CAR WASHING & DETAILING 101

EXTERIOR WASH

DO:

1) Always wash your vehicle in the shade and make sure the surface is cooled off.

2) Always get the car completely wet before spraying any degreaser or any other chemicals on it.

3) Wash top to bottom and one panel at a time and have the hose ready to rinse in case the soap is drying too fast.  (Micro fiber wash mits work very well, can be found at any auto store or Walmart)

4) Use a three separate bucket method and two different wash mits. One for a tire bucket with wash mit, a soap bucket with its own mit, and a rinse bucket. (Always use car soap also found at Walmart and not dish soap)

5) Always use a clean damp chamois when drying the vehicle.

Do’s – INTERIOR

1) Open all doors and back lift gate or trunk, take out any items that would get vacuumed up and set to the side.

2) Take out all floor mats, move seats as needed to vacuum the whole car than do the floor mats.

3) Use microfiber towels or terry cloths to wipe down the interior panels, spray which ever interior chemicals you prefer on the towels and wipe down panels.

4) After cleaning leather seats it is recommended that you use a leather lotion or leather conditioner to prevent the seats from cracking.

5) When all the panels and seats are wiped down, give it a quick vacuum again if needed.

DO NOT:

1) NEVER wash vehicle in direct sunlight (soap will stain the paint and leave water spots)

2) NEVER wash your vehicle with a regular dish/bath towel or sponge.

3) NEVER use dawn soap or any kind of soap not specifically made for cars.

4) NEVER clean windows in direct sunlight (they will smear) always make sure the windows are cooled down before cleaning.

5) Don’t ever use Armour wipe or any kind of greasy interior shine product on steering wheel.

6) NEVER use glass cleaner with ammonia in it on after-market window tint!

DETAILING TIPS

1) Clay bar your vehicle before waxing (it makes the vehicle smooth and strips away any road grim and old wax, can also be found at Walmart)

2) To remove candy or gum from carpet, get a can of air duster, shake up and flip upside down, spray directly on the candy or gum (it freezes it) then take the end of a carpet brush or end of a screw driver and lightly tap on the candy or gum. It should break it up and make it easy to clean up. Repeat process if needed.

3) Folex is AMAZING with removing stains in cloth seats, head liners and carpets (depending how long a stain has been there) it can be found at Lowe’s and Home Depot.

4) If a car has been smoked in and the windows are hard to clean on the inside, a tip to cleaning them is to take a damp microfiber towel or chamois and wiping down the inside windows before cleaning them with your glass cleaner (doing this removes the light film on the windows).

5) If floor mats are really bad, take your soapy water bucket, carpet brush and an old wash mit, soak the carpets with the stain remover you prefer (such as Folex), dip the wash mit in soap water and wash the floor mats. Next, take the carpet brush and scrub the entire mat. If you have a pressure washer, use it to rinse all the soap out (this works very well depending how old the stain has been in the carpet) then hang to dry, preferably in the sun.

6) Mink Oil meant for vehicles is a good leather treatment.

7) A soft bristle paintbrush is great for vents and cracks if you don’t have access to an air hose.

8) Alcohol wipes are good for removing tree sap off the paint.

9) Putting wax on the front of vehicle (where bugs usually build up) will help the bugs from staining the paint.

10) To remove pesky pet hair from your vehicle, use a spray bottle with water and a squeegee. It will create a static cling that pulls the hair right off of the upholstery.

PRODUCT BRANDS I RECOMMEND (From Our Detail Manager, Megan W.)

1) Meguiars

2) Mothers

3) Barret Jackson

4) Scrub n Bubbles works good for interiors

PRODUCTS I DO NOT RECOMMEND:

Armour Wipes or any kind of wipes for interior.

Turtle Wax

Glass cleaner with ammonia in it