Month: December 2017

How to Remove Ice and Snow from the Car Safely

Posted on December 18, 2017 in Tips

How to Remove Ice and Snow from the Car Safely

Are you shocked staring at your supercar covered by four inches of snow? You must be so panic thinking about the possible damage to the flawless paint of your car. Panicking won’t make anything better, which means you have to remove the snow from the car as soon as possible. Moreover, if you are in a hurry to work, and you find the snow is covering your car that makes it impossible for you to drive it before cleaning it. Sadly, it is not the right time to get mad at anything. Don’t waste your energy on complaining, and get some equipment to remove it immediately. If you are wondering about how to remove ice and snow from the car safely, you can follow our handy tips below.

Recommended tool for the snow removal

First of all, don’t try to pull out your handcrafted corn-straw broom to sweep the snow or ice away. If you do, you’ll quickly find that the college-tuition-priced paint job doesn’t have the same effect anymore with brush strokes etched into it. What a pity! The same thing goes for removing the snow or ice using nylon brushes and especially shovels. So, avoid using any of the mentioned items previously. For removing snow or ice safely from your car, we recommend a foam brush as a recommended tool for this “dangerous” job. This tool is usually designed with a nonabrasive, freeze-resistant molded polyethylene foam head with a recessed hard-plastic plate that can prevent contact with the car’s surface. Some of the foam brush is equipped with a steel telescoping handle that extends up to 46 inches for maximum reach. Based on Bryan Burgess, the common damage from improper ice or snow removal are stretched in the paint. The stretches could be light or very deep depending on the situation. For example, if you use a nylon brush to remove the snow or ice from your car’s surface, it may leave light scratches that will be visible once you wash the car on a sunny day. If you use a shovel to remove the snow, you are at risk for a deep scratch on the painted that is either beyond a simple repair or even would require a repaint.

The best removal technique

If you have got the recommended tool in your hand, now it is time to start removing the snow or ice from your car. Here is the best removal technique to follow to do it safely. Remember to pull it off the vehicle in a straight line from the front bumper. You can do it by extending your arm as far across the hood as you can. Based on the advice of Burgess, besides pulling the snow off your car, you have to keep all motions in straight lines. It is aimed to make sure that if you cause a scratch, it will potentially appear to be the natural occurrence of your car that is coming in contact with debris at the higher speeds. Furthermore, he also said that you should work the removal from the top of the car down to the sides part and then to the hood and trunk areas.

When it comes to clean the windshield and window glass, you can take it easy because those are made of hard material. Therefore, there’s no need to worry about scratching it when removing the snow from these part. Although using a recommended tool to remove the snow from your car, still you need to minimize a contact between the vehicle and the brush to prevent mishaps. It would be better for you to leave the last bit of snow and let the heat from your car’s engine or power of the sun to finish this removal process. What you need to do is just remove the majority amount of the snow with a brush.

Alternative tools for snow removal

Is foam brush the only recommended tool to remove the snow from your car? Luckily, no it is not. You still have another chance to remove the snow by using your hands. What? Yes, it is true. You can always use your hands to push the snow off, though your reach will be limited compared with the foam brush with an extendable handle. This alternative technique is recommended by Eco Touch Premium Car Care. Furthermore, Eco Touch also suggests us to invest in a car cover and apply a coat of wax to protect the paint from the elements. Ideally, you could protect your car with a traditional wax before winter sets in, because there is a minimum temperature required for waxing when you can put wax on, let it dry to a haze and then wax off. The required temperature is usually in the mid-50d or even higher. You can also wash the car when the weather is warm enough, and then use a spray-on wax after a wash. For the interior, you should protect this part with all-weather mats, while tracked-in soil should be vacuumed routinely and leather cleaned and conditioned to guard against any stains and potential water damage. To reduce fogging, you should clean the windows inside and out regularly.