Here's a step-by-step guide on how to wash a car properly:
1 Fill a bucket with soapy water. You can use a specialized car wash soap or a mixture of dish soap and water.
2 Rinse the car thoroughly with a hose to remove loose dirt and debris.
3 Dip a soft mitt or sponge into the soapy water and wash one section of the car at a time, starting from the top and working your way down. Avoid using a rough cloth that could scratch the paint.
4 Rinse the soap off with a hose or bucket of clean water before it dries on the car's surface.
5 Repeat the process for the rest of the car, rinsing the cloth or sponge frequently to avoid scratching the paint with dirt.
6 Use a different cloth or a designated rag to wash the wheels and tires, as these areas are often the dirtiest and may contain brake dust that can damage the paint.
7 Rinse the car one last time with clean water, making sure to remove all soap suds.
8 Use a chamois or microfiber towel to dry the car, starting from the top and working your way down to avoid water spots.
Note: It's best to wash your car in the shade to avoid soap drying on the surface in the sun and creating water spots.