Tips for Cleaning Bothersome Bugs off Your Car

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After enjoying a brilliant scenic drive or simply using your trusty set of four wheels to get you from A to B, you’re bound to notice that your car is not as clean as it was a day or two ago. Along with the usual dirt, dust, and road grime, you will also find bugs splattered across the front and even sides of your car. While tiny insects might seem harmless, any professional car detailing company will confirm that they can cause serious damage to your immaculate paint job. In just two days, the chemicals found in bugs can penetrate the clear coat of your car’s paint! This means that it’s only a matter of time before they reach the lower layers and cause even more devastating damage. Fortunately, something can be done about this and all hope is certainly not lost.

Easy Steps for Removing Those Bugs

As soon as you see bugs on your vehicle, it’s important to act promptly. If you are planning a long road trip and you’re not sure if you will find a suitable car detailing expert along the way, you should at least keep some water and other supplies in the trunk. That way, no matter where you are, you can always clean those nasty bugs off promptly. For a more thorough clean, follow these steps:


Start by giving your car a good rinse and look for areas where bugs have left their mark. Wet the area thoroughly and use a soapy rag to gently wash that area. Apply gentle pressure as you scrub softly in a circular motion to remove as much as possible. If you still find some remains left behind, you can rub from left to right and up and down. Remember to rub gently and don’t overdo it or you could damage the paintwork. If need be, you can allow stubborn areas to soak with some soapy water but don’t let the soap dry on your car! You might find it handy to allow one small section to soak while you work on another area. Once you’re finished the second section, come back to the first area and continue working on it. Rinse all the soap off thoroughly before you continue to the next section of your car.

Insect Removal Products

There are several different types of products that have been specifically designed to remove insects from your car. Make sure that you read the label to ensure that the product will not scratch or damage your car’s paint in any way. Follow the instructions to ensure best results.

Baking Soda on Windows and Headlights

Baking soda is another popular option for removing bugs from the windows and headlights of your car. Add some baking soda to your soapy water. Make sure that the baking soda is completely dissolved before you use it! This will ensure that it is not abrasive and won’t cause scratches.

Invest in a Bug Sponge

A great investment for any car owner is a bug sponge. These sponges are specially designed to make your job a whole lot easier and they can be used in conjunction with the methods mentioned above.

Wax and/or Polish

You might only need to wax a certain area of your car or you may decide that a full wax is in order. If you have not polished your car for several months, a polish could be in order. Remember not to wax or polish too often as this causes more harm than good.

What Not to Do

Avoid using a high-pressure hose to try to spray bugs off your car. This can cause some nasty damage. Likewise, don’t scrub too hard and never use abrasive substances. Always wash your car in the shade and don’t rush! You might need to soak in some areas and this takes time.

When it comes to car detailing and bug removal in the Greater Toronto Area, Wash Me Now will come to you! There’s no need to take time out of your busy day for such time-consuming tasks as cleaning your car and getting rid of bugs. Let us take care of it all for you. Contact us today for a full range of detailing packages today!