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Car shampoos are at the basics of all car washes. Unlike other household cleaners it is a special blend of detergents & surfactants that is designed to remove dirt, grime, and other contaminants picked up by cars whilst driving; all without damaging its paintwork or wax coating. Using a car shampoo is much safer than using household cleaners or detergents, and not just safer but more efficient and removing dirt without stripping away any paint protection.

Which car wash shampoo do I need?

Washing sensitive paint finishes or surfaces wearing pre-existing protective waxes or sealants? Choose one of our pH neutral car shampoo solutions. All-in-one style products with car wax and shampoo are also becoming more and more popular, typically known as gloss boosting shampoos. Perfect when you want to clean, wash and protect in a single stage. If you have a ceramic sealant. We also offer matte shampoo products for matte, satin, or vinyl wrapped vehicles. These products deliver non-gloss enhancing properties and will not offer any unwanted shine.

There are many excellent car shampoo brands available, and some of the best include Autoglym, Bilt-Hamber, Chemical Guys, Meguiar's, SANSOM, and Swissvax. Autoglym offers a range of car shampoos and wax products, including their popular Bodywork Shampoo Conditioner. Bilt-Hamber is known for their pH neutral Auto-Wash, which provides a thorough clean and adds rust protection properties each and every wash. Two of the American giants Chemical Guys & Meguiars offer their popular Mr. Pink Super Suds Shampoo & Gold Class Car Wash respectively. Then we have the likes of Sansom, Nanolex, Gtechniq & even Kamikaze Collection offering car shampoos with very specific purposes of protecting coatings and paintwork. Swissvax is a luxury car care brand that offers a range of high-end car shampoos and wax products. Lately for the purest of car washes use a Pure Shampoo for no residue or left over detergents.

How To Use A Car Shampoo.

  • Using a car shampoo couldn’t be simpler, add the product to a bucket or foam dispenser at the manufacturer's required ratios and then apply to the car. For any car shampoo will require manual agitation to achieve the optimum results; for this use a high quality wash mitt or microfibre sponge with plenty of water as a lubricant to reduce swirling. It is always best to wash the car in the shad to prevent water spots and chemicals drying on the car's surface. Finally, rinse the car shampoo off with a pressure washer, for best results, or strong hose pressure.

What Not to Use at a Car Wash

  • It is important to avoid using household cleaning products such as washing up liquid, multi surface cleaners, or any other harsh chemicals on your car. However good these are at cleaning the car they will be damaging other surfaces such as plastic and rubber. Long term use can will strip protective coatings from the car and may lead to paint failure in a much quicker time than expected.

What is the Safest Thing to Wash Your Car With?

  • The safest thing to wash your car with is a dedicated car shampoo. Look for a pH-neutral car shampoo that is specifically formulated for use on automotive finishes. Or choose a shampoo designed for the purpose in mind, i.e. wax boosting or sealant protection. Always use plenty of water with your car shampoo and for the safest wash use a pre-wash before any physical contact. When it comes to washing your car, a touchless car wash is the safest option. Touchless car washing will use a combination of pre-cleaners, high lubricating shampoos and high-pressure water. This helps to prevent scratches and swirl marks that can occur with traditional car washes.

Ultimate Finish Pure Shampoo Pure Shampoo by Ultimate Finish from £13.00 Bilt Hamber Auto-Wash Car Shampoo Auto Wash Car Shampoo by Bilt Hamber from £16.95 Gtechniq G-Wash v2 W1 GWash v2 by Gtechniq from £8.95 Gtechniq Ceramic Wash (500ml & 1 Litre) W3 Ceramic GWash by Gtechniq from £19.95 Kamikaze Collection No.1 Anti-Aging Shampoo (300ml) No.1 Anti-Aging Shampoo 2.0 by Kamikaze Collection £20.95 Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild Born To Be Mild by Dodo Juice from £14.00 Auto Finesse Lather Shampoo Lather Shampoo by Auto Finesse from £12.95 Dodo Juice Sour Power Gloss Enhancing Shampoo Sour Power Gloss Enhancing Shampoo by Dodo Juice from £6.36 Autoglym Bodywork Shampoo Conditioner Bodywork Shampoo Conditioner by Autoglym from £9.95 Meguiar's Meguiars Gold Class Shampoo & Conditioner Gold Class Shampoo & Conditioner by Meguiar's from £10.95 Stjarnagloss Bubblor Car Wash (500ml) Bubblor Car Wash by Stjarnagloss £12.00 Autoglym Foaming Car Wash (1 Litre & 2.5 Litres) Foaming Car Wash by Autoglym from £11.16 Kamikaze Collection NO.5 Anti-Aging Cleansing (300ml) No.5 Anti-Aging Cleansing by Kamikaze Collection £25.95 Nanolex Reactivating Shampoo (750ml) Reactivating Shampoo by Nanolex from £15.75 Nanolex Matte Reactivating Shampoo (750ml) Matte Reactivating Shampoo by Nanolex from £22.25 Sansom Squeaky Luxury Shampoo Squeaky Luxury Shampoo by Sansom from £9.95 Kamikaze Collection No.4 Anti-Aging Treatment (250ml) No.4 Anti-Aging Treatment by Kamikaze Collection £45.95 PolishAngel Glasscoat Shampoo Glasscoat Shampoo by PolishAngel from £20.95 ValetPRO Concentrated Car Shampoo (5 Litres) Concentrated Car Shampoo by ValetPRO from £21.00 Koch Chemie Nano Magic Shampoo (750ml) Nano Magic Shampoo by Koch Chemie £13.50 Meguiar's Ultimate Wash & Wax (1.42L) Ultimate Wash & Wax by Meguiar's £22.95 Meguiar's Meguiars Wash Plus+ Car Shampoo (709ml) Wash Plus+ by Meguiar's £20.45 Gtechniq Essentials Wash Kit Essentials Wash Kit by Gtechniq £34.95 Chemical Guys HydroSuds Ceramic Car Wash Soap (473ml) HydroSuds Ceramic Car Wash Soap by Chemical Guys £22.95 Pyramid Car Care Revival Coating Shampoo (500ml & 5 Litres) Revival Coating Shampoo by Pyramid from £8.95 Auto Finesse Wash 'N' Gloss (1 Litre) Wash 'N' Gloss by Auto Finesse £24.95 Angelwax Superior Shampoo Superior Shampoo by Angelwax from £9.75 Meguiar's Detailer Shampoo Plus (3.78 Litres) Detailer Shampoo Plus by Meguiar's £37.00 Nanolex Pure Shampoo (100ml, 750ml & 5L) Pure Shampoo by Nanolex from £4.70 ValetPRO Advanced Poseidon's Carnauba Wash Advanced Poseidon's Carnauba Wash by ValetPRO from £11.60 Autoglym Polar Wash (2.5L) Polar Wash by Autoglym £19.95 Ultimate Finish Pure Shampoo and Ulti-Mitt Kit Pure Shampoo and Ulti-Mitt Kit by Ultimate Finish £29.95 Chemical Guys Mr. Pink Super Suds Shampoo (473ml) Mr. Pink Super Suds Shampoo & Superior Surface Cleanser by Chemical Guys from £12.95 Chemical Guys Citrus Wash & Gloss Concentrated Car Wash (473ml0 Citrus Wash & Gloss Concentrated Car Wash by Chemical Guys from £14.59 Meguiar's Detailer Hyper Wash (3.78 Litres) Detailer Hyper Wash by Meguiar's £50.00 Angelwax Enigma Ceramic Shampoo (500ml) Enigma Ceramic Shampoo by Angelwax £20.85 Farecla G3 Professional High Shine Shampoo (500ml) G3 Professional High Shine Shampoo by Farecla £5.95 Auto Finesse Caramics Shampoo pH neutral formula (500ml) Caramics Shampoo by Auto Finesse £16.95 Nanolex Professional Shampoo Professional Shampoo by Nanolex from £12.00 Stjarnagloss Matta Car Wash (500ml) Matta Car Wash by Stjarnagloss £12.00 GERcollector Wash & Seal Shampoo (750ml) Wash & Seal Shampoo by GERcollector £19.90 Cartec Essentials Car Shampoo Wash & Wax (500ml) Essentials Wash & Wax by Cartec £9.75 Meguiar's Hybrid Ceramic Wash & Wax (1.41 Litres) Hybrid Ceramic Wash & Wax by Meguiar's £32.95 Kamikaze Collection d'Elegance Shampoo (300ml) d'Elegance Shampoo by Kamikaze Collection £69.00 Autoglym Quick Refresh (500ml) Quick Refresh by Autoglym from £16.95 Angelwax Dark Star Atomic Shampoo (500ml) Dark Star Atomic Shampoo by Angelwax £23.95 PolishAngel Polish Angel Master Sealant Shampoo (500ml) Master Sealant Shampoo by PolishAngel £43.75 Poorboys Super Slick & Suds Car Shampoo (946ml) Super Slick & Suds Car Shampoo by Poorboys £18.95