So, you got a vehicle wrap. Gone are the days of not giving your car a second thought. Whether you’re advertising a business or promoting your personal style, a car wrap looks best when it’s well taken care of, not when it’s smudged with dirt or damaged from recklessness. Here are a few tips on how to keep your car wrap looking new.Don’t Wait to Clean ItWashing your car once a week or so will help you to maintain your vehicle wrap. But what happens if your car is exposed to an excess of debri after a storm, spring pollen, or a bird’s droppings? You will want to wipe that stuff off as soon as you can. Letting things sit could lead to staining or difficult to remove spots. Wiping things off when they’re fresh will make it easier to remove without being abrasive on the vehicle wrap (which means no tears or rips). Plus, nobody wants to drive around with bird poop on their car. What to Clean It WithNow that we’ve convinced you to clean your car wrap, you’re probably wondering what to clean it with. The best way to clean clean a vinyl wrap is with a mild soap and water solution. Make sure you rinse off all the soap, so that there’s no residue left behind. When you’re done, dry the car off with a microfiber cloth to prevent water spots. What about automatic car washes? If you take your wrapped vehicle through a car wash, you’ll be taking a risk for the car wrap being damaged, not necessarily because of the soaps that are used, but because of the roller brushes and the high-pressured water spraying at the vehicle. The brushes can lead to scratching or scraping of the vinyl wrapping. High water pressures give potential to lifting the edges of the decal.Beware of WaxUsing a car wax is a great way to ensure that your vinyl wrap stays protected and polished. However, we recommend only using wax that you have bought yourself, or wax that you can be sure doesn’t contain any petroleum distillates. This is another reason why avoiding car washes is a good idea; their wax may not be safe for vinyl car wraps. No matter what product you’re using to clean your car wrap, it is always a good idea to test it on a small area of your car to ensure it isn’t going to cause any major damage. Damaged WrapsIf you notice an area of your car wrap that is damaged due to something like discoloration or peeling, your best bet is to take your car to the professionals. Don’t take it upon yourself to try to fix it and don’t assume that you’ll have to peel the entire thing off. Refrain from picking at it. Often times, a damaged car wrap can be replaced just in the area that needs replacing. If you follow these simple maintenance tips, your vinyl wrap could last you more than five years!