As a consequence of the use of a vehicle, it is normal for it to get dirty, both inside and outside.
Mud, dust and also pollution accumulate, either in the body or inside the vehicle. Especially during the winter months, when the rain falls unexpectedly and abundantly, it is very easy to always be with the dirty car.
The lack of attention to the car, in the long run, can damage the materials that compose it, both inside and outside, with the risk of permanently ruining the aesthetics of the vehicle and, especially in the case of interiors, create problems for the driver and passengers, generating allergies, such as dust, or other problems of different nature.
INTERNAL WASHING / WASHING UPHOLSTERY
The Car washing and cleaning service of the interior and upholstery of Detail King is a comprehensive service that allows you to eliminate any type of stain or dirt inside a vehicle, whether for commercial or private use.
The service includes everything from the removal of stains to the removal of sand or pebbles, from the cleaning of interior glass panels to the polishing and cleaning of the seats and the plastics that make up the interior.
The exterior of the vehicle is the place where it is possible to accumulate the most obvious part of the dirt since it is the most exposed to the weather and various types of external agents.
There are innumerable external factors that can stain or cause damage to the aesthetics of a vehicle, such as rain, domestic and non-domestic animals (for example dogs or cats, but also pigeons), pebbles and many others.
Therefore, it is important to always wash with suitable soaps and apply the most appropriate and effective protection products.
The body is, generally, the first victim of dirt, which can be originated in the most diverse ways and therefore, it will be of the most diverse nature.
The dirt can be caused, for example, by a car that overtakes and, when passing through a well with mud, it splashes on the body and tires; when going through an area under construction, the dust raised by the movement of the car can “rain” on it; but also another type of dirt or pebbles, a summer storm or a snowfall can create even more dirt and stains in the car. From a tree can fall resin or leaves, the wind can transport dirt or dust that can get into the corners or on the roofs, stray animals (but also domestic) can urinate on the tires or on the door, typical birds of the city as example pigeons, or seagulls for those who live in the area of the sea, can relieve themselves on the roof or on the bonnet of the vehicle.
In the car washes of the workshops, the cleaning of the external body of the car is offered, and the most appropriate products are applied to protect and reduce future stains, such as the application of special protective waxes on the bodywork or products for protection of fenders and alloy wheels.
Tires, either plastic or alloy, are one of the most visible elements of a vehicle.
A dirty tire gives the idea of a car that is not taken care of and a careless owner, while a beautiful clean and bright tire, result obtainable especially for those vehicles equipped with alloy wheels, suggests an owner who takes care of his own vehicle and takes care of the details.
Tire cleaning is not a particularly difficult practice, but a poorly trained eye can easily see the difference between a rim cleaned by a professional and a rim cleaned by an amateur, especially when they are made of alloy, a very pleasing material to look at, but also delicate and easy to get dirty, in particular, because of its location so close to the street.
Wax for car and protection of the paint
The washing of a vehicle does not end with the total cleaning of it; it is always convenient to accompany and complement it with the choice of appropriate products to protect and preserve the work done, the paint and the materials that make up the interior and exterior of the car. Leather seats, plastic dashboards or more refined and delicate materials, such as the steering wheel or gear lever, but in general all parts of the vehicle, must be protected with specific products to preserve them from the use of atmospheric elements (as for example the sun, which eventually “cooks” the plastics or deteriorates the leathers) and of the small problems of every day (like for example, possible remains of food, animal hairs, dirty shoes with mud, etc. ).
We offer its customers, through the work done by its operators, a complete and durable cleaning also thanks to the use of specific products for the protection of materials.
On the other hand, it is possible to request specific interventions for the removal of rays or for the renewal of headlights and crystals that would normally require the use of specific products or suitable kits.
Detail King is prepared to offer a complete washing service for city cars, luxury cars, saloons, SUVs, motorhomes, vans and commercial vehicles of any kind and affected by any type of stain or dirt.
In addition, thanks to the cooperation with other sectors of the workshop, our staff is prepared to offer a complete service that, starting from the removal of dirt in the body of the vehicle, through the cleaning of the interiors, also guarantees the care ideal of them, with products of proven quality and efficiency.
The car wash service can be carried out at different levels, depending on the customer’s needs, the type of dirt and the type of vehicle.
For example, a sports vehicle may need a good wash the day after a session on the track; so that specific protective product will be necessary, while a sedan, which has spent the weekend walking with children and the dog, may need a good wash inside.
If it is impossible for you, for work or for personal reasons, to run out of a car for the time necessary for the intervention, either for your washing or for a mechanical repair, you can request an appointment and arrange to ask for a substitute car so you do not stay on foot.
Applying this technique will allow you to prolong the finish of your car paint and is ideal for cars that are freshly polished and ceramic coated.
This technique is known as “Double bucket method”.
Instruments and products needed:
2 filters for a 19Lt bucket.
Several microfiber towels
1 glove for washing and/or a soft washing sponge.
1 hose with pressure gun or pressure washer.
Quality shampoo (Brands like Meguiar’s, Mother’s, Chemical guys, etc. are recommended)
1 or 2 special large microfiber towels for drying.
1 cleaner for quality wheels. (Brands like Meguiar’s, Mother’s, Chemical guys, etc are recommended)
1 cleaner for quality tires. (Brands like Meguiar’s, Mother’s, Chemical guys, etc are recommended)
Several types of soft brushes to wash the wheels.
Protector for plastics and rubber. (Brands like Meguiar’s, Mother’s, Chemical guys, etc are recommended)
Before starting the car should be in the shade and cold, avoid washing if it is outdoors and it is windy to avoid staining the car with water droplets. Having all the utensils ready and ready
Washing (Buckets, filters, microfibers, shampoo, etc.)
Steps to follow:
1.- Fill a bucket with clean water.
2.- Wash tires with the tire cleaner using the tire brush.
3.- Wash the wheels with the cleaner for wheels and special soft brushes for this (following the steps that appear on the product label)
4.- Dry wheels using a microfiber towel specifically designed for this.
5.- Place a filter in a bucket and fill it with clean water.
6.- Add the other filter to another bucket with the exact amount of shampoo. (According to the instructions of the product to be used)
7.- Fill the shampoo bucket with water using the pressure washer and / or hose (to generate foam).
8.- Spray the complete car under pressure with the pressure washer and / or hose to eliminate loose dust.
9.- Begin to wash the car starting with the awning, trunk box and sides using the microfiber glove or soft sponge wetting it in the shampoo giving horizontal passes WITHOUT PRESSING, every time the glove gets dirty, you have to rinse it in the bucket with clean water and carve it against the filter to release all the dirt and this is trapped under the filter.
10.- Re-immerse the microfiber glove or sponge in the shampoo and continue car washing giving horizontal passes (never wash in circular movements).
11.-Carry out steps 9 and 10 repeatedly and as quickly as possible to complete the car, do not let the water dry on the car to avoid spots of drops of water or shampoo.
12.- Rinse the shampoo with the pressure washer and / or hose.
13.- Dry the car using a specific microfiber towel for equal drying giving horizontal passes and without exerting pressure (without carving).
14.- Clean recesses and door hinges with the microfiber of the wheels or with a special microfiber for this task.
15.- Clean interiors with the specific microfiber for interiors shaking the corners well using a 1 “brush.
17.- Clean glasses with a microfiber specially designed for glasses, using the cleaning product for glasses.
18.- Protect plastics if necessary using the specific products with an applicator.
Things to Check before Buying a Used Car in New Zealand
The purchase of used cars has become a common practice when changing cars in a family. In fact, a few years ago in Spain more second-hand vehicles than new ones were sold. Within this market 47% corresponds to cars with more than ten years since their minor facilitates the payment without resorting to credit.
This fact involves some risks. As there is a greater demand, the price of these cars has increased by 17% in recent years, according to concessionaires, and since 60% of transactions between individuals, the guarantees go down. Therefore, you have to be sure that the car you buy does not have any problems.
List of tips to avoid that possible breakdowns mean that the second-hand car comes out more expensive than a new one.
Decalogue to locate problems in the car
Starting: If the car does not start immediately or the idle is stable, there can be serious problems.
Direction: The direction must return to straight when you turn, already in March. You can also use an old trick. In a straight line (at about 80 km / h), release the steering wheel and check that the car is not going somewhere. Once stopped, turn the steering wheel all the way to one side and another to check that no click is heard. If it is assisted, check that it does not cost more to turn one way than another.
Transmission: If turning and accelerating sounds a click, it is a symptom of some problem. Attention must be paid to the rubber seals that are before their union with the wheels and possible oil leaks in the area where it joins with the gearbox.
Suspension: To know the condition of the shock absorbers you can push hard on the car, just above each wheel. When it reaches the point of maximum compression, it releases and if there is a rebound, it is a sign that the shock absorbers are not very good.
Exhaust: If the color of the smoke that comes out of the exhaust pipe is blue it indicates oil consumption, if it is white it means that fuel is missing in the combustion and if it is black it consumes too much fuel.
Headlights: Check that all car Head lights work. If the intensity is not constant, it may be due to the alternator or wiring.
Liquids: Always ask when the last changes were made and ask for papers that testify. You have to pay attention to your state. The oil should not be too black or too viscous. If the brake fluid is in poor condition it will be very dark. As for the antifreeze liquid, there are different colors depending on the marks, check that the level is appropriate, otherwise it could indicate a leak.
Change: The gears should not have gaps between them and should enter smoothly. In neutral, step on the clutch. If it makes noise, it may be necessary to change the fluid in the gearbox.
Brakes: Brake hard, if the car goes to the side, there are problems with discs or pads. It is important that you check that ABS works because the arrangement is more expensive. For this, it is best to try it on a dirt road at low speed and brake hard. If the pedal does not vibrate, the ABS is faulty.
Air conditioning: Also check that the air conditioner expels cold air in less than one minute. If it is not fixed with a liquid refill there may be leaks in the circuit and you will need an expensive fix.
Is Your Car Ready for the Holiday Road Trip?
We recommend that you check the following elements of your vehicle before going on the road:
- Wheel pressure: check that your wheels have the pressure recommended by the manufacturer, depending on the load of the car, both passengers and luggage. The more loaded the vehicle goes, the more pressure they will require. Remember that this must always be measured with cold tires. Also, check that your tires are in good condition, with at least a depth of 1.6 millimeters in the drawing. If the wheels are very worn and you are going to travel long distances it is advisable to change them before leaving, to avoid scares, since the more deteriorated the tires, the less grip they will offer.
- Oil levels: with the engine cold, open the bonnet of the car and remove the oil rod. Clean it with a paper and reinsert it into the conduit, to remove it and check that the oil level is correct. If it is necessary to increase the oil level, check the type that your car needs in the manufacturer’s instructions and buy a bottle at any gas station.
- Also check the brake pedal. It should show tension to the touch and not be soft. If you have doubts about the condition of the discs or brake pads, go to Car Detailing Services for a general review.
- Cooling fluid and windscreen wiper water: with the hood open, check that the fluid levels are correct. The cooling, to avoid excessive heating of the engine and water to keep the windshield clean and, therefore, a correct visibility.
- Check the lights: make sure all the headlights work to travel with total peace of mind at night. Flashers, brakes, position, crossing and long lights.
- Review the papers: check that you have all the documentation in order in the glove compartment of the vehicle, to avoid setbacks in case the authorities require them on the road.
- Check your emergency equipment: signaling triangles, spare wheel, vests and a set of spare lights. In case of incident on the road, they will guarantee your safety and that of yours.
If your car already has a good number of kilometers and you do not usually check the condition of its basic components, we recommend that before the holidays you go to the workshop for a general review. If you are going to travel to hot destinations recharge the air conditioning and clean the filters to ensure a more comfortable family trip. It is worth making a small investment of this kind to avoid scares and unpleasant incidents that can disrupt our family rest days.
Best Car Cleaning Tips and Tricks
Crumbs of meals, soda spots that have spilled, remnants of sand … If after the holiday return the upholstery of your car needs a deep cleaning, do not miss these tips. We give you some tricks so that cleaning the upholstery of your car is much easier:
If you know how to clean the upholstery of your car quickly and efficiently, you can keep your vehicle looking like new. The cleaning of the upholstery is different if we talk about fabric or leather upholstery. On this occasion we will refer to the fabric upholstery. Remember also that the upholstery of cars can be easily damaged so try to always use cleaners recommended for this purpose. Cleaners with aggressive chemicals can damage and spoil it. As a general rule, when you are going to use a new cleaner, try it in a non-visible area to check that it does not damage the fabric.
To perform deep car cleaning chooses a sunny day, since the seats can take a full day to dry completely. As for the location, an open place will help the odors of the cleaning products to be eliminated quickly.
First, it clears the surface of the entire interior. You must remove all the elements that may hinder the cleaning of the surface. After a long journey, it is normal to find all kinds of “forgotten” items in the seats of the car.
With the clean upholstery we will vacuum, to remove any small dirt and vacuum all the dust. Vacuum carefully in all corners and from back to front to drag dirt. Make special emphasis on the union between the backrest and the seat, which is where more dirt accumulates.
Remove stains from the upholstery
To correctly remove the stains of the upholstery will depend on the type that we face, since each one will need a different treatment:
- The gum sticks must be hardened with ice and removed, with great care, with the help of a spatula.
- The vomiting is very important to wash it as soon as possible with soap and water.
- For grease stains, try a little degreaser mixed with water.
- The mud stains dry, rub them with a brush without wetting and when it is removed all the earth passes back the damp brush.
There are many cleaners on the market, including some specific ones depending on the type of stain, but the cleaner par excellence for car upholstery is dry foam.
Apply it all over the surface to avoid fences remaining, let it dry, the time will depend on the manufacturer’s recommendations, and remove it with a dry cloth. You can remove the smallest waste with a small vacuum cleaner. Last, a cloth traps dust for a perfect result.
To keep the upholstery in good condition, it is best to clean any stain at the time it occurs to avoid deepening the fabric. For this reason, it is advisable to bring a soft-tooth upholstery brush and some wet wipes in the trunk.
How to Keep Your Batter Running Longer?
We have already told you on occasions that the car’s battery is the element of the vehicle that suffers most in winter. You can always try to start the car with tweezers, but when it starts to give problems, in most cases you have to end up changing the battery.
- Step on the clutch when starting
Even if the car is in neutral, if you do not step on the clutch you are forcing the starter to drag some gears of the gearbox, subjecting it to an overstrain … which affects the consumption of battery power.
- Do not force the starter
If the car does not start at the first, do not insist on the key as if there were no tomorrow again and again (or with the button, in the most modern cars). With this, you start the starter motor (which, as its name suggests, starts the engine), but you do not have to force it more than necessary. Both because of the wear and tear that it suffers, and because it causes unnecessary battery consumption. It is advisable to stop and let the battery breathe for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid short trips
The highest battery consumption occurs at start-up. Up to a few minutes, the alternator does not begin to recharge it. When you abuse short journeys (very common in cities), the useful life is shortened considerably.
- All off when starting
The less effort the battery has to make, especially when it is nearing the end of its life, the better. Avoid starting the car with the lights on, the radio on or the air conditioning connected.
- Nothing lit with the engine stopped
There are some modern cars that already warn you if the engine stopped you turn on the radio, warning that you can download the battery. Also, avoid leaving the car lights on … including the interior lights. In one night you can take a dislike.
- Monitor extreme temperatures
It is common for the battery to empty without warning in the extreme cold, but very high temperatures do not feel good either. Whenever possible, do not leave the car in the open for several hours at temperatures below 5º C or above 35º C.
- Eye with external electrical equipment
If you want to install audio equipment or external lights different from the standard ones, make sure you do it right or hire a reputable professional. If the connections are not well insulated, with the engine stopped there will be small discharges that will drain the battery prematurely. Depending on what you install, it may be advisable to install a more powerful battery, inform yourself.
- Clean terminals
In cars that have already completed a few years, a white crust can form on the terminals. To eliminate it, use a metal brush, water, and baking soda. You will avoid changing the battery ahead of time.
- Car stopped too long
Those who use the car very occasionally, especially when the battery has a time, will have verified that it can be completely downloaded. The idea is to start the car at least once a month and travel 30 or 40 kilometers by road or highway.
- Disconnect it
In a car that is going to spend a lot of time standing, a good idea is to disconnect it in case you are not going to use your vehicle for a long time. Doing it is as simple as removing the terminals, first the negative (black wire) and then the positive.
Even though there are many people that the smell of a new car is quite pleasant, especially since it reminds them at all times that it is a new car, there are other people who find it almost sickly, even up to cause dizziness. Inside the interior cleaning of cars there are many tricks to eliminate this kind of smell although it must be said that many are home remedies and although they work, they do it in a parenthesis of quite large time, so that smell will not go away for quite some time.
What causes this smell is the materials that are used in the manufacture and assembly of the dashboard and also in the coatings of the interior walls of the doors, which means that being so close to where we sit, the smell seems so intense in every moment.
For example, placing a cup of coffee on the dashboard during the night, making sure it is on a surface where you cannot fall, the smell will be a bit reduced, and it will be more as we leave a new cup of coffee another night more, although this, in the end, ends up being certainly cumbersome.
You can try an air freshener, but with it, we will only be masking the smell and you may end up smelling much worse when you mix the two scents and it would be worse the remedy than the disease.
If you have your own garage to which we only have access, we can always leave the windows open, although dust or other smells from the outside could also enter, but we would notice how the smell changes, although the aroma again can last even months, so the best option is to leave the car in the hands of professionals for a few hours and we will forget that smell forever, leaving us with a completely neutral smell.
Not only to make a good impression but to feel better and more comfortable in our vehicle, cleaning the car is very important, but not only in terms of aesthetics but have a clean car, even in the engine area, will make our vehicle is always in the best-operating conditions and faults resulting from dirt do not appear or take much longer to do so.
The key to this is to get used to doing it, at least once a week and once a month for a thorough cleaning, in this way, having the car always with the best appearance will be much easier. Who has not used the morning of a Saturday or Sunday to clean the car? In addition, it could also become a family activity where the little ones could collaborate.
Also, if you are one of those people who does not like to clean the car or even if you do not have time to do it, there are always specialized companies that will leave our car with maximum cleanliness, both in the engine and in the interior, making special emphasis on areas such as upholstery, which can be left perfect with a good car wash by hand; It is also important to have a clean dashboard or other areas such as tires and tires.
Something that we must always have clean is the crystals because traveling with a dirty windshield can cause problems when driving. It is not enough just to pass them soap and water, you always have to have them very dry and to be able to treat the glass with a special liquid that allows repelling water droplets, dirt, insects, organic remains, etc. for more time and always have the maximum vision of the possible road.