VIP Automotive Group, based in New York, is sharing a few tips for more effective, safer car washing on its website.
A soap product designed specifically for washing cars is always a better choice than dish detergent, body wash or shower gel. Cloths, brushes and towels designed for use on vehicles are recommended as well. Regular towels, paper towels and kitchen cloths are too rough and may damage the car's finish or protective coating, the posting said.
Use an approved engine cleaner for the engine compartment. Avoid spraying the distributor cap, battery terminals and alternator areas, or cover them with plastic bags to keep them dry. If washing under the hood, always disconnect the red battery terminal first, the posting said.
Clean the wheels and rims as well as dirt buildup can make the brakes dirty, which makes it harder for the vehicle to stop.
If you'd rather not wash the car yourself, VIP Automotive Group offers washing and detailing at its service center.