Should I Use a Brush to Wash My Car?

by | Jun 11, 2019

We all want to know what the best products are for washing our car. We don’t want to waste time, and we don’t want to damage our vehicle. In this post, we will go over tools that can do a better job than a brush.

Unexpected scratches

Should I Use a Brush to Wash My Car? | TC's Mobile Detailing | Lakeland FL | Outshine The RestWhen washing your car in between maintenance details, it is best to hand wash with a mitt opposed to a brush. The bristles of the brush can leave tiny scratches on the clear coat of the paint, called marring. Even the softest of brushes can do this. Don’t take the chance in scratching your car to find out. Marring can make the surface of your vehicle look dull over time instead of having a shiny, smooth surface.

In addition to looking dull in appearance, it could take a lot of work to get the marring off your car. Over time your entire vehicle will need to be re-polished. If you use a brush or some other tool with an abrasive touch, you could need a two-step paint correction to get it looking beautiful again.

The right tool

Should I Use a Brush to Wash My Car? | TC's Mobile Detailing | Lakeland FL | Outshine The RestFinding the right tool can be half of the work. Our preference is the super-plush micro-chenille wash mitt. This tool works like a mitten that slips over your hand. Chenille, the material it is made from, is a French word that refers to the fur on a caterpillar which is a soft, yarn-like material. Unlike the bristles on a brush, the chenille will work the suds onto the surface of your car without creating those tiny scratches.

SPECIAL TIP: It is best to never mix cleaning chemicals from different parts of the car. For example, you don’t want to mix the chemicals from your tire cleaning with the ones you use on your paint cleaning. To avoid this, we recommend buying multiple colors of mitts and assign a color to each type of cleaner you are using. An example, a blue one for tire cleaning, and a red one for paint cleaning.

The answer

So to sum up what we went over, you never want to use a brush if you can help it. Even tiny scratches can add up over time, which will cost you more money in the end. Although using a wash mitt is a better choice, we recommend having a detail where we will use the best tools guaranteed.

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