Tips for making Cleaning Pollen on your Car Easier

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Washing Pollen off your carThere's nothing quite like the look of a gleaming, clean car moments after it has exited the car wash, as the soap and water provides a certain luster that often triggers remembrances of what it looked like when it was on the showroom floor at an Alberta auto dealer. Yet unfortunately, cars rarely stay spick and span for long, as in a manner of hours, they can become saturated with bright yellow dust that covers virtually every surface of the vehicle. Of course, this fine mist is better known as pollen, one of the biggest irritants out there, both by causing allergies and a fair amount of frustration.

However, as automotive expert Jason Tchir explains in a special for The Globe and Mail, there are a few methods of making this cleaning process a bit less annoying.

Calvin Feist, an automotive instructor at an Edmonton-based driving school, told Tchir that those who go to get their car cleaned at a commercial car wash are actually doing the right thing. However, this essentially serves as a temporary stopgap measure to the problem.

Sherrie Benson, a senior horticulturist at the University of Alberta, noted that what motorists may want to consider doing immediately after getting their car washed is to wax it with some type of protectant that can typically be purchased at an automotive body shop or retailer. This won't prevent all pollen from accumulating on a car, but it should at the very least make it easier to wash the pollen off.

And it's washing that motorists should do, rather than using a towel or cloth to brush it away. Feist indicated that by using these, though it may seem harmless, there may be spores on the car that are significant enough to leave a scratch when brushing away the pollen dust. These scratches may be magnified with a towel by grinding it into the paint.

Pollen Dust is Unavoidable

Ultimately, automotive experts say that as unpleasant as it may look, pollen is something that can't be willed away or entirely removed. And so long as the dust isn't preventing motorists from being able to see through the windshield - potentially resulting in a car insurance claim after an inability to see leads to an accident - motorists would be wise to leave the dust there and let the air blow it off naturally as they ride

"Pollen won't damage car paint - it's just a fine dust," Benson told Tchir.

However, if there is only a limited amount of pollen on a car and it's really bothersome, Paulo Santos, an automotive instructor based in Ontario, indicated that there's nothing wrong with using some spray in addition to a soft, non-abrasive towel. Santos noted that detailing spray often works wonders, provided that the towel being used is smooth and silken-like.

It's important not to use simply any old cleaning product, though, when doing these small cleaning jobs. Santos noted that this is especially applicable to soap that's for the cleaning of flatware and silverware.

"Dish soap contains harsh chemicals like degreasers that will remove any waxes applied to the vehicle," said Santos.

Pollen Count in Calgary Currently High

The Weather Network provides Canadians with a three-day forecast for what the pollen count will be in the upcoming days. For instance, as of July 2, the total pollen level in Calgary is high, with most of the spores originating from trees like pine, fir and spruce. Over the next 2 days, however, the pollen count is expected to decline both from these types of trees as well as true grasses to be moderate.