4 Car Washing Tips All SUV Owners Should Know

When it comes to washing your SUV, the reality is that what is often a “labor of love” can also be quite a bit of just, well, labor. Taking special care to ensure your SUV looks great is more than just being proud of your vehicle’s appearance, it also helps protect the value of your SUV. This blog post will explore four tips that all SUV owners should know when it comes to giving your prized position a thorough cleaning.

Tip #1: You are not a DJ and your car is not a record…avoid scratching!


Be sure to use the softest materials you have available when detailing your SUV. While it may seem obvious to avoid products like steel wool, sticking to softer, absorbent fabrics will help you avoid creating nasty scratches. Many car enthusiasts even encourage using microfiber fabrics when detailing your SUV. Those scratches aren’t just an eyesore, they also can be the gateway to contaminants getting under the paint layer of your vehicle, causing erosion.

Tip #2: Rain rain, go away…keep your SUV protected today.

The elements can reign havoc on more than just your weekend plans, they can also damage your vehicle. While your SUV has a quality coat of paint from the manufacturer in place, exposure to sun, rain, hail, sleet, and more can cause tremendous damage to your vehicle’s appearance. Left unprotected, your SUV’s paint will fade, chip, and rust. After washing your vehicle, consider waxing it to add an extra layer of protection. The wax keeps dirt, dust, and grime from attaching to your vehicle’s surface. The wax also helps protect your SUV’s surfaces from rain, not allowing it to penetrate the pores of the paint surface. With this being said, if you don’t feel confident in fixing this issue on your own, you could always look into using the services of an
auto body scratched paint repair company to help get your car looking its best.

Tip #3: Like a rolling boulder, pick up speed as you go!

It’s human nature to want to complete a task successfully the first time and, in many cases, to do so as efficiently as possible. But when it comes to your SUV, start slowly, gently, and kindly. Whether you’re cleaning a stain out of the backseat or trying to buff out a parking lot “tag” on your rear bumper, don’t overdo it with chemicals, abrasive materials, and other “heavy-duty” cleansers. See if a soft sponge (or those microfiber fabrics we mentioned earlier) will do the trick. If the soft, gentle approach isn’t working, then move your way up to the “tough love.”

Tip #4: Don’t double your work.

Whether you’re washing your SUV’s exterior or detailing the interior, don’t double your work. It’s important to be smart about your method. When washing your SUV’s exterior, wash from the top down. This helps prevent soap scum and other particulates from forming and will also keep you from having to go back and do touch-ups after you’ve thoroughly washed your vehicle. The same goes for the interior. Start at the top and clean your way down while detailing the inside of your SUV, as well. Have a vacuum or a dust-buster on hand as you work so that you can gather up the dust as you work instead of just freeing it from one location to gather in another. There are tons of additional tips, tricks, and pieces of advice that can help you keep your SUV looking like the prized possession it is, but with these four tips you’re sure to be on the right path. And remember, while there is some labor involved in this “labor of love,” that doesn’t mean it’s not well worth it when you hear those compliments from family and friends the next time you pick them up. That, along with the value-added to your vehicle itself, should be all the reward your efforts need!

Idaho Falls based KJ’s Superstores provided this guest contribution. KJ Superstores has 14 locations in Utah, Nevada, Wyoming and Idaho.

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34 thoughts on “4 Car Washing Tips All SUV Owners Should Know

  1. Our car is no tan SUV but I think the tips can be applied in general too. 🙂 And I think those are the things I should remember. LOL. My husband hates it when I rush coming from a full stop. Haha. What a waste of gas that is too.

  2. I have a SUV and I normally get it detailed once a year. I try to keep the outside clean, so I can have it for a longer time and protect my investment. Great tips for new SUV owners.

  3. I have one too and these are definitely great tips. thanks for sharing, but mine gets dirtier on the inside too 🙁 My dog loves to go for a ride. How about a tip to get rid of doggy smell. 🙁

    1. Yeah those car door nicks are killer. I have a couple on my brand new Dodge Journey just from someone else opening their car door. But in Flagstaff I understand more. The wind is crazy up here and can yank car doors wide open so its pretty common up here.

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