What is the difference between a car wash and car detailing?

Car washing and car detailing are two grossly misused terms. Often we see many companies offering car detailing services only to find that they only offer hand car washing.  These two terms are not the same.

A car wash focuses mainly on the exterior of your car. This is the most basic car cleaning you can achieve. Most people can do this themselves if they have time with a good detergent, water, and elbow grease. Sometimes an interior vacuum, interior wipe down, or a basic protectant is included in this service. It is great for maintenance and usually is very cost effective. Yet, sometimes more is required for good car maintenance.

Car detailing focuses on the details of the vehicle. A simple car wash is not going to keep your car clean.  For example, car paint may need a good claying to remove impurities, the headlights may be yellow and need restoration for safety reasons, maybe there is a small surface scratch that needs to be lightened or removed.  This will all require more than simply running the car through an automatic car wash machine or taking your car to your local hand wash facility.  Also, the interior of your car may need more than a simple vacuum. Spills, germs, and daily use cause build up on cloth, vinyl and leather. Leather requires conditioning so as to not crack from the brutal heat. It takes time to shampoo the seats (both leather and cloth), carpets, clean the seat belts, dust buttons, clean your vents, sanitize and more! Car detailing requires a deep cleaning of your vehicle.

If you find you don’t have the expertise, the health, or time to do these things yourself, call us today and we will come to you. So how do you know which service you need and what are some tips to help maintain your vehicle between detailing services? Click the links to find out more.

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