Car Detailing for Women
I may be a mommy, but I find men love to talk to me and teach me things. I learned how to detail my car from a guy who once worked at a San Diego mobile auto detail shop. I dropped the guy but kept the knowledge. Let me share it with you:
- Washing is good exercise and keeps me looking trim. I have a supply of top-quality rags that I use with a car shampoo. This is not rocket science – wet down the car, shampoo and rinse. If you are feeling a little under the weather, send the car through a car wash and then proceed to Step 2.
- Many people, including guys, don’t know about the clay bar. You rub down the car to remove dirt, contaminants, overspray and pollutants. I do this every other wash. The car will shine up real nice after cleaning with clay.
- Wax the car with a spray wax. It saves a lot of time and does a great job. Just spray it on and rub – you’ll get a terrific shiny surface.
- Remove the clutter and pick up the big pieces of garbage and dirt.
- Vacuum thoroughly. Don’t use those machines at the gas station that take three quarters for four minutes of operation. Man up! Buy your own vacuum cleaner – I use a Shop Vac. It’s pretty easy — just hit all the surfaces and the carpeting.
- Clean the dash, panels and seats with a vinyl/leather treatment (I’m assuming you have leather seats, Sugar).
- Windex the interior glass. Use the stuff with ammonia – it’s really the best.
- Steam-clean the carpet and upholstery. You can buy a steam cleaner at the same store that sold you your Shop Vac. You wouldn’t believe how dirty the water gets. For hard to clean areas, use a liquid cleaner, a brush and some elbow grease.
- Disconnect the battery.
- Wipe off grease and grime with a rag and some spray cleaner.
- Apply steam. Nothing cuts grease better than steam. Since you’re a woman, be careful to not use a unit that is so strong that it overpowers you. No offense to big strong women.
- Reconnect the battery.
Look gals, if I can do this, so can you. Of course, you may from time to time receive offers of assistance. How you handle these I leave to your discretion.