With winter officially here and full-blown blizzards covering most parts of the country, our cars take a lot of punishment when out on the road. From their wheels up to their top bottom, vehicles need to endure dirt, snow, dust and salt. And in case you were thinking bad weather is only making your car look ugly, think again. Extreme weather elements are not only turning your car filthy, but can be also extremely damaging for your vehicle’s paint job. On top of that, they can create havoc to your ride’s inner workings.

That means washing our cars is necessary not only for the pure joy a clean and shiny vehicle brings to our eyes, but it is also an important maintenance measure.

Unfortunately, keeping your set of wheels clean can sometimes be easier said than done when you are not an experienced car owner. To help you keep your beloved vehicle sparkling clean even during some of the most difficult weather conditions, here are some recommendations for washing your car at home, together with our most favourite products and accessories.

What You’ll Need

To keep your car looking its best, what products you use can make all the difference. Here are our favorites:

●  Mr. Pink Super Suds Car Wash Soap and Shampoo

  •   Wash Mitt
  • Detailing Brush

WD-40 – 300349 Specialist Industrial-Strength Cleaner & Degreaser

  • Several Microfiber Cloths

●     Turtle Wax T217RA Wet’n Black Ultra Wet Tire Shine

●     Portable Car Vacuum Cleaner

The Process

The first step in the washing process is to give your car a good rinse. Use the hose on high pressure, and make sure that you insist on the dirtiest areas. Once the car is properly rinsed and prewashed of all the dirt and impurities, you can proceed by applying the shampoo. Mr. Pink Car Wash Soap And Shampoo is a perfect product for weekly maintenance and the best part is that it also includes wax which will help restore the high gloss shine to your daily driver.

The next step is to apply a degreaser which is meant to break through tough grease and grime, while also protecting against flash rust. We love WD-40 for its powerful formula, shatter-resistance trigger and convenient refill port.

If you want to add more wax to your tires, Turtle Wax Tire Shine Cleans, shines and protects tires in one easy step. On top of that, it also contains special UV inhibitors which help protect your tires against the drying, fading and cracking effects of the sun.

The last step but probably one of the most important ones in this process, is to apply a ceramic spray. Nexgen Ceramic spray is a product recommended by the most trusted car care reviews, and it’s no wonder why. This top of the line product is the best thing out there if you want to take care of your car in a professional way. This detailing spray uses the highest grade of Silicon Dioxide SiO2 which drastically reduces the ability for contaminants to streak, scratch, and degrade your clear coat and vehicle paint. Nexgen Ceramic was engineered to repel dirt & contaminants, increase paint luster, and create a long-lasting shine while maintaining a green water based footprint.