Quality Car Detailing Guide


There are a few things you can do to make sure that your car stays looking new for as long as possible. The first step is to regularly maintain your vehicle. This includes washing, waxing and cleaning your car on a consistent basis. A good car detailing will ensure that your car looks showroom-new for years to come, with minimal effort from the owner’s part. There are many different ways of performing full detailing on a vehicle; however, what works for one person may not work for another due to variables such as climate, mileage accumulated over time or budget constraints (which can be huge).

Consider Your Car When Selecting Detailing Products

Before you begin, it’s important to consider a few things.
  • What is the condition of your car? Is the paint in need of repair or restoration? Or are you simply looking for a touch-up job?
  • What is your budget? How much do you want to spend on detailing supplies and services? Asking yourself this question will help narrow down all of the options available and help save time as well as money.
  • What is your time frame? Do you want to take care of detailing jobs at home, or would it be more convenient to have someone else do them while they’re washing and waxing other cars around them in their shop or garage (or even outside)? Either way, there are several different approaches that can work based on what type of vehicle needs attention and what kind of schedule each owner has available for maintenance tasks like these.
The type of experience level involved will also dictate which products might work best for them—whether it’s an experienced car enthusiast who knows exactly what they want out from every detail session; someone who isn’t quite so experienced but still wants excellent results; or even someone who may not know too much about cars but knows enough about themselves that having detailed vehicles around makes life better!

Ensure You Have the Necessary Tools

  • Sponge
  • Bucket
  • Hose (if you have a pressure washer)
  • Rag or microfiber towel for drying your car after it has been washed with soap and water. You can also use this for applying the clay bar to your paintwork if you’re going that far.
  • Paint-safe brush, such as a sheepskin or synthetic chamois (I prefer sheepskin) is needed when applying waxes, sealants and polishes. Do not use cotton towels as they can scratch the finish of your car’s paintwork.

Remove Any Mats or Floor Liners

  • Remove any mats or floor liners. Depending on your vehicle, you may have to remove the whole mat or just part of it. The point is to get down to the actual floorboard so you can clean that too.
  • Clean the area with a vacuum, damp cloth, microfiber cloth, brush or other cleaning utensil of your choice (see below).
  • Rinse off all dried dirt and grime with water. Then wipe down with drying towels/chamois/etc.

Wash Your Car

  • Wash your car with a good quality car shampoo and car wash mitt.
  • Use a good quality soap to wash the car.
  • Use a good quality brush or sponge to scrub the dirt off of your car’s surface.
  • Use a good quality bucket, hose, and garden hose nozzle as well.

Rinse Your Car

  • Rinse the car in sections, starting with the roof and working your way down to the trunk. If you are using a bucket, make sure to keep it at least three feet from your fenders or doors so that you can safely rinse your car without getting water on any painted surfaces.
  • Use a high-pressure hose for thorough rinsing of all surfaces on the exterior of your car. The combination of water pressure and distance from vehicle will ensure that no dirt is left behind after washing.

Scrub and Clean All the Trim of Your Car.

Scrub and Clean All the Trim of Your Car. Trim is the plastic, metal, or rubber that frames your car’s windows, door handles and other parts. You can use a water-dampened soft cloth to gently clean trim pieces by hand. If scratches have become embedded in any of your trim pieces from dirt and grime over time and you want to remove them before polishing, use an abrasive cleaner like Mothers California Gold Class Wax & Sealant (#MCDW007). Use the same cleaner on hard plastics with embedded dirt or scratches as well—the product will help gently remove surface contaminants while also leaving behind a protective layer of shine once it dries!

Shampoo the Seats, Upholstery, and Floor Mats.

  • Use a good quality shampoo and conditioner.
  • Use a good quality brush, sponge, towel, and vacuum cleaner when shampooing the seats, upholstery, and floor mats.
  • Use a good quality wax or polish on the wheels after you’ve cleaned them with soap and water.

Vacuum the Interior of Your Car.

Once you’ve removed the majority of dust and debris, it’s time to vacuum your car’s interior. To do this, you’ll need a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment and a microfiber cloth. The first step is to wipe down the floor mats with a damp microfiber cloth to pick up any loose dirt and dust that may still be on them. Next, use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to sweep away any remaining dirt from all surfaces—including the dashboard, center console, door panels and other crevices like seat belt retractors or cup holders if they have removable covers.[1] Afterward vacuum off those same surfaces using only your dry microfiber cloths in order to prevent any possible damage caused by moisture getting into rubber seals or seams.[2][3]

Get Rid of Dirt in Vents and Between Cracks.

Cleaning the vents and crevices is an easy way to improve how your car’s interior looks. Using a toothbrush, you can get into areas that are hard to reach by hand. Vacuuming out dirt between seats is also important, since it’s not easy to reach those areas with a cloth or rag. It will help keep your car looking clean and organized, and make it easier for you when someone else sits in your passenger seat or climbs into the backseat for a ride somewhere. If there are any spots on the dashboard where water has gotten trapped over time—such as near cup holders or air conditioner vents—you’ll want to use a microfiber cloth on them so they don’t show up after cleaning other parts of the dashboard surface.

Clean and Polish Tires and Wheels.

You should first use a wheel cleaner to remove brake dust and road grime. You can get a spray or gel version of this product, but it’s best to use a foam applicator because it will distribute the product evenly across your wheels and tires. This will help when you later apply polish, so that no spots are missed. Next, use a cleaner for tires and wheels to remove dirt, grime, and brake dust from these surfaces too. Once again use foam applicators with this product as well if possible so that it spreads evenly across each tire and wheel surface in your vehicle’s exterior. Lastly is the finish step: applying polish onto all cleaned areas of your car’s exterior (again using foam applicators). The purpose of this step is for deep cleaning upholstery leathers/vinyls (such as seats) but also shining polished aluminum trim pieces like emblems or door handles on cars – giving them an extra dose of shine!

Dry Your Car Before Applying a Wax Finish.

The first step is to dry your car before applying a wax finish. It’s important to use a high quality microfiber towel, as well as a high quality wax and applicator pad. High quality waxing products, tools and techniques are required for proper application of the wax. We recommend using a high quality car wash soap in conjunction with your favorite shampoo (such as Briwax™).

If you use quality products and proper technique, your car will look brand-new after a good detailing.

If you use quality products and proper technique, your car will look brand-new after a good detailing. This can be an intimidating task if you’ve never done it before. Don’t worry—you don’t need to be an expert car cleaner to create a great finish on your vehicle! The most important thing is to take the time to learn how each step works so that when you go back over it again with the next cleaning or waxing method, you’ll have better results and feel more confident in your workmanship.


Car detailing is a process that takes time and effort, but the end result is worth it. If you use quality products and proper technique, your car will look brand-new after a good detailing. This guide will help take some of the mystery out of the process by providing step-by-step instructions on how to detail your car at home.