What is Car Detailing?

If you’ve been wondering “what is car detailing” or “how is it different from car washing”, you’re not alone. Many Ft. Collins-area drivers often think that the two are interchangeable. But they’re not. A car wash is really just a surface level cleaning of a car’s exterior, while car detailing is a much more thorough process that includes cleaning and restoring both the interior and exterior of the vehicle. Learn more about what car detailing is all about, and how to do it yourself, in this guide from Honda of Greeley.

Items Used For Car Detailing

To properly detail your car, you’ll need the following items:

  • Washing mitts
  • Microfiber cloths
  • A variety of small brushes (such as a paintbrush)
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Canned air
  • Upholstery cleaner
  • Carpet stain cleaner
  • Window cleaner
  • Car-safe washing solution
  • Surface protector for vinyl and leather surfaces
Microfiber Cloth Cleaning Steering wheel

Tire Cleaning

Exterior Car Detailing Steps

Ready to detail your Honda? Just follow these steps:

  • Exterior Wash: With water, a car-safe washing solution, and microfiber washcloths, clean the body of your vehicle. It’s best to avoid cleaning solutions like household detergents, as they tend to strip off the wax on your car’s surface. While cleaning, make sure to frequently swap out cleaning cloths, as dirt or sand on dirty cloths may scratch your vehicle’s surface. When you’ve finished washing the exterior of your car, dry it off with clean towels.
  • Clean the Wheels: You can use the same solution you used to wash the body of your car or a solution made specifically for car tires. Use a small brush to clean the dirt out from the grooves and hard-to-reach places.

Wax the Exterior: Once the exterior is clean and dry, you can wax it. Once finished, wipe off excess wax with a small brush.

Interior Car Detailing Steps

Now you can move on to detailing the interior of your car:

  • Carpeting: Vacuum the carpeting. Use a stain remover solution and brush to take care of any stains on the carpeting.
  • Door Interior: A solution made of soap and water can be used to clean the non-carpeted part of the doors, as well as the metal and plastic parts of the door jambs.
  • Windows: Wash the inside of your car windshield, windows, and rearview mirror with a window-cleaning solution and dry completely to avoid streaks.
  • Upholstery: Vacuum the seats, remove any stains with a stain remover and brush, and let everything dry with your car doors open to avoid mildew.
  • Steering Wheel Column: Remove dust and stains with a cleaning solution, dry, and apply a surface protectant.
  • Dashboard and Center Console: Use small brushes to clean cracks and tight crevices, then dry completely with a cloth.
Cleaning Interior of Car

Visit Honda of Greeley for an Expert Car Detail!

Whether you want to know how to properly wash your car, need some tips on how to take care of your tires, how to jump start a car, or want to know what your Honda warning lights mean, the experts in the Honda of Greeley Service Center can help. Make sure to take advantage of our current service specials and coupons, and schedule an appointment with us today!

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4535 W 29th Street Greeley, CO


Phone: (970) 506-2791

4535 W 29th Street Greeley, CO


Phone: (970) 939-5340

4535 W 29th Street Greeley, CO
40.3906586 -104.7550626
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Honda of Greeley
Honda of Greeley
4535 W 29th Street
Greeley, CO, 80634 United States
(970) 506-2791
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