Car detailing and washing is something that you need to do based on personal preference. If you can tolerate a dirty car, then it should not bother you. However, if you prefer a beautiful-looking vehicle, then mobile car valeting and detailing the car is something you need to consider.
A lot of people prefer to handle car detailing on their own. While it is true that such a task doesn’t necessarily need to take a lot of effort, it is still a good idea to be as thorough as possible. The main thing to remember is that you need the right tools for the job and that using specific detailing solutions can make the job easier. You also need the time, as this is not some task you can conclude in 5 minutes or so. Free your schedule for a few hours in case you want a basic car detailing job done and more than four hours if you are after high-quality detailing. Follow these guidelines for best results:
Address all the hard to reach places – starting from the interior first. You must first take on the dust that is stuck in all the tiny crevices of your car interior. What helps in that regard is compressed air in a can. Protect your face with a mask, because there will be dust particles flying all around.
Clean the headliner – normally you can expect the headliner to be glued to the roof, which makes it somewhat difficult to clean. The fact that you shouldn’t wet the fabric only makes things that more difficult. What you need is a microfiber cloth and an upholstery cleaning solution for suede or velour. First, brush the headliner with a dry cloth and then clean a second time after applying the cleaner on the cloth.
Cleaning windows, plastic and vinyl – all-purpose cleaner works wonder on cleaning the interior of your car. Simply spray some to dampen a microfiber cloth and wipe. As for windows, dry with the appropriate window cleaner and paper towels. Always wipe the glass with a towel after that to avoid leaving streaks.
Scrub the seats – cleaning the seats with specially designed cleaners is important. Foaming products work well on dirty fabrics. Be sure to check out manufacturers’ instructions. One tool that will greatly help you is an upholstery brush. Treat leather upholstery with leather conditioner and never use the same product on vinyl seats.
Take care of mats – mats should always be cleaned outside of the car because it is easier and allows for more efficient work. Wash fabric and rubber mats and inspect for wear and tear – if the mats are too used, you may want to replace them. Never apply wet dressing on rubber mats.
Move on to the exterior next – clean the grease on doorjambs with a dry towel first and then rinse with soapy water. Finish off with small brushes and wax the doorjambs. Clean the exterior with a rag, but remember to wash it frequently to avoid rubbing any dirt and dust back.
Following these tips will get your car detailed quite well, almost as good as a professional mobile car valeting expert’s work. Just invest the time and acquire the right and you will do fine.