On July 7, 2019 I left for Seattle, Washington on what was truly an incredible experience! I was lucky enough to be chosen as part of the 2019 Air Force One Detailing Team. Spending a week helping to preserve the historic aircraft at the Seattle Museum of Flight is something few people get to do in their lifetime. And I met some of the most truly amazing and talented people in the detailing world on this team! Then to be made part of the Detail Mafia family (a globally known group of the industry’s top-notch detailers) makes me more grateful than I can put into words. I feel honored and humbled by this once in a lifetime opportunity. Thank you to Renny and Diane Doyle and all of the generous sponsors that made this project a reality!
Before you make any calls, you should decide whether you want a car wash or a detail. A car wash will remove surface dirt. A professional detail focuses on the details. They are completely different services with very different price structures. Some professional detail services need to be performed inside to be done correctly. Although a mobile detailer can perform many of these services, they may need access to a garage to do it.
The first thing most potential clients ask a detailer is usually “how much do you charge.” Of course you want to know how much you’ll be paying, but in order to give you a price a professional detailer is going to need more information and the best way to do that is to inspect the vehicle.
Let’s assume you’re the tidy type who never brings food or trash into your car. Your car looks pretty clean, especially after it gets washed and vacuumed, doesn’t it? But what about the germs you can’t see?
Think back to your last trip to your favorite restaurant, or even that quick pit stop at the local gas station. Did you use the restroom? What were your feet standing in? That’s right, pretty gross! Well, all that dirt and bacteria is now on the floor mats and pedals of your car, but it doesn’t stop there. Studies have shown that millions of germs, fungi, bacteria and even mold are most likely hitching a ride in your car. Microbiologist Anthony Hilton from Ashton University randomly tested car interiors and found on average, 285 types of bacteria present in every square inch of the vehicle. Steering wheels, gear levers and trunk carpets were the worst offenders with as much as 300 to 400 bacteria per square inch. “Our study found organisms in a car that are not uncommon to be found around a toilet,” said Hilton. ” Today’s car has become more of an extension of the domestic environment — where people eat and drink and talk on the phone. It’s like a room of your house on wheels.”
So What Can Be Done?
Have your car professionally steam cleaned by a trained and certified detailer. By combining specialized cleaning products with proven techniques and an industrial-grade dry vapor steam machine, your car can not only look clean, but become sanitized too.
Dry vapor steam machines produce super-hot steam typically above 300° F. The steam will kill microorganisms on contact, so your car is getting sanitized while it’s getting clean. This strong cleaning power uses extremely low water content, so carpets and upholstery won’t be wet once the cleaning process is over.
Cloudy or yellowed headlights can reduce your visibility at night. Headlight restoration can solve this problem. According to new research from AAA “clouded or yellowed headlights generate only 20 percent of the amount of light that new headlights do, leading to dangerous nighttime driving conditions. This decrease is caused by sunlight damage to protective plastic coatings, resulting in discoloration that considerably diminishes the headlight’s ability to provide adequate light on dark roadways.” AAA Auto Repair Article.
You’ve probably heard the term ‘detailing’ many times, but aren’t really sure what it means or what to expect when you have your vehicle detailed. Sometimes buying or selling a car will prompt a person to seek out a detailer. Others just want to keep their vehicle looking its best in order to maintain value and beauty for the life of the vehicle.
A quality detailing job should take from an hour to several hours depending on size/condition of vehicle and which services are performed. However, results will depend on the age and prior condition of the vehicle along with the level of services.