Residents spend warm days cleaning cars after winter storms

Published: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 04:00 PM.

“It’s very important to rinse your car first to get all those particles off the car,” he said. “That way you’re not rubbing any of that salt or the dirt particles across the car. You’ve got to get all those particles off to prevent scratches.”

He also said it’s important to dry the vehicle with a proper cloth to prevent water spots.

“You see these people go through the automatic washers and just drive off,” he said. “That’s one of the worst things you can do.”

And for those who think a good, soaking rain will do the job, think again.

“All it does is just move around the mud and dirt,” Whitney said.

Jarrett Griffin was working hard on his car at Emerald Oasis Car Wash. He bypassed the automatic machine wash for a more hands-on approach.

“I don’t think it gets off everything,” he said of the automatic wash. “You’ve got to scrub this thing yourself. All that salt and debris, it’s not good for your car. You’ve got to get it off.”

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