Car Detailing Basics

For many, their car becomes an extension of their home. You eat in it—and hopefully do not sleep in it—and in many cases your vehicle becomes a personal sanctuary. Due to the amount of time, meals eaten in your car, and the Chicago weather, the interior, as well as the exterior can accumulate a lot of wear and tear. Though cars are made to endure the heat of summer, the snow and chill of winter, as well as hours of a driver sitting in it, like anything you buy, the superficial elements of your car needs to be cared for.

It Isn’t Just a Luxury

Car detailing, though perceived as a luxury, should really be thought of as another aspect of needed preventive maintenance. Car detailing isn’t just about making your car look good and smell like new on the inside. Detailing does do that, but it also does so much more. Here are the ways in which car detailing cares for your car.

Paint Care

Car detailing is a form of paint care. Though the paint of your car is a superficial element, it does protect the structure of the car from dirt, chemicals, and other debris that can have a negative impact on the structure of the car. When the outside of your car is detailed, it is accomplished through a three step process. First, general dirt and other filth is removed. Next, debris that is stuck in the clear coat of your paint is generally removed with a clay bar. Lastly, the detailers will polish your car removing surface scratches, swirl marks, and other marks, then will apply the last layer, wax which will protect the paint, as well as make your car shine like new.

Chassis & Wheels

To some “washing” the wheels and underside of the car may seem like a joke, like cleaning the bottom of your shoes. However, removing debris, chemicals, and other harmful substances from the wheels and underside of the car is an incredibly important part of car care. Many chemicals that our cars come in contact with on our Chicago roads and beyond can corrode and damage the wheels and other elements of the car. When you have your car detailed, ask them about how they detail your wheels and chassis: Many will remove dirt and debris and then add a plastic protectant.

Headlights, Tail Lights & Exterior Trim

Cleaning and polishing your headlights, taillights, and trim is another aspect of preventative maintenance. Most car detailers will clean and polish your light elements and will finish the service by sealing them with plastic. This is a particular important step for cars that are showing signs of oxidation. Oxidation can lead to fading and cracking. Chrome, rubber, or plastic trim parts are cleaned and properly treated to preserve their life and prevent fading and cracking as well.

Interior

Interior car detailing is definitely an important part of keeping the value of your car, as well as simply improving your enjoyment of your ride. Interior detailing is more than just a vacuum and quick wipe down. Professional detailers will work to remove stains and will many times vacuum and steam clean the seats and upholstery. Leather will be cleaned and treated with the proper cleaners. All plastic or rubber parts will be cleaned and dressed: dressing or conditioning the interior elements of your car will help them to keep their color and resist cracking.

Engine Care

Caring for the engine isn’t just changing the oil or oil filter. The engine bay should be cleaned regularly to inhibit corrosive debris from damaging the engine and other parts. When car detailers care for the engine, they will mist the area with water to clean, followed with the proper conditioner and protectant to keep these elements from cracking from use and heat.

Conclusion

Getting your car detailed is an important part of caring for your car, and once you’ve had your preliminary detailing service, the following maintenance services may be less intense and less expensive. These regular treatments are important for stains and corrosive elements left alone can permanently damage the interior or exterior of your car. Keep your car clean, conditioned, and polished to uphold the value of your car, as well as enjoy your ride.

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DIY Tips for Better Boat Vehicle Detailing

vehicle detailing for boatGetting your boat professionally detailed once a year is a great way to keep your boat looking its best and maintaining its value. But sometimes boats need a little more attention than a once-a-year vehicle detailing can offer. That means you might end up doing a little DIY boat detailing between visits from our mobile pros. If that’s the case, we have some suggestions of materials and methods that you can use to get the best possible results.

How to Get Better Results for DIY Boat Vehicle Detailing

Clean your boat thoroughly before applying wax.

Waxing is an absolute must for a boat. It helps protect the boat’s outer surface from dirt and grime as you move through the water as well as keeps the boat looking showroom new. But wax isn’t going to do you any good if you don’t start with a clean surface. You’ll want to thoroughly clean your boat from top to bottom, giving it a good scrub with a boat-friendly soap. Make sure that you completely rinse all of the soap off of the surface and then dry it afterwards. Doing so will help eliminate any water spots on the surface and give you a good base for the wax.

Protect the interior from sun damage.

The sun can do a lot of damage to the interior materials of your boat. Specifically, it is the ultraviolet rays that are the problem, these are the same rays that you are protecting your skin from when you use sunscreen. The interior of your boat needs the same kind of protection. Pick up some leather conditioner as well as protective coatings for nylon and plastic surfaces and apply them on a regular basis. This will help prevent the sun from fading the materials or drying them out and causing them to crack.

Keep your boat covered when not in use.

This isn’t just good advice for vehicle detailing; it’s good boat care. When your boat isn’t going to be used for a period of time, take time to cover it up or put it into long term storage. This will help extend the life of your professional detailing work as well as eliminate some of the DIY work that you’ll need to do during the year. Boat covers are fine but shrink wrapping your boat for long term storage is best. It will keep both the interior and exterior preserved until you are ready to hit the water again.

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Sometimes it’s best to do it by hand.

Some people are tempted to do their DIY boat detailing with fancy machines. In some cases, this could work. But in a majority of instances, it may be better to do the vehicle detailing work by hand. Boats are known for their small spaces and funny angles that can make it hard for machinery to deliver the results you want to see. You’ll often get better, longer lasting results by pulling on a pair of gloves and doing the work by hand. This will allow you to get in between instrument panels, around rigging, and shine up all of your aluminum poles as well. It might seem like more work, but you’ll be happier with how it looks in the end.

Use the right products for different materials.

The worst thing you can do for your boat is to try to use one product on every surface. Difference materials need to be treated with different conditioners and protective coatings. If you want to do some of the vehicle detailing work yourself, it’s best to invest in quality products that are made to work on those specific materials. If you don’t, it could end up damaging your boat’s appearance.

Could Professional Detailing Actually Save you Time and Money?

While taking the DIY approach can help keep your boat looking beautiful all year long, it can also be a big drain on your time and resources. Make sure that you carefully weigh the benefits of DIY vehicle detailing against the cost of materials as well as your time. You’ll need to invest in the right products and tools to get the job done and can expect to spend several hours on the project. In the end, you may find that it’s easier and cheaper in the long run to depend on professional services.

Don’t Neglect Your Annual Boat Detailing from the Pros!

Doing some vehicle detailing on your own is a great way to keep your boat looking its best, but that doesn’t mean you should put a stop to visits from the Mobile Detailing Pros. Remember that our mobile detailing service can come to you, making it easier than ever to get your boat professionally detailed! Make sure that you’ve schedule your annual boat detailing with our Chicago team by giving us a call or contacting us through our website. We’ll confirm your appointment time or create an appointment at a time that works for you.

Surprising Things Mobile Vehicle Detailing Services Can Do For Your Vehicle

vehicle detailing services mobileYou know that our mobile vehicle detailing services in Chicago makes your car look like new, but did you know that’s not the only benefit of our services? Check out some of the other (sometimes surprising!) benefits of having your vehicle detailed. If you want to experience these benefits for yourself, simply give our team a call to schedule a mobile detailing appointment.

Did You Know Our Vehicle Detailing Services Can Do All of This?

Helps your car maintain its value.

Vehicles start to depreciate in value the minute you drive them off of the car lot. They devalue faster than almost anything else that you’ll purchase. But one of the ways to ensure you get the most money back out of your vehicle when you go to sell it is to get it detailed regularly. This maintains the beauty of the interior and exterior and increases the vehicle’s resale value. Potential buyers will be clamoring to buy a vehicle that looks as good as yours, meaning you can command a higher price as compared to similar vehicles on the market.

Gets stains out of upholstery and carpets.

It’s so easy to stain the interior of your vehicle. From spilled sodas on the seats to snow melting on the floorboards, it’s almost impossible to keep the interior of a vehicle spotless no matter how hard you try. High quality vehicle detailing services can remove all of those unsightly stains, though, and restore the appearance of your carpets and seats. Keep in mind that a little wear and tear on carpet is unavoidable due to the friction of your shoes on the carpeting. If the stains can’t be removed and the appearance of the carpets restored, though, a good auto detailer can suggest other options such as replacing or dying the carpeting.

Preserves the paint job.

You’ve probably noticed that over time, your car’s paint job takes a beating. Small rocks, bird droppings, and the intense Chicago weather can all take their toll on your paint job. Eventually, the paint can become chipped and faded and drastically affect the appearance (and value) of your vehicle. Regular mobile vehicle detailing services can help address minor issues in the paint before they become big problems and prevent problems from happening in the first place. With regular waxing and a fresh clear coat periodically, your paint job can stay looking like new for much longer. You can extend the benefits by doing your own waxing at home between detailing appointments.

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Reduces allergens in the vehicle.

Are you someone who suffers from allergies? You car could be making those problems worse. Your car is filled with allergens that are blown in through the air vents and tracked in on your shoes and clothes. The interior is the perfect environment to hold all of those allergens, too, with carpet and seat fibers to bury themselves into until you brush against them and release them back into the air. Having your vehicle deep cleaned periodically can actually help reduce allergen levels so you are breathing easier.

Helps you make a great first impression.

Let’s face it: a clean car makes a good first impression. If you’ve ever climbed into someone’s ride and had to move a pile of fast food cups out of the way, you know what kind of impression that made on you. Whether it’s your boss, your mom, or a date, rolling up in a gorgeous vehicle that’s spotless inside and out is going to make a great impression on them. That kind of street cred is worth a little investment.

Ready to Experience These Benefits For Yourself?

Then it’s time to make an appointment with Mobile Detailing Pros. Our mobile team can come to your car and provide you with the detailing work that you need at a time that’s most convenient for you. We can fully detail your vehicle while you are at work or even while you are hanging out at home. Our team goes over your vehicle top to bottom, inside and out, in order to restore it’s original beauty. Give us a call or contact us through our website to learn more about our services and to book an appointment time that works for you.

How to Make Your Car Detailing Last

full car detail ChicagoLove the look of your car after a good, full car detail? Not only does it smell great, but it looks and feels totally new, too. You’ll want to keep that just-detailed look going for as long as possible. Here are some tips from our car detailing team in Chicago about how to extend the life of your detailing work for as long as possible.

Tips to Make Your Full Car Detail Last Longer

Keep a microfiber cloth in your car.

Microfiber cloths are a super handy item to keep in your car. They are useful for cleaning up accidental spills and wiping down the dashboard to help keep it dust-free. Even more importantly, though, they are ideal to use for drying off your car after a Chicago rain storm. The microfiber material will soak up all of the raindrops so there are no water spots left behind. The best part? You can pick up a pack of a dozen microfiber cloths for just a few bucks.

Use the right products for maintenance.

One of the most important things you can do for your vehicle when it comes to maintaining it after it has been detailed is to make sure you are using the right products for the maintenence work. A lot of people think that dish soap is the best thing to use for washing your car; if you use it, though, you’ll end up needing a detail job much sooner as it can strip off the clear coat and wax faster. Talk to your detailing technician about what products they recommend for use on your vehicle. You’ll want a good wax, leather condition, and all purpose cleaning at the very minimum.

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Keep the vehicle waxed.

Waxing is so important to the appearance of your vehicle and yet so few people take the time to do it. Invest in a good car wax and apply it to your vehicle at least every four months (or more often if you notice water is no longer beading on the surface). Wax acts like a protective layer to your vehicle, helping repel water and other substances while protecting the clear coat and paint underneath. Once you start waxing regularly you’ll notice a big difference in the appearance of your car. It’ll look like you recently had a full car detail every day.

Condition leather interiors regularly.

The leather interior of your vehicle is something you can’t afford to ignore. If you do, you could end up with cracked, torn, and worn out leather that’s going to be expensive to repair. Simply condition the leather regularly with a good leather conditioning product. Talk to your car detailing professional for their recommendation. Simply rub a small amount of the conditioner onto the leather with a microfiber cloth and then allow it to dry. It will keep the leather feeling supple and looking brand new for longer.

Enforce a no-eating rule.

One of the best parts of getting your car back after a full car detail is that all those little crumbs have disappeared from the interior. You can enjoy that feeling all the time by preventing those crumbs from getting into your vehicle in the first place. Set and enforce a “no eating” rule in your car. It might be a tough one if you have children, but it could actually be a benefit to your health (and your safety) if you stick to it. That way those crumbs don’t get into your seats, floorboards, and dashboard and you can go longer between deep cleanings.

Is It Time for Your Next Full Car Detail?

Our team is ready to get to work! It’s important that you give your car a full car detail in the Chicago area at least once a year. This will help repair any minor damage that’s been done to the appearance of your vehicle and prevent it from becoming a much bigger issue. It also helps get rid of the buildup from de-icers and other chemicals on the road that can eat away at your paint job. If it’s been more than a year since your last auto detailing, it’s time to get in touch with the Mobile Detailing Pros. Give us a call or contact us through our website to arrange for a member of our top-rated team to come detail your vehicle at a time that’s convenient for you.

Our Experts at Mobile Detailing Pros Recommend Seven Supplies For Your Truck Cabin

If you are a long distance trucker, you want your sleeper cabin to feel as homey as possible. Of course, the challenge is transforming such a small space into a comfortable area for you to rest and relax. Although cozy bedding is a must, you need to keep a variety of other different supplies in your cab for the optimal trucking experience. What supplies should be readily available in your cabin?

Equipment

As you may already know, the Department of Labor sets strict guidelines for transporting cargo, which includes having certain equipment with you at all times. While traveling cross country, you need to be prepared for a number of setbacks or obstacles thrown your way.

One of the most important accessories you will need includes spare lights, which are bound to burn out any time. You can find truck accessories both online as well as in-store in shops such as O’Reilly Auto Parts, Husky Liners and more.

Tools

In addition to the right equipment, you’ll need the right tools for a variety of different situations. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) provides guidelines for the different tools you need to keep with you in your cab.

First Aid Kit

Not only is your equipment vulnerable to unexpected mishaps during your long hauls, you could experience minor medical emergencies. You could experience a headache or nausea while on the road and need medicine. You also need to keep band-aids, hydrogen peroxide and other necessary equipment for dressing scrapes, burns and rashes.

Route Optimizer

If you want to save time and money transporting cargo, you’ll need a route optimizer to find the shortest routes and also the routes available for your specific truck dimensions.You’ll also save fuel when you use a route optimizer by using the most efficient route.

One of the biggest perks of route optimizers is avoiding traffic jams, which makes your overall driving experience much smoother and more relaxed. You’ll also be informed about accidents and ongoing construction on the road so you could potentially avoid sitting in resulting traffic.

Route optimizers can also help you avoid toll roads so you don’t have to pay extra travel expenses out of pocket. With so many benefits, a route optimizer is a vital tool for any trucker wanting to drive as safely and efficiently as possible.

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Weather-Appropriate Clothing

While driving across the country, you can encounter a variety of different types of weather, so you need appropriate clothing to stay comfortable. You could encounter the dry, arid climate of a  desert only to be in the muggy southeastern region the next day.

The key to dressing for all types of weather lies in layers. This way you can stay warm when it’s cold outside but stay cool when you encounter hotter temperatures.

Cooking Supplies

It’s hard to stay healthy on the road, and many truckers rely on fast food joints and truck stop food to eat. However, you can buy cooking supplies so you can enjoy a home-cooked meal on the road and eat healthier. You could buy a microwave, a hot pot, a crock pot, and electric skillet and more. We definitely recommend keeping a mini fridge in your cabin to store food and drinks, which will make your life so much easier.

Mobile Devices

Without a doubt, you’ll need to keep your cell phone with you at all times during your long hauls. Today’s smartphones offer so much more than a direct line of communication with clients, friends and family. You can also listen to music and podcasts on your phone and also download different apps to optimize your trucking experience.

You could consider keeping a tablet with you to catch up on your favorite TV shows while you are traveling. Although you could watch a TV show on your cell phone, you may prefer a device with a slightly larger screen.

Without a proper charge, your smartphone and tablets are totally useless, so always make sure to keep the chargers you need close by.

Your cabin is your home away from home while you are transporting cargo all across the country. You want to keep this area as tidy as possible and the Mobile Detailing Pros provide a variety of different truck detailing services for both the interior and exterior of your cab.Contact us today for your mobile detailing services in Chicago.

Car Detailing: Why Hire a Professional

Welcome back to our blog! Last week, we talked about the basics of car detailing: what it usually involves and why it is important for your car. Detailing is a largely neglected, but needed aspect of preventative maintenance for your car. Detailing not only removes dirt and other corrosive chemicals that can scratch and damage your car, but it also conditions and protects the interior and exterior of your car. Detailing can prevent cracking, fading, and premature aging of your vehicle and allows you to enjoy your ride even more—who doesn’t like driving a like-new car?

Generally, detailing cleans and provides care for:

  • Exterior Paint
  • Chassis & Wheels
  • Headlights, Tail Lights & Exterior Trim
  • Interior Seats & Trim
  • Engine Bay

Why Do You Need a Professional Detailer?

Today, we are going to talk about how to choose a detailer and why you should choose a professional. First of all, you should choose a detailer that is certified. A certified detailing technician should have at least five years of experience and a Certified Master Detailing Technician will have 10 years of experience. A certified detailer will have knowledge of vehicle cleaning, reconditioning, and preservation. For the best service, your detailer should be enrolled in continual training programs. Though there are detailing products that you as a car owner can use to care for your car, having a professional car detailing technician perform your maintenance is a must and here’s why.

Time

Most people have a lot or way too much on their proverbial plate. We all are running from work to our next obligation, to take care of our family, and eventually back home for rest before we begin again. When you call mobile detailing technicians, we help you multitask. We can meet you at your Chicago area home or the office and take care of your detailing appointment. We strive to deliver the best work while we also provide convenience as well. Instead of doing your own detailing and taking a half of day or longer out of your schedule, call a mobile detailer.

Proper Care

If you are short on time, it can be hard to give your car the proper care and detailing. A mobile detailing technician can help you make sure that your car with it’s specific needs get’s the attention that it needs. They will know how much cleaning and conditioning the materials of your car require, as well as address hard to remove stains. Not every car is created equal and the care that your car needs may be different from the care that your previous car needed.  

Professional Eye

A professional detailer will also have the professional eye to know not only how to clean your car thoroughly and not overly so, but also spot problem areas that may need extra care or further maintenance. A professional detailer is not a mechanic, but they can spot problems with the superficial elements of your car that are in their realm of expertise. They can give you the knowledge that you will need to maintain and care for your car between detailing appointments.

Conclusion

A mobile detailing technician can significantly transform your car and provide your car the care it needs to look it’s best and preserve its value.  A professional detailer should provide you with a timely service, the proper care, and the all benefits of a professional eye. Stay tuned for a follow up blog that will address attributes to look for when you are in need of detailing.

Mobile Detailing Pros can provide excellent mobile detailing services to clients in the Chicago area and beyond. We offer a variety of services and can service cars, truck, SUVs, boats, motorcycles, and more! Learn more about us and our services that we offer on our website!

7 Reasons For Regular Professional Car Detailing

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One of the best smells in the world for auto enthusiasts and commuters alike is that new car smell. Whether it’s the actual smell or what the smell implies, we love a new clean car where there is no scratches, all the buttons and knobs are shiney, and we don’t have the task of cleaning the inside of the windshield without streaks hanging over our heads. When the newness fades and our cars start to be an exhibit of our lifestyles and business, it’s time to consider a professional car detailing.

Most would agree that having a clean car and a clean car that we didn’t actually have to roll up our sleeves and clean ourselves is great and worth it: Often, though it is something that falls by the wayside to other priorities. Here are seven reasons for why regular professional car detailing is important.

Paint

The exterior paint of our cars can take a lot of abuse. Between the sun, snow, mud, rocks, and more that we encounter on the road in Chicago, the paint is the protective barrier between those elements and the structure of our car. Eventually, due to the corrosive nature of some elements and other effects such as scratches and chips, the paint will become damaged. Damaged paint not only doesn’t look good, but it gives opportunity for rusting and other destruction.

Road Salt

Road salt and deicer are two of auto paints arch nemesis, especially in Chicago. If left on the car or truck’s exterior, road salt and deicer will corrode and damage your paint. Though it doesn’t always make sense to spend money on car detailing during the winter, even if you are just going to get another layer of snow, slush and deicer on your car, it is best to wash off what has been on your car. The longer it is left on your car, the more opportunity it has to damage your car.

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Improved Visibility

Regular car detailing concerns safety as well, because it improves your visibility for other cars to see you, and you, to see other cars and other obstacles that face us when we drive. The lights of your car, must be cleaned regularly for clear visibility.

Tires & Wheels

Most of us forget about our wheels and tires until they become flat or cause problems for us. Though tires and wheels are made tough, able to handle the elements that they encounter on the road, they still need some care. Many of the same things that affect or corrode other parts of the car if left on for a prolonged amount of time, will damage your tires and reduce their lifespan.

Resale Value

Regular car detailing will also affect the resale value of your car later. Even though we can scrub and shine our cars before we try to sell them, no matter the effort, a car that has been regularly detailed will outshine those that haven’t. Your car’s interior will show how much you’ve taken care of it through the removal of soil as well as the conditioning of your leathers, dash, and more.

Sun Protection

Detailing also acts as a protectant from the sun. As alluded to earlier, for the interior of your car to stay looking nice and new, you must condition it and clean it. Sunlight also affects the exterior of your car as well: exposure to sun can cause paint to fade, blister, chip, and crack. Wax and other protectants that are applied during a car detailing, will act as a protective barrier from the sun.

Appearance & Comfort

As we talked about earlier, we all love the look and smell of a clean car. Not only is a clean car impressive and more comfortable for potential passengers, but it also makes the owner happier. We could argue that the health benefits of a clean home – positive thinking and a tendency toward healthy choices – are the same for a clean car. But really, who doesn’t want a clean car?

If you are in need of car detailing in Chicago,  Mobile Detailing Pros would love to help you have your car look it’s best. We offer mobile detailing services for your convenience! Contact us today and start enjoying a clean car today!