April 08, 2012

Roses key to effective car cleaning during hosepipe ban

Despite hosepipe bans being implemented on April 5 across southern and eastern England, motorists can keep their cars gleaming with surprisingly little water, according to the car care experts at Autoglym. When using an advanced shampoo with
a rinse agent, water from a single watering can should be sufficient for rinsing off all the shampoo suds. 

Autoglym reports that, unless a car is caked in mud, it won’t need to be pre-rinsed before being cleaned using the company’s Bodywork Shampoo Conditioner (RRP £4.99 for 325 ml). Unlike traditional shampoo formulations, Bodywork Shampoo Conditioner contains unique cleansing and conditioning agents that lift dirt and make it much easier to rinse off the shampoo suds. The product also produces and preserves a sparkling finish.

Autoglym also advises that, by using a rose on the watering can to ‘shower’ the bodywork from close range, owners can disperse the water flow to maximise the efficiency of the rinse. Autoglym’s Hi-Tech Aqua Dry, a synthetic chamois-leather, or its Hi-Tech Microfibre Drying Towel will mop up the final few suds, while also drying the car to achieve a streak-free gloss finish.

Using a quick-to-use ‘wet wax’ while drying the car, such as Autoglym’s Aqua Wax (RRP £13.99 for 500 ml and two high-quality microfibre cloths), will leave a high-gloss shine, protect the bodywork and help keep the car cleaner for longer. The water repellent wax seal will also make it even easier to rinse the car with even less water the next time the car is washed. And Autoglym’s Rapid Detailer (RRP £8.50 for 500 ml) is perfect for refreshing the bodywork shine between washes on cars with a few day’s light soiling.

Paul Caller, CEO of Autoglym, said, “With such a mild winter, we anticipated the possibility of hosepipe bans and, having conducted trials over the last few months with and without hosepipes, our Technical Services Specialists have found that it is just as effective to use a watering can to rinse off our Bodywork Shampoo Conditioner. But it is important to use a rose to help each drop of water carry away the suds. Without a rose, the watering can will dispense far more water than is needed. By being careful, most cars can be washed with just one bucket and one rose-adorned watering can.”

Autoglym’s step-by-step advice for hosepipe ban car washing
> Move the car out of direct sunlight to keep the bodywork cool and reduce the likelihood of shampoo drying prematurely and leaving water marks
> Fill a bucket with water and two capfuls of Autoglym Bodywork Shampoo Conditioner
> Fill a clean watering can with cold water and ensure the rose is securely fixed
> Wash the car, working from top to bottom
> Use the watering can to rinse, lightly ‘shower’ the car from the top down, directing the flow to areas where shampoo suds remain
> Dry the car with a quality synthetic chamois or microfibre drying towel, mopping up any remaining suds
> Spray Aqua Wax onto wet bodywork before buffing dry with the microfibre cloth. Alternatively, use Autoglym Super Resin Polish or Autoglym High Definition Wax for extra long-lasting bodywork protection

From April 5, hosepipe bans will be enforced by Southern Water, South East Water, Thames Water, Anglian Water, Sutton and East Surrey, Veolia Central and Veolia South East.

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