Car valeting is the practice of cleaning, polishing, and waxing the exterior and interior of a vehicle in order to give it a new and clean look and to boost its resale value. This process includes cleaning the tires, wheels, polishing and waxing the outside body, and polishing the glass. The process also includes the use of a clay bar for removing the unwanted contaminants from the paint such as iron filings, industrial fallout, tar spots, tree sap, etc.
Vacuum is used for cleaning inside of the car, a complete power rinse is done and the interior of the car is completely polished. Car valet is not to be confused with car detailing, there is a difference between both of these things.
Difference between car valet and car detailing:
Again, car valet is the cleaning, waxing, and polishing of the entire vehicle. It is done in order to increase the worth of a car. This is the interior car valeting service however other car valet services are, in which the car is gone through the exterior washing and drying process. It also includes interior vacuum cleaning, interior carpet shampooing, cleaning of seats, chrome cleaning, plastic shielding, headlining, window and glass cleaning.
Whereas, car detailing is the process of cleaning and polishing a car in order to restore it to its original brand new condition. It is basically done to ensure the longevity of a vehicle so that it lasts you a long period of time.
What steps are involved in car valeting?
Start the car valeting process from the outside with the help of a sponge and a bucket filled with soap water. Clean the exterior of the car for removing any dirt or deposits or traffic films that might have accumulated onto the surface of the car when it was being used on the roads. Use a traffic film remover (TFR) for removing the traffic film that might have accumulated on the bottom of your vehicle.
But be careful to not spray the TFR on the rubber, as it can leave permanent spots on it. If the wheels are dirty and are not being cleaned by just water then you can use highly concentrated wheel cleaner. It is recommended to start with a lower concentration and then increase gradually.
Wash the entire car:
Then carefully wash the whole car from top to bottom whilst paying more attention to the seals, gaps in between the doors, petrol filler cap, front bumper, and wing mirrors. After all, this is done, towel dry the vehicle, paying special attention to the bodyworks, where the water can accumulate and can cause severe damage such as in the lights of a car. Now go over the surface of the car and polish any scratches you see around the bodywork.
Taking out a few minutes and removing the scratches around the door handles would impress the customer which can result in them telling about your valeting services to their friends and family. Usually, companies do not involve this in their valeting services but this is a good way of impressing your customer and making them return to you.
Giving finishing touches to a car is important in order to give a clean and non-greasy look to its interior. For this purpose, the valet services go over the dry console, steering wheel, door handles, and indicator lights of the car with a clean microfiber cloth. The windows are cleaned in the end after doing all these steps.
This is because chemicals from the cleaning liquids can leave the windows all smeared and dirty so there is no point in cleaning the windows beforehand. The windows are cleaned with a window cleaner, starting from the passenger seat and then going all around the car. A single spray on the individual window will do the job and then wipe the windows with a clean cloth and later buff them with a microfiber cloth.
Mobile Car valet:
Mobile car valet is a popular service which you can avail of anywhere and at any time. In this, the mobile valets often visit your house and service your car for you at home, you do not have to take your vehicle to their workshop. This is a good option for when you do not have a lot of time and you are busy at work then you can hire a company which offers these services. The prices are almost the same and the services you get are of high quality. Hence, you do not have to worry about anything and you can carry your day as per usual.