Using the wrong products to clean your car will guarantee damage and disappointment.
After you have spent time polishing, sealing and waxing your car a shampoo should contain no harsh detergents. Harsh detergents strip wax and protective polymers straight off the paintwork leaving your paint surface dried out, unprotected and vulnerable to the elements. Washing up liquid is therefore a big no-no for washing cars. Think what happens to the skin on your hand if washing dishes with harsh detergents. The detergent dries your skin out and it will do similar damage to your paint. It will leave it with a dry, dull look which gradually could become cracked.
So first, washing up liquid in particular is a degreaser – if you use it over a period of time to wash a car it will dull the paintwork and means it will never shine like it should. In addition it will take more time and effort to put the wax and protection back on.
Second, washing up liquid contains a fair bit of salt to soften the water and make it foam more. Everyone knows the corrosive qualities of salt especially on car metal so you shouldn’t knowingly introduce it onto your body work.
Lastly, washing up liquid contains a small amount of bleaching agents including ammonia. So with frequent use it will gradually bleach any unpainted plastic trim such as bumper strips, rubber strips and window surrounds.
If you were to use a metal kitchen scourer on your car you know you would scratch it so you wouldn’t contemplate using it. Treat washing up liquid with the same caution.
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