When Is the Best Time to Clean Your Car?

Here are top tips from auto experts!

Best Time of Day & Weather Conditions to Wash Your Car

It’s best to clean your car when the sun is low in the sky - so wash early or late in the day.  Or go to the car wash on a day that is cloudy! Fewer people wash their cars when the sun hides, which can mean you’re in and out super fast (although at Gleam we strive to get you in and out in under 20 no matter what). 

Why: avoiding direct sunlight is useful as hot weather and strong sun can ruin your vehicle’s paint job and accelerate damage from dirt, oil and other built-up substances.  

Best Day of the Week to Wash Your Car


Beat the crowds and get your car washed on slower days. Tuesdays through Thursdays tend to be a better time to visit a car wash, since people usually do errands on and around the weekends.  Plan to visit Gleam on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday! And if you’re a member, we have free burritos from Burrito Giant on Wednesday mornings!  

 After Skiing or Winter Weather

Apart from the dirt and sludge that can damage the exterior if not immediately washed off, the chemical magnesium chloride used to minimize Colorado’s icy conditions is a corrosive substance that eats away at your car’s metal, plastic, paint and rubber components.  It’s critical to wash your car immediately after driving on roads treated with the chemical.  

Magnesium chloride also negatively affects the environment. Gleam specializes in protecting your car from these harmful chemicals during the Colorado winter months and helping to limit your negative impact on the environment.

How Often Should I Get My Car Washed?

It’s recommended you wash your car once a week to prevent damages to your paint and finish. Signing up for a membership at a car wash is an affordable option to get unlimited monthly car washes. Gleam offers Endless Pass memberships at a low monthly price for you to wash your car as often as you want and on any day of the week you choose. Use your Gleam membership more than one time a month and you save money!

You can feel good about getting your car washed at Gleam, because we use less water than you would when washing at home. In addition, we use energy-efficient equipment and solar panels for heating and power, reclaim and treat 100% of the water we capture from our tunnel, and we partner with local Denver nonprofit organizations to donate proceeds from every purchase of a car wash service.

For a quality car service that won’t break the bank or weigh heavy on your conscience, schedule a detail with Gleam today.