Automotive cleaning – Why book a pro?

April 12, 2013 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Consumer Advice

I have personally been involved in automotive cleaning since I left school, its always been a passion of mine transforming a tired looking car into something quite special!

Over the past 10 years or so we have all seen hand car wash centres springing up all over the country, some of these centres offer a “valeting” service…. so what is a valeting service?

Despite what some people may think, genuine valeting is a skill which takes years to learn and master, a genuine valet service will clean and restore a vehicle from top to bottom including the paintwork, engine bay and  interior. An average size car should take a skilled valeter at least 6 hours to complete and the price should reflect a professional service.

Unfortunately the unskilled car washes have self labelled their trade as “valeting” which i feel is misleading the public. ProsteamUK offer what i consider to be a very thorough interior deep clean service, if a vehicle has carried pets or has been smoked in you cant simply use a deodoriser and hope for the best!

Getting to the root of the problem is the only way to achieve the desired results… here is an example :

A customer popped over with his 2004 Audi A2, the car had been smoked in and required a full interior clean to help eliminate the odour, his wife had just given birth but was refusing to travel in the vehicle until it was thoroughly clean!

After the vehicle had been vacuumed i applied a special cleaning agent to the fabric headlining, i then steamed the headlining drawing out all the nicotine and tar from the cigarette smoke, every vinyl surface was given the same treatment including dashboard, centre console and door panels. The cars ventilation system was also cleaned using high pressure steam, this helps to kill any bacteria present in the vents.

The cars fabric and carpets were also treated with an anti bacterial cleaner and extracted using a commercial HWE machine, this left the carpets and seats barely damp, clean and odour free.

A special dressing was then applied to the interior plastics to add a non greasy satin finish, all windows were cleaned.

This job took 4 hours to complete and the results were very impressive, when the customer returned to collect the car he was confident that his wife would approve!

Here is a video covering some of the cleaning involved

This level of service is not to be compared with out friends at the car wash centres, if you require a specialist deep clean then book a professional, but be prepared to pay for his expertise… remember you get what you pay for…


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