Keep Your Car Cool This Summer!

parking lot of cars on hot day

Picture it, it’s the middle of summer, you just came outside from a nice and cool area. You walk up to your car, open your door and there’s the wave of heat coming out and everything is hot. Is there anything worse than getting into a hot car on a scorching day? Here are some of our favorite tips to help keep your car cool and not turning into an oven this summer: 

Avoid the sun

Park in garages or covered spaces as much as possible to keep your car out of direct sunlight! If this isn’t possible, find shady spots where the sun is blocked by trees or the side of a building. The more shade you find, the more you can keep that car cool and not blazing hot when you open the door.

Cover up

If your interior is upholstered in materials like vinyl or leather, especially in dark colors, it will retain heat. Protect your hands and legs by draping your steering wheel and seats in light-colored blankets or towels while the car is parked to keep them from taking in too much heat.

Open the doors

After you get back into your car, take a moment to sit with the windows down or doors open. This will boost air circulation, carrying the hot air out of the car and bringing in cooler air from outside.

Use a sunshade

These reflective windshield shades minimize the amount of sunlight that enters your car, keeping the internal temperature low. They’re also lightweight and incredibly easy to stow in your glove compartment or trunk for easy access!   

Did you know that heat and sunlight can be damaging for your car’s exterior? At Super Sudz, we provide a ceramic protectant with every wash that helps block harmful UV rays to protect your paint job, so your car stays shiny all summer long! Stop by a Super Sudz near you to learn more!

5 Perks of Tinted Windows

orange car with dark tinted windows

What’s the big deal with tinted windows? Although many people regard them as an aesthetic choice, tinting actually has tangible benefits, especially for us in Texas where we’re no strangers to sunny weather! Here are five reasons to consider tinting your windows:

Keeps upholstery from fading

Direct sunlight can be damaging, fading the leather or cloth of your car’s interior, warping or even cracking over time. Windshield sun protetectors or parking in the shade can temporarily reduce sun damage, but it’s just a bandaid. Tinting your windows consistently blocks the sun and will reduce the harmful effect and keep your upholstery looking good as new!

Blocks UV rays

Have you ever gotten a sunburn through your car window on a long drive? Tinted windows help shield up to 99% of harmful UV rays from reaching your skin. This is something especially helpful for anyone who lives in an extremely sunny region as harmful UV can accelerate skin aging and cause skin cancer.

Helps solar heat rejection

Tinted windows can bring down the heat in your car by as much as 70%! This means that you can use your air conditioner less, which helps you save energy and improve gas mileage.

Increases privacy and security

Probably the most widely-known benefits of tinting, the dark film will ensure that you and your passengers are shielded from prying eyes at all times. When you park your car, tinted windows can discourage lurking people from seeing anything inside your car and thus saving you a major headache.

Protects glass from shattering

In case of an emergency, whether an attempted robbery or a car accident, tinted film can help hold shattered windows together, preventing pieces of glass from flying in all directions. 

Of course, whether you tint your windows or not, it’s always important to keep them clean! Sign up for our monthly membership here so you can swing by for unlimited washes whenever you want!

Everything You Need to Know About Ceramic Protectant

ceramic protectant

Here at Super Sudz, we’re proud to offer one of the latest trends in car washing– ceramic protectant treatments! Available as part of our Ultimate package and A La Carte service, this special lightweight Ceramic Shine coating offers a wide range of benefits for any vehicle:

  • Protection from UV damage that ensures your car’s paint doesn’t fade after exposure to the sun
  • Protection from chemical stains and damage caused by outside elements that bind to your car’s unprotected surface, such as bird droppings or other naturally acidic elements
  • Repels water and ensures that mud and dirt won’t adhere to your paint. This makes the surface of your car easy to spot clean
  • High shine finish acts almost as a gloss to help your paint color pop by enhancing the reflective qualities of your paint

Over time, multiple layers of ceramic protectant builds up on the surface of your car to create a strong boundary. This protects your car’s surface from the elements by chemically bonding with your car’s factory paint. This treatment extends the life of your wash and keeps your car looking like new. Your car will require less spot cleaning and other aesthetic fixes on your part.

Here at Super Sudz, we believe you and your car deserve nothing but the best! Stop by and show your car some TLC with a wash and shine at a Super Sudz near you

Our Top Five Reasons to Love a Clean Car!

Harvard Research estimates the average American spends 101 minutes in their car each day. We drive our cars to work, to entertainment venues, to visit friends, and many other activities. Considering how much time we spend in our car each day, it’s only apparent that we want to arrive at our destination in a clean car, right?

Both the exterior and interior of a car need special attention when it’s time to clean. A beautiful exterior sends out a good impression to others wherever you go, but also protects the paint and provides an assortment of additional benefits.

A beautiful interior makes every drive in your car more relaxing and enjoyable. Plus, a clean interior may protect your health from allergies and toxins that become trapped inside the car over time.

The following list looks at some of the most important reasons a clean car should be a top priority in your life. Do yourself – and your vehicle – a favor and keep it clean! 

1- Improved Appearance

Keep your car clean inside and out and never again worry that you’re sending the wrong impression. We all want others to think highly of us but something as simple as a dirty car can change that opinion. Yes, people do judge you off the appearance of your vehicle, as you have likely done yourself a time or two. When it is consistently clean, there is little worry about what other people think. You gain confidence and give a good impression to anyone who may be joining you for a joy ride.

Your car’s exterior may collect dirt, mud, dead pests, and other debris while you’re on the road. A quick wash and scrub remove these obscurities, protecting the vehicle’s paint and restoring its great appearance. Why risk damaging the vehicle when cleaning it with professional help is so easy and affordable?

Cleaning the interior of your car offers a plethora of benefits as well, keep reading!

2- Sanitation

Since we spend such large amounts of time in our car, proper sanitation protects our health. Trash, dirt, etc. creates odors inside the vehicle, which can make driving difficult. All the germs and dirt that collects if the car is not cleaned may also impact a person’s health, especially for older drivers, children, and people suffering from asthma and allergies.

Factoid: did you know that proper sanitation also increases vehicle fuel efficiency? A MythBusters report concluded that a dirty car gets two-miles less per gallon of fuel versus a clean car. It may seem minuscule, but this adds up quickly!

3- Protect the Vehicle From Damage

All the exterior debris that piles up on the car can damage the paint, headlights, taillights, or other components. Prompt removal of things such as dirt, mud, road salt and pests reduces the risk of damage to your vehicle, reducing your risk of having to deal with potential damages in the future.

Repainting a vehicle costs thousands of dollars. Replacing components is never cheap. The cost of professional detailing and cleaning is minimal. Be proactive and keep your car clean, it will certainly save you money in the long run.

4- Retain Resale Value

Your car is your baby, until that new model comes along and steals your heart. Reselling a car can be simple, especially if you’ve taken great care of it. You certainly don’t want to hang onto the old car if a new one has your eye, so make that sale as simple as possible.

A clean, well-kempt car not only has a higher resale value but attracts more buyers. If you want to pocket the maximum possible profit from the car, keep it clean during ownership. When a car has been maintained, it shows!

5- Eliminate Odors

What’s that smell? You do not want to ask yourself this question or hear it from others every time you step foot into your car, but if trash piles up and it’s not kept clean, odors very well may result. Spills from drinks can cause horrid odors in the carpets and stain the upholstery, as will crumbs from the cookies and crackers the kids ate on the ride home.

Cleaning your interior regularly reduces the risk these accidents, and odors, will occur. But, when life ultimately happens and that drink takes a tumble, you can count on a professional interior cleaning to help remove stains and odors. It feels good to get in an odor-free car, especially if you drive long distances during your days.

Fast. Clean. Friendly. That’s our commitment to every customer who brings their car to Super Sudz for detailing and wash service. You gotta love a clean car, as our top five reasons above suggest. We’d love to show you how amazing your car can be when you sudz it up at one of our San Antonio locations!

4 Ways to Prep Your Car for Winter

pickup trucks driving in winter

Even though we live in Texas, we’re no stranger to cold weather– sleet, icy roads, and low temperatures are all common here. It’s important to know the best ways to protect your car from sudden temperature changes and other winter weather conditions that can damage your vehicle. Here are four precautionary measures you can take before the season begins to ensure your car adjusts to cold weather with ease:

Check tires for pressure and tread depth

Keeping your tires in good shape is crucial to keep your car running smoothly on icy winter roads. Inspect your tires using the penny test to ensure that your treads aren’t too worn down. After you’re done with the test, use a tire gauge to test your air pressure. Make sure your

Change your oil and antifreeze

These steps should be taken normally as a part of regular car maintenance, but it’s especially important to do so in the winter. If the weather gets too cold, these liquids can become sludgy, causing engine trouble. If your region is prone to low temperatures, consider switching to a winter-safe version of both products. 

Inspect your battery

Low temperatures can cause your battery capacity to decline, so it’s important to get it looked at. A professional will ensure that it’s in good shape for the coming months. Keep your car parked inside as much as possible to mitigate the effects of the cold. Turn off any accessories that require battery power before getting out of your car. This action avoids wasting battery power every time you turn your car on. 

Have brakes checked pre-season

Wet, icy roads can cause cars to skid, so it’s absolutely crucial that your brakes are in perfect working condition. Have your brake pads inspected well before bad weather conditions begin to ensure that your car is properly equipped for the months to come.

Of course, it’s also important to keep your car clean during this time! Salted roads can wear down tires, and freezing wind and rain can scuff your exterior. Visit a Super Sudz near you and we’ll get your car washed and protected from the elements in no time!    

6 Ways to Keep Your Car Clean Post-Wash

car clean at Super Sudz

We’ve all been there– just days after visiting the car wash, you look down and notice that your car is magically dirty again! Keeping your car looking shiny and fresh can seem impossible when it’s constantly exposed to the elements. Below, we’ve compiled some of our favorite tips for extending the life of your wash to keep your car car clean and looking as good as new! 

Keep it covered

The easiest way to keep your car looking good? Park it in a sheltered space like a garage or covered parking spot. If that isn’t possible, consider investing in a good car cover. This keeps your car safe from the elements– sun, hail, wind, and rain can all have damaging effects on your car’s shiny new exterior.

Don’t forget the wax

Waxing your car once a month is the best way to make sure that your paint is well-protected and stays nice and glossy! If you live in a place that’s prone to extreme weather, you might need to consider waxing more frequently to shield it from high heat or snow and ice, which can result in fading or chips.

Show your tires some love

Dirty, worn-out tires can throw off the entire look of an otherwise spotless car. Not only does tire dressing keep your tires squeaky clean, improving your car’s overall appearance, it can also keep them strong! Here at Super Sudz, our Tire Shine treatment moisturizes the rubber to keep them from cracking.

Use the right products

Feeling the need for a DIY car wash? That’s great– just make sure you know which cleaning products to use. Only use solvents and cloths designed to be used on cars to avoid damage; household cleaners often include harsh chemicals that can eat away at your paint job and rough scrubbing brushes can cause chips and scratches on a car’s delicate exterior. If not, visit your local Super Sudz Car Wash in San Antonio, where we take care of the chemistry behind your car wash, so you don’t have to. 

Get regular detailing

Think of detailing as a professional deep-clean; it’s a good idea to get this done at least once a year to make sure your car looks good as new, inside and out. The process goes beyond a normal wash, usually involving touch-ups that hide scratches and smudges in the paint and a thorough interior cleaning.

Spot clean when necessary

Whether it’s bugs hitting the windshield or bird droppings on the windows, accidents happen! Make sure that you clean these up as quickly as possible though– the longer these stay on your car, the more time they have to eat into the paint and solidify. Over time they can become extremely difficult to remove without scratching the car, so it’s better to take care of these messes as soon as you can.

These six tips will go a long way towards making your car look clean for as long as possible, but it’s still important to get regular washes to make sure your car looks shiny and new all year round!  Become a Super Sudz member today for monthly unlimited car washes! 

5 Ways to Keep Your Car Smelling Fresh for Longer

super sudz car wash man vacuuming car seats

Unfortunately for all of us, new car smell can’t last forever. Not to worry though! Below, we’ve gathered six of our favorite tips to help your vehicle stay smelling fresh as a daisy.

No trash allowed:

Be sure to take trash with you when leaving your car– accidentally leaving some behind can cause a stink that lasts for days after.  

Keep your car interior dry:

Use waterproof floor mats and crack your windows to let wet seats or carpets air dry as much as possible to avoid mildew. 

Use spill-proof cups:

Reusable cups with lids aren’t just good for the environment! They will help prevent spills that are inevitable with quick stops or sharp turns.

Air freshener hacks:

Air fresheners work wonders, but if you don’t like the artificial scent they sometimes provide, don’t worry! Leave an open box of dryer sheets or container of coffee beans in your trunk or under a seat and have your car smelling like clean laundry or a fresh cup of joe in no time.

Baking soda isn’t just for refrigerators:

Sprinkle a bit of the substance around your car and let it sit overnight to soak up any unwanted smells before vacuuming it up the next morning.

Now Smell Your Car!

By far the most effective way to keep your car smelling (and looking!) clean is getting a regular wash and vacuum. Click here to learn more about our membership program, where you can pay a monthly fee for unlimited washes!