Wash Mitt VS a Sponge


NeilEk9

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I hear people saying all the time on Auto Detailing forums that Sponges are some kind of anti Christ because they trap dirt particles ect but are the differences that great??
I mean for example say you are using the 2 bucket method and are scrubbing the sponge/mitt against the guard to release any trapped dirt, does having a mitt really make that much of a difference?
The only advantage i can see is it keeps your hand warm during those winter months :p
 


Jake123

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Mitts (decent ones) have a thick pile so the dirt is not on a flat surface rubbing against the paint. It sinks beneath and then is washed out using the two bucket method.
Sponges aren't that bad, you can get caught up in the hype of it all.
Grit guards aren't to rub against, a light dip I the rinse bucket is all that's needed. If you start shaking around you just bring up the dirt from the bottom (that the grit guard is made to trap) and it will re settle on your mitt/sponge/dish cloth. :)

It depends how well you maintain your cars finish I guess? Sponge is fine for 99% of population. :)
 


elchunk

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They can both be bad if you dont keep them clean. I prefer to use a few sponges as i found the mitt brought swirls on the paintwork as it traps alot of dirt in itself.
 


Maffy

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I know its not overly relevant but being able to keep the bodywork well protected GREATLY reduces the amount of dirt and grit that actually needs worked off the paintwork. The family washing machine hosts the mit from time to time to keep it sweet lol. 5 Years on and its serving me the very best still
 


NeilEk9

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Just what i was looking for, thanks guys. Think il stick with my sponge tbh, i can live with the few swirl marks that are on my car and if it gets to bad il just go over with a HD Cleanser. :nice:
 


morevtec

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lambs woolen mitt is the best thing possible. car has to be thourly washed down first to remove the max amount of dirt. car shampoo , loads of different makes available in one bucket. seperate bucket with just water. wash the car starting from the top working down and often dippin the mitt into the bucket with just water to remove dirt and then back to the shampoo. safest and best way :)
 



1.4POWER

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Its all about the pre wash.
Get your self some irion x or whatever you prefare,
 


Jake123

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Iron x is not a pre wash.
Some sort of citrus based pre wash would be sensible, or even better snow foam.
 


ej1999

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as long as you use the 2 bucket method the wash mitts are the only job
 


NeilEk9

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Just to kick this back into life, i bought a lamswool washmitt last summer and it is a million times better than a sponge, it holds alot more grime than the sponge and i have noticed less swirls as a result. Also holds so much more water, making it much more efficient at cleaning your car! :)

Highly recommend one!
 



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