Orange dust caused little trouble in Europe
Car owners in parts of Western Europe were holding their breath. But in the end, the Sahara sand caused little trouble. Last week, there was a good chance that cars would be covered with a layer of dust. If this happens, the advise is : take your dusted car to the car wash. Don’t mess with it with just a bucket of water and a sponge, specialists warn. This will avoid scratches on the paintwork.
According to meteorolists, we could have ended up with high concentrations of Sahara sand, more than 120 micrograms per cubic meter at an altitude of three kilometers. In the end, it wasn’t so bad. Some reports came from the UK where cars and and garden furniture ended up having a tiny orange layer.
“One thing is for sure: don’t tackle the dust on your car with a dry cloth or sponge,” warns Belgium newspaper Nieuwsblad.be. “It is best to first rinse away as much sand as possible to avoid scratching it.”
“The easiest and fastest way is to go to a car wash,” advises AutoWeek, an automotive news provider. “The car should be pre-rinsed with lots of water so that the vast majority of the sand and dirt is already off the car.Then the car should be soaked with shampoo to get the dirt off. This will then be blown off the car with high-pressure sprayers after which brushes with water remove the soap residue from the car. These brushes are used at practically all car washes and can be safely trusted.”