You just picked up your car from the detailing studio after a detailing job on it. Driving it back to your home, you feel great as it looks, feels and even smells new, just like it did the day you bought this car. But car detailing is not a one-time car maintenance job. Within 6 months, you might start seeing that the ‘newness’ is no longer there.
Apart from the daily usage of the car, India’s harsh weather, including the scorching sun, dust and pollution, can tarnish its new-like finish. The gloss may fade and the clarity of the windshield glass might get dulled over time. Our expert detailers have listed out 5 simple yet effective post-car detailing tips for you to follow post-detailing, to ensure the ‘newness’ from the detailing job stays intact for a longer duration.
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Your car needs to be cared for after detailing too
There have been instances where our customers, usually the new ones, ask us if getting a detailing job done their car frees them up from basic maintenance tasks. We give them this interesting analogy of a white shirt:
How long can you keep a white shirt ‘white’? 1 day? 10 days? 1 year? There is no specific timeline we can put on it. It purely depends on the way you maintain your white shirt. You could be wearing a white shirt and within the first 10 minutes, you might end up dropping some ketchup on it, or ensure you stay away from stains, wash the shirt regularly, iron it well and kept folded safely.
Similarly, the shine of a newly detailed vehicle will stay as long as you maintain it well. If you take the detailed vehicle outdoors for off-roading, drive it through muddy streets or park in industrially active areas, the shine goes away in a few days.
Even after a detailing job, the exterior body of the car can collect dust and dirt, which may stick to the surface and cause permanent damage to the original paint. The interiors of the car can become musty due to the retention of sweat and moisture into the fabric, or from the stains of food and drinks spilled while driving.
Any vehicle that needs to be maintained to its near-pristine condition requires some form of daily maintenance, even if you’ve got the best car paint protection services in India. And in terms of cars, these are very easy to do car care tasks, but they’re crucial too.
To ensure these kinds of daily wear and tear do not take away the sheen from the detailing job on your car, following these steps will help you.
Wash your car regularly
Dirt, dust and debris can build up on your car’s exterior over time, even if you’re not driving it very often. This can dull the paint and make it difficult to keep your car clean. Regular washing helps to protect your car’s paint and other exterior surfaces from the elements. It also helps to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. A good rule of thumb is to wash your car at least once or twice a week. If you live in a particularly dusty or dirty area, you may need to wash your car more often.
Expert Post-CarDetailing Tip: Avoid automatic car washing services. They may use strong chemicals and brushes that can scratch your car’s paint. It is best to hand wash your car with a soft microfibre towel and special car washing shampoos, available at CarzSpa Detailing Studios.
Usage of Microfiber Towels
Microfiber towels are a must-have accessory for drying your car post-wash. The general conception is to leave the car outside to dry after a wash. But drying the car in the open under the sun will lead to water marks on the body. These ultra-soft and highly absorbent towels effectively soak up water without marring the paint. Compared to traditional terry cloth towels, microfiber towels have finer fibres that glide smoothly across the surface, preventing any potential damage to the paintwork.
Following the right drying technique with microfibre towels is also crucial. After washing, gently pat your car dry with microfiber towels to achieve a streak-free, spotless finish. These towels can be easily washed and reused, making them an eco-friendly and cost-effective choice for car care.
Here’s a tip, next time you’re at a CarzSpa Detailing studio to get a quote on ceramic coating car cost, pick up an Ultra Fur Microfiber Cloth or a Fluffy Microfiber Cloth for car maintenance at home.
Special Window Care
After a detailing job, your car’s windows and glasses will be looking their best. But to keep them that way, you need to take care of them properly. Clean your windows inside and out. Dirt and debris can build up on the inside of your windows, making it difficult to see.
Here’s another one of our post-car detailing tips for maintenance, use the CarzSpa Glass Cleaner, a gentle, glass cleaning solution that removes dirt, dust, fingerprints, grease, oil and grime with no leftover residue or streaking. Then, wipe the windows dry with a CarzSpa Microfibre cloth to prevent water spots from forming. Avoid using paper towels to dry your windows. Paper towels can scratch the glass.
Always park in shade
Your car looks stunning after a detailing job, but you can’t keep it locked indoors forever. You will have to use it eventually and the car will have to face the sun and the harsh weather outdoors. One of the easiest ways to protect your car’s paint from the harsh Indian sun is by parking in the shade whenever possible. Prolonged exposure to UV rays can lead to fading and premature aging of the paint, affecting the overall appearance of your vehicle.
Parking in a shaded area not only shields your car from direct sunlight but also helps maintain a cooler interior temperature, protecting the dashboard and other interior components from heat damage. Here’s an additional tip on car maintenance, get the best ceramic coating for cars out there, like CrystalShield at CarzSpa which protects the car’s paint from UV damage.
Clean Interior Regularly
A clean and well-maintained interior not only enhances the overall driving experience but also helps preserve the value of your car. After getting your car detailed, it’s important to keep the interior clean to extend the longevity of the detailing. Vacuum the seats, carpets and floor mats regularly with a small vacuum cleaner.
Wipe down surfaces like the dashboard, door panels and steering wheel. If you have any spills, clean them up immediately. This will prevent them from setting and becoming difficult to remove. Or, you could also get intensive car interior cleaning services in India at any of the 90+ CarzSpa Detailing Studios.
We believe these post-car detailing tips for maintenance are easy to execute, but crucial too, so that you can feel brand new everytime you take the wheel.
To take your car care to the next level, you can opt for more effective paint protection solutions like graphene ceramic coating services at CarzSpa with G10 Impact by CrystalShield.
CarzSpa Detailing Studios is also home to Aegis PPF, the best paint protection film in India. These self-healing films protect your car from rock chips, scratches and abrasions. Get the best of car care at the 90+ detailing studios spread across India and Nepal.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the best car detailing tips for India?
Use a pH-balanced shampoo that is designed for Indian weather conditions. Use microfiber towels to wash and dry your car. Park your car in the shade whenever possible. Clean the interior of your car regularly. Consider getting a paint protection film or ceramic coating to help protect your car from the elements.
2. Where can I get my car detailed in India?
In India, you can get your car detailed at various professional car detailing studios and centers. CarzSpa Detailing Studios, with its wide presence in over 85 Indian cities, offers top-notch car detailing services.
3. How much does it cost to get a car detailed in India?
The cost of getting a car detailed in India can vary depending on several factors. The extent of detailing required, the size and type of the vehicle, the quality of products used and the expertise of the detailing service provider all play a role in determining the price. On average, car detailing services in India can range from Rs.2,500 to Rs.12,000.