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Last Updated on July 5, 2023 by Chase Manhattan
Summertime is the best time of the year to take a road trip and soak in the sun. But with the sun comes the pollen that can be a real pain to get rid of. If your car is covered in pollen, then this guide is for you.
In this article, we’ll explore how to prevent and remove pollen buildup during pollen season. We’ll cover the car washing process for easy pollen removal, and how car wax can make it easy to remove pollen on your car. First, it’s best to understand what pollen is.
What is Pollen
If you’ve ever been stuck with a car covered in pollen, you know how annoying it can be.
Pollen is a fine, powdery substance that is released from plants and trees during the plant’s reproductive cycle to fertilize other plants. In the spring and summer, it’s everywhere and can end up on your car. This can leave permanent stains on your car’s surface without using the right tools and techniques to remove it.
Additionally, if you’re someone who suffers from seasonal allergies, leaving pollen on your car can cause it to build up inside the ventilation system of your car; ultimately clogging the cabin air filter which is the last line of protection that keeps dust and other particles from entering your car. It’s important to pay extra attention to cabin filters during pollen season.
The bad news is that tree pollen particles will get released every year in the spring further exacerbating any existing allergies. The good news is that you can get a head start by preparing protection now.
How to Clean Pollen On Cars
The best way to clean pollen build up off a car’s paint is to use a car washing product. It’s important to use a product that is specifically designed for a vehicle. You don’t want to use a regular household cleaner as it can damage the paint.
Start by spraying the car washing product onto the pollen build up. Let the product sit for a few minutes before scrubbing it off with a soft cloth. Scrubbing it too early will cause scratches on the car’s exterior.
Once you’ve scrubbed off the pollen, rinse off the vehicle with a hose or a bucket of water and proceed with your normal car wash routine. Make sure to rinse thoroughly to remove any residue from the car washing product. After you’ve finished rinsing, dry off the vehicle with a clean, dry cloth.
Another easy method of pollen removal is by using a foam cannon. Foam cannons use soap that soaks the vehicle and offers additional protection by loosening any debris, including pollen particles, that can be easily rinsed afterward.
How to Get Pollen Off Car Without Washing
If you don’t have access to a car wash product, there are still ways to get pollen off car without washing. One way is to use a vacuum cleaner. Start by using the attachment to vacuum off the pollen-covered areas. Once you’ve vacuumed off the pollen, use a dry cloth to wipe down the car. This should help to remove any remaining pollen.
Another way to get pollen off car without washing is to use a damp cloth. Start by dampening the cloth with water and then use it to wipe down the pollen-covered areas. The damp cloth should help to loosen the pollen, making it easier to remove. Once you’ve wiped down the car, use a dry cloth to finish the job.
My preferred method is to use an air compressor with an air hose to blow away the pollen on the car. You can also use cans of compressed air if available. This is best when you keep the car clean already.
How To Keep Pollen Buildup Off Cars
The best way to prevent future pollen buildup is to routinely apply car wax to your car. Most car owners neglect this, but it’s the best way to prevent pollen from building up and eventually entering your car through the cabin air filter.
Aside from using car wax for pollen removal there are many other benefits of waxing your car, it will protect your car’s clear coat from many things like dirt, wind debris, and dust, or other materials. It is best to use microfiber towels to buff the wax, to avoid scratches in the clear coat or paint.
Tips for Removing Pollen On Cars
When it comes to removing pollen from car, there are a few tips to keep in mind.
- make sure to use a car wash product that is specifically designed for a vehicle.
- use a vacuum cleaner to remove the excess pollen.
- use a damp cloth to help loosen the pollen before scrubbing it off.
- use a dry cloth to wipe down the car after you’ve finished scrubbing.
- Finally, make sure to wax your car regularly to protect the paint and make it easier to remove pollen.
If the pollen on your car is too built up, feel free to use WD40 or a WD40 alternative to loosen up the dirt before washing.
As I said, it’s easier to keep a car clean when you wash it regularly – not in the winter, or spring, or summer, but all of the time – because protecting your car’s paint and clear coat will make it that much easier to prevent pollen from building up in the future.
Otherwise, a more automated option is a laser car wash. Laser car washes are touch free alternatives that will not damage your paint.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it Ok To Use the Two Bucket Wash Method On Pollen Covered Vehicles
Yes, the two bucket wash method is perfectly safe to use with pollen covered vehicles. Just be sure to rinse thoroughly before using your wash mitt.
Does Rain Clean A Car’s Paint
While rain will remove pollen from a car’s surface, it is also bringing dirt, dust, and debris that is commonly found in rain. It is time for a good cleaning next time you park your car.
Should I Wash My Car During Pollen Season
It depends on each person really. If you’re someone who has severe seasonal allergies, I would recommend avoiding it because the pollen be thrown into the air during the pollen removal process. Be sure to do this in wide open spaces, and wear a mask when possible. Make sure that you’re using a clean towel otherwise and be sure to wash any microfiber cloth that comes in contact with the pollen.
How Often Should I Replace A Cabin Air Filter
A cabin air filter replacement should be a standard part of your normal car wash routine – albeit less frequently, and as needed. Most manufacturers will give you a recommended set of mileage intervals as to when to replace the cabin filters, but most of the time it is based on the road conditions of which you drive in.