What is Car Valeting

Car valeting is a service that cleans and improves a vehicle’s overall look. Valeting services come in a number of degrees, and most specialists provide a choice of packages to meet different needs and budgets.

genesisvaleting.ie provides a high-level valeting service that employs the most advanced techniques and best practices to ensure that the vehicle is fully and safely cleaned.

Valeting can be broken down into three basic categories:

  • Cleaning the exterior
  • External safeguarding
  • Valeting of the inside

Some valeting packages include all of these features, while others only offer a thorough exterior or interior clean. A “mini-valet” usually includes an exterior wash and a fast interior tidy up. Full valets often involve a clean exterior and interior cleaning, as well as the application of a wax or sealant to the paintwork and a tire and trim treatment to the external plastic and rubber.

We’ll go over these three components of valeting in greater depth now so you know what to expect.

Cleaning the Outside

For most valets, the first step is to clean the vehicle’s exterior. However, there are many other approaches and degrees to this cleaning process, so it isn’t as simple as it may appear. Here’s a summary of some of the possible exterior wash methods and techniques:

  • Before washing the paintwork with a mitt, perform a pre-wash to remove as much dirt as feasible.
  • Wheelface, wheelbarrel, arches, and tires are all cleaned.
  • Instead of sponges or brushes that can create micro-scratches, use a contact wash with a car shampoo and wash mitt specifically intended to be gentle on the paintwork.
  • It is possible to employ a two-bucket wash procedure, which requires utilizing different buckets for car shampoo and water. This means the mitt can be cleaned to avoid dirt from being wiped back onto the paint and causing clear coat damage.
  • Reduce contact with the paintwork by rinsing and drying with a microfiber cloth or compressed air to avoid micro-scratches.

We only use safe wash techniques at Genesis Car Valeting to ensure that your vehicle is properly cleaned and maintained. Some roadside car washes provide a simple valeting service that includes a single bucket and no pre-wash. Rapid procedures, on the other hand, are more likely to generate clear coat scratches and swirl marks, dulling the finish.

Instead, all exterior cleans at Genesis Car Valeting are done utilizing best practices, such as a thorough prewash to remove as much debris as possible before touching the paintwork. This significantly minimizes the possibility of fine clear coat scratches. We never use traffic film removers (TFRs), which are caustic and potentially detrimental to the paintwork, in the pre-wash stage and instead utilize premium chemicals like snow foams. Instead of sponges and brushes, which are likely to damage and harm the panels, wash-mitts are employed, which are specifically designed to gently take dirt off the panels.

Protection against the elements

Parts valeting packages will offer protection of some of the outside surfaces in addition to cleaning. This could involve the following:

  • Paint protection is applied in the form of a wax or sealant.
  • To protect the rubber and give it a darker appearance, apply a tire dressing or gel.
  • A sealant is used to protect alloy wheels.

Valeting of the inside

Interior valeting services are also available at different degrees, depending on the package chosen. A vacuum is usually included in most interior valeting packages, as well as cleaning of the mats, steering wheel, windows, plastics, and seats. The headliner, boot parcel and shelf, door sills, and air vents are all included in some packages. Fabric sealants, leather conditioners and sealants, and plastic dressings are used to protect interior surfaces at the next stage, which is referred to as “interior detailing.”

We offer an inside deep cleaning package at Genesis Car Valeting that uses high-end cleaning equipment and materials to achieve the most thorough cleaning possible.

Packages in High Demand

As previously stated, several levels of service are frequently provided, which can be broken down into packages to fit varied requirements. Here’s a rundown of some of the most popular valeting services and their costs.

  • Exterior Wash: The quality of service varies depending on where you get your car washed. Exterior washes that employ superior tools and safe ways to wash the car without scratching the clear coat start at €40.
  • The cost of a full interior package is usually determined by the vehicle’s size and condition. This will often cost between €50-100 in Dublin.
  • Interior and Exterior Deep Clean: in Dublin, the cost for the highest level of service is normally upwards of €150, depending on the size and condition of the vehicle.

Most Commonly Asked Questions

To summarize, here are the answers to some of the most common queries about car valeting services.

What’s the difference between car washes and car valets?

When opposed to car valeting, car washing is usually a faster and less thorough service. Car washing typically does not include extras like waxing or sealant application, tire dressing, or a full inside clean that more premium valeting services would provide.

What’s the difference between detailing and valeting a car?

Car valeting and detailing both entail a thorough clean of a vehicle’s inside and exterior, and premium valeting services, like detailing services, also include the application of paint protection. Detailing, on the other hand, is more in-depth and often includes paint enhancement as well as the application of higher-end paint protection alternatives like ceramic coatings. This is why detailing packages are typically more expensive than car valeting services.

How often should you have your car valeted?

Most cars require valeting at least three to four times each year. This keeps them clean, protected, and in good shape, preventing the exterior and inner surfaces from showing indications of wear and tear. Cars that are driven regularly and stored outside require more frequent valeting.

What does a thorough car valet entail?

Because different valets offer different services in their entire car valet packages, it’s impossible to say exactly what’s included. A full interior and exterior clean, the application of a wax or sealant to the paint, and the application of a tire and trim dressing to revitalize the appearance of the plastics and rubber are typically included.

Genesis Car Valeting provides a deep interior and exterior cleaning service utilizing the most up-to-date practices and products to ensure a high-quality result.

What is the time it takes to valet a car?

Mini-valets, which clean both the interior and exterior of a vehicle rapidly, usually take less than an hour. Full valets, on the other hand, can take up to half a day to complete. It all relies on the quality of service offered. Some valeting services contain amenities that are usually only seen in “detailing packages,” and can take up to a day to complete.

How to Valet Your Car at Home


Maintaining the cleanliness of your vehicle not only improves its appearance but also protects it from general wear and tear. If you wish to valet your car at home, we’ve supplied some cleaning suggestions. What car valeting materials to use and how to avoid missing critical regions.

Genesis Car Valeting in Dublin offers a complete mobile car service for all of your needs.

Our customers trust us with their prized possessions, and we will wash, clean, and valet your car with the utmost care, pride, and attention to detail. If you have a premium model or a car that needs some work to restore it to its former glory, Genesis Car Valeting will provide you with a high-quality, convenient car valeting service from fully insured, self-contained vans.

Interior cleaning for a DIY car valet

A valet service isn’t complete without cleaning the interior of the car.

  • Clear out the car – First and foremost, make sure that all objects, including the floor mats, are removed from your car and placed out of the way.
  • Vacuuming – After you’ve removed all of the objects from your car, start vacuuming. Begin with the car seats; if they are dirty, use a professional car cleaning agent to remove the stains. It’s also worth noting that after cleaning upholstery, you should let the car seats dry for at least a day before using them. After vacuuming the car seats, clean the rest of the car from top to bottom.
  • Dusting – Dust the dashboard, rear window shelf, and any other services that need to be dusted. Stains can be removed with a dry cloth and cleanser. To get into A/C vents, around dashboard knobs, and other tight spaces, use a toothbrush or swabs.
  • Clean the windows – Wipe down all of the windows with window cleaner and a rag. The sunroof and rear-view mirrors are included. Buff with a rag until all streaks have disappeared, paying special attention to the corners and edges.
  • Air out your car – After you’ve accomplished the aforementioned measures, air out your car. Open all of your car doors and let it air out for a few hours. Then, in your car, put everything back in its proper place.

Cleaning of the outside

Taking care of your car is a big part of the fun, and there’s no better way to do it than by hand. Hand cleaning will also reveal any paint scratches or minor dents that may have gone unnoticed otherwise.

  1. Mix water with car shampoo – Fill two buckets with warm water and add some car shampoo according to the manufacturer’s directions, then mix it all together. Car shampoos contain compounds that protect the car’s paintwork, making them essential when you want to get your car really clean.
  2. Raise the car – Use the hose to give the car an initial all-over rinse, and place your thumb over the top of the hose to remove any debris or dirt from the paintwork. We recommend starting at the top and working your way down, saving your wheels for last so you don’t pick up any grit that could scratch your paint.
  3. Don’t overlook the tough spots – There are a few spots on your car that are particularly difficult to clean. One of these is the car sills, which are frequently overlooked. Open the car doors and wipe around the sills and any other sections of the car door that aren’t ordinarily exposed once the panels are finished. Pay special attention to the car hinges and clean around them with a cotton bud in hard-to-reach areas. Bumpers and number (license) plates are another challenging area to clean; use a gentle paintbrush to apply shampoo foam to these areas before rinsing. Then, for a gleaming shine, dab a lint-free cloth dampened with vinegar over your chrome.
  4. Clean the wheels – Clean the wheels with a separate cloth or sponge. If your wheels are only somewhat dirty, you may be able to clean them with water and mild soap (do not use detergent). You may need to use a de-greaser before cleaning your wheels if they are too dirty. After that, clean your wheels using a specially prepared wheel cleaner.
  5. Rinse the vehicle – After you’ve washed everything, including the screens, rinse the entire vehicle and the extra shampoo away with the hose or a clean pail of water.
  6. Dry your car – The biggest issue now is to dry the car without leaving streaks on the screens or smudges on the paintwork. Treating your car as if it were a single large window can help. Using long, steady strokes, squeegee the water away. To get started, turn on the screen wiper.


Once your car’s exterior has been thoroughly washed and dried, applying wax will add a coating of gloss and sheen to your paintwork, ensuring that it remains spotless all year.

  • Choosing a wax – First and foremost, you must decide which wax to use. The ones that include real carnauba produce the best results.
  • Determine how you want to apply the wax – a foam applicator is recommended since it helps you to spread the wax uniformly and obtain a very thin coating. When it comes to carnauba car wax, little is more. It will take less time to cure and will be easier to remove the remaining wax residue if you use less. Find out how to achieve the greatest results with carnauba wax by clicking here.
  • Application – Wipe the pad across the surface of the product to apply a little amount of wax to the applicator. Working in little circular motions after that. Begin gently applying the wax to the car, making sure to cover the entire surface evenly. A common blunder is using too much wax. For each 60cm × 60cm part of your car, a silver dollar-sized amount should enough. As a last resort, consult the manufacturer’s instructions.
  1. Buffing – Allow 10-20 minutes for the remaining wax to dry before buffing (optional). Apply extra wax and buff out any defects using a high-speed, dual-action, or random orbital buffer. Set your buffer to a low speed, wax the pad or the car directly, and begin buffing. As needed, apply more wax. Allow the wax to set for a few minutes if the instructions say so. Wait as long as the wax maker recommends after waxing and polishing. It may be necessary to wax or buff in portions, then pause and wipe away the wax.
  2. Remove excess wax with a microfibre towel – It only takes a couple of wipes to remove the extra wax.