Whether you are a car enthusiast or just looking to keep your vehicle looking nice, a car wash is a great way to keep your pride and joy clean. But it is important to be aware of the risks associated with car washing. Here are some tips for having a safer car wash experience.


Be Prepared

Before you start washing your car, make sure you have the right tools and supplies. Having the right supplies on hand will make the task much easier and safer. Invest in good quality cleaning solutions (chemicals) shampoo etc. Do your research into paintwork and products, cheapest is rarely the best and most expensive isn’t always the right product either, take your time. Soft applicators, wash mitts or a high quality and super soft sponge are essentials. A good bucket (ideally two or maybe three) with at least one bucket filter, (scratchshield). Lots of enthusiasts opt for a two or three bucket system, (wash, rinse and wheels).


It is also important to make sure that you have a safe working environment. Make sure the area is free of debris and that the car is on a flat, level surface. It is also a good idea to wear gloves to protect your hands from chemicals. It is also important to follow the instructions on any cleaning products that you are using. Make sure to use the right amount of product, as using too much can damage the car's paint or finish. Additionally, avoid using harsh chemicals, as these can be dangerous to both you and the environment. Harsh chemicals and the wrong procedure can result in scratching your paint, just as cloths/brushes and equipment that are not soft and “paint friendly”.


Stay Safe

When washing your car, it is important to stay safe. Make sure to wear protective clothing, such as gloves, long sleeves, and eye protection. Additionally, it is important to avoid standing in water, as this can be a shock hazard. Finally, make sure to avoid working in direct sunlight, as this can cause skin damage, damage to your paint and make it difficult to see.

It is also important to take extra precautions if you are washing your car in a public area. Make sure you have permission to wash your vehicle at this location. Make sure your products are safe for the environment. Be aware of your surroundings and make sure to stay away from moving vehicles. Additionally, make sure to put away any tools or equipment that you are not using to avoid any accidents.


For extra safety you can use a grit magnet, a new product that collects an additional 20% more ferritc material that would normally be circulation in your buckets and potentially scratch your paint.



Washing your car can be a great way to keep it looking nice and can help it hold its value.