Why You Should Wash Your Car When It’s Rainy

Why You Should Wash Your Car When It’s Rainy
December 13, 2021 markofferdahl

Have you got a shiny new car, and are looking to keep it in top condition for as long as possible? If so, washing it at the end of, or soon after a rainy day is super important. That may seem counterintuitive because the rain would wash the car… right? Wrong. Keep streak marks, rust and water stains at bay by following this guide to keeping your car glistening this wet season.

Rainwater actually makes your car dirtier, and can sometimes go as far as to dull the paint job. So, you want to try and wash your car as soon as possible after it rains. If you wash it beforehand, try to avoid driving it around while it’s raining if you have a garage. The reason for this is that rainwater is actually acidic, and can really dull your paint job if you don’t take care of it.

To learn more about why you should wash your car at the end of a rainy day, read on.

Hatch Back driving along wet road

Reason 1: It washes away any acid buildup from the rain.

As mentioned earlier, rainwater is naturally acidic and usually sits at about a pH of 5.5 to 6 here in Australia. In some parts of the world, rainwater acidity has been so bad in the past, Acid Rain was one of the most well-known environmental issues of the 1970s and 80s. Since then, there has been tighter governance on air pollution regulations in areas that were the worst impacted, so this isn’t really something we have to deal with anymore – at least in Australia. However, it does paint the picture of just how damaging rainwater can really be. It’s not the kind of stuff you want to leave on your car if you want to keep your shiny, new look for years to come.

Reason 2: It’ll be easier to clean stains, and avoid any early corrosion.

Something that a lot of people don’t realise is that leaving rainwater to dry on your car can actually promote rust in some cases. Plus, if you’ve got any other stains such as bird droppings, dirt or dust stuck to your car, the rainwater can actually seal it in and make it harder to clean later. Most cars will have a bit of general dirt and grime on them, even with regular cleaning, so it’s best to clean at the end of a rainy day whenever possible. If you’re local to Chermside or drive through Gympie Road on your way home, you can drop by Spin Car Wash and take a detour through our Auto-Wash Tunnel to save yourself the hassle when you get home.

Reason 3: It can speed up the process.

If it has just rained, but you’ve managed to catch a break in the weather and you’re on your way home, the last thing you might stop to do is to wash your car. However, this can actually be the perfect time to do so. If you’re more of a handwashing kind of person, you can drop by our Self-Service Bays and save yourself a bit of time on the first step. While we’d still recommend giving your car a rinse before going straight in with the soap, fresh rain that has not yet dried will be easy to spray away and will have already started to loosen a bit of the dirt on your car. If you’re worried about the damage rainwater might do to your beloved car, this is a must-do step after a rainy day.

Wash Your Car At Spin Car Wash Chermside

At Spin Car Wash, we understand that your car is an extension of you, and it means a lot to keep it safe, sound and shining for as long as possible. So, we offer both once-off services, and Spin Unlimited Wash Club memberships for those who want to drop by regularly. Plus, we reward our most loyal customers with our Spincentive Loyalty Club, where every eighth exterior express car wash is on us. Drop-in now at 1080 Gympie Rd, Chermside and see our friendly team today.