Using a soft cloth car wash is a good way to prevent harmful scratches to your car’s finish. Other forms of car wash can scratch the car’s finish and reduce the paint’s luster, shine and ability to prevent rust.
It is common to use a sponge or brush to clean the vehicle’s surface, and a garden hose to rinse it. Scrubbing the car’s finish with sponges and brushes actually produce tiny scratches in the paint. These scratches can be as deep as 1/10th of the thickness of the paint.
Particles of dirt, sand and silt become trapped in the brush or sponge and grind away the finish as you wash. Repeated rinses in the wash bucket do not prevent this, because the soap and water are continually getting dirtier as you clean the vehicle. Accumulation of these tiny scratches contributes to a finish that has lost its shine, luster and its ability to protect the vehicle from rust.
Scratches in the finish are caused by dirt trapped in the brushes and sponges used to wash the car. A soft cloth car wash uses a cloth that is very soft and is made to prevent the accumulation of dirt and grit.
The soft cloth car wash system pumps fresh water and soap continuously to the cloth in order to ensure the cloth and the washing mixture are clean and grit free. The typical soft cloth car wash starts with pressurized jets of water to remove any debris and dirt from the surface. The pressure and pattern of the spray removes a considerable amount of dirt before the actual soft cloth car wash begins.
Weekly cleaning helps the finish last longer, because dirt traps moisture against the vehicle’s finish and promotes rust. Cleaning a car’s finish weekly in a soft cloth car wash environment can eliminate the corrosive actions that dirt, salt and pollution can create, and keep your vehicle’s finish looking like new.