The 5 Steps for Washing Your Vehicle in Wintertime

In Woodbeck Auto Part's recent blog post, this Stirling auto recycling facility provides five steps for achieving that ideal wintertime clean vehicle appearance.

Trying to keep the exterior of your vehicle looking its peak best throughout the wintertime might seem like an impossible task. But there are effective vehicle cleaning methods for those who are committed to the winter vehicle cleaning process. You don’t have to struggle through your vehicle cleaning regimen! This blog post will guide you through the five steps for achieving that ideal wintertime clean vehicle appearance.


Step One: Use WD-40 on Sensitive Vehicle Areas

Before beginning your vehicle wash, it’s important to minimize the risk of freezing water turning into ice in the door locks, gas cap and trunk area. WD-40 is ideal for lubricating these areas to minimize water retention and prevent the freezing that often occurs during winter time vehicle washes.

Step Two: Begin the Wash with the Underside of Your Vehicle

During wintertime, the underside of your car carries the largest amount of dirt. The underside of your vehicle is likely to have collected dirt and salt from the snow and slush you’ve driven over these past few months. If you have one available, use a spray nozzle to remove all the dirt and salt from the crevices underneath the vehicle. This is the ideal way to begin the cleaning process and prevent rust on the underside of the vehicle.

Step Three: Complete the Cleaning of Windows and Doors

The edges of your vehicle’s windows and doors will have accumulated salt and dirt from passengers stepping inside the vehicle. It’s important to clean these areas comprehensively to prevent rust from appearing around the windows and door areas, and to ensure optimal system functionality. Use a scrubbing product to completely remove any contaminants in these areas.

Step Four: Clean Your Vehicle Lights and Windshield

Those small specs of salt and slush often accumulate at the edge of the vehicle lights and the windshield areas. These contaminants can damage the glass on both of these important vehicle parts and cause reduced visibility over time. Complete a comprehensive clean of the vehicle’s lights and windshield areas to ensure all salt and dirt are removed completely. It’s important to take your time and be gentle during this process to prevent cracking of the windshield.

Step Five: Dry Out the Cleaned Areas

To finalize the cleaning process you can now dry out the cleaned areas by using microfiber towels or a squeegee product to remove any leftover moisture from the cleaning process. It’s important that each area is completely dry to prevent overnight freezing. Closely analyze and touch all cleaned areas of the vehicle to ensure they’re moisture-free.


By following these steps, you can return your vehicle to its optimal clean condition even during the peak of wintertime! To learn more on the cleaning process, contact our expert team directly today!

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