Make That Interior Detail Last
After finally getting that interior detail you’ve been dreaming of, you’ll want to hold onto that feeling. Here’s how.
The reasons to having your car detailed go on and on (in fact, you can read about a few of those reasons here and here). When most people think of automotive detailing, they think of restoring, cleaning, and polishing the outside of a vehicle, making sure that the paint, glass, and wheels sparkle from every angle.
While it’s true that exterior detailing is important, you need to make sure that the inside of your car receives the same level of attention. We spend more time inside our cars than we do looking at them from the outside, so it makes sense to perfect the interior. Nothing is more satisfying than a spotless interior.
Everyone is left happy after a successful interior detail; clients are excited to enjoy their newly finished interior, and we are satisfied by a job well done. The first thing that clients usually say (after, “wow!”) is, “how do I maintain the quality of the interior finish?” In this article, will answer this question for you so you can hold on to that fresh new detail for as long as possible.
A Beautiful Detail
In order to properly maintain a detail, it’s important that you understand how it is done. Here is a breakdown of how we perform an interior detail:
We start with a thorough clean of the dashboard and centre console, using tools as small as toothbrushes to remove dirt and grime from every visible crack and crevice. We then apply products to help protect your vinyl or leather from fading, brittleness, cracking, peeling and stains. We finish by dressing the whole cockpit to give it the same shine it had the day it rolled off the lot.
The upholstery and carpets are up next, and they require the deepest and most thorough cleaning of all. Our technicians shampoo the carpets and seats with powerful commercial grade cleaners that remove dirt, stains, and odours that are hiding deep within the fabric. The process is repeated without the water and shampoo until all of the carpets are as dry as possible. By removing moisture, dirt, and stains, odours from years of use are washed away and the soft suppleness of the fabric returns.
The final piece of the interior detail puzzle is optional but highly recommended for pet owners. This is of course pet hair removal. Even the most powerful vacuums cannot pull pet hair from the fabric and carpet of a vehicle. It becomes tangled in the fibres and needs to be physically pulled away. Our team uses a special hair removal tool that catches the hairs as you rub it over the surface. Every inch of the car is rubbed down by hand to lift all of the hair from the tangles of the carpet leaving it like new. A must have option, especially if you are planning on selling your car or returning off lease.
Preserving the Detail
The best way to preserve that detail is with Leather and Fabric Protection. This way, your upholstery will be able to resist spills, stains, and dirt. Treated leather will be easier for you to maintain, only requiring a quick wipe-down every so often.
The other trick to maintaining a detail is to bring it in for another before too long. It’s a lot easier and more effective to maintain a well cared for vehicle than to restore one with lots of damage. Consider the interior detail as a regular part of your maintenance routine.
Leather and Fabric Protection is the simplest, fastest, and best way to protect all your car’s interior surfaces. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a shout – we’re always happy to chat.