4 Bug Car Cleaning Tips

hand cleaning car's exterior with microfiber towel

It’s hard to take even a short drive in the summer without ending up with bugs in your car. Dead bugs are nasty enough, but it’s even worse if you don’t remove them quickly. Over time, they’ll cut into the paint, causing irreversible damage. Fortunately, you can stay on top of the problem and avoid irreversible damage. Check out four cleaning tips to use to get bugs off your vehicle.

1.      Clean Your Car With Detailing Spray

You can quickly and safely remove bugs from your car with detailing spray. Squirt the spray on a microfiber towel and the bugs. Then use the towel to clean your vehicle. You would normally use circular motions when cleaning a car with detailing spray. When removing bugs, though, you want to wipe and lift to remove the particles.

2.      Wipe Bugs Away With Car Soap

Car soap can also work wonders when it comes to removing bugs from a vehicle. Put the soap in a bucket and then use a bug sponge to clean the vehicle. Dip the sponge in the soap and then squeeze it over the dried-on bugs. If your sponge dries out after squeezing it, dip it back in the soap and then clean your vehicle. You can use this on the car, windows, and windshield.

3.      Use a Bug and Tar Removal Spray

Sometimes, detailing spray and car soap won’t do the trick. When that happens, upgrade to a bug and tar removal spray. Keep in mind that this is available in spray and aerosol forms, but the spray is easier to wipe off, so stick with it. Apply the spray, and then let it work its magic for 30 seconds. Then wipe it off with a microfiber towel. Your car should glisten when you’re done.

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4.      Clean Hard-to-remove Bugs With a Citrus-based Degreaser

You’ve tried everything, and the bugs are still on your vehicle. Fortunately, you have one more option. Get a citrus-based degreaser to tackle the bugs. The degreaser will cause the dried bug particles to break down, so you can wipe them off the car. Follow the instructions on the degreaser’s bottle. For instance, you might have to mix it with water. Then apply it to the car, give it a few seconds to work, and wipe it off with a microfiber towel.

Make sure you wash your vehicle after using the degreaser. You won’t completely remove the degreaser with the towel, so you need to wash your car.

What if the bugs have already damaged your paint? That’s quite an eyesore, so you might feel embarrassed driving around. If your car is still relatively new, you might consider getting it painted. However, that’s expensive and not worth it if your car has lots of miles on it. Instead, upgrade your wheels at Barbour-Hendrick Honda Greenville in Greenville, North Carolina. Once you get your new wheels, wash the bugs off daily so it will look its best at all times.