What is Car Detailing?

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Car detailing is pretty different from cleaning your vehicle, which is just surface level cleaning. Car detailing is when our team thoroughly focuses on restoring your vehicle’s interior and exterior. Car detailing also focuses on removing any scratches and blemishes. This can be done right at home or in Santa Monica at Jaguar Santa Monica by a service team of trained professionals. Learn more about interior car detailing, car detailing prices, and how to detail a car in this guide from Jaguar Santa Monica.

What’s Needed for Car Detailing?

You’ll need these items when it’s time to detail your vehicle at your Malibu-area home:

  • 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 Guide

Follow these steps for detailing your vehicle’s exterior:

  • Rigorous Exterior Wash: Use water, a car-safe washing solution, and microfiber cloths to clean the exterior. Avoid any cleaning solutions like household detergents because they can strip off the vehicle’s wax. Also, be sure to frequently swap out cleaning cloths since any dirt or sand on the cloths could scratch your vehicle’s surface. Once the exterior is completely cleaned, dry it off using clean towels.
  • Clean the Wheels: Using the same solution as the exterior to clean your vehicle’s tires and wheels. To clean out the dirt from the grooves and hard to reach places, use a small brush.
  • Wax the Exterior: After cleaning the exterior, you do have the option of waxing it. Once that’s finished, wipe off excess wax with a small brush.

Interior Car Detailing Guide

Now it’s time for the interior car detailing. Just follow these steps below:

  • Carpeting: Start by vacuuming the carpeting. If there are any stains on the carpeting, remove them with a stain removed and brush. 
  • Door Interior: With a solution made of soap and water, clean the non-carpeted part of your doors and dry them with a cloth. Next, open your car doors to clean the metal and plastic parts of your door jambs. 
  • Windows: Using a window-cleaning solution, clean the inside of your car mirrors, and dry them completely to avoid any streaks. 
  • Upholstery: After vacuuming the seats, remove any stains with a stain remover and brush. After that, let them dry with your car doors open to avoid mildew. 
  • Steering Wheel Column: Remove any dust and stains with a cleaning solution, dry, and apply a surface protectant. 
  • Dashboard and Center Console: Using your small tools, clean tight crevices and cracks, then dry completely with a cloth.

Get Expert Car Detailing Near Pacific Palisades!

If you would prefer to have a professional detail your car for you, give us a call to ask about the car detailing process or to schedule an appointment. Be sure to explore our service specials for additional savings. 

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