Washing your vehicle, while a seemingly a simple task, can be tricky. It's basically a balancing act between cleaning contaminants from the vehicle, and scratching the finish. In 2002, Doug Lamb, responded to this balancing act with a simple, yet innovative solution of a settling filter for the bottom of any bucket. The Grit Guard® Insert was born. The Grit Guard has no flat surfaces for dirt or grit to sit on. Once dirt and grit fall to the bottom of the bucket, the water is broken into four quadrants, where the water stays calm, keeping the dirt and grit at the bottom. More importantly, the Grit Guard is an agitator for your wash mitt or brush, releasing the dirt, grit, grime, and contaminants, providing Scratch-Free Cleaning of your vehicles finish.
Before you start, some things to consider:
1. The sun
It's usually not a good idea to wash a car in the direct sunlight. The sun will dry the vehicle too fast, and you won't be able to properly rinse and dry the vehicle, consequently, you'll have tons of water and soap spots.
2. Your tools
Avoid washing with sponges. Sponges trap dirt and grit in their pores, making your "cleaning tool" a scratching tool.
Desirable washing tools are lambs wool mitts with a long nap (length of fibers), microfiber mitts, bores hair brushes, and depending on the type of wheel, nylon brushes.
3. Start with the wheels and tires first.
These are generally the dirtiest part of the vehicle, and often the messiest part to clean. Often times when cleaning wheels and tires, contaminants will splatter from the brush, onto your vehicles paint, which is why wheels and tires should be cleaned first to prevent brake dust and wheel cleaner contamination.
The 3.5 gallon Grit Guard Washing System makes a great wheels and tires bucket. It's compact and easy to carry to each corner of the vehicle.
4. Start at the top of the vehicle and work your way down.
To top of the vehicle is usually the least dirty (unless you frequently park in a commercial parking garage or under trees), but generally it's a great place to start.
Remember to frequently (every 10 to 15 seconds) take your mitt or brush back to the rinse bucket, rub it on the Grit Guard® Insert to release the dirt, grit, and grime from your mitt or brush. Next, hit the wash bucket, and for extra protection, agitate your mitt or brush on the Grit Guard in the wash bucket as well.