4 Bug Vehicle Cleaning Tips

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Your car can be clean as a whistle when you leave home and full of bugs when you get back. It only takes a few minutes on the road to end up with splatter from multiple critters, and if you don’t clean it off, it could damage your paint. Fortunately, these tips will help you clean bugs off your car quickly and easily.

1.      Remove Fresh Splatter With a Microfiber Towel and Detailing Spray

Removing fresh bug splatter is a breeze with detailing spray and a microfiber towel. You can spray the towel or train the spray directly on the bugs. Then, use a lifting motion to wipe the bugs off your car. Also, make sure you move the towel in one direction instead of back and forth and don’t make circular motions.

2.      Get More Power With Car Soap and a Bug Remover Sponge

If you’re dealing with hard-to-remove bug splatter, you need to use car soap and a bug remover sponge. These sponges are made of microfiber and include a textured surface that does an excellent job of removing bugs. Pour the car soap into a five-gallon bucket and submerge the sponge before starting. Then, get to work, wiping away the bugs off your car, windows, and windshield.

3.      Clean Hard-to-remove Splatter With Bug and Tar Remover

If the bug splatter is still there after using detailing spray and car soap, try bug and tar remover. While you can choose a liquid or aerosol spray, the liquid is a little bit easier to use when removing bugs. Spray the bug splatter, and then let the solution work its magic for 30 seconds. Next, use a microfiber towel to remove it. If the towel doesn’t clean the splatter, spray it again and use a bug sponge instead.

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4.      Break Out a Citrus-based Degreaser for Stubborn Bugs

While the first three strategies will remove most bugs, you’ll occasionally come across splatter that seems impossible to clean. Fortunately, few, if any, bugs can stand up to a citrus-based degreaser such as Citrol. This is the method that you’ll see the pros use when detailing cars. Instead of just loosening up the bugs so you can wipe them off, it breaks down organic matter. That means you can even use it to clean off bird droppings.

Only use this when you have time to wash your car after. Otherwise, your car will look filmy and hazy everywhere that you use the product.

If your car is in great shape, it’ll look like it’s ready for the showroom when you get done using these cleaning methods. However, if bug splatter is the least of your worries, you can get a new vehicle at Berglund Automotive in Roanoke, Virginia. With vehicles from top brands, including Chevrolet, Buick, Ford, Lincoln, and Mazda, you’re sure to find the ride of your dreams when you shop with us.