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Automotive detailing is a meticulous cleaning and polishing process that both helps to protect a vehicle’s interior and exterior while keeping it looking like new. It should become a part of a vehicle’s regular maintenance routine. Detailing is also highly recommended before selling any vehicle in order to offer potential customers a vehicle as close to spotless as possible. The vehicle’s true value is shown with a little intensive cleaning and conveys the owner’s pride in their auto.

Detailing is generally divided into interior cleaning and exterior cleaning. Either the interior or exterior can be detailed first, although if the exterior is particularly dirty and needs a serious wash, it should be a first priority to avoid introducing more dirt into the interior. With a good wash, the interior can be detailed but buffing the exterior should be left to last so that dust from the inside doesn’t settle onto the shiny paint job.

On the exterior, thoroughly cleaning the tires, rims, and hubcaps is essential to perfecting the finished product. There are specific cleaning products available for this area. Particular attention should be paid to chrome and the cleaner used on it, avoiding acid-based cleaners. A special product should be used for washing the exterior to ensure that the paint is not subjected to harsh chemicals. Polishing or waxing following a hand dry using a microfiber cloth protects the vehicle’s paint job while adding a sheen. Details like the license plate and headlights can be meticulously cleaned with household items like cotton swabs and toothbrushes.

The interior will always require a thorough vacuuming and floor mats should be taken out to be washed. Powders, foams and sprays are available that can be applied to the vehicle’s upholstery and vacuumed off, providing a deeper clean. This also helps with stains and smells. For a leather interior, a special product should be purchased to effectively clean the area without causing any damage. Leather upholstery is covered in a protective coat and using the proper cleaning products will help to keep this coat strong. Vinyl is cleaned much the same way but should not be wiped with oil-based products as it can cause the vinyl to harden. 

For the dashboard, compressed air will work best to eradicate dust from the crevices of the buttons and dials. Otherwise a small brush or dry toothbrush can be helpful. 

If you are in need of car detailing, please call us at 574-288-CARS (2277). We offer price match guarantee and can get parts within 24 hours. We are proud to serve the communities of South Bend, IN, Mishawaka, IN, Elkhart, IN, Goshen, IN, Granger, IN, and Niles, MI.

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