Hints & Tips for caring for your BMW


When you’re driving a BMW, you’re already guaranteed to look fantastic, but if you want to keep it in top shape, here are a few tips for when you’re cleaning it by hand.

  1. Clean bird mess ASAP. There’s no elegant way of putting it: Bird mess corrodes your paintwork so clean it off immediately. A quick soaking using warm water and BMW Car Shampoo should do the trick. This solution will dissolve the residue without much rubbing and just a light rinse afterwards with cold water.
  2. Use the correct products. Some household detergents commonly used as car washing products will damage your bodywork, paintwork and windows. Using BMW approved Car Care products will give you the peace of mind of knowing what you’re using is not damaging your vehicle.
  3. Don’t wash your car in the sun. This may cause ugly water spotting over the vehicle resulting from lime scale residue. All the more noticeable in darker coloured cars, you can avoid such a thing happening by rinsing your BMW in the shade.
  4. Don’t wash your car just after a journey. Cold water impacting on warm wheel components will cause them to contract rapidly and could ultimately cause long term damage.
  5. Mask your trims. Protect your dark coloured trims by covering them with masking tape whilst polishing the rest of the bodywork.
  6. Be careful where you park. Being aware of your surroundings when you park is a good way to avoid damage/rusting via industrial fallout, corrosive tree deposits, or air with high salt content. People who park in railway station car parks often find their paintwork rusts over due to being sprayed with iron filings from high speed passing trains. If you have to park in such an area, be sure to wash your car as regularly as possible.

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