For a limo service, appearance is everything. Consequently, detailing is an important part of ensuring a great customer experience. Careful detailing can go a long way in making sure that the cars in your fleet are in tip-top condition between regular washings.
Taking your detailing in-house can save money and give you greater control over the process. To make sure the job is done right, use these five tips for results that are sure to impress your clients.
1. Invest in a steam-cleaning machine
If you own several cars, a steam-cleaning machine is worth consideration. Steam cleaning is really one of the most effective ways to clean your carpets and any fabric upholstery, and it’s possible to find machines that will get the job done without breaking the bank.
2. Pay attention to interior details
Attention to detail will really set you apart from the crowd. Consumer Reports recommended using household items like makeup brushes, skewers and cotton swabs to clean hard to reach places like vents, cup holders and crevices. Use compressed air to clean out ducts.
3. Use the right materials
For washing the exterior, be sure that you’re using the best materials. You really can’t get away with using a single cloth or brush if you want to do the job right. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, use a stiff brush for the metal on the wheels, rags on the body, smaller brushes for areas like the headlights and side mirrors and a cotton cloth or chamois to dry. Avoid streaking on the windows by using newspaper rather than paper towels.
“Two coats of wax is considered best practice by professionals.”
4. Wax with care
When it comes to waxing, it’s important to avoid direct sunlight. Choose a cloudy day or park in the shade when you want to wash and wax the exterior to make sure that your car doesn’t dry too quickly, leaving streaks on the surface. To do the job like a professional, Popular Mechanics reported that two coats of wax is best practice.
Get some wax on rubber trim? Popular Mechanics recommended removing the stain using a little bit of peanut butter and a soft toothbrush. The oils will dissolve the wax, lifting the stain.
5. Repeat, repeat, repeat
The simplest tip for successful detailing? Repetition. Even with the best care, your limos are going to come back from trips covered with dirt and other signs of the road. While a deep cleaning may not be necessary between every single ride, frequent attention to the details will help your cars to impress customers and stand the test of time.