A soap is a soap is a soap… right? Eh, that’s not always the case. Believe it or not, soaps can vary big-time. Take a second and think about how many soaps you have in your shower alone. You might have a shampoo, conditioner, body soap, face wash, or even a good ol’ fashioned bar of soap. That’s 5 different soaps before you even put your pants on in the morning!
Different soaps serve different purposes. Some help you scrub baked-on grease out of your pots & pans, others keep your whites looking their whitest. But you wouldn’t put laundry detergent in your dish washer. The same goes for car wash soaps. Gone are the days of using dish washing detergent to clean your beautiful car. Dish soap is aggressive. It’s formulated to break-down and strip any & all oil or food particles. That’s great for when you want a squeaky clean dinner plate, but that’s not always the best for cleaning your car.
The trouble is that any wax or sealant you’ve applied to your vehicle contains different forms of conditioning oils that help them adhere to your cars paint. When you use an aggressive soap like dish washing detergent, it strips all of that wax or sealant coating away leaving your paint bare and susceptible to the harmful rays of the sun. While not immediately damaging, it can cause premature paint fading over the lifetime of your vehicle. With that being the case, you can see why it’s important to use a soap that is formulated specifically for washing your car.
Generally, there are three categories of car wash soap you should be considering based on what you’re trying to achieve. Regardless of the task at hand, you’ll want to look for these 4 things from whatever soap you choose:
Below are the 3 categories of soap to use based on the task at hand:
See? You thought soap was the easy part! All in all, it’s not overly complicated. But it’s certainly worth some consideration the next time you’re shopping for a car wash soap.
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