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Tips for Attaching a Tree to Your Car

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Before you can gather around the Christmas tree and enjoy the holiday spirit, it’s necessary to get the tree home from the lot. Unless they deliver, you’ll find it necessary to transport the tree in your car.

Rather than having a Grinch experience that results in damage when attaching a tree to your car, keep the following tree hauling tips in mind.

  • Plan ahead. Prepare before attaching a tree to your car by gathering necessary items. You will need blankets, tarps or plastic sheeting to protect the interior and exterior of your car from sap and needles. A blanket placed between your tree and the roof of the car can prevent scratching. In order to secure the tree to your car, bring rope, bungee cording or straps that are soft enough not to scratch your car’s surface.
  • Protect your auto with a car wax. Prior to transporting your tree, it’s a good idea to get a car wax. A high-quality waxing will provide a buffer between your car and the tree and hauling materials. Wax provides a valuable layer of protection.
  • Consider size. Aim for buying a Christmas tree that will fit inside of your vehicle or on your car’s roof rack, if you have one. The smaller the tree, generally the easier it will be to transport without damaging your car.
  • Have your tree netted. If the service is available, have the tree netted before leaving the lot. This provides an added layer of protection between the tree and your auto and helps to preserve the tree. Netted trees are also less likely to sustain damage to the limbs and lose fewer needles during transport.
  • Secure the tree well and in the right direction. Avoid wind damage to your tree by attaching it to your car so that the stump end faces the front of your vehicle. When you drive, the wind will push the limbs and needles in the tree’s natural direction of growth. Before leaving the Christmas tree lot, tug on your tree to make certain it is secure. If you inadequately attach a tree to your car, you risk creating dangerous debris while driving. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than 200,000 auto crashes occurred between 2011 and 2014 because of debris on U.S. roads. This resulted in about 39,000 injuries and more than 500 deaths. Drive home slowly, and avoid the highway or freeway.
  • Have your car cleaned promptly. Ensure that troublesome staining from sap is removed and stray needles are vacuumed up as soon as possible after hauling your Christmas tree home. The sooner you have your car detailed, the less long-lasting damage your auto is likely to sustain. Click here for valuable discounts on car detailing.

Window Spots And How To Get Rid Of Them

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

When you run your car through the wash, the result should be a spotless finish that’s clean from top to bottom. But if you’re noticing a lot of window spots, as well as spots throughout your vehicle caused by water, even after a towel dry, it can be challenging to determine exactly what went wrong. Here are a few potential types of issues regarding window spots and water spots and what you might want to consider doing to remedy the problem.

Avoid Storing Your Vehicle In The Elements
In some cases, depending on where you live, you may not be able to provide adequate shelter for your car. If a carport or garage is out of reach, try using a car cover when you’re vehicle is not in use. Certain types of water exposure, including acid rain, can be a significant contributor to the development of spots on the exterior of your vehicle. The acidic effect of acid rain, including the elevated amount of hydrogen ions can easily damage the paint on your car. Stopping off at a Mr. Clean Car Wash location can help to reduce the effects of acid rain and accumulating water spots on your vehicle’s paint. A clay bar treatment helps to target paint oxidation, overspray and acid rain build up.

Get Frequent Car Washes
The water spots on your windshield and the painted surface of your vehicle could be caused by a variety of reasons, including:

  • Acid rain exposure if you live or drive through a highly polluted environment.
  • Mineral buildup from exposure to a non-filtered water source.
  • Salt accumulation from saltwater particles.

If the paint on your vehicle is older or in poor condition, oxidation may have occurred. This means that paint is degenerating and becomes porous for attracting materials. The result leaves behind spots and stains that are hard to eliminate. Your Mr. Clean Car Wash Specialist will be able to use a step wax process which targets oxidation and other surface contaminants. You’ll end up with a lasting shine that also protects your vehicle from further stain and damage.

Seek An Interior Detail
Water spots can also show up on the interior of your vehicle as well. These are generally caused from staining or accidental water splashes during everyday use. The best way to target interior water stains is to use ammonia-free based products to wipe away all contaminants that may be contributing to spots and streaks. Wipe any residue away with a soft, towel to prevent scratching and stain reoccurrence. Take away the hard work by hiring a technician from Mr. Clean Car Wash to give you a professional interior cleaning that focuses on window cleaning and protecting hard surfaces that are prone to water spots.

Keep A Towel Handy
In between professional cleanings from Mr. Clean Car keep your vehicle as dry and clean as possible. If your car has been exposed to acid rain or a hard water sprinkler system, try to stop by Mr. Clean Car Wash for a quick rinse. If you’re unable to visit a location, keep your vehicle ‘s exterior as dry as possible. This can help prevent water spots from forming.

Water spots are a bothersome effect of owning a vehicle, no matter how clean you keep it. Let the experts at Mr. Clean Car Wash help make your car shine year round.

Protecting Your Car’s Interior from Pet Wear and Tear

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Jumping in the car and taking a ride with your best canine or feline friend can be a treat for you and your pet. Unfortunately, the resulting flyaway hair and paw prints can make your car less than pristine. The good news is there are solutions for preventing pet damage to your auto’s interior, including getting a car interior detail.

Common pet damage to car interior
Fido and Fluffy don’t mean to, but they can cause trouble with your car’s interior. Common damage to your vehicle when an animal is on board includes hair and fur that becomes lodged in your upholstery and on the floor, nose and paw prints on the windows and doors and even scratches, tears, holes and rips in the seating from wayward claws and nails. A pet can also become car sick and vomit or have an accident that can result in the need for odor control management.

Prevent pet damage
Protecting the interior of your car from pet damage is your first line of defense. Safeguard your upholstery from fur, stains and scratches with seat covers, which come in plastic or cloth. Before purchasing, ensure that cloth seat covers are machine washable. To protect the car’s mats and carpeting, use hard plastic floor mat covers or floor liners made of nonslip rubber. Remove seat covers and floor mats when your pet isn’t riding with you and store them in the trunk.. As soon as pet fur does invade your car’s interior, prevent it from working its way into the floor and cloth upholstery by removing it with a lint brush.

Regularly groom your pet
A well-groomed pet is less likely to get a car interior dirty or full of fur. The ASPCA recommends bathing your dog at least every three months, but if your pet is a frequent car traveler, monthly bathing could be preferable. Brushing or combing daily, especially prior to a car ride, is another good way to prevent your animal from spreading fur, dirt and body oil stains. Grooming also helps ensure that your dog and cat are free of fleas and flea dirt, the latter can stain upholstery and flooring. During grooming, ensure that your animal’s nails are also trimmed. This will prevent your pooch or kitty from scratching or puncturing your car’s interior.

Protect your vehicle with regular detailing
While preventing animal fur and stains is possible to a certain extent, the only way to keep your vehicle looking and smelling its best is with a car interior detail. Regular interior detailing also helps ensure that problems like torn seats or pet accidents don’t become worse than is necessary. For instance, proper and prompt treatment of vomit and urine accidents leads to less chance of ongoing odor and permanent staining.

If your pet travels with you often, and it’s been awhile since a car interior detail, visit Mr. Clean Car Wash today to learn more about how a car interior detail can make your car look and smell great.

Waxing vs. Polishing: Car Detailing Explained

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

It might come as a surprise to you that one of the things many use purely to improve their cars’ visual aesthetics can actually protect it. While a wax may not seem like much, a wax followed by a polish can help protect your car’s value while also adding to its cosmetic finish.

People often assume that waxing and polishing are the same thing. However, they have completely different car detailing functions. Waxing is a process in which the exterior of a car is coated in order to protect the paint. Waxing is especially important during winter months. According to 5280 The Denver Magazine, a wax can protect a car’s paint from snow or slush.

Waxing also helps prevent scratches on the clear coat that resides over the actual paint job. When a car is waxed, the car is better protected from other elements (like the sun and dirt). Popularmechanics.com says that a car owner should wax his or her car at least twice a year, once before winter and once before spring.

Polishing, however, is what is done after a wax to ensure that the vehicle has that glossy shine. Think of polishing more as the cosmetic part of car detailing. Without polishing, it would be almost impossible to get that deep gloss or wet-look of a car. Polishing helps to mask imperfections on the surface so that scratches and small dents are less noticeable. Polishing also helps to reduce the appearance of water spots or weakened paint from the effects of acid rain.

Polish and wax have to work together in order to give a car a top of the line shine. Don’t trust just anyone to do necessary car detailing. Bring the vehicle to Mr. Clean Car Wash and let their experts give the car a pick-me-up with full car detailing, including a wax and polish.

How a Regular Car Wash Can Save Your Vehicle’s Finish

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

There’s nothing more frustrating than taking a vehicle to the car wash—and having it get rained on right after. Water spots, splashed up mud and even spray from other vehicles on the road can leave deposits. Instances like these may even make it seem like the car was never washed at all, while simultaneously ruining the car’s appearance

Rain Causes Damage

Believe it or not though, rain can do much more than damage a car’s appearance. Rain can cause issues below the surface of a car’s paint, too. In addition, acid rain can leave sulfates that ruin a car’s finish over time. The auto industry and EPA both agree that environmental fallout such as acid rain can cause damage.

While “environmental fallout” can include decaying bugs, bird droppings, air pollution and others, acid rain is one of the largest causes of automotive finish damage. As rain evaporates on a vehicle’s surface, it leaves behind deposits of pollution from burnt fossil fuels, which are collected in atmospheric water vapor such as rain, snow and even fog.

Protecting the Car’s Finish

Environmental pollution leaves acidic residue which, over time, will eat away at paint jobs. To protect a vehicle’s finish, Mr. Clean Car Wash recommends frequent car washes (especially after it rains). Car washes remove corrosive residues left behind by acid rain. Washing the car regularly keeps the surface clean of sulfuric and nitric acids, which can damage the clear coat and paint.

Mr. Clean Car Wash also suggests use of waxes and protective coatings, which can be applied during the car wash or by one of their exterior detailing services. In between washes, keeping the vehicle covered or out of the rain completely will help avoid damage. However, a car will inevitably face rain. Keeping it clean and waxed is the best defense to the effects of rain.

For more information on keeping your car exterior looking good, visit a local Mr. Clean Car Wash & Oil Change Plus and join Mr. Clean Car Wash’s free VIP Club to receive free car washes and other promotions.

Wax or No Wax: The Detailing Conundrum

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Nothing looks better than a bright, shiny car. Today’s paint jobs use a clear coat that helps keep new cars shining longer—while thirty years ago, car makers simply sprayed the finished vehicles with a few layers of lacquer paint and polished them up before sending them off to dealerships. This left the future owner with an intense detailing regiment for their car to keep up with—while today’s paint jobs leave owners wondering how often they need to wax (if at all).

In the early 1980s, car manufacturers started using a clear coat that sealed the paint. This seal added a layer of protection from weather, debris and paint fading ultraviolet rays from the sun. This layer also kept the cars finish shiny for longer. However, as the paint aged, this layer wore down.

Now, waxing a car’s finish every two months (even if the car is still shiny) will add another layer of protection. This helps keep the car looking great a lot longer. Finally, it makes removing dirt easier during car washes.

According to Popular Mechanics, today’s automotive waxes feature additives that make the application process easier from wax on to wax off. There are synthetic formulas that last longer and can be supplemented in between waxes. These supplements include spray-on waxes that can be applied with no extra effort required.

Mr. Clean Car Wash offers a number of exterior detailing options—from an Express Wax that lasts up to 3 months, to a 2-Step Wax that removes the old wax and surface contaminants and applies a UV coating wax to protect the clear coat, all the way to complete detailing packages to keep the car’s paint protected and looking great for a long time.

Though keeping a fresh coat of wax on a vehicle may not seem as critical as it used to be—it is. Wax helps put an added layer of protection between the sun’s rays, road debris and pollution and the car’s paint. For more information on express detail services, see a local Mr. Clean Car Wash & Oil Change Plus and check the Promotions page for savings on your next wax or other detail service.

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How an Automatic Car Wash Can Help Prevent Scratches

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

The first scratch on a new car is heartbreaking—and so is the second, third, fourth, etc. Though it’s not always possible to avoid scratches, an automatic car wash is the first line of defense when it comes to preventing scratches on cars. In addition, smart drivers have an arsenal of scratch-avoidance tactics they use. Here are a few:

  • Keep it clean: Keeping a car clean is one of the best ways to defend against scratches and other types of paint damage. Dirt and road debris can contain tiny particles capable of causing micro scratches when rubbed against. Things like bird droppings and bug splatter can eat away at the paint. The cleaner the car is, the lower the risk of scratches and other paint damage.
  • Wax the car: Regular waxing of a cars painted surfaces gives an extra layer of protection from environmental effects that can damage its paint.
  • Use a car cover: Using a car cover not only protects against things like pollen and bird droppings, it also protects against door dings, cat or bird claws, and anything else that could come in contact with a car’s paint.
  • Remember that even garages aren’t hazard-free: Parking in a garage overnight is one of the best ways to avoid scratches. However, many forget that things like bikes and ladders can topple over and do a great deal of damage. Garages offer the greatest protection when they’re clean, uncluttered, and free of anything that could fall on a car or be hit by an opening car door.
  • Park with care: Parking spot decisions can make a big difference. Parking in spots that are too small for the vehicle is a major no-no. Also, parking in the last spot in a row (especially if it’s against a curb, wall, or hedge) makes one side of the car prone to scratches. Finally, avoiding high-traffic, accident-prone areas (like cart-returns) is another way to prevent scratches.

Scratches do more than just detract from a car’s appearance—they make the car vulnerable to rust. That’s why all scratches should immediately be repaired by a professional detailer. Since it’s easier to spot a scratch on a clean car, frequent car washes are essential to maintaining a car’s value.

Currently, Mr. Clean Car Wash customers who join the VIP club will receive a 50 percent discount on a full-service, automatic car wash. VIP members also have special access to other discounts and promotions. Sometimes scratches happen even when the best precautions are taken—however, Mr. Clean Car Wash is dedicated to making these instances are few and far between.

Image courtesty of flickr via Jonathan Rolande, 2013