5 Tips for Safe Holiday Traveling

If there’s one thing that’s true of a large majority during the holidays it’s traveling in some respect. Whether you’re traveling 15 miles or 300, road safety should be your top concern. People are on the roads that only drive a handful of times throughout the year and most everyone is distracted in some way or another; it’s one of the most dangerous times of the year to travel, but you also don’t have an option unless you want to miss your loved ones for the holiday season. Mobile Detailing Pros is here to help you get to your holiday festivities safely with our top five driving safety tips for the holidays.

1) Make Sure Your Vehicle is in Good Condition

The very first step to traveling safely is ensuring your vehicle is in the best condition it can be. Get an inspection, change your oil if necessary, and have your vehicle’s interior and exterior detailed. This will ensure you won’t face any avoidable engine failures or damages as you travel and your vehicle is in top condition. Remember, you’ll need to get your vehicle detailed after you return to remove the road salt and prevent damages to your finish.

2) Keep with Traffic

Many people make the mistake of thinking that driving slower is inherently safer, which actually couldn’t be further from the truth, especially on the interstate. It’s important that you keep moving with traffic; don’t drive too fast or too slow. If you keep at the speed traffic at which is moving and at the appropriate distance, you’ll be much safer on the road.

3) Stay Alert

As we mentioned before, most of the drivers on the road during the holidays are highly distracted. People pull crazy moves, particularly on the interstate. It’s crucial that you stay alert and focused as you’re driving so you can be prepared to react in a moment’s notice if necessary to keep yourself safe.

4) Minimize Distractions

In order to stay alert, as mentioned in the last section, you have to be willing to minimize distractions in your vehicle. You’re likely distracted enough with everything going on with the holidays and reaching your destination, you don’t need anything else detracting from your focus. Keep your conversation to a minimum, don’t put on the radio, minimize distracting sounds in the vehicle, and whatever else you need to do to keep yourself from being distracted.

5) Don’t Make Foolish, Rash Decisions

Part of the reason that traffic is so bad during the holidays is that the roads are full of distracted people making sudden, unwise decisions when driving. If you miss your exit or turn, don’t snap quickly into the lane to catch it without looking at the other vehicles around you; get the next exit or turn and turn around. Everyone on the road is in a rush to reach their destination, but nothing is as important as your family and your safety.

No matter where you’re traveling this holiday season, make sure you get there safely. From all of us at Mobile Detailing Pros, we wish you a happy holiday season!

Interior Detailing Tips: Removing Makeup Stains

Removing makeup stains from a vehicle’s interior must be done with care. This task can sometimes be accomplished easily, but other times it can take a little more effort or even a particularly important. It’s key that you do your research before you tackle it, though, so you’re absolutely sure that you won’t damage your upholstery with harsh, aggressive chemicals. As you can imagine, there are a few tips and tricks for the process you use to help expedite it and we’re here to help you master them!

1) Treat the Stain Right Away

Most cosmetics have oily substances in them and those substances oxidize when they’re left in the open air; you want to make sure you treat those right away to minimize damage. Another reason you should treat it right away is the tendency of certain cosmetic products to seep deeply into the fabrics, making them almost impossible to remove without pre-treating.

2) Don’t Overthink It

If the cosmetic staining the fabric is water-based and doesn’t contain oily substances, you don’t need anything more than a soft sponge dipped in a warm soap/water solution. Gently rub the affected area with the soft sponge covered in your warm soap/water solution until the stain is gone.

3) Ammonia Could Help

If you have a particularly difficult stain with which to contend, you can pre-treat it with a soft cotton pad that you’ve dipped in a 10% ammonia solution, applying it gently and letting it sit for a few minutes. Next, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on top of the stain; let that sit for a couple of minutes more, then clean it off using the method described in tip two. Keep in mind that you don’t want to apply too much pressure on the upholstery fabric because some are particularly delicate, causing you to further complicate your problem unwittingly.

4) Synthetic Fabric is a Little Different

If your car’s interior is upholstered with a synthetic fabric, use a cotton pad dipped in hot water and a delicate cleaning product first but only where the stain is. Rub the stained area gently with a wet sponge or towel. This method can prove particularly useful for pale-colored fabrics, but not so useful with brightly-colored fabrics.

5) Tackling Lipstick Stains

Lipsticks are one of those cosmetics notorious for having oily substances in them, making them difficult to remove, only worse, they’re pigmented. While these stains are tricky, they aren’t impossible to remove. If you apply several drops of dishwashing detergent to the stain and gently rub it with a soft sponge or brush, you should be able to accomplish the task.

6) Removing Liquid Foundation

Liquid foundation, like lipstick, can be particularly difficult to remove from upholstery. If you use an old toothbrush to apply a mild cleaning detergent directly to the stain, rubbing gently with a clean sponge dipped in warm water until the stained area gets smaller, you can remove the stain simply. You can also use a standard wet wipe instead of a sponge if that’s what you have available.

7) Treating Nail Polish Stains

Nail polish is one of the toughest stains to remove; you must handle the task with extreme care and attention. Make sure you don’t rub the surface of your interior upholstery, but rather try to absorb the polish into a towel if it’s still damp; if you rub, you’ll only make the stain worse. Once you’ve absorbed all you can, it’s time to try a little acetone (nail polish remover). Using an old towel (because it will get stained with the nail polish) dipped in acetone, press on the stain, but do not rub. Your best bet is to press and absorb. Once the polish is paler, replace your acetone-soaked towel with a dry one and resume pressing to ensure that the substance absorbs into the towel, rather than more acetone absorbing into your upholstery. It may take more than one attempt, but this should do the trick. If your interior is upholstered with a delicate fabric or leather, do not use acetone.

If you’re still struggling to remove pesky stains from cosmetics, give us a call at 800-557-5134. Our expert technicians will remove your stains with ease and have your vehicle looking good as new as quickly as possible. You can also request an appointment through our website.

Go Green with Auto Detailing

Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’ve likely seen the latest boost in environmental concern in citizens, businesses, and government officials. The auto detailing industry is no exception, especially considering all the chemicals they need to use daily. It’s not the easiest for the auto detailing industry to go green, but with a little research and a lot of effort, you can accomplish the task and do your part to help the environment. We’re here to help! Without further ado, here’s what you need to know about going green with auto detailing!

Go to the Professionals

Did you know that professional auto detailers are more environmentally friendly than the old standby method of sponges and buckets at home? The first and easiest step towards greener auto detailing is leaving it to the professionals instead of doing it yourself at home.

If you don’t know which auto detailers to trust, give Mobile Detailing Pros a call at 800-557-5134 or visit mobiledetailingpros.com to request an appointment or price quote. We have one of the largest service areas in the US and our auto detailing operation is entirely mobile and available 24/7.

Use Only Eco-Friendly, Biodegradable Auto Detailing Products

Most companies that make detailing soaps make eco-friendly options now. Call the manufacturer of your favorite auto detailing products or visit their website to find out if they offer greener alternatives. If you’re relying on the professionals, give your detailers a call and make sure they’re using only environmentally-friendly and biodegradable products.

  • When looking for new environmentally-friendly products, you need to ensure that they are also non-toxic. Steer clear of any auto detailing products containing petroleum-distillates, silicone, kerosene, or mineral spirits.

Recycle and Reuse Water

Here’s another area where defaulting to the professionals could help you out. Many people don’t realize that professional car detailers use considerably less water than you would detailing your car at home. Many car detailers utilize reclaim technology, allowing them to recycle and reuse their rinse water.

You also want to make sure you or they are using foam brushes and soft-touch technologies rather than a touchless wash as it’s more efficient. Touchless washes tend to use more water and they require higher concentrations of chemicals.

Use High-Pressure Washing Systems

Another way to use even less water in your auto detailing process to use high-pressure washing systems. They require even less water than average car washes. High-pressure nozzles use their water much more efficiently. These nozzles and the computerized washing systems use water only when needed and measure in order to only use the necessary amount of water, as opposed to a hose which keeps wasting water until the job is done. Not only does this cut down on waste and water usage, but it will also reduce your operating costs.

Using Alternative Energy Sources

An even greener approach is to find alternative energy sources like solar power and wind energy. Make sure the auto detailing service you choose utilizes more eco-friendly, alternative energy sources. If you can’t find one, ask the manager if they might consider switching; it’s better for the environment, lowers operating costs, and could draw in new clients.

Reuse, Reduce

When you detail your car yourself, opt for using reusable cloths over disposable products, like microfiber cloths and towels. When using professional auto detailing services, tell your detailers you’d prefer them to use reusable products.

There’s no quick, easy answer when it comes to going green with auto detailing, but the environment is important. With our easy guide, you can be well on your way to a more environmentally-friendly auto detailing process!

Did we miss anything? Comment below with your favorite green auto detailing tips!

Detailing Tips: Washing Tinted Windows

We’ve all seen tinted windows that, let’s say, have seen better days. Did you know that the way the window was washed is to blame for this deterioration? Once the tint on your window starts to bubble or peel, there’s no saving it; you’ll have to retint or remove the tint entirely. That being said, there’s a way to prevent this from happening! You can either 1) leave it to the professionals or 2) learn and master the proper technique to spare your windows.

If you’re going to try it yourself, here’s what you need to know!

Make Sure You Have What You Need

This process is made far easier when you have everything you need, all your tools and products, on hand and ready to go. These include:

  • Shade: Make sure the car is parked somewhere shady to detail the vehicle. This lowers the chance of water spots forming and slows the drying process while you’re washing, which is good; you don’t want soap drying on them.
  • Microfiber Cloths/Towels: You don’t want to use any type of cloth/towel other than microfiber. Other material or, even worse, paper can scratch up your windows. You’ll need at least two cloths: one for drying and one for scrubbing in your soap solution.
  • Ammonia-Free Soap: Ammonia-free soap is better for all parts of your vehicle, not just your windows

Wash Your Windows Last

When you wash and rinse your vehicle, the suds, now full of dirt and debris run down your car, settling on your windows. If you washed those first, you’ve negated all your hard work. Saving the window washing for last will ensure you get your windows truly clean. Also, be sure to choose the soap for the exterior and interior of your vehicle with care. Some detergents can be harmful to your vehicle’s windows, especially the tint.

How to Clean Your Windows to Preserve Your Tint

Using a microfiber cloth, gently rub in your ammonia-free soap, starting on the inside. Once the entire window is covered, be sure to dry it immediately. Take care to avoid the edges of tint so you don’t get cleaner between the window and the tint, causing bubbles. For drying the window, use a fresh microfiber towel, moving the cloth in the same direction as you did in applying the soap. If you don’t apply enough pressure, you run the risk of a thin layer of soap remaining. This layer is visible and you want to dry it off quickly so it doesn’t cause streaks.

How to Ensure Quality for Longer

Parking in a covered space (garage or carport), decreasing your windows’ exposure to the sun, can help ensure the longevity of your tint. Washing the interior of your window every two weeks is another good maintenance practice to ensure the longevity of your tint.

When it comes to cleaning tinted windows, you simply can’t take it lightly. All it takes is one slight mess up and you have to have the whole thing retinted. Take the time to do it right the first time.

Don’t feel like dealing with the hassle? Call 800-557-5134 or visit mobiledetailingpros.com to let Mobile Detailing Pros handle it for you!

 

5 Reasons to Choose Mobile Detailing

Mobile detailing is a relatively new industry. We understand that people are still a little uneasy about it. In this article, we hope to dismantle this misconception and help encourage you to give mobile detailing a shot with our five main reasons to choose mobile detailing over traditional detailing services. If we left anything out, feel free to leave us a comment below to give us your reason for choosing mobile detailing!

1) Convenience

Mobile detailing is way more convenient than traditional detailing services. Their entire operation is mobile, allowing them to detail your vehicle wherever you request. Most mobile detailing operations, like Mobile Detailing Pros, operate 24 hours, so you can make an appointment at a time that best fits your schedule or when disaster strikes.

2) Affordability

Mobile detailing operations tend to face fewer expenses than traditional detailing operations and they’re able to pass those savings on to you. It allows them to offer you lower prices and often offer more discounts, especially if they can detail more than one car on a trip.

3) Excellence

One of the benefits to the newness of this industry is that the technicians are freshly trained with the latest techniques and practices and they’re kept on their toes; they’re aware that, because of their newness, they’re kept under close scrutiny. Mobile detailing operations demand excellence and their technicians truly deliver.

4) Speed

Mobile detailing operations are focused on speed without sacrificing quality. They have to make it to their next appointment on time, rather than their appointment come to them. You can be sure with mobile detailing that the job will be done well and finished quickly. You can trust that they’ll be punctual and not waste any of your precious time.

5) Dependability

Mobile detailing operations are every bit as dependable and reliable as traditional detailing operations. They understand that their industry is under close scrutiny, so they’re willing to do what it takes to prove themselves to their customers. Their technicians are trained, qualified, and licensed; they handle every job with the utmost care. Detailing operations should all be insured so you can rest assured that if anything were to go wrong with your car, it would be taken care of in as simple a manner as possible.

Finding a Mobile Detailing Company You Can Trust

We have a few guides that might help you with this problem throughout our blog, but we’ll give you the basic rundown here: Before you commit to a company, you want to do your research and be sure that they’re a reliable company. You’ll want to be sure to read a variety of reviews so you feel confident that you’ll know what to expect.

If you live within our wide service area, consider giving Mobile Detailing Pros a try. Our highly-trained, expert technicians will have your vehicle looking good as new in no time, totally hassle-free! Visit mobiledetailingpros.com or 800-557-5134 for more information or to schedule your appointment.

Did we miss your reason for trying mobile detailing? Leave us a comment below!

How to Use Winter Soaps to Prevent Rust and Freezing

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There are particular winter car care things you need to know in order to keep your car safe for the season. For instance, you need to be sure to wash your car as soon as possible after driving where there’s road salt. You have to ensure that you take care to switch to winter soaps to avoid potentially hazardous rusting or freezing. If you’re relying on professional detailing services for winter car detailing, you want to make sure they’re using the best car detailing winter soaps before they touch your car. Here’s what you need to know:

Anti-Freeze Detergent

High-quality anti-freeze detergent can save you the hassle of having your cleaning solution freeze mid-wash. While there are other methods to avoid using this product, it ends up being far more cost-effective to do it this way. It may put you off at first that the price of high-quality anti-freeze detergent is a fair bit higher than that of regular detergent, it’s well worth the investment and in the long run, as we said, more cost-effective.

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Winter Triple Foam

Another great detergent option is winter triple foam. The best part about this option is that you can use it all year long, whereas, with other triple foams, you’ll have to change it in the winter. Winter triple foams are methanol-based so they’ll help keep your brushes from freezing, plus its high-sudsing, making it easy to lather your vehicle. This foam is a great investment since you can use it all year round without needing to invest in anti-freeze soaps in addition to your foam.

De-Salt

The main reason you need to rush to get road salt off your car in the winter is that it can cause rust to form prematurely. Applying de-salt to your vehicle before the pre-soak and rinsing it off completely will help protect your vehicle from the harsh chemicals. The more road salt on your car, the more water it attracts which can speed up the oxidation process, causing rust to form. This rust can lead to worse problems with your tires, muffler, or break line. De-salt helps to neutralize the de-icing chemicals and fights the corrosion.

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Hand Mix

Our last option for winter soaps for winter car detailing is to hand mix your soap with methanol. This method used to be much more commonly practiced than it is today, but you can still use it; it’s just not as convenient as the more modern pre-mixed anti-freeze soap solutions. If you choose this method, you want to be sure your soap mixtures are as consistent as possible. Beyond the fact that you might achieve varying degrees of success with your detailing, if you use a foaming brush system, you’ll need to adjust the air or pump pressure to compensate for the inconsistencies.

It’s important to pay attention to the products you’re using and the temperatures for which they’re designed. Make sure before the temperatures start plummeting that you make the switch to winter soaps so that all your winter car detailing goes as smoothly as it should.

If you need detailing services, visit mobiledetailingpros.com or call 800-557-5134 to schedule your appointment today. Our expert technicians will be sure to handle your car with care and only use the highest-quality detergents designed for the right temperatures. Give us a call today to see if you’re in our wide service area.

Winter Travel Car Care: Winter Vacation Car Checklist

With winter comes the holiday season and with that comes travel, lots and lots of travel. If you’re going to be traveling this holiday season, you need to make sure your car is fully prepared to make whatever journey is in your future. In this article, we’ll provide you with the most comprehensive winter car checklist so you can rest assured that your car will make whatever travel plans you have in store and get you back home safely without any concern at all.

1) Check your tires

Before you take off on your winter/holiday travels, you need to make sure your tires are in good condition to do so. You should check both the tire pressure and the tread on the tires to ensure they’re able to make the trip safely. When was the last time you had your tires rotated? If it’s been too long, add it to your list of things to mention when you go for your comprehensive inspection.

2) Clean out your car

Starting any road trip with a messy car is just asking for disaster. Thoroughly clean out your car to start off your trip on the right foot. This would be a great time to give your carpets a quick vacuum, too. When you’re done, remember to place car trash bags or grocery bags serving as such wherever necessary in the vehicle.

This way you can help make sure the car stays clean. When you go to pack the car up for your holiday traveling, make sure you organize your luggage and presents in a logical and organizational method to help ensure everything fits and makes it there safely.

3) Check your fluids

It’s always a good idea to check the fluids in your vehicle before any big road trip. Make sure you’ve made the switch to the proper winter fluids, you have enough of them, and that your oil has been changed according to the recommended schedule. This will help to not only minimize your risk of potential car trouble along your trip but also help to protect your vehicle from unnecessary wear or damage due to the long road trip. You can check your fluids yourself or get your local mechanic to do it for you.

4) Get a comprehensive inspection

It’s always a good idea to have your car inspected before taking any major road trips. This will help ensure your vehicle is safe to make the long journey and minimize your risk of car trouble occurring. Make an appointment with your regular mechanic to get a comprehensive inspection and ensure that your vehicle is cleared for the road trip ahead.

5) Get your car detailed

Many people mistakenly think that car detailing services are purely for aesthetic purposes, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Having your car detailed regularly helps to minimize exterior and interior deterioration in your car and improves your resale value. In the winter, keeping your car detailed is even more important given the need to rid your car of the damaging road salt.

6) Include emergency items

Above all, make sure your car is equipped with the necessary emergency items just in case anything goes wrong. These items can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Spare tire
  • First-aid kit
  • Blanket
  • Umbrella
  • Snow chains
  • Starter cables

Holiday traveling is often necessary but comes with its fair share of risks and stresses. Mobile Detailing Pros’ Winter Vacation Checklist will help you be prepared for your vacation without having to continuously worry you forgot something.

You can find more great detailing tips and information on services offered at mobiledetailingpros.com! Or, call 800-557-5134 for more information or to make an appointment.

 

Prepping Your Tires for Winter

With winter right around the corner (and already here for certain parts of the country), it’s time to start thinking about getting your tires ready for the ice and cold. Learn how to prepare your tires for the upcoming winter season with Mobile Detailing Pros’s complete guide.

Check Your Tire Tread Depth

In order to ensure you travel safely on the road this winter, you need to make sure your tire tread is in acceptable condition. You need durable tread in a healthy state to ensure that your tires won’t lose their grip on the road, sending you sliding into a collision. Shallow tread is dangerous in the winter, so be sure you change your tire if the tread is too low.

It’s important to note that, while your car will theoretically be fine if you wear them down to 2/32 of an inch, that is not a guarantee. All cars and tires are different and each set of conditions could lead to an increased or shortened longevity. It might be better to consult with a mechanic before your tires get that low to see if they recommend replacing them sooner.

Measuring Tire Tread

The typical rule of thumb is to replace your tires once the tread gets down to 2/32 of an inch. You can check your tread with a depth gauge if you have one, but you could use the penny test and save yourself some money: place a penny into a groove in the tread upside down; if part of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread on the tire, you’re in the clear. However, if the entirety of his head is visible, it’s time to replace your tires.

Examine Tread Wear Patterns

While you’re looking at the tread on your tires, examine closely how the level of wear might vary at the outer edge, center, and inside edge of the tire. If the measurements aren’t the same in all three of these locations, then your tires aren’t wearing evenly. This could be indicative of an alignment or suspension issue, or could just mean that your tires are over- or under-inflated.

Estimate the Age of Your Tires

As tires age, they lose integrity and become more vulnerable to damage/failure, as with most products. Many tire companies recommend replacing your tires after 6-10 years, but the level of care you show your tires and their level of exposure to the elements could have an effect on that estimation.

You can determine the age of your tires by looking at the sidewall of your tire. There, you’ll find the seven-digit Tire Identification Number (TIN), the last two numbers of which will indicate the year your tires were manufactured.

Prepare Yourself with Snow Chains

If you’re going to be driving in snowy conditions, don’t leave without having snow chains in your vehicle for your tires in case you need them. These are a state requirement in a lot of places where hazardous snowy conditions are common and an important safety measure.

Keep Up with Regular Maintenance

The best way to ensure your car and tires are in tip-top condition and are sure to keep you safe this winter is to keep up with regular inspections and maintenance procedures, like oil changes and tire rotations. This regularly scheduled maintenance will help ensure everything will function as it should, help you to take precautions to ward off potential failures or damages and help to catch potential problems early. Be sure that you’re keeping up with regularly scheduled maintenance, especially in the winter.

Keep safe no matter where you’re traveling this winter with Mobile Detailing Pros’s easy-to-follow, winter-prepping guide! If you follow all these steps, you’re sure to keep your tires in top condition, protecting you from potential damages or failures.

Ask a Mobile Detailing Expert

Mobile detailing is a fairly new industry about which a lot of people are still unsure or uneasy. We want to settle some of that uneasiness for you and remove the stigma behind this fabulous service! We searched for the most frequently asked questions left unanswered and asked our experts.

How much does it cost?

This is a complicated question, which is probably why it’s remained unanswered for so long. There are a couple of factors that contribute to how much detailing will cost.

  1. What type of vehicle you have
  2. What services you require (interior, exterior, both)
  3. How dirty your vehicle is
  4. How much time they spent detailing it

Each mobile detailing company will be different, also. Some are only local operations, while others, like Mobile Detailing Pros, have several detailers expanding across a wide service. Each of these companies sets their own price based on the average cost in their area, the services they offer, the demand for said services, and so on. We’ll be happy to provide you with an estimation, but it’s important to remember that estimations are just that: estimated. If once we start the detailing process, we see that it will take us significantly more time, manpower, or products, we’ll have to raise that price. Visit our website or call us at 800-557-5137 to talk get your quote today.

Do you take my car or do you come to me?

This is a point that’s different for every detailing business. At Mobile Detailing Pros, we come to you and provide our excellent detailing services at the location of your choosing, be it your home, the parking lot of your work, or even your local garage if they allow it. Some detailing businesses offer to come to your location, pick up your vehicle, and take it to their location to detail it, then bring it back when they’re done. Others offer on-site detailing only but may have pop-up locations throughout the week. A pop-up location is typically located in the parking lot of another business and offers quick detailing services for a flat, low cost.

Are mobile detailing operations as trustworthy as their traditional counterparts?

Again, this is another thing that varies from detailing business to detailing business. While we can’t speak for everyone, our detailing operation is every bit as trustworthy as a traditional detailing business. We’re very picky with the professionals we hire to ensure you’re guaranteed to receive nothing but the best and highest quality expert detailing services. With Mobile Detailing Pros, you know you can trust that you’re vehicle is in good hands.

Are your services guaranteed?

Yes; all of our detailing services are backed by the Moblie Detailing Pros Peace-of-Mind Guarantee. While we ensure all of our expert technicians are highly skilled and trained with all the latest auto detailing techniques, we know that sometimes accidents happen. If your car doesn’t look as good as you expected it to, call us to schedule another appointment and we’ll fix our mistake.

How long do your detailing services take?

While this can vary based on the type of vehicle you have and the amount of work required to get it looking great again, full-detailing services for average cars can take about 4 hours with exclusively interior or exterior taking 2 hours. Larger vehicles like trucks, RVs, or boats will, of course, take more time to complete.

Is there a way to make it easier to keep up with my car detailing?

Absolutely! After your first time visiting us, we’re happy to work with you in customizing the perfect detailing maintenance plan for your car, so you can schedule your appointments in advance and never fall behind schedule. The upside to this is that you won’t have to worry about maintaining your resale value or the state of your car, it’s already planned for you.

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Do you have a burning question we might have missed? Comment below and our expert detailers will get back to you!

 

Getting Your Boat Ready for Winter Storage

As October draws to a close, preparations for winter begin. You can’t just put your boat in storage for the season and think nothing of its condition. Preparing your boat for winter storage involves a level of care and precision. You’ll need boat detailing services, a full diagnostic, and other means of boat winter prep to ensure yours survives the tough season. We’ve created a boat winter prep checklist so you can be sure that your boat is safely taken care of for the winter.

1) Change Your Oil

Before you put your boat away for the winter, you need to take care of your oil and oil filter. If water or acids get into oil, they can corrode your engine. Make sure you both change your filter and flush it out to ensure no water remains, then add in your new oil. This will ensure your boat is in tip-top shape to stick it out for the long, hard winter.

2) Use Fogging Oil

Without starting your engine, spray fogging oil as you turn the engine over either in the carburetor or through the spark plug holes, depending on what your manual says. Doing this will ensure the moving parts of your engine are protected for the whole winter season.

3) Refresh Your Coolant System

First, dilute your antifreeze as specified on the packaging. Then, drain out the coolant that’s currently in your vehicle and flush it with water. Refill with properly-diluted antifreeze to help protect your engine from freezing and corroding.

4) Loosen or Remove Drive Belts

Before putting your boat in storage, be sure to at least loosen your drive belts, if you don’t remove them entirely. This will help prevent them from cracking under the stress of keeping them tense for long periods of time.

5) Grease Your Steering Mechanism

Greasing your steering mechanism is important to ensure both that and the control mechanism are moving smoothly and functioning properly when you take your boat out again next spring.

6) Disconnect Your Battery

Disconnect the battery and top it off with distilled water. Make sure to charge it occasionally to make sure it’s ready when you’re ready to bring your boat back out. This will keep your battery from draining and dying while in storage for the winter.

7) Fill Your Tank with Fuel and Fuel Stabilizer

When you leave your tank empty or close to empty, you run the risk of condensation forming in the tank which can cause the tank to corrode or, worse, cause severe damages is said condensation freezes.

8) Have Your Boat Professionally Detailed

You want your boat to be spick and span, in like-new condition before you store it away for the winter. You can detail it on your own, but it’s quite the task to undertake; you want to be sure you do all your research before diving in, lest you want to risk harm to your boat. You can save yourself the trouble of all that by leaving it to the professionals. Mobile Detailing Pros offers reliable, affordable, and convenient vehicle detailing services; they’ll come out to the docks and detail your boat for you, hassle-free!

If you follow these eight easy steps, you can feel secure that your boat is in good condition to withstand the harsh temperatures and weather of the winter months. Have any questions or concerns? Leave us a comment below and our expert detailers will get back to you as soon as possible!