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Make car cleaning a family affair

(NC) Spring is one of the best times to spend quality time outside with the family, especially as the days become warm and bright. It is also an opportunity for parents to share some passions with their children – and one particularly fun-filled combination is car care.

Many parents feel that showing their kids how to properly clean the car now will set them up to get extra mileage and enjoyment out of their automobiles when they're old enough to get behind the wheel. To assist, Autoglym recommends the following 3-step process for families who want their cars in tip-top shape for spring roads:

Wash: During winter, road salts, mud and grit build up on the paint, dulling the finish. Kids love to get involved in activities that help mom and dad, so young ones can join in on the washing fun. Pre-rinse the car with a hose and then give the kids a sponge – the little ones can begin washing at sill level and parents can take over the roof area, giving the vehicle a thorough wash. Using a product specifically designed for car washing, like the Autoglym Bodywork Wash & Wax will help prevent unnecessary damage to your car's finish.

Polish: If you choose to use a hand polish application, apply product directly with a sponge applicator in overlapping circles and finish in straight lines before treating the next section. Pay special attention to faded paint and painted plastic areas such as doors, mirrors and fenders. Continue until all of the painted surfaces are coated in a thin, even layer. After 10 minutes, when the polish is dry, you can begin to buff with a microfiber cloth.

Protect: Use a clean sponge to apply a long lasting, protective wax, working in sections and in a circular motion – only a thin layer is needed. Continue applying to all of the painted surfaces, quickly buff off and you'll have a protected shine in no time.

Additional information and tips are available online at www.autoglym.com.

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