Detail Your Car At Home With These Tips!

June 15th, 2020 by

A man cleaning car with microfiber cloth

Tips & Tricks From the Pros For DIY Car Detailing

So, summer is here and you want to soak up some rays while performing a little TLC on your vehicle? Well, if you’re a do-it-yourself type when it comes to detailing your car, we’ve got some tips and tricks gleaned from professional detailers that you’ll definitely want to know. 

Our good friends at have taken the time to consolidate them all and we’ve cherry-picked the best of the best just for you! 

Gear Up

Before you start the detailing process, make sure that you have the following gear on hand to assist with your project: 

  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Chemical Cleaning Products – Make sure these are specifically designed and made for vehicle cleaning. DO NOT use random household cleaners, as they could damage your car.
  • Wiping & Polishing Materials – These include terry cloth towels and microfiber cloths.
  • Brushes & Applicators – Use different size brushes for cleaning dust from air vents and other hard to reach places.

Start From The Bottom Up

It’s always a good idea to start with cleaning the carpets and floor mats in your vehicle. They are usually the dirtiest. If, however, your dash and other upper areas are even dirtier, you might want to wait on cleaning the carpets and floor mats until last. The dirt and debris may fall onto the bottom of the vehicle while you are cleaning the upper areas and cause you to clean the carpets/mats twice.

Save Windows & Mirrors Till Later (Or Last) In The Process

Be sure to save those windows and mirrors till later in the cleaning process. Those two areas tend to easily show streaks and any little bit of debris or grime that gets on them during the cleaning of the other areas is sure to be easily visible. Pro Tip: When cleaning the windows, roll down the window partway. This will likely expose a line of grime along the top quarter-inch of it.

Every 6 to 8 Is Great!

Unless you drive a significant amount, a thorough detailing every six to eight months is a good idea. Keep in mind that the first time you detail your car, it will probably take quite a while. Don’t be discouraged by the amount of time it takes on your first try. If you keep to a regular detailing schedule, the time period for each successive detailing should be shorter. Also, remember that you are saving big money by detailing your vehicle yourself. 

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