Not just reserved for men, Auto Detailing for Women is a great place to start for all you women looking to make sense of an industry built and dominated by men.
Heck...most men are confused by this subject that is not only expansive, but full of bad information and bad opinions! I have developed this page to dispel the many myths of proper cosmetic car care, and put it into terms that are familiar and understandable from a woman's perspective; after all, men are men and women are women and we do have very different perspectives in which we view the world. Having grown up in a house full of women (4 sisters and a mother) , I do possess a certain understanding that is unconventional to most men.
"Darren, can you just teach me the basics. I'm not some car nut-job who likes to spend all weekend washing and waxing my car; I just want to keep it looking nice and clean and am looking for ways to make it last!"
Let's break auto detailing for women into two categories:
Follow along as I simplify the process into the basics. Most people get bogged down with too much information as well as conflicting opinions. Feeling overwhelmed from the start, many people are turned off quickly and therefore resort to doing nothing. My goal is to start you off with the bare essentials in a way that appeals to a woman's sensibilities and provide you with a foundation you can build upon if you choose. This site is filled with more information than 99% of the men out there know themselves!
Due to modern day paint with their protective clear-coats and advances in paint technology, cleaning and maintaining the health of your car paint is easier than ever. But with that said, nothing is truly maintenance free and you are still required to perform basic requirements.
While there are those occasional moments where spending an hour or so washing your car might sound appealing, I have found that many people get caught-up in this basic chore of car care.
The problem I have found that most people over-think this basic step and consume most of their time and energy into the simple chore of washing their car to remove what is referred to as superficial dirt.
The net result is a clean car of course, but more often than not, a car owner that is now too tired to do anything else to their car.
For this reason I always recommend people outsource this part of cosmetic car care to the local, quality car wash. You don't have to go crazy here; just find a quality 100% cloth or hand car wash.
If all you have access to is the automatic wash tunnels with the big plastic brushes, then pass on that and do it yourself. Otherwise, save yourself the time and effort and outsource this basic requirement.
Car Washing Check Points:
If you are not familiar with the clay bar, or surface prep bar, this process would be the equivalent to exfoliating your skin prior to any application of creams or make-up.
Airborne pollutants collect on your car paint or will build-up over time due to exposure to the elements of weather. These pollutants can be felt on the paint surface in the form of a gritty, bumpy feel when sliding your hand across a freshly washed car.
The clay bar will not be necessary everytime you wax your car, but it will be part of ongoing maintenance. I will not go into detail here on clay bars themselves, but just know it is a critical step in the process of taking care of your car paint.
Clay Bar Check List:
Every car needs protection on the paint in the form of wax and/or sealant. To simplify the moment; wax generally refers to a wax product formulated from a base of carnauba wax. Sealants refer to synthetic ingredients and are generally called sealants. Most products today are hybrids and contain elements of both natural and synthetic ingredients. You needn't get hung-up on the differences when first starting out.
Spray waxes in my opinion are the winning combination when choosing an auto wax. Advances in chemical engineering have made the car waxing process much easier. Gone are the days of spending all weekend washing and waxing your car. A quality spray wax can be applied and taken off in minutes, not hours.
Car Wax Check List:
Interior auto detailing for women can be just as simplified as paint care. It simply requires a few basic tools many of you will already have around the house and one simple product of your choosing called an all-purpose cleaner. Yes the industry would have you believe you need a special, and dedicated cleaner for every type of material found within your car's interior; but you don't. See my car upholstery cleaner for my specific picks to simplify your duties.
Simple Household Tools
The good news is that most people already have these items around the house.
If you have a brand new car, cleaning the interior can be as simple
as vacuuming, dusting with the make-up brush, and wiping the interior
surfaces down with a pre-dampened cloth with cleaner on the rag. This
can take about 2-3 minutes tops. Areas of high use can simply be lightly
shampooed anytime you have an extra moment or so.
The basic steps from above will work on virtually any material or surface you will have to clean within your cars interior including but not limited to the following:
If you have a car that has been neglected for a long time, your chore will require far more effort the first time around and might be wise to break the interior down into sections so you don't overwhelm yourself. My experience has shown that once you see how easy it can be to spruce up the cars interior with these simple tools and cleaner, you will become more and more motivated to work your way through the entire car!
Let me summarize the essentials of what the take away should be from this page: