What is Car Detailing?

Man washing car

What is car detailing, and how is it different from car washing? A car wash is a simpler surface-level clean of the exterior of your vehicle, whereas car detailing is a thorough cleaning and restoration of the interior and exterior of your vehicle, focusing on scratches, stains, and blemishes. It can be done by professionals in the Columbus area and beyond, but if you are a DIY sort of car owner, find out how to detail your car below!

Car Detailing Supplies

If you want to do a full car detail on your vehicle, make sure you have these items ahead of time:

  • Small brushes (such as a clean toothbrush for scrubbing, and a paint brush for dusting)
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Canned air
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Upholstery cleaner
  • Carpet stain cleaner
  • Surface protector for vinyl and leather surfaces
  • Bucket for water
  • Washing mitts
  • Car-safe exterior cleaner
  • Window cleaner

Exterior Car Detailing Tips

  • Wash the Exterior of Your Car
    • Avoid cleaning solutions like household detergents, as they may strip the wax off your car’s surface.
    • Use water, a car-safe washing solution, and microfiber cloths or washing mitts to clean the body of your vehicle.
    • Frequently swap out cleaning cloths, as dirt or sand on dirty cloths may scratch your vehicle’s surface.
    • Once completely clean, dry the vehicle off with clean towels.
  • Clean the Wheels
    • Using the solution you used to wash the rest of your car or a solution made especially for car tires, clean your vehicle’s wheels.
    • To clean out the dirt from the grooves and hard to reach places, use a small brush.
  • Wax the Exterior
    • Once the exterior is clean, you have the choice to wax your car.
    • Once finished, wipe off excess wax with a small brush.

Interior Car Detailing Tips

  • Carpeting: First, vacuum your carpeting. If you have stains on the carpeting, use a stain remover and brush to remove them. If you have removable mats, take them out of the vehicle for easier cleaning of the mats and the surface underneath.
  • Door Interior: Use 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 inside of your car mirrors with a window-cleaning solution and dry completely to avoid 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 mildew.
  • Steering Wheel Column: Remove dust and stains with a cleaning solution, dry, and apply a surface protectant.
  • Dashboard and Center Console: Use your small tools to clean cracks and tight crevices, then dry completely with a cloth.

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If you have major repairs that need to be done on your vehicle, or you know it’s time for the next round of routine maintenance in Springboro, schedule an appointment online at Jaguar Cincinnati, and be sure to check out our rotating service specials to save on your next visit to the Jaguar Cincinnati service center near Lexington, KY!

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