How to keep a car looking like new - Professional Carwashing & Detailing

How to keep a car looking like new

John Barbour with Omni Detailing put together this checklist to help customers keep the interior and exterior of their cars looking like new.

All-Weather Floor Mats: Nothing spoils the appearance of the interior more than the old worn out and stained floor mats that came with your car. Replace them with custom fit rubber floor mats. They'll protect your carpets for the life of the car, and also be much easier to clean. These are available from your dealer or WeatherTech.

Cargo Liners: Protects your trunk and cargo area from wear and tear. If you haul a lot of stuff or have pets, these are a must. Custom fit liners are available from your dealer, or WeatherTech as above.

Sheepskin Seat Covers: They protect your seats from wear and tear, and they're much more comfortable than vinyl and leather. No more hot seats in the summer, or cold seats in the winter. Custom fit covers and pads available from AutoSport.

Scotchgard™ Auto Fabric Protector: Protects your fabric upholstery and carpet from stains caused by spilled liquids. The liquid will "bead" on the fabric where it can be blotted up with a towel instead of absorbing into the fibers. If you have fabric upholstery and small children or pets, this is a must. Best applied when the car is new, or after the upholstery has been cleaned. I charge $35.00 for this added service on most cars.          

Convertible Tops: If your car is a convertible, please follow the instructions in the owner's manual to prevent damage to the top. If water doesn't "bead" on your top, it needs to be cleaned properly and waterproofed with protectant. Convertible tops are expensive to repair or replace, but with the proper care can last the life of the car.

Keep Your Car Garaged: Keep your car out of the sun whenever possible. Exposure to the hot sun will dry out the paint, plastic, rubber, upholstery, etc., and cause everything to fade and discolor over time. Add to this the damage caused by acid rain, fallout, tree sap, bird droppings and other contaminants, it's easy to see why keeping your car garaged is so beneficial.

Wash and Wax Your Car Often: Wash your car often to remove contaminants before they can damage the paint. Then to keep your car looking its best, I recommend you have it cleaned and waxed with my Express Detail at least once a year if it's garaged, or at least every six months if it's left outside. As Barry Meguiar, president of Meguiar's Inc., founded by his grandfather in 1901 says, "Frequent car care is easy car care." 

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