Perfect Way to Purchas: Good Car Wash Soap

Perfect Way to Purchas: Good Car Wash Soap

A Story by Shauna Allen

The most important thing you can do when you think of good car wash habits is to wash your cars often, and with a product that doesn't leave streaks or smudges. A car wash soap should have the right c


While paying for a quick and impersonal car wash can sometimes be convenient, nothing beats the look of a hand-washed car. Hand washing ensures that your car gets the full and demanding cleaning that will help you keep it new and will work well over the next few years. Not all car wash soaps are created equal, however, and it is important to know what to look for, and what you need, before purchasing a car wash soap.

The most important thing you can do when you think of good car wash habits is to wash your cars often, and with a product that doesn't leave streaks or smudges. A car wash soap should have the right chemical concentration to ensure a quality wash in the first attempt. A soap with a Ph. that is too high or low can damage the wax or paint on your car, but a soap that is completely neutral ph. will not be very effective. In the balance, it is important to look for a soap that has a PH slightly above the neutral, but not too high or low.

When washing your car, be careful not to concentrate the soap too intensely, the soap will remove some of the wax from the car and the vehicle will have to wax again. Each car wash soap will require a different proportion of soap to the water. Very concentrated soaps, for example, only require a half ounce of soap for a gallon of water, while other less concentrated soaps may need an ounce or more for each gallon of water. Different brands of car wash soap will have different proportions, and instructions on how to use them properly, so are sure to read the bottle before you buy. Using too much soap you can leave your car with ugly spots and stripes, and the vehicle will need to be washed back properly to make them disappear.

Different products will produce different amounts of foam when washing, and can also be better matched with a specific washing utensil, such as a sponge or cloth. While the amount of foam produced is a minor concern, it can ruin the experience of washing your car and, if not rinsed fast enough, the foam can cause scratches. Soaps also come in different smells, so consider the smell of soap also during your purchase. Buying a soap that is particularly hot can give your car an unsatisfactory odor and may be a concern for people with allergies or sensitive noses.

You should know how much soap you need to buy, and even more critically, how much you need to use for each wash. Sometimes you may even need two types of car wash soap. A traditional soap will probably be enough for the body of the car, but the owner of the really fussy car will also have to use the bug soap and tar occasionally for the really hard grain. A bug and tar soap is best used for wheel wells and other areas of the vehicle that see more wear. Bug and Tar soap is much more resistant than regular car wash soap, however, so be careful not to use it unless you really need it. Failure to do so may cause unnecessary wear on your vehicle.

Finally, some brands can be a combination of soap and wax. Using these brands can leave your car with the look of being professionally cleaned if used correctly. Using a combination of soap will never be as good as waxing your car, however, so make sure you wax your vehicle from time to time, even if your brand of soap is a combination of soap and wax. These brands can also be more expensive, so be sure to know what you need and how much you are willing to pay. Buying brands that are combination marks, or having a higher concentration formula, will always cost more. The highest price is worth the quality product, however, as long as you are aware of your needs and the needs of your car.

© 2017 Shauna Allen

Author's Note

 Shauna Allen
In general, there are many considerations to consider when picking a car wash soap. The needs of each vehicle are a little different, and it is important to be informed about what your needs are. Take the time to read the labels of each product, and do the research on the product to see what other car enthusiasts are saying about a particular product. Being informed and aware of the needs of your vehicle will keep your car looking clean and stylish for the next few years.

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Added on October 11, 2017
Last Updated on October 11, 2017
Tags: car wash, car wash soap, safety tips