How do you dry your car after washing?

What do I use to dry my car? I’ve heard there is an incorrect way to wipe down your vehicle after washing it.

Great question!
To avoid watermarks and stains, there is definitely a recommended method to dry your car after washing it.
While many people opt for a regular microfiber towel to dry their car, consider using a microfiber waffle-weave towel instead. The latter is designed for drying.
Materials you will need to dry your car include:
  • Microfiber waffle-weave towel
  • Quick detailer or drying aid
  • Stepping stool (optional)
  • Forced-air dryer (optional)
Step one: Start by wiping down the roof of your vehicle. Always begin drying from the highest surface. If you need assistance reaching the top of your car, use a stepping stool.
Step two (optional): To speed up the drying process, use a quick detailer or drying aid.
Step three: Use your microfiber waffle-weave towel to wipe down the car in side-to-side motions. The cloth will retain more water this way. Alternatively, if you have an air dryer, you can use that in place of the towel.
Step four: While you are wiping down your vehicle, remember to wring out your towel every once in a while. In addition, periodically ensure it’s free from debris. If it looks dirty, replace the towel with a clean one and continue wiping down your car.
Step four: When the roof is dry, move on to the hood or the trunk. Repeat steps two and three to dry these areas, as well as the rest of the car.
Good luck!
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Phoebe Mah
Answered on Nov 12, 2021

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