How to remove desert sand from your car without damaging the paint
You may have noticed that your car has suddenly gone from clean to very dirty over the past few days, even though it hasn’t spun a wheel.
The reason for this is that a cloud of Saharan red dust is rolling in over Western Europe, dropping a fine layer of sand over much of the UK, and meaning that your home windows, car and any furniture d exterior will now have an orange tint.
But you don’t want to just rub the sand off your car, because it’s basically sand and could damage the paint in the process. Here’s how to get the desert out of your car safely…
You want to get that much sand out of the car before you even touch it with a rag or wash mitt.
A pressure washer is the best option here, and even if you don’t have one, it’s worth heading to a local jet wash. Don’t hold the nozzle too close to your car’s paintwork as it may cause damage, but spraying it carefully up and down will help remove or loosen some of the sand that may be stuck to your vehicle.
Once you’ve done that, it’s worth doing a second step to make sure as much of the sand as possible has been rinsed from the car.
For this, if you use your wash jet, there will likely be a “pre-rinse” option which will spray a special cleaner on the car, which you should let sit for a few minutes before washing. Don’t be tempted to use the brush provided, as this will undoubtedly inflict marks in your painting.
If you use a pressure washer at home, you should use a snow foam lance if you have one, and use it the same way: spray, leave on (but not in direct sunlight) and rinse. If you don’t have it, liberally spraying a mixture of car shampoo and water on the car with a pump sprayer will have a similar effect.
These two steps should have helped clean the Sahara out of your car as much as possible and made the next step safer – the actual “touch up” phase with car shampoo.
Get two buckets and invest in a proper wash mitt – but don’t use a sponge as they don’t leave any remaining dirt or grit anywhere to go, and you’ll just wipe them away in the paint.
Put your car shampoo and water mixture in one bucket and clean water in the other. The method is to rinse the mitt in clean water, soak in shampoo, then clean the car, and repeat in that order. Be sure to work in straight lines and avoid using circular motions – this will inflict what are called swirls in the paint, which can dull the paint finish.
Once you have gone around the whole car, rinse it thoroughly, and it is advisable to pass it a good dry towel with a microfiber cloth, to avoid any unsightly traces of water.
If you want to make your job of cleaning the car easier next time, apply a spray wax once the car is dry – this will help repel any dirt, or Saharan sand if it comes back, and will make washing easier the next time. times.