Tips for Detailers

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Taxes 101 for Mobile Detailers: Mileage, Deductions, and Entities

So, you want to be a mobile auto detailer but you’re unsure of how to start your company, how to manage your books or do your taxes? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Today's post is brought to you by Shawn Dalton, a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Ohio. Shawn has over 5 years of experience in tax accounting/preparation and business formation. Below, he shares a few tips for understanding taxes, deductions, and how to set up your business if you [...]

Water Containment Mats: DIY Options & Recommendations for Detailers

If you are new to detailing or have been in the game for very long at all, water containment mats are one of those products that are nice to have as a professional detailer. In this post, I'll explain why you may want to think about investing in one, and provide a few recommendations. Why Use a Water Containment Mat? If you are new to detailing or have been in the game for very long at all, you may have heard something about water [...]

3 Best Step Ladders & Platforms for Washing Cars, Trucks or SUV Roofs

While it's probably not the first product that comes to mind when you think about detailing, a step ladder or platform is one of those purchases you will be glad you made as a detailer or car enthusiast. Attention to detail especially on roofs is something that is difficult to do, especially if you don't want to use a brush (which can lead to scratching). In this blog post, I'll break own 3 solid platforms and ladders to help you wash a variety of [...]

Water Tanks for Mobile Detailing [Setup and Size Guide]

Even with many detailers using less water than they used to, a water tank is something that you really should think about as a mobile detailer. These come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and there are a few things to consider before purchasing one for detailing. Unless you plan to purchase a water tank from a detailing store (that usually includes a tank, pump, skid, etc.) it's really quite easy to replicate one of these setups and save you a ton of [...]

9 Essential RV Detailing Tips You Need to Know About

Whether you are a professional detailer looking to add RVs to your service menu, or just an RV owner needing some advice, there are a few things to keep in mind when washing an RV vs a car or truck. From the equipment to wash methods, to the actual surface of the RV, there are a few tips and tricks to know about that are slightly different than a car or truck. In this blog, I'll break down 9 of the most popular RV [...]

Mastering the Auto Detailing Sales Pitch [Guide]

The sales pitch. Get a winning template, and you can use it like a secret weapon to win customer after customer. In detailing, there are many opportunities to try our your sales pitch on customers over the phone (when they contact you), as well as a mobile detailer, fleet washer, or even car wash owner. Your pitch will probably be a little more professional when selling to property managers face-to-face, so it's important to have a gameplan going in. In this blog, I'll break [...]

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 [...]

Foam Gun or Cannon? Advantages, Soaps, & Recommendations

You may have seen foam sprayed or applied to vehicles, but what are the advantages? And what's the difference between a foam gun vs foam cannon? These tools are a great investment for many people, but it really depends on your level of detail when washing your car. For example, are you trying desperately to avoid swirls in a professional setting, or just looking to clean the dirt off from time to time? In this blog, I'll break down the differences between foam guns [...]

Water & Detailing: Reclamation, Runoff, and EPA Fines

In the mobile detailing world, water can be one of the more inconvenient aspects of your day-to-day process. Not only refilling your tanks or finding water nearby, but what to do with dirty water can be a problem as well. The EPA has guidelines for different states regarding whether or not water needs to be reclaimed (sucked up), but more importantly, allowing contaminated water to enter certain storm drains you want to avoid. In this blog, I'll give you an overview of what to [...]

Steam Cleaning your Car’s Exterior: What to Know

One method to clean the exterior of your car that you probably don't hear much about is steam cleaning. Steam cleaning is rather controversial in the detailing community depending on who you ask, but it's important to understand when and how to use steam if you choose this cleaning method. In this blog post, I'll break down why some detailers like to use steam on the exterior of a vehicle, a few precautions to understand, and what to know in general if you decide [...]