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May 2, 2016

Tips To Clean And Detail Your Car

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When it comes to keeping your vehicle in pristine condition and extending its lifespan, cleaning and detailing your car are of utmost importance. Detailing your car protects it from the elements, restores all surfaces of possible scratches, adds value to your car and can even improve your health.

Cleaning And Detailing Your Car

Even the most seasoned car owners could benefit from these pro tips, which will help you achieve a sparkling clean car that comes close to what you would get from a professional.

Exterior:

  1. Clean Your Ducts to Make Your Car Smell Like New. Use a portable air compressor to clear your ductwork of any dirt and dust. Don’t miss directing the air toward the duct’s walls that are behind the vent grilles as this is a hot spot for musty smells due to the grime that tends to collect there.
  2. Avoid Acid-Based Cleaners and Detergent to Clean Tires. While professionals will use an acid-based cleaner to clean your tires, those who are attempting a DIY detailing should avoid this as acid-based cleaners can sometimes damage wheels that have been painted. Similarly, detergent can also ruin paint. Instead, use degreaser. Another tip from the professionals is to clean your wheels before moving on to your car’s paint.
  3. Hand Wash Car. Our team of professionals recommends washing your car by hand. However, avoid using dish detergent to carry out the task as this can strip away the protective layer of wax, which leaves your car vulnerable to scratches.
  4. Use a Rubber Squeegee After Washing. To get professional level results, use a squeegee with a rubber blade after washing your car to get rid of any minerals that are left on your car.
  5. Clean Paint Both Chemically and Physically. To get the best results when it comes to the appearance of your car, you will need to do more than simply wash it as this will often miss deeper stains on your car. This is a two-step process. To take care of any environmental stains, use a chemical liquid in addition to clay that is designed to clean paint. Simply add a liquid cleaning wax to the clay.
  6. Polish Paint with Oscillating Buffer. Leave the rotating polishing machine to the professionals and instead use an oscillating buffer – a good DIY alternative. Polishing your paint is important in order to smooth out its appearance to make it extra shiny and take years off your car.
  7. Use Two Coats of Wax to Protect Paint. Wax is important to protect your car from the elements and to prevent scratches. This is a tip from the professionals – use two coats of wax to ensure you don’t miss a spot. Ensure that you wax your car every season – especially if you keep your car outdoors. (Remember: a spray wax is not a substitute for an actual waxing).
  8. Use Ammonia-Less Glass Cleaner & Microfiber Cloth This should be the last step. Ensure that you use a glass cleaner without ammonia as this can ruin vinyl upholstery. Also use a microfiber cloth for the best results.

Interior:

  1. Use a Soft Brush Attachment for Dashboard and Leather Seats. When it comes to vacuuming your dashboard and your doors, ensure that your attachment is one with a soft brush so that you don’t cause any unnecessary scratching to your interior.
  2. Attack Stains with Upholstery Cleaner. The best way to remove stains from fabric seats is to use an upholstery cleaner. Ensure that you spray evenly and then rub the cleaner vigorously into the stain and wipe it away with a dry cloth.
  3. Don’t Forget the Leather Conditioner! To protect your leather, don’t forget this step. A 2-in-1 cleaner and conditioner works just fine.

If your vehicle is in need of a tune up or some repairs, contact our team of professionals at Service Plus today.


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