What is Car Detailing?

March 30th, 2023 by

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Among the many aspects of vehicle maintenance is exterior and interior car detailing. If you are wondering, “What is car detailing?”, you are hardly the only driver in the Atlanta area asking this question! Car detailing goes beyond the standard car wash. It involves restoring the interior and exterior to like-new condition, which includes removing any scratches. Learn how to detail a car with RBM of Alpharetta; we also offer competitive car detailing prices if you would rather leave the work to us! 

Exterior and Interior Car Detailing Supplies

To detail your car in Cumming or one of the surrounding areas, you need the following items: 


  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Washing mitts
  • Microfiber cloths 
  • Numerous different of small brushes (such as a paintbrush)
  • Canned air
  • Upholstery cleaner
  • Carpet stain cleaner
  • Car-safe cleaner
  • Window cleaner
  • Surface protector for vinyl and leather surfaces

How to Detail a Car: Exterior Steps

What is car detailing in terms of your vehicle’s exterior? The exterior detailing process is as follows: 


    • Meticulous Exterior Wash: Clean the body of your vehicle using water, a vehicle-safe washing solution, and microfiber cloths. Refrain from using household detergents and other harsh cleaning chemicals, as they can strip the wax from your vehicle and possibly discolor the paint. Keep swapping out dirty microfiber cloths for clean ones to avoid sand and dirt accumulations that can scratch your vehicle’s surface. Once your vehicle is completely clean, dry it thoroughly with clean towels to prevent streaks and water spots.
    • Wheel Cleaning: Use the same cleaning solution to wash the rest of your vehicle or a solution created specifically for car tires to detail the vehicle wheels. Remove dirt and grime from hard-to-reach areas with a small brush.


  • Waxing: Wax your vehicle if it has been some since its last waxing. Wipe off any excess with a small brush for a shiny, beautiful result. 


How to Detail a Car: Interior Steps

Detailing the interior of your vehicle involves the following steps: 



  • Carpeting: Vacuum the carpeting, including under the seats as far as you can reach. If you notice any stains, use a stain remover and brush to eliminate them. 
  • Door Interior: Create a soap and water solution to clean the non-carpeted part of your doors and dry these sections with a clean cloth. Open your car doors next to clean the metal and plastic door jamb parts with your solution. 
  • Windows: Wash the inside of your vehicle windows with a window-cleaning solution. Ensure the auto glass is totally dry to prevent unsightly streaks that can interfere with visibility. 
  • Upholstery: Vacuum the seats and remove any stains with a stain remover and brush. Open your car doors to let the upholstery dry, which prevents mold and mildew growth. 
  • Steering Wheel Column: Use a mild cleaning solution to remove dust and stains from the steering wheel. Dry it with a clean cloth before applying a surface protectant. 
  • Dashboard and Center Console: Use your small brushes to clean the cracks and tight crevices on these parts, then dry them fully with a clean cloth.  


Visit RBM of Alpharetta For Professional Car Detailing! 

Now you know the answer to “What is car detailing?”! If you need professional detailing services at any time, contact our service department near Johns Creek! The car detailing prices are affordable to keep your maintenance costs reasonable. Call today to make an appointment! For additional maintenance service info and tips, review our First Class Interior and Exterior Protection Program, First Class Paintless Dent Repair services, and car seat cleaning guide!


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