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DIY Hand Car Wash Tips for Enthusiasts

Here at Splash we are open year round, but we also know that when it's warm out some car enthusiasts enjoy a good hand wash in their own driveway. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through the steps, share practical tips, and equip you with the knowledge needed to make your at-home hand car wash a success.

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Gather Your Supplies

Quality Car Soap

To start, invest in a high-quality, pH-balanced car shampoo. This ensures effective cleaning without stripping your paint of its protective wax.

Two-Bucket Method

Adopt the two-bucket method – one bucket for soapy water and the other for rinsing your wash mitt. This helps minimize the risk of scratches by keeping dirt away from your wash mitt.

Grit Guards

Consider adding grit guards to your buckets. These simple inserts trap dirt and debris at the bottom, preventing them from being reintroduced to your vehicle during the wash.

Microfiber Madness

Invest in high-quality microfiber towels for both washing and drying. These gentle materials reduce the risk of swirl marks and scratches on your vehicle's surface.

Soft Wheel Brushes

Use soft brushes for cleaning wheels, tires, and other hard-to-reach areas. This ensures a thorough clean without causing any damage.

Quality Wash Mitts

Choose a soft, microfiber wash mitt to gently scrub away dirt and grime. The right mitt minimizes the potential for scratches while providing an effective clean.

Hand Wash Techniques

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Pre-Rinse, Pre-RInse, Pre-Rinse!

Start with a thorough pre-rinse. This step removes loose dirt and debris, making the washing process more efficient and reducing the risk of scratches.

Top-to-Bottom Approach

Adopt a systematic washing approach. Start from the roof and work your way down to prevent dirt from upper surfaces transferring to lower ones.

Rinse Often

Remember to rinse your wash mitt or sponge frequently to avoid dragging accumulated dirt across your vehicle's surface.

Drying Techniques

Use high-quality microfiber drying towels. Two hands, two towels, to help prevent fingerprints and speed up your drying time!


With the right supplies, tools, and techniques, a DIY hand car wash can almost professional services. Take pride in your efforts, enjoy the process, and revel in the satisfaction of driving a brilliantly clean and shiny vehicle. The driveway is your canvas – let's make it shine!

Visit our website to book a Hand Wax and see the Hand Washes we offer!


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