Cleaning the Interior

Hose Reels 101 for Detailers or Car Guys [Commercial & Consumer]

If you recently read my last post on Water Hoses 101 for Detailers, a follow up product to that is quality hose reel. In this post, I'll break down why it's a good idea to invest in a nice hose reel if you are going to be a full time detailer, and break down a few types, from retractable to hand crank models. If you are just a car enthusiast, I'll list a few budget options as well that should do the trick. With [...]

[Review] Meguiar’s vs ArmourAll Leather Wipes vs Lexol Conditioner

So today I thought I would compare and test 4 leather cleaning products that fall in two different categories: leather wipes vs leather cleaner/conditioners. So I stopped by my local Walmart and picked up a few of these products (you can also find on Amazon) to see which one really did the best job. I tested the following: Auto Drive Leather Wipes - 27 Count ($1.88 USD) Meguiar's Gold Class Leather Wipes - 25 Count  ($4.97) ArmourAll Leather Wipes - 30 Count ($5.84) Lexol [...]

7 Best Cordless Handheld Car Vacuums + What to Know

For busy working professionals, having a nice handheld vac just to keep your car a little cleaner is a great idea. For me personally, it's pretty easy to accumulate crumbs, bits of paper, and other small bits of debris on the carpet, console, and other areas. Don't get me wrong, there are Shop Vacs and other commercial car vacs that will offer better suction and reliability, but the it's really about convenience and maintenance. You just want to keep your vehicle as clean as [...]

15 Eco-Friendly Auto Detailing Products to Consider

The movement to waterless and eco-friendly products is ongoing, and remains a pretty controversial topic in the detailing community. EPA regulations that prohibit chemicals from entering storm drains is partly the reason, but many states like California have water restrictions which can make it difficult. If you are just looking for a few alternatives to make the transition, or are already advertising as eco-friendly, I wanted to share a few products to add to your detailing arsenal that don't contain the harsh chemicals found [...]

How to Dry Out your Car — Dehumidifiers, Absorbers, & Blowers

If you're like me, you've probably dealt with at least some degree of moisture inside your car. Whether you are dealing with a leaky sunroof or accidently left the top down during a rainstorm, there are numerous ways water can enter your vehicle eventually leading to mold and other problems. In this blog, I'll break down when you should use a simple moisture absorber or go all in with a dehumidifier. Slight Dampness or Funky Smells? Try a Moisture Absorber As long as you [...]

17 Interior Detailing Tips the Pros Keep a Secret

Okay, so maybe they're not exactly guarded secrets, but there are several interior detailing techniques that many people just don't know exist. These tricks are really where great detailers can separate themselves from average detailers often times with just a few tools. In this blog, I'll break down 17 interior detailing tips used by the professionals to add to your skillset as a detailer or hobbyist. #1 - Interior Detailing Brushes Detailing brushes are awesome for cleaning those dusty and dingy radios, perfect for [...]

How to Clean Sticky Steering Wheel Buttons [4 Steps]

A simple but annoying problem for most vehicle owners at some point are those sticky steering wheel buttons. Whether you are trying to clean a vehicle you just purchased (or even your own), it can be a disgusting inconvenience. Whether it's oils from your hands, soda, (or anything else), it's a good idea to clean these from time to time to avoid buildup that will be harder to remove later on. In this blog post, I'll break how to clean these sticky steering wheel [...]

Detailing Carpet Extractors 101: A Buyer’s Guide

If you plan on offering a wide range of interior detailing services for your clients, a carpet extractor is really a must have. You have so many options to choose from in this category, from portable carpet extractors targeted towards consumers and small detailing businesses, to industrial carpet extractors great for detailing large fleets of vehicles on a regular basis. In this blog post, I'll break down everything you need to know before purchasing a carpet extractor, and provide a few recommendations. So how [...]

How to Remove Beach Sand or Glitter from your Car

Don't get me wrong, I love spending some good quality time at the beach — it's removing the sand from in between the seats, in the carpet, and everywhere else it gets trapped in my car that always seems to be the problem. And glitter is no different, and sometimes worse. No lie, glitter showed up in my car at sixteen after picking up my prom date and stuck around (literally) for a pretty long time. If you're dealing with how to remove beach [...]

Windex vs Invisible Glass – What’s Best for Car Glass?

When it comes to the options I have for cleaning my car's windows, most people to compare these two products: Windex and Invisible Glass. The blue liquid spray that is a household staple, vs the relative newcomer that comes in an aerosol can (or spray bottle) for slightly more money. In this review, I'll share what makes each of these products unique, and list some pros and cons followed by what I would recommend for most people looking for the clearest glass possible. Is [...]