What is Car Detailing?

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Car detailing is more thorough than washing a car as it focuses on restoring your vehicle’s interior and exterior. Car detailing also focuses on removing any scratches and damages, and it can be done right at home on your own or by one of our factory-trained professionals near Clearwater. Learn more about how to detail a car and car detailing prices below.

What Items Are Needed For Car Detailing?

When detailing your car, make sure to have the following items on hand:

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Washing mitts
  • Microfiber cloths
  • A variety of small brushes (such as a paintbrush)
  • Canned air
  • Upholstery cleaner
  • Carpet stain cleaner
  • Car-safe cleaner
  • Window cleaner
  • Surface protector for vinyl and leather surfaces

Exterior Car Detailing Steps

Detailing your car’s exterior includes the following procedures:

  • Rigorous Exterior Wash: Use water, or a car-safe washing solution, and microfiber cloths to clean your vehicle’s exterior. Do not use cleaning solutions like household detergents, because they can strip off the wax on the car’s surface. You also want to frequently swap out cleaning cloths since dirt or sand on dirty cloths can scratch the car’s surface. Once completely clean, dry the vehicle off with clean towels.
  • Clean the Wheels: Using the same solution or a solution made especially for car tires, clean your vehicle’s wheels. Use a small brush to clean out the dirt from the grooves and hard-to-reach places.
  • Wax the Exterior: Once the exterior is cleaned, you can wax it. Once finished, wipe off excess wax with a small brush.

Interior Car Detailing Steps

Below are the following steps to interior car detailing:

  • Carpeting: First, vacuum your carpeting. If there are any stains, use a stain remover and brush to remove them.
  • Door Interior: Use a solution made of soap and water to clean the non-carpeted part of your doors and dry them down with a cloth. Then, open your car doors to clean the metal and plastic parts of your door jambs.
  • Windows: Wash the interior mirrors with a window-cleaning solution and dry completely to avoid any streaks.
  • Upholstery: After vacuuming the seats, remove any stains with a stain remover and brush. Once you finish cleaning your seats, let them dry with your car doors open to avoid any mildew.
  • Steering Wheel Column: Remove dust and stains with a cleaning solution, dry, and apply a surface protectant.
  • Dashboard and Center Console: Use small tools to clean any cracks and tight crevices, then dry completely with a cloth.

Get Additional Interior Car Detailing Tips With Land Rover Tampa!

If you’d rather have a professional handle your car detailing or have questions about car detailing prices, contact our Wesley Chapel-area service center. Schedule an appointment right at home with ease using our online service scheduler.

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