Pander your vehicle – give it regular baths!

As children, being made to take a bath after a hard day’s adventure of being a pirate, explorer or just being a kid, was the last thing you wanted to do. But then once you were in the warm soapy water, your feelings towards bathing changed. Now you were an intrepid maritime hero, fantasizing about life as a sailor on the high seas.

Well, it’s not as if your vehicle is reluctant to be washed, it’s you, the owner who hesitates to do so. Regular washings do help to maintain the exterior surfaces and underside of your car, truck or van. Jets of fresh water loosen and remove harmful dirt, grit and grime before they manage to burrow into your vehicle’s core and possibly cause expensive corrosive damage which will reduce the lifespan of your mode of transport.

Hamilton is in close proximity to Lake Ontario and consequently, the area can often be subjected to some of nature’s cruel winter jokes – lake-effect snow. This can lead to accumulation of large amounts of the white stuff in fairly short order.

While winter may still be a few months away, take heed; with all that snow and freezing temperatures, packed snow then ice, or worse, slush will soon be present. And then there are  city road crews, plows and trucks loaded with salt or even sand, spreading their corrosive load, dealing with a road surface problem quickly, but possibly resulting in long-term issues to your vehicle.

Ken Parkinson, owner/operator of Krown Rust Control Hamilton maintains that regularly year round washing will enhance the look and longevity of your vehicle. Not only do we have to deal with sand and salt in winter, but in spring, there’s pollen, tree sap and even tar from freshly paved road surfaces. Anything and everything you can do to protect the vehicles’ paint and finish should be done – and often.

As a car care professional, Ken highly recommends washing any vehicle methodically and even systematically. Start at the top and work to the bottom, one section at a time. Rinse the entire car with water to remove loose dirt. Wash and rinse one section at a time to prevent drying too quickly and leaving residue. Then gently rub the car’s surface to loosen lingering dirt. Be sure to rinse the wash mitt/sponge often to prevent accumulated dirt from scratching the paint. After the final rinse, wipe the excess water from the surface to prevent water spotting with a high-quality leather chamois. Keep the chamois clean to help prevent scratching and wipe the vehicle lightly to soak up water without tarnishing the finish.

Call Krown Rust Control Hamilton at (905) 575-0577 today. Slow down the aging process of your vehicle – and protect its value.

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