HOW TO VALET YOUR CAR FROM THE CONVENIENCE OF YOUR OWN 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.
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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Remove excess wax with a microfibre towel – It only takes a couple of wipes to remove the extra wax.