Summer is almost here — it’s time for warmer weather, vacation getaways, and family fun. Although, with the heat cranking up, bugs will also creep in, and unfortunately, their favorite destination is the exterior of your vehicle. A dirty ride doesn’t have to be your reality this summer, especially with these four bug car cleaning tips.
Microfiber Towel and Spray Wax
As gross as it sounds, fresh bug splatter can be the easiest to remove, as the longer it sits, the harder it is to clean. If that’s the case, go the cleaning route of simple spray wax and a microfiber towel. These towels are truly safe your the exterior of your vehicle and paint job because they are specifically made to remove wax-like materials. Here’s how you do it — spray the wax directly onto the bug, and wipe it with some muscle use and the microfiber towel. Just like that, the bug remnants will be gone!
Car Soap and Bug Remover Sponge
If the bug has sat for too long, and it isn’t budging with the towel and spray trick, your next option is a bug remover sponge and car soap. First, pour the soap into a five-gallon bucket, and dip the bug sponge into it. Although, the key is making sure the sponge is fully submerged in the liquid, as it can scratch the exterior if not. If you have insects on your windshield, this technique should do the trick as well.
Bug Removal Specific Products
Hard bugs can cause quite a headache, as you try product after product, scrub after scrub, only to have bugs still on your vehicle. If that’s the case, you need to bring it in the big guys, which are bug removal sprays. There are both aerosol and liquid spray forms. Spray them directly onto the bug, let sit for about 30 seconds, and wipe with a microfiber towel after.
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Citrus-based degreasers kill two birds with one stone, as they remove bugs and improve the smell of your vehicle. If you are looking for a specific brand, we suggest Citrol, which you may have seen a professional car detailer use before.