When it comes to wall wraps and car wraps, dirt and debris can drastically reduce their durability, appeal, and usable life. To ensure the best possible results for your vinyl wrap, it is important to know how to properly clean and care for it. As leading providers of high-quality wraps for all types of vehicles and other surfaces, the team at Wrap Guys understands the importance of effective cleaning. That is why our team has compiled some vinyl wrap cleaning and maintenance tips to help you keep your wrap in pristine condition for as long as possible.
Why do you Need to Clean Your Wrap?
Like a normal paint job, a vinyl wrap can quickly become covered in dirt, bugs, and fluids that can be encountered on your daily drive. If you go months without washing your wrap, the once vivid colours will be splattered with dirt and grime, reducing the overall appeal. Additionally, prolonged exposure to chemicals and emissions can eat away at the protective coating of the wrap, reducing durability and making it more susceptible to damage from UV rays. Regular cleaning is the most effective form of preventative maintenance for your wrap and should be conducted at least twice a month.
How to Properly Clean a Vinyl Wrap
When you have a vinyl vehicle wrap, you should consider washing your vehicle on a regular basis or at least whenever your vehicle appears dirty. Leaving contaminants on your vehicle wrap for long periods of time can make them difficult to remove. To properly wash your vinyl vehicle wrap, follow these simple steps:
- Rinse the graphic with water using a wet sponge or soft cloth.
- Mix water and a mild cleaner together in a bucket.
- Soak your sponge with the water and soap mixture.
- Clean the graphic, starting at the top and working your way down. This will allow the dirty contaminated water to run downward.
- Rinse the graphic with clean water using a hose.
- Allow the graphic to air dry or dry it with a microfiber cloth.
- Once dry, you can apply a silicone or Teflon based polish designed for vinyl vehicle wraps for added protection if desired.
Tips for Removing Difficult Substances
If your vinyl wrap has difficult substances such as bird droppings or tree sap on it, you can soften them by soaking them with hot soapy water for several minutes. You can then rinse the spot thoroughly and let it completely dry. Make sure that you do not use any rough scrubbing or abrasive tools on the difficult contaminants as these will scratch the film. If you spill gasoline on your vinyl vehicle wrap, make sure to wipe the gasoline off immediately in order to avoid degrading the vinyl and adhesive. Once you have wiped up the spill, you should wash, rinse, and dry the spot using the simple steps listed above.
To learn more about how to maintain your car wrap or wall wrap, get in touch with the team at Wrap Guys. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.