Myths when washing the car that can damage the vehicle in the summer

During the summer months, with good weather, the number of drivers who choose to wash their vehicles outside their homes with the use of home products and in the sun increases. Experts in vehicle wash and care have warned today about the use of inappropriate products and accessories in car cleaning during these summer months and in extreme heat conditions, since they can damage the bodywork, paint and other parts of the car. .

At ISTOBAL, they warn about certain techniques when washing the car, such as the use of cleaning products commonly found at home or cola drinks, combined with brushes or abrasive sponges to dirt more encrusted by heat, as they can cause damage to the vehicle.

According to Carlos Valls, head of the Automatic wash division  at ISTOBAL, "the use of liquid dishwashing liquid to wash the exterior or upholstery of the car could be harmful since it tends to dry out the rubber parts of the vehicle."

Likewise, it is not advisable to use oven foam to clean the rims during the summer as it is a product that can be aggressive if this part of the vehicle is at very high temperatures. The company warns that, in case of application, it must be done carefully, always in the shade and remembers that generally this chemical is not a biodegradable product.

The application of toothpaste to clean various car parts is another of the most widespread techniques according to Carlos Valls. “There are those who use it above all to clean the headlights by rubbing with a nail brush and a lot of patience. But in reality, if you apply this type of technique with the wrong tool, it is very likely that you will end up causing scratches on the headlights”- he pointed out. "The best technique is to use a polishing cream and rub with a soft cloth to prevent any damage."

Regarding the use of hair shampoo, he stressed that “just as in personal or household cleaning we always use specific products for each area, in vehicle cleaning you will always obtain better results with the use of specialized products. Also, contrary to popular belief, washing the car at home with a hose and dishwasher or shampoo is not always cheaper than going to a car wash installation, as well as being a less sustainable method.”

For Carlos Valls, the use of cola is also not a good option to clean the rims and leave the tires or windows shiny due to its application, reaction time and less than optimal results.

Other guidelines to avoid

ISTOBAL does not recommend the steel soapy sponge to remove dry dirt such as mosquitoes or bird droppings, which are so common in summer, as they can cause significant scratches on the car.

Another guideline to avoid is to use the pressure of the rains to clean the car body as they leave drip marks on the paint and make the vehicle more dirty when dealing with muddy summer storms.

Likewise, it advises against letting the car dry in the sun because it causes the appearance of stains on the bodywork, drying it with the vehicle running so that new dirt does not adhere, nor the use of hydroalcoholic for cleaning and sanitizing the interior when drying the material of the dashboards and affect screens or plastics.


Recommendations for cleaning the vehicle in summer

Cleaning and caring for the vehicle during the hottest months is essential to keep the bodywork and paint in good condition, as well as to guarantee full visibility and not put road safety at risk.

In this sense, ISTOBAL recommends the use of specific products for the care and washing of each surface of the vehicle to avoid damage and to carry out at least one weekly cleaning at this time of year to protect the vehicle.

From ISTOBAL they have also recalled that in many countries, washing the car in the street is a reason for economic sanctions, as well as driving a dirty car. In addition, the dirt accumulated on the bodywork such as traces of sand, saltpeter, resin, insects and bird droppings deteriorates the paint, affects the color tone itself and causes a loss of shine.

The company recommends respecting all phases of the wash (pre-wash, washing, rinsing, waxing and drying) in order to protect the car's bodywork and other components.

During very hot days, another recommendation is to clean the vehicle first thing in the morning and, if possible, in a professional and covered wash facility. "Very high temperatures can make the water and soap evaporate faster, leaving some traces on the bodywork" - pointed out ISTOBAL's automatic car wash manager.

ISTOBAL introduces at ExpoPostos the M'START with extended height and width to broaden the range of vehicles to be washed

ISTOBAL will introduce at ExpoPostos 2022 in São Paulo, from 26 -28 July, 360º integral and flexible solutions that meet the needs of the sector, increasing performance and improving user Experience.

One of the main innovations to be showcased at this exhibition is the M'START rollover with extended height to optimise vehicle cleaning. It profitably washes a broader range or vehicles such as vans, with the quality, high performance and top reliability of an ISTOBAL M´START. This model has an excellent cost-benefit ratio and a great flexibility of options for the customisation of the machine, which as a result brings profitability to the customer installation with the lowest investment.

In the new configuration, the model washes vehicles of greater height and width quickly and efficiently while it adapts the specific needs of each client, with advanced technology and wide resources that provide a perfect finish, as well as significant savings in time and cost.

ISTOBAL will also present, on the on stand I 1000, the Zeolis 5m³h Physical Recycler which achieves a higher quality and safety of the recycled water, besides increasing water savings in the external wash of vehicles.

Easy to install, the recycler reuses up to 80% of the water used for washing, reducing water pollution resulting from the wash process. It also provides a better quality of the recycled water, reducing turbidity and surfactant load, in addition to meeting the requirements of economy in periods of water shortage.

Present in the Brazilian market since 2013 with a manufacturing branch in Santa Bárbara D'oeste - São Paulo, ISTOBAL do Brasil is positioned as a leading company in the wash and care of all types of vehicles.

With a 33% increase in sales in 2021, the company plans to strengthen its leadership in the coming years in sectors such as gas stations, dealerships, industrial and commercial washes. In 2022, ISTOBAL Brazil intends to continue in line with its positive growth, aiming at a 15% figure, thanks to the development of new solutions and services adapted to the needs of customers in the sector.


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