Everyone loves how nice their car looks after a professional detailing job; the problem is, how do you keep it looking that nice? You spent a lot of money getting your car to look that nice, you want to make sure it lasts as long as possible and we’re here to help. We asked our best detailers from Chicago to Texas what they recommend for their clients to compile this ultimate guide to preserving your auto detailing!
What Can You Do to Keep Your Car Looking Great?
The following sections are tips from our best detailing experts to help you keep your car looking auto-detailing-fresh.
Make sure you’re using the right products for maintenance
The best thing you can to for your vehicle is to make sure you’re using the right products and only the right products when it comes to maintaining its condition. Many people make the common mistake of using dish soap to wash their vehicles; they don’t realize that dish soap can strip the clear coat and wax applied during the detailing process from your vehicle, making you need auto detailing services much sooner. Make sure that you speak with your auto detailing technician to see what products they recommend for your specific vehicle that will work in conjunction with the products they used.
Keep a microfiber cloth in your glove box
A microfiber cloth is every bit as useful to keep on hand as a jack and jumper cables. You can use them to clean up accidental spills or to keep your dashboard wiped down in order to eliminate dust. Most importantly, if you have a microfiber cloth with you, you can use it to dry your car off after it rains, thus preventing water spots from forming and helping to protect the detailing work.
Take proper care of your leather interiors
Leather interior is something far too precious and delicate for you to ignore. It requires regular care in order to prevent costly damages like cracks, tears, or wearing out. All you have to do is condition your leather interior regularly with a quality leather conditioning solution. Talk to your detailing technician to get a specific recommendation. Simply rub a small amount (not too much, but enough to cover the surface in a light lather) of conditioner on the leather with a microfiber cloth and then let it dry. This will keep your leather supple and looking good-as-new for far longer.
Wax your vehicle
Many people don’t take waxing their vehicles as seriously as they should. By applying a quality wax to your vehicle every four months or so (more frequently if water isn’t beading on the surface anymore). The wax serves as a protective layer, repelling water and other substances while simultaneously protecting the clear coat and paint underneath it. Waxing makes all the difference in the appearance of your car.
Limit eating and drinking in your vehicle
The biggest struggles of interior detailing are crumbs and dog hairs. Instate a no-eating rule in your car to limit spills and prevent crumbs from occurring. This could be difficult if you have kids, but it’s well worth the struggle. It’ll help keep your interiors looking nice and put off the need for another deep cleaning longer.
How Do You Know When It’s Time for Another Auto Detailing?
While the standard rule of thumb for how often to get auto detailing services is at least once per year, there are other variables that can lessen that timeframe. If your car is kept outside and exposed to the elements, you’re going to want to have it detailed more frequently. However, if you baby your car and keep it covered in a garage, being sure to wipe it down every time you drive it, you probably aren’t going to need auto detailing more frequently than once a year.
Is water no longer beading up on the surface?
One way to tell that it’s time to get auto detailing services is if water stops beading up on the surface of your vehicle. You can check this by paying attention after it rains or when you rinse your vehicle. If water no longer beads on the surface, your wax and/or clear coat are wearing thin, leaving the surface of your car vulnerable to damage. Make an appointment to get your car detailed as soon as you can if you notice this starting to happen.
Are dirt and debris building up on the surface of your vehicle?
If you’ve noticed more dirt and debris starting to build-up on the surface of your vehicle, it’s likely time for another auto detailing service. You may be thinking, “but I just went for a drive on a dirt road; I can just rinse it off.” Simply rinsing your vehicle won’t rid it of all the debris and dirt, which could lead to further damage. Whether the dirt and debris are piled up because it’s been a long time since you got your car detailed or because you’ve been particularly hard on your vehicle in a short period of time, you need to have your car completely detailed in order to properly protect it.
Has your interior started to look or smell bad?
Have you noticed more crumbs starting to appear in the seams on your seats or more dirt showing up on your floormats? It’s probably time for another deep interior cleaning through full auto detailing services to get your car back in its top condition.
Finding an Auto Detailing Company
Finding an auto detailing company near you can be difficult. How do you know where to look and who to trust? Some people masquerading as auto detailers have no certification or experience; they’re basically charging you for the same car wash you could have done yourself at home. There are a few steps you can take to ensure you don’t get scammed.
- Make sure they’re fully certified and licensed experts
- Check reviews – beware of paid services like Angie’s List
- If they’re small and local, ask around! Facebook has a “Recommendations” feature that allows you to easily ask your friends for local recommendations using Maps and tagging Facebook Businesses
If you’re within Mobile Detailing Pros‘ wide service area, give us a call! All of our detailers are highly trained experts that are fully licensed and certified. Our expert detailers are always reliable, professional, and courteous. We offer the most convenient services at the best prices and even have several options for discounts.