The cost of having your car detailed by a professional can range anywhere from $50 to $350 or more. Why spend that kind of money when you can do the job yourself?
Knowing a few simple car detailing tips will make a big difference in your results. Let’s look at 5 tips from the experts.
1. Rinse Your Car Before Washing It
Before you start washing your car, give it a thorough rinse. This will help dislodge any debris before you start wiping the car with the cleaning cloth.
If those things are still on the surface when you start to wash, you could end up scratching the paint.
2. Use Microfiber Cloths
If you’re getting your car detailed professionally, you’ll notice that the detailers likely use microfiber cloths instead of sponges. These cloths are softer and less likely to damage the surface of your car.
Sponges tend to pick up small bits of dirt and even rocks in the holes and recesses on their surface. If one of those things works its way to the surface when you’re washing the car, you could end up with scratches.
These cloths are the best way to dry your car as well. You should always wipe it dry after it’s washed to avoid water marks after it dries.
3. Use High-Quality Tools and Cleaning Products
The old saying “an artist is only as good as his tools” applies to detailing your car as well. Using high-quality tools like microfiber cloths and good brushes not only gets your car cleaner, it makes the process more enjoyable.
The same applies to the cleaning products you choose. Higher-quality products have better ingredients and will help protect your car’s paint and other surfaces more effectively.
4. Brush the Carpet Before You Vacuum
Dirt and other debris will work their way into the carpet of your car over time. A vacuum can pick up anything on the surface but anything a little deeper down takes some extra effort.
Brushing your carpets before you vacuum helps dislodge those things from your carpet and bring them to the surface. Once they get there, the vacuum can pick them up easily.
5. Dry Glass In Different Directions
Drying glass without streaks is a bit of an art. And if you end up with streaks, it can be hard to tell whether they’re on the inside or the outside of the glass.
If you dry the inside and outside in different directions — one horizontally and one vertically — it makes it easy to tell which side the streaks are on.
Small Car Detailing Tips Make a World of Difference
These simple car detailing tips will make a world of difference to your results. Your friends and family will think you paid big bucks for your car to look that good.
Imagine what they’ll say when you tell them you did it yourself!
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