The Essential Car Detailing Checklist

If you can’t quite afford a brand new car, then the next best thing is to improve the look of the one you have. Now, before you drive off to the mechanic to get some heavy, expensive modifications, start simple. We’re talking about a monthly detailing routine that’ll give your car the look, smell and feel of a new one without busting the bank!

Detailing a car is quite easy. You don’t necessarily have to hire a professional auto detailer if you’ve got a few hours to spare on a weekend. Plus, with a checklist, you’ll get things done much faster.

The Outside

Car Wash

A thirty-minute wash every week or so will save you a lot of embarrassment whenever you pull out of the driveway. It’s best to avoid being seen with dusty windows or mud-caked wheels as often as you can.

Furthermore, you have to wash and dry off your car before you get started with the next item on the list, which is…

Polish and Wax

Polish helps hide the scratches and nicks, and gets rid of the oxidative layer that you find in older cars. Wax will help protect your new coat of polish.

You don’t need to hire an expert every time you want to polish your car. All you need is a polish machine and the right compound and you can do it yourself. If you have to buy a car polish machine price can often vary from one brand to the next. But you should expect to pay at least $500 for a top-quality one.

The Wheels

Firstly rinse the wheels with cool water and then spray wheel cleaner. Leave the spray on for around 15 seconds and then begin brushing off the dirt. If you wish, you can finish off the process with a coat of wheel wax.

The Inside

The Dashboard and Console

All you need to is a damp microfiber rag to remove dust from the dashboard. The vents and spaces between buttons are a bit tricky to clean. You’ll need to use a small paint brush with fine bristles.

The Steering Wheel

Since your hands are constantly on the steering wheel, it’s bound to be covered with bacteria. Therefore start by wiping it with an antibacterial solution. Then move on to spraying it with vinyl protectant and let it soak for around five minutes or so. Afterwards dry it off with a microfiber cloth.

Interior Glass Surfaces

All you need is a clean microfiber cloth and a decent glass cleaner to get the job done! Clean the windows and mirrors regularly to maintain perfect visibility on the road.

Floor Mats

Remove all the floor mats, beat the dust out of them and give them a nice hosing. If you haven’t replaced them in a while, consider doing so.

The Seats

Begin by given your seats a thorough vacuuming to clear off any debris. If you’ve got fabric seats, you can simply use laundry detergent to clean them and get any stains out. If they’re made out of leather, simply wipe them down with a microfiber cloth and apply a leather protectant.

And that’s all there is to detailing your car!

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