March 17, 2020 at 05:37PM

How Does Rain Make Your Car Dirty?

Finishing washing you car and leaving it outside is the automotive equivalent of not bringing your umbrella when going for a walk during springtime in Victoria. It will definitely rain, and that rain will ruin all your hard work. We all know that rain will ruin your freshly washed car, but many people don’t know why. After all, you just washed the car with water, why does more water make it dirty again?

The problem isn’t the rain itself, but what the rain brings with it as it falls through the lower atmosphere. As rain makes its way down towards earth, it collects all kinds of particles. Things like dust, pollen, pollutants, and smoke all get trapped inside the drops and then deposited on your car. Once the drops dry up, all the stuff that was contained inside gets left behind, ruining your freshly washed car.
Things like dust, pollen, pollutants, and smoke all get trapped inside the drops and then deposited on your car. Once the drops dry up, all the stuff that was contained inside gets left behind, ruining your freshly washed car.

While this phenomenon is obviously a huge pain, it has a nice effect too. Ever noticed how fresh and clean the air is after a rainfall? That is because the water has stripped the air of all its contaminants. Immediately after a fresh rain is the best time for air quality, despite meaning that you’ll probably have to re-wash your car.

So, What Can You Do?

Obviously the best thing you can do is wash your car when the weather is good, immediately dry it off with a chamois, and park it inside. Also, never drive during the rain.

Does that sound impractical? We thought so too, which is why we offer Quick Washes as part of our comprehensive detailing options. Quick washes allow you to get a professional quality car wash, regardless of the weather. With GAIN on your side, proper automotive detailing is not far out of reach, we are always here to help you out.

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