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How to Wash Bug Splatters Off Your Vehicle

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Summer has arrived which means more bugs in the air and on your windshield! During the summer months, vehicle owners in Edmonton can expect thousands of insects to hit their cars, causing major bug build-up.

We want to tell you why bug splatters are a problem and how you can get the most out of your next car wash.

What’s the Big Deal?

You might not think bug splatters are a big deal, but they can cause a lot of damage! Here are just some of the ways they can cause trouble:

  1. The icky goo from insects is extremely acidic, which can eat away at your car’s paint job.
  2. Eventually, bacteria will grow on the dead bugs, which can also damage the finish of your car. Plus, that’s just nasty.

Those two reasons are why it’s important to wash your car as soon as you notice a bug build-up. If bugs are left on there for more than a couple of days, they’ll dehydrate and bake onto the surface of your vehicle, practically cementing them to your paint. The faster you wash your car, the easier these splatters are to remove.

How to Wash Off Bug Splatters

Bug splatters can be stubborn and difficult to clean off your vehicle. Tackling your car with a typical car rinse won’t be enough—you’re going to need something with a bit more kick.

There are specific products that are designed for washing off bug splatters on your car! Most bug remover solutions are enzyme-based and designed to dissolve the proteins found in bugs. Gross, we know, but it’s also effective.

If you like to wash your car in the driveway, you’ll want to pick up some bug remover from your local department store. Most bug removers are affordable and easy to find, so it’s worth having a spray bottle at home.

How to Wash Bug Splatters Off Your Vehicle

You’ll also be able to find trustworthy bug removers at most car washes! At Hughes, we recommend washing bugs off your car’s bumper, grate, and windshield with 4 steps:

  1. Start with your regular rinse, pre-soak, and wash—top to bottom and in sections.
  2. Use our bug remover on LOW pressure, once again… top to bottom!
  3. Next, use a foaming brush so that you remove all the goop (and you guessed it, start from the top and go to the bottom).
  4. Finish with another rinse.

How OFTEN Your Car Needs a Wash

In the summer, it’s important that you wash your vehicle more frequently—especially if you’re taking road trips or driving at night (most bug splatters happen after sunset).

We recommend you wash your car once a week (or every two weeks). What’s more important is that you time your car washes correctly. If you went on a road trip, leave a little extra time to wash your car when you get home.

We have EVERYTHING you need to get bugs off your car. Visit a Hughes’ self-service bay in your area! Find your Hughes location today.

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