The Importance of Car Detailing
In simple terms, car detailing is a top-to-bottom thorough cleaning of your vehicle using specialized tools and products. Normally, a detailer will also perform some light cosmetic touch-ups, but the process does not include paintwork or body repairs. A simple car wash gets rid of dirt on the outside of your car, and if you clean the interior you might catch some of the grime with a vacuum, but car detailing takes this process much further. Every car that Mobile Detail Doctor details have every last imperfection addressed, leaving it fit for display in any showroom.
The Difference Between Car Washing and Car Detailing
Oftentimes, people become confused when approached with the ever-popular debate of car washing versus car detailing. Mobile Detail Doctor makes the comparison simple by laying out the groundwork for a proper auto detail. At the car wash, your vehicle is taken through the “car wash tunnel”, where in reality it is receiving a superficial cleanse with heavy, concentrated chemicals and ruthless brushes to knock off the dirt and grime by machine. Over time, a vehicle becomes heavily damaged and oxidized from a lack of proper protection and constant vicious abrasion on the paintwork and other materials from the dirt-infused brushes at the local car wash. On the other hand, auto detailing is a much more thorough, gentle, and calculated deep clean of your vehicle. Mobile Detail Doctor not only emphasizes professional results but also using the least invasive method to achieve them, in order to preserve the vehicle’s condition as much as possible.
Interior Detailing – What does it look like?
The average interior detail requires an intense level of deep cleaning and shampooing to fully recondition and restore a showroom finish. For starters, seats are often one of the dirtiest areas in a vehicle and have some of the highest levels of embedded dirt. Leather has to be carefully deep cleaned and followed up with a revitalizing conditioner to keep it protected and pristine. Carpet and upholstery receive a heavy shampoo process complete with chemical cleaning, steaming, brush agitation, and hot water extraction. The dashboard and console areas tend to be highly dirty and require significant attention with concentrated chemicals, detailing brushes, and high-powered steam to clean out and remove all of the dirt, dust, and grease out of every crack and crevice.
Exterior Detailing – Is it just a car wash?
While often confusing, a car wash is not an exterior detail. In fact, hand washing a vehicle is only one of many, many steps in complete exterior detail. The wheels, wheel wells, and tires are all degreased, cleaned, and shined. Every vehicle goes through a rigorous, but gentle hand washing process to carefully remove all dirt and debris without scratching or damaging the paint. After washing, the decontamination stage of the exterior detail begins. Mechanical decontamination is completed with a clay bar or clay mitt, picking up the tar, sap, iron, and dirt particles that embed themselves into the paint over time. Chemical decontamination is also completed with a dedicated iron remover product application. After decontamination, the vehicle is ready for any polishing or paint correction and a final layer of protection, such as a SiO2 or ceramic based professional protection product.
What are the benefits of regular car detailing?
A complete car detail will bring your car to its best condition. You can then perform mini details to keep your car looking as good as new. Keeping your car in good condition will help maintain or restore the value of your car. This is particularly true of older or classic cars, especially if you’re looking to sell your car in the future. You simply cannot get the same results from car washes. A good detailer will bring your car to its original beauty and increase its resale value. Another benefit of auto detailing is the added protection against the elements. When a wax coat is routinely applied to the exterior painted surface, it protects the finish from contamination and oxidation (rust). Since detailing is an incredibly thorough process, you can expect the detailer to meticulously assess every crevice of your car to suggest customized solutions. You will not get this kind of personalized service at a car wash.
What to consider when hiring a detailer
Start by looking for a detailer that offers exactly the kind of services you’re looking for. If you’re looking to get rid of all that dog hair in your car but the company doesn’t offer pet hair removal then you’re not going to get the best results. Take a close look at the specific services provided in each detailing “package”.
Car details can become very expensive quite quickly due to their use of high-quality cleaning products, and you will want to find someone that provides the best bang for your buck. Keep in mind though that a complete detail is worth the short-term investment, because of the long-term value it provides! Typically, in the detailing world, the more you pay, the better service you and your vehicle will get.
These days it is impossible to not look for reviews before making a decision, and it’s always a good idea to search on Yelp or Google to see what other customers have had to say about their experiences.
Mobile Detail Doctor takes pride in customer satisfaction and works hard to maintain a five-star rating on Google and Facebook. The standard of perfection is incredibly high and premium service is guaranteed when having your vehicle detailed.
Mobile Detail Doctor offers mobile services for customer convenience. Life gets very busy and the last thing anyone wants to worry about is having no vehicle. Have your vehicle detailed at the comfort of your business or home!