How Often Should You Clean Your Car?

Okay but how often do we all clean our car? I am guilty of leaving it dirty for months on end. But after researching I found out something ever woman should know.

The general rule of thumb is to wash your car every two weeks or so. Of course, there are special circumstances that might increase or decrease that frequency. But if you live in a part of the country where some of the roads are loose or being re-done, you’ll need to wash your vehicle more regularly.

Your car is one of your largest investments and you will ultimately spend a lot of money just maintaining it — tire rotations, brake pads. But have you ever thought about something as basic as washing your car being an investment, too? But just how often do you need to do it and how important is it?

Sometimes it will be obvious when your car needs a wash. After driving down a dusty, gravel road, for example. Or when that birds takes aim at your car’s hood while you’re parked under what you considered an ideal shaded tree. Leaving that birds business is acidic enough to eat through your car’s paint job if it is there too long. This is the same for dead bugs and tree sap, so they should be washed off as soon as possible and as often as needed.

Cars can go longer between washes depending if you don’t drive it every day, or you keep it in a garage and out of the elements.

And while some might think of car washes as a summertime job, it is advised to wash your car more often in the winter. This is due to salt from the roads. Salt is one of the worst offenders, and it can mold the body of your car and wreak havoc. Scheduled trips to the drive through car washes, in particular ones with hand-held pressure wands, will help protect your car from salt buildup.

If your vehicle had leather seats, they need to be cleaned and conditioned to keep the leather from cracking and aging, at least every three months or so. If you drive a lot or use your car as a living, the interior of your car is exposed to the sun, so make sure to condition the leather every two months.

A simple wash every two weeks, a wax at least every six months and a basic interior clean-out every few months should keep your car in top-notch shape.

Top Tip: If you don’t want to pay for a car wash during winter. Get out there in the rain and scrub up your baby. Weather in NZ is unpredictable but rain is always near, so get out there. This way you are saving water and getting the job done. Maybe even an outdoor shower too?

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SophiaWritten by Sophia Ivory

Curly hair and she don’t care, this stylish babe plays by her own rules. With a love for dance and all things body positive, you’ll usually find her searching out the latest fashion trends and digging through local thrift stores. Word of warning, don’t bring your dachshund around her, she’ll want to keep it.

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