Even if you aren’t paying to get your vehicle cleaned, you still want it done the right way. If you decide to detail your car by yourself instead of paying someone else to do it, you need to spend a little time “learning the ropes” before cleaning your car. The reason I recommend learning your way around the detailing world first is because you don’t want to end up causing damage to your vehicle by using the wrong solutions, equipment, or materials. So to help you get started here is a little process that I recommend you follow as you move towards cleaning your vehicle.
Step 1. Do some research.
In order to do a good job in anything it is important to know exactly what you are doing. You want to know how to do it correctly so you don’t mess anything up. Learn about what the right things to use on each part of your vehicle and what they wrong things to use are. Make sure that you are following people who are doing what you want to do. For example, if they are polishing their car and the works and you are just looking to wax it then don’t waste time with the polishing part if that isn’t going to help you at all. Adjust what you should do according to the type of vehicle you have. If they are talking about cleaning cloth seats and you have leather seats then that is completely irrelevant to you so don’t worry about it.
Step 2. Consult professionals.
In many cases if you really want to make sure that you are doing everything properly it is a best to talk to people who clean cars every day for a living. This will ensure that you doing everything the way that it should be done. They can give you tips on things to be careful of and the most common mistakes that are done while cleaning the vehicle. They might end up saving you a lot of money just by learning from them for a few minutes. If you are looking for someone else to clean your vehicle then make sure that they actually know how to do it and will make sure that it is done to the best of their ability. You will find too many detailers who will cut corners and won’t put much care into the cleaning of your vehicle.
Step 3. Use the proper equipment.
If you are doing it yourself or if someone is doing it for you, it doesn’t matter, the right equipment is a must. Too many times, the wrong equipment is used and the vehicle always ends up with hundreds of dollars in damages. It is better to just spend the extra money and get the right tools then using the same ones for different jobs and damaging the vehicle.
Step 4. Take your time.
Don’t rush your work. It is important to make sure that you are doing a thorough job. You also don’t want to scratch anything by rushing. Mistakes most commonly happen when someone is in a hurry to get something don’t and they make a mistake. I have seen mistakes on vehicles happen first hand and they ended up costing a lot of money to fix. For example, just the mistake of forgetting to wash the wash mitt off in the rinse bucket before getting more soap on it and putting it on the vehicle is a huge (and common) mistake. They didn’t rinse the mitt off and dirt was still on the mitt when the placed it back onto the vehicle and it caused very noticeable scratches in the clear coat. This was no cheap vehicle either. Let’s just say it was a couple thousand dollars to replace.
I hope this having this process helps you clean your vehicle safely and effectively.