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Washing the Car

I am interested in how people wash their cars over here - and will add a word of warning.

Personally I drive across Zurich to the Fox Centre in Rumlang - jetwash the car wet, then take a bucket of warm water (with Sonax Shampoo) wash the car - rinse with the jet wash - then chamois dry.

I then vacuum the inside, boot and mats. Clean the interior. Clean the wheels with window cleaner (it works). And then now and then polish/wax the car.

I would never use the brushes at one of the jetwashes - and I was proved right last night. One person was jet washing the car - and was allowing their daughter to scrub the floor with the brush!!!!

Anyway - my car is now nice and shiny - and I made sure I drove (posed) back through Zurich.
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Old 11.08.2010, 12:44
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Re: Washing the Car

underground parking (out of the sun) with a bucket, sponge, and hose. followed by a good waxing.

I do use the brush at the jetwash - but I always spray it off and check it before I use it (and I avoid the car wash spots that don't replace them regularly).

Occasionally through a drive-through (choosing wisely, 'soft-wash' preferred) usually during the winter and right after mainly for the under-body-wash to wash the salt off.
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Old 11.08.2010, 12:54
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Re: Washing the Car

I take it through the whirly brush machine when I can't see out of the windows any more and the screenwash fails to clear it. Otherwise (apart from a spring wash to get rid of the salt)....why bother?
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Old 11.08.2010, 13:31
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I am interested in how people wash their cars over here ...
My car gets valeted when it goes in for servicing/tyre change etc. Unless the windows or registration plates get really dirty, in which case I just apply a wet sponge to the offending area.
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Re: Washing the Car

Hate it, when it's clean. Can make out all these ever accumulating dents and scratches so easily

Where I am, we have to take the car to the "shaken" (like Swiss MFK) every two years. So, that's when we take it to a garage to have that done. They will usually wash it down for the test (an oil change and new brake pads usually needed, too). That's basically it.
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Old 12.08.2010, 10:36
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Re: Washing the Car

Does anyone a good place in the Geneva area where one could have the car washed/cleaned (both exterior and interior)?
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Why wash it ? Buy a new one !
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I take it through the whirly brush machine when I can't see out of the windows any more and the screenwash fails to clear it. Otherwise (apart from a spring wash to get rid of the salt)....why bother?
Not even... I take it for a drive in heavy rain. Needless to say, my car has been pretty clean this "summer"...
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Re: Washing the Car

There is a car wash in Zug right next to the Autobahn. They do the wash, and I do the vacuum.

It costs like 25CHF for a wash. That is not too bad considering cost
of other things in Switzerland.
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Re: Washing the Car

I take it to the carwash in our village (near the highway). They also vacuum clean it before it gets into the wash zone.

Sometimes, in addition I dry the car and clean it on the inside.
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Old 12.08.2010, 11:40
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Re: Washing the Car

As far as I understand one may not wash one's car outside a designated wash area due to pollution caused by detergents. The water at car washes has to be treated, so no washing your car with a sponge and bucket on your driveway. If you want to make / launder money, opening a fancy car wash is the way to go.
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Re: Washing the Car

I'm really really particular about the cleanliness of my car so every other week I'll head out to the Softcar wash (with my bag of car goodies) which will wash the outside, I usually take option 3 (once a quarter I get the underbody done which is option 4).

Then I take my time which is usually an hour or more to vaccum the car, polish the insides, tyre polish for the tyres and clean the alloys, clean all the windows, wipe down the water inside the door hinges etc.., clean the front grill...

Well you get the point. I think I'm OCD about the car cleanliness bit.
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Re: Washing the Car

I haven't washed my car since I bought it last December. Looks great.
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Old 12.08.2010, 16:07
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As far as I understand one may not wash one's car outside a designated wash area due to pollution caused by detergents. The water at car washes has to be treated, so no washing your car with a sponge and bucket on your driveway. If you want to make / launder money, opening a fancy car wash is the way to go.
I've heard this before, but I wash mine all the time in my driveway - cops even setup a mobile speedtrap at the top of my driveway once and had a chat with me while i washed the car... I asked them about washing it on Sunday and they laughed about it and said here its fine. (P.S. I did gave them proper s**t about the speedtrap like a proper driver should)
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Re: Washing the Car

wash mine atleast 1x a week. just go to the local jet wash never use the brush tho.

I love it and it relaxes me so it is nice. very ocd about the car
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Re: Washing the Car

Washing cars?

Isn't that what women are for?
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Re: Washing the Car

For a woman washing a car - she does appear to be over dressed
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Isn't that what women are for?
If those are your significant other and significant object, then you are in good shape.
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Re: Washing the Car

I don't use brushes or the automatic washers. Overtime they leave scratch marks. I spray the car down and only need to spend 5-7 chf to get my rides clean. I wax and claybar them now and then as well.

I saw some bikini babes washing a Viper in Lausanne one day as a show. They were rubbing the car in a sensual manner etc... Only problem was that once the car was clean, it was full of scratch marks due to the dirty sponges and te buttons on the bikini and jewelry that the girls were wearing.

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