car and keep spraying on where the door, truck, and hood is until the time is up.
- Lead the doors unlocked and dry the gas tank lid. This will prevent freezing.
Washing your car in the winter is a huge hassle and can cause even more issues such as frozen locks and a frozen gas lid. Be smart about it. If you can, wait to wash your car until it’s 40 degrees or higher. But don’t wait too long. Depending on how much snow, ice, and salt you have received, you might need to wash your car every 10 days. Even if it isn’t a thorough washing, just running through a basic one will help prevent corrosion from salt and other chemicals. It will also keep salt buildup levels low. Keep your car exterior looking brand new with proper care during winter.
Sources: Angies List, WikiHow
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