- The Washington Times - Friday, November 7, 2008


There’s nothing worse than a filthy car. Apart from one’s home, a person’s automobile is likely their biggest single investment, so it’s amazing how few people really know how to keep their cars looking showroom new.

“Washing your car doesn’t have to be a major chore,” says Michael L. Metter, President and CEO of SpongeTech Delivery Systems, Inc., a New York-based company that creates cleaning products. Waxing philosophical, Metter offers the following tips for giving your car a spotless sponging down:

• Wash Your Car Regularly: Bug and bird droppings, dirt, and salt can cause corrosion if left unattended, so give your car a proper wash at least twelve times a year. Bird droppings are highly acidic, so the longer their leavings are left on your hood, the more damage they’ll cause to your paint job.

• Don’t Just Wash, Wax: Wax sealants help protect paint from scratches and damage from chemicals, keeps paint from fading, and keeps your car looking shiny.

• Respect The Beltline: Since scratchy silicone and salt tend to accumulate below the beltline (approximately the middle of the side of the vehicle), particularly during winter months, it’s advisable to wash one section of the car at a time so as not to redistribute dirt and grit to the top, hood, or trunk of your car.

• Towel Off: One of the most important parts of the entire process, improper drying can lead to water spots, streaks, and scratches. Use 100% cotton towels to avoid scratching. Work from the top down, gently blotting, not wiping, water from the surface.



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