If you’ve recently bought your first car, and you’re thinking about visiting a car detailer for the first time, you may only know that these professionals will wash your car, and that’s about it. But car detailing is a much more comprehensive process than just washing your car and making it look clean, so to help you out, here are the answers to some commonly asked questions.

What Do You Do To Detail The Interior? — Car detailers will vacuum the floors and seats, wipe down your dashboard with a special polish, clean the instrument panel and even shampoo the carpets. They will also use a special cleaner such as mink oil for cars that have genuine leather seats because standard cleaning solutions can damage the leather. Your detailer will also clean the inside of all the windows with a streak-free, non-ammonia cleaner and wipe down the rearview mirror, the inside door handles and the steering wheel. Deodorising your interior is typically the final step in the interior detailing.

Do You Use Steam Or Water To Clean The Exterior of The Car? — Some car detailers use soap and warm water to wash the exterior of your car, but you may want to visit a detailer who uses steam cleaning, which offers several advantages. Steam is produced by extremely hot water that is highly pressurised, and it works better on oil and grease stains and it has no chemicals or phosphates, which isn’t the case with standard soap. And because steam is so hot, it acts as a disinfectant and sanitiser, and it utilises much less water than standard washing and doesn’t leave any residue.

What is the Value of Car Waxes and Paint Sealants? — Most detailers will offer you a car wax or paint sealing as an additional cost. You don’t have to accept the offer, but if you do, the sealant or wax will provide an extra layer of protection against sunlight, UV rays, weather fluctuations, chipping, peeling, flaking and scratches. Waxing or sealing your car also brings out the lustre of your existing paint job because the exterior of your vehicle will reflect more light and make your car gleam and shine as if you just got a new paint job. Detailers use a special car buffing machine to ensure that the wax or sealant penetrates deeply into the vehicle body, and they can often remove minor scratches and scuff marks.