How to Clean and Protect Your Vehicle from Tree Sap, Leaves, and Bugs

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Our vehicles are built to withstand the unpredictable weather we experience here in South Florida as well as get us from point A to point B safely. What they aren’t made to do, however, is maintain their shine and beauty on their own. They depend on their owners for that. Although the paint that is used on most vehicles is durable, it eventually becomes stained, chipped, and worn with the hot sun beating down on it and other things like tree sap and leaves falling on it daily.

a yellow sheet lies under the car windshield outside in rain drops after rain

So, how do you keep your precious vehicle from becoming spotty and unsightly? You keep it clean and take it in for a thorough detailing job every so often.

How do I prevent my vehicle from becoming stained due to tree sap, leaves, and other damaging things?

Although it is best to let a professional such as those at Best Shine Car Wash and Detail handle the job of maintaining your ride, there are a few things Consumer Reports recommends you do to prevent stains from developing as a result of tree sap falling onto your vehicle.

  1. Give your car a good wash. According to Chris Jones, who is an automotive testing technician at CR’s Auto Test Center, this will help to “remove any sediment and grime from the area you will be working in.”
  2. Once your vehicle is clean, “dab some rubbing alcohol on a cloth as your first line of attack.” If that doesn’t work, consider using a “specialized tree-sap or bug-and-tar removal product.” You should probably test a small area first when using a new product on your vehicle to be sure it doesn’t cause damage to your paint.
  3. Once the tree sap or other debris is removed from the exterior of your vehicle, “clean it with soap and water immediately.”
  4. Apply a coat of wax to protect your vehicle.

Now, aside from keeping your vehicle clean, especially after noticing that things like tree sap, bugs, or leaves have fallen onto it, you should also consider parking it in an area where these things are less likely to fall on it. This way, your paint job isn’t compromised and you aren’t forced to wash your car so often. Now, while it is encouraged that you do take the time to clean anything off your vehicle that could potentially stain the paint and comprise your ride’s shine and value, we do suggest you bring it by Best Shine Car Wash and Detail so that it can get the detailed clean that it needs.

Not only does your exterior need to be properly washed and waxed on a consistent basis, but so does the inside of your car, SUV, or truck. So, the next time you find yourself browsing around Boca Raton or happen to be passing by the corner of Spanish River and N. Dixie Highway, stop in to let our detailing experts take care of your vehicle and give it the wash and wax it needs and deserves.

Best Shine Car Wash is the best car wash in Boca Raton, FL that offers car detailing at an affordable price. Stop in today to find out more about the services we offer and the specials we currently have running.