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Valeting tips

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The Motor Trade always maintains that if the glass  and black surfaces (such as tyres  and external trim) are clean then it will set off the rest of the vehicle. A good tip to remember

 

The order of work is important when valeting. For example apply a vinyl dressing  to external trim before you wax polish  paintwork, so that if you get wax on the plastics the dressing will top it sticking. Apply tyre dressings  after you have applied wax, but before you take it off. If tyre dressing spatters onto paintwork the wax will act like a mask. Thinking about the order in which you work saves lots of time and effort

 

 

Multipurpose products are always useful have around. Foam Cleaner  can be used to clean upholstery, leather, vinyl and painted surfaces. You can do just about anything with it from cleaning dust from your dashboard to removing birds mess from the outside of your car. It's also good for removing grubby marks from clothing in an emergency.   

 

On carpets use a stiff brush  when vacuuming. If you brush carpets before you vacuum it will loosen grit, grass, leaves other contaminants. 

 

Removing dog hair from upholstery can be difficult. Rubber gloves or brushes can be used to drag hairs out of fabrics allowing them to be vacuumed up.

 

Cleaning Windscreens to remove contaminants will reduce glare and avoid wiper streaking and squeak. We manufacture Cream Glass Polish  which removes traffic film build up and insect debris. It is formulated to polish glass surfaces and removes stains and water spots. Glass Polish also helps water to bead up and roll off, reducing wiper drag.

 

Hinges and catches very often have screw heads and bolts that can easily rust. During the cleaning process, grease and other protective coatings on these fixtures can very often be removed. Once exposed these fittings will begin to oxidise the rust will spread to the bodywork where they are attached. A treatment with White Grease  lubricates, protects and adds that professional valet finish to a vehicle  

 

One of the most useful valeting tools is a paintbrush. A good quality 2” or 3” soft paintbrush is ideal for use in conjunction with a vacuum cleaner crevice nozzle to flick away dust from interior trim, air vents, buttons and switches, particularly around the steering column. To avoid damaging plastic trim, wrap electrical insulation tape or masking tape around the metal parts of the paintbrush.

 

Interior surfaces of windows are very often overlooked and not cleaned properly. The easiest way to do this is by using an alcohol based cleanser such as Crystal . To avoid spatter on the surface of the vehicle dash, spray the Window Cleaner directly onto your cleaning cloth rather than the glass itself. Wipe over the glass surface to clean as required 

 

Clean wheels will provide the finishing touch to your vehicle. Clean all the wheels then roll the car forward or back so that the wheels turn a full revolution -this will reveal all the bits you missed. Having nice clean shiny wheels adds so much to the appearance of your car. For light soiling use a detergent cleanser such as Truck Wash E . For heavy contamination of brake dust, use Alloy Wheel Cleaner. In both cases use a stiff bristle brush to agitate the surfaces treated before rinsing with clean water

 

Dashboards can be cleaned using Foam Cleaner  or water based hard surface cleansers such as Safeclean.  Ensure your cleaning cloth is damp – not wet – to avoid possible damage to electrical components.

 

Pressure washers allow for quick and effective cleaning, but always keep the nozzle at least 4" from the surface you are cleaning. Many professional pressure washers operate at 1500psi or above so use in accordance with manufacturer’s safety guidelines. A pressure washer will never remove all of the dirt and traffic film. Use it first to in conjunction with a Truck Wash  to remove the heaviest contaminants. Fully rinse using clean water, then use a diluted detergent such as Wash and Wax  applied by soft sponge, to agitate any remaining surface film. The pressure washer can then be use to remove any residue

 

 

Flies and insects are acidic and can score and even chip paintwork on the front of your car. Waxing the car will help but if you struggle to find the time to wax your entire car, we recommend that you just wax  the front to offer some protection to paintwork

 

 

Bird Droppings are highly acidic and start to corrode and eat away at your cars paintwork and lacquer. Always remove immediately. A disposable wipe or similar can be used to remove the offending mess keeping your vehicle bodywork safe from corrosion and will last until your next wash

 

Regular valeting of your vehicle will maintain its value. At least twice per year give your vehicle a deep clean, paying special attention to the door shuts and other places that don't get cleaned on a regular wash. A Professional Valet will add value to your vehicle and is well worth the money, making it easier to sell when the time comes. 

 

For motorcycles or classic cars if you get caught in the rain don't hurry to put your vehicle away in the garage. Rain may be a slightly acidic but it's nowhere near as corrosive as splashes from the road, particularly in the winter when roads may be treated with salt. So leave it out in the rain to rinse off then hose it down with clean water before putting it in the garage.

 

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