Detail Your Car like the Pros

June 21, 2016


Detailing or cleaning?

Detailing is cleaning taken to a higher level. Auto detailing involves getting the grime out of every nook and cranny, including hard-to-reach places like the bottom of those cup-holders. It takes time and effort, (pros say at least four hours,) but the reward is a car that looks and smells fresh and new.

Pro or DIY?

Since it will eat into your weekend you might want to consider professional auto detailing. Get a top-notch job by finding an Accredited detailing service nearby. Alternatively, if you'd rather handle the work yourself, here are some tips to help.

  • Interior first

Remove all the junk, then lift out the floor mats. Give them a shake before vacuuming thoroughly. Then turn to your attention to the carpets, cup-holders and parcel shelf. Remember to move the seats forwards and back, and don't overlook the trunk!

Remove stains from carpets and upholstery with foaming cleanser and wipe down hard surfaces with a microfiber cloth. Clean windows with an automotive glass cleaner, (the ammonia in household cleaner leaves a nasty smell!). Roll down the side windows and clean the grime from that top 1/4” too.

  • Washing

Hand washing gets your car really clean and provides an opportunity to check for scratches and damage. Park in shade, and while the paint cools fill a bucket with water and a dash of car wash solution (never use dish soap!). A grit guard at the bottom of the bucket helps stop dirt carrying over onto the wash mitt you’re going to use. Rinse off loose dust with a hose, then work around the car with the mitt and soapy water, starting at the roof and moving down.

If you don’t have a good place for this, check out these nearby car washing services.

While washing you may notice some scratches and even small dents. Getting these fixed is a good way to look after your vehicle and even increase its value. BBB Serving Western Michigan lists places offering cosmetic auto repair. If you want to go to town on a collectible car you might even be in the market for professional auto restoration services!

  • Wheels and tires

Use an old toothbrush to get into the corners of those rims and clear built up brake dust. Finish off with a tire dressing to make the rubber look new again.

  • Finishing touches

Now it’s time for clay bar treatment, followed by waxing. A clay bar with lubricant shifts the bug marks and tar spots that washing won’t remove. Then wax adds a film that protects your paint against sunlight, bird droppings and road dirt.

Now you’ve got your car looking its best why not get it running the same? Use BBB Serving Western Michigan to find a quality auto tune-up service.