One important aspects of owning a car is to make sure that it runs well, and that it is clean. Most people take the car to a mechanic or a garage to make sure that it runs well. Keeping it clean is another matter and of course you can go to a professional carwash or you can do it yourself. Washing your own car, depending on the time of the year, is a rather enjoyable exercise. You put on those old shorts, perhaps an old pair of tennis shoes, get out the equipment, and go at it.

You can apply just the basics, like a good sponge, the right kind of soap, and the old hose. A much better solution is to pressure wash your car. There are a lot of reasons for this, and one of the most important is that air becomes saturated with salt and settles on your vehicle. Ordinary washing does not remove this film. It takes pressure. That is what most carwashes do, and you’re probably familiar with the fact that they do a pretty good job. What is the best way for you to pressure wash your car?

You need to start with proper equipment. That means a residential grade pressure washer that will produce up to 1200 pounds per square inch. Many of these are inexpensive and will do the job.

Before you hook up your hose to that pressure washer, you have some things to consider. All of that stuff that gets blasted off of your car should land on the ground and not your house, or your garage, or perhaps your lawn. For that reason, you want to park your car in a place away from those areas.

Most cars, if they are not new, sometimes have scratches. You might not think it would make a difference, but pressure washing can force water underneath the paint and cause it to rust from the inside. For this reason, you want to make sure to cover the scratches with something like tape before you begin your washing procedure.

After you prepare your car for washing, you want to start at the hood, with water only, and rinse down both sides of the car. This removes any surface accumulation. Next, you’ll want to use a type of detergent that is made for cars. Begin at the top again, and work your way down both sides of the car, the front, and the back. Then, finish with a rinse of water only. If you want to avoid water spots, using non-spotting rinse solution.