You may have noticed your car going from clean to looking quite mucky overnight. A Saharan red dust left a fine layer of sand across the UK, giving everything an orange hue, from your house windows to your car and outdoor furniture.
When dealing with the desert residue on your beloved car, it's important to be cautious. Instead of simply rubbing the sand off, which could potentially damage the paint, follow our guide for safe removal methods.
Rinse Your Car Thoroughly
The first step in removing saharan dust from your car is to rinse it thoroughly with a hose or pressure washer. This will help to remove any loose dirt and sand from the surface of the car.
Make sure to direct the water stream downward, rather than upward, to avoid forcing sand and dust underneath the paint.
Soak the Car in Sudsy Water
Next, either use snow foam or fill a bucket with warm and soapy water. Apply the soapy water to the entire surface of the car, paying close attention to areas where sand and dust have accumulated.
Allow the car to soak in the suds for a few minutes before rinsing.
Rinse and Dry the Car
Once you have finished washing and cleaning the car, rinse it thoroughly with clean water to remove any remaining soap or suds.
For best results, use a microfiber towel or chamois to dry the car, as these materials are gentle on the paint and won't scratch the surface.
Protect the Paint with Wax or Sealant
After the car has been thoroughly cleaned and dried, it's a good idea to apply a coat of wax or sealant to protect the paint from future damage.
Wax or sealant will help to create a barrier between the paint and the elements, making it easier to clean the car in the future.