Welcome back to the Proje’ blog! This week, we’re going to start a new series of blogs about some of the most important accessories for any budding detailer. And what better place to start than the most basic, but most important of all the processes – washing your car?
Why is washing your car important?
Perhaps you think that detailing is all about flashy coatings, glossy shines and magical color-changing sprays. And it is – a bit. But believe us when we say that washing your car is the most important, nuts-and-bolts activity you can do. All the high-end sprays and sealants you see getting put on top-end vehicles can only be as effective as they are on a clean, dry surface. The fact is that top detailers are top car washers – the two go hand in hand. If you want to use our ceramic products, you’ll need to work on a clean, dry surface for the best possible effects. So, getting this stage right is absolutely crucial. And for that, you want the best possible accessories to get the job done!
The Wash Mitt
The point of a wash mitt is several-fold. Firstly, you want to be touching the surface of your car with specially made microfiber wherever possible. Regular old towels won’t cut it here, and your hands contain naturally oil and grease that just isn’t good for the surface. Secondly, the advantage of a proper mitt over a regular microfiber towel is that you can get your hand right inside and get some real grip and feel going. It’s much easier. Thirdly, a really good, shaggy wash mitt will be much more absorbent than a regular cloth, so you’ll get more water, more suds and a more effective wash. It’s that simple!
Our super-popular accessory is the Green Micro Fiber Wash Pad - a premium, scratch-free, microfiber chenille wash mitt that is extremely gentle on paint, glass and plastic trim. When paired with the Vital Car Wash Shampoo, the microfiber strands will help to remove stuck on dirt and contaminants without causing any swirl stains or scratches.
Chenille comes from the French word for “caterpillar” and you’ll see that our shaggy microfiber strands are green and thick, just like caterpillars. The soft fibers are plaited together to make them extra thick and absorbent, so you can expect your mitt to hold an enormous amount of water. One wipe should be enough to cover large surfaces, making this perfect for the bodywork washing process while also ensuring that no scratches or swirls are left on your vehicle. The green color also highlights dirt and grime, allowing you to really target tough areas and get your car looking beautiful all over. This is a big, shaggy mitt that you can get a real handful of it and wipe any flat or contoured surface. It’s incredibly satisfying using this mitt – it’s so plush, soft and absorbent that your enjoyment levels are really maxed out!
So, you get several benefits by getting a mitt, and ours will only cost you $7.99! And if you keep it clean, it’ll last you for years!
How to make the most of your mitt
So, you’ve got your mitt and you’re ready to wash. Here’s how to make sure you’re getting the best possible results when washing – by using the two-bucket wash method.
Step 1: Fill a bucket with 2oz of Vital Car Wash Soap for every 4 gallons of water – this distribution ensures that the maximum amount of suds will be created. You shouldn’t need more than 3.5 gallons of liquid to wash all the dirt on your bodywork away – one of our 3.5-gallon pails will be perfect. Use the Proje’ Bucket Grit Guard in your bucket before starting the cleaning process, so that all excess dirt is trapped at the bottom of the bucket and isn’t reintroduced in to the wash solution.
Step 2: Fill a separate bucket with only water and grit guard. Now, get a separate bucket with another grit guard and fill this just with water. It’s essential that you use the two-bucket wash method to get the cleanest possible result with no risk of scratching.
Step 3: Agitate the bucket with the soap using the Proje' Green Micro Fiber Wash Pad to create super suds. It’s the suds that will strip all the dirt away from your paintwork, so don’t worry about too many suds – it’s the sign of a good product!
Step 4: Now it’s time to wash the car using the two-bucket wash method. Rinse the car with fresh water first, then use the wash pad to wash the car from top to bottom. Wash in horizontal lines from top to bottom for even cleaning. The microfibers will remove dirt without damaging any paintwork, waxes or sealants, so while you don’t need to worry about rubbing too hard, you’ll also find that you don’t really need to as the Vital Car Wash Soap is extremely effective.
Step 5: Each time you need to add more soap to your wash pad, first rinse it in the water bucket, so that there is no contamination of the soap bucket. When you rinse your Green Micro Fiber Wash Pad, rub it directly against the grit guard at the bottom of the bucket to ensure that you completely remove any excess dirt or grit from the wash pad before putting it back in the soap bucket.
Making your mitt last longer
We said earlier that your Green Microfiber Wash Mitt could last you for years – and we meant it! Here’s how to get the longest possible life out of your product.
- Wash your mitt separate from your other microfiber towels or clothes.
- Wash cleaner towels before dirtier mitts. Use hot water when you machine wash; remember that microfiber gets softer with each wash!
- Don’t use any fabric softeners, as they cause the microfibers to clog and matt.
- If you want to machine dry your mitt, do so on the lowest heat setting. You can also air dry them, which will ensure that none of the fibers get frazzled.
And that’s it! Follow these instructions and you and your mitt will have a long and fruitful relationship!
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this week’s blog – stay tuned for more tips and tricks next week. We’re going to feature more of our kits each month too, so keep an eye out for more great all-in-one deals and some incredible discounts!
If you have any questions about any of the techniques or products that we’ve mentioned in this post, just add a comment below and we’ll post a reply! Remember that we stock only the best auto detailing supplies, so why not click some of the links in this blog post, or visit our products page to find out more? From all of us at Proje’, Enjoy the Process!