If you are running a limo service, then you know quite well that the appearance of your limo really matters. Which is why detailing is really important to impress your clients and keep them coming. Detailing saves you money and also ensures that your limousines are in excellent and top-notch conditions. There is a lot to consider when it comes to detailing, but with the right tools, products and technique you will gain mastery over the whole process. Read on to find out five important tips for detailing your limo.
1. ASSEMBLE THE RIGHT TOOLS
Both the interior and exterior of the car need special attention, so assemble the right type of materials and tools: a toothbrush, vacuum, paintbrush, paper towels, mild cleaner, glass cleaner, a stiff carpet brush as well as some lint-free cloths. These materials should be readily available to make the process seamless.
2. CARPET & LEATHER
Since you have several cars in your fleet, it is recommended that you invest in a steam-cleaning machine. A good steam-cleaning machine is the best way to clean your carpet and is not too expensive. You can also get a good leather cleaner to keep the interiors in an excellent shape. Use a rag and a cleaner to clean crevices and a Q-Tip to clean seat cracks.
3. WAX AND POLISH
This is a vital step that you should not ignore if you want to protect the exterior of your limo and extend the paint life. Polishing smooths out small scratches and removes clay residue on the exterior. Although most of these products can be easily applied by hands, it is recommended by experts that you should use an oscillating polishing machine for better results. Waxing also serves to protect your car from future stains and scratches. You can opt for either a liquid or paste- whatever you prefer. The wax can also be applied by hand, but you will experience better results with an electric oscillating machine. Buff mildly with a polisher or microfiber cloth. You will need to re-wax your car regularly, because the wax coating will wear out in a few months.
TIP: Make sure that you do not get wax on plastic or rubber trim, to avoid staining these areas.
4. GLASS CARE
Use the right materials when treating and cleaning glass to leave them smudge free. Using paper towels to clean glass usually leaves residue on the surface. A method that works really well is to use an old newspaper, apart from the fact that it cleans really well it also leaves no streaky residue. This keeps the interior windshield clean and improves visibility. There are products that you can use on the exterior of the glass to improve visibility during raining weather.
Note- It is very important to test cleaning products before you use them on your car. Some materials in the car, especially in the interior are very sensitive to some chemicals. So experts recommend that you apply the product to an inconspicuous spot first.
5. Pre-Treat Stains.
Pre-treating stains work really well to neutralize the stains. You can mix warm water with baking soda to get rid of spots on your car upholstery. Ensure that you wash it off thoroughly.
Making It Last
Take preventive steps to ensure that your car stays in excellent condition. Wipe up any spills or smudge as soon as you notice them and vacuum the interior regularly. This consistent maintenance will help ensure that your limo looks as good as new for several years.
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