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10 Car Detailing Mistakes to Avoid


You don’t just want to wash your car. You want to detail it. It’s a more premium experience that can bring your ride back to its original state. Or close to it. But it can be hundreds of dollars depending on the level of service you want. Thankfully, you can DIY with affordable cleaning products and and “how-to” videos. You just want to make sure you don’t do more harm than good. Here’s what to avoid.

1. Using the wrong cleaning detergent.

Detergents are only meant for the products they’re marketed for. If they’re not made for cars, they could have harsh chemicals that strip away wax and other finishes.

2. Using the wrong glass cleaner.

Most household cleaners have ammonia. That can damage the interior and upholstery. There are plenty of ammonia-free products to use.

3. Not following product instructions.

Always abide by the directions on the product labels. Otherwise you could use too much or too little, or not letting them sit long enough to work their magic.

4. Not using a microfiber towel.

Other towels and rags have rough patches that can scratch your car. Microfiber is more absorbent and has more nap to catch dirt and other impurities.

5. Leaving water on the paint.

Air drying leads to water marks, streaks, and other poor results. Always completely dry the exterior with a microfiber cloth.

6. Overusing chemicals on the carpet.

Don’t douse the carpet with chemicals and soaps then leave it to soak. Use products sparingly and do multiple washes. Also fully rinse out soaps and let the carpet dry before each cycle.

7. Applying too much wax.

The first layer of wax is the coating that protects and shines. The second coat fills in areas that aren’t sufficiently waxed. That’s all you need.

8. Buying excess products.

Don’t spend money on products you don’t actually need. Like a foam cannon or industrial pressure washer. Leave those for the professionals.

9. Waiting too long to clean.

Stains and spills set in quickly. Some can even attract mold and pests. Don’t wait until detail day, just clean them up when they happen.

10. Detailing in the sun.

The sun’s UV rays heat up the surface of your car. Water can dry before you wipe it off and leave spots or streaks. Always work in a shaded area.

Car Detailing in St. Paul, MN

If you’re in need of a professional car detailing, come to Buerkle Honda in St. Paul, MN. We have different packages to cover your needs. And tons of extra services, like interior deodorizer and dent repair. Call us at (651) 490-6699 to set up an appointment. Or use our service scheduler. Your ride will be looking good as new and you’ll only wish you visited us sooner. Plus, you’ll earn 5% back on your visit through our Buerkle Rewards+ program. We’re right near Anoka, Stillwater, and Inver Grove Heights. Visit us today!