How Often Should You Wash Your Car


If you own a car, you have probably asked yourself a question how often to wash it. The number depends on a location and climate you live in, the frequency and distance you drive, also the storage of your vehicle.

If you live in an area with mild weather and your car gets limited exposure to tree sap, bug guts and bird droppings, remains in a closed garage most of the time, then you can wash it on a fortnightly basis. Otherwise, many car dealers recommend washing your vehicle once a week.

When washing your car, you remove loose grime from its exterior surfaces, preventing contaminants like dust, dirt, pollen, tree sap, bug guts, salt, air-borne pollutants from adhering to your vehicle and damaging its paint finish.

Splattered bugs and bird droppings. Both are dangerous for your car’s paint finish. The longer bug remains sit on your car’s exterior, the harder it becomes to remove them without chipping the paint. The same about the bird droppings; they can cause more damage if they dry up and harden on a vehicle’s exterior. These droppings should be quickly removed to avoid the paint damage.

Tree sap. Tree sap also causes danger to your car by corroding it and etching through the paint’s finish, leading to its discoloring and staining. If you live in a highly wooded area or regularly park your vehicle under a tree, it is more likely to get a tree sap on it. Try not to park under a tree whenever it is possible.

Long distance driving. If you drive a significant distance every day, environmental contaminants like dirt, dust, pollen, gravel, bugs and air pollutants can damage your car. Consider weekly washing as a preventive maintenance step.

Air pollution and the weather. If you live in an urban area, take into consideration that air pollution caused by industrial construction can create the need for additional washing. If you live in an area with lots of rain, be aware that the moisture traps contaminant on the exterior and accelerates rusting.

Car washing and waxing keeps your car clean, and more importantly protects it from everyday environmental threats. Wash your car on a weekly basis to get rid of harmful chemicals, residues, salt, sand, tar, grease and grime and protect it from etching, discoloration, fading, rusting and more.