Between getting through a hectic work week, constantly being stuck in traffic, taking the kids to soccer practice, making dinners, keeping up with the family schedule and performing household chores, today’s car owners have little time to spare for detailing their vehicles. To help these busy motorists, Meguiar’s®, the car care experts Since 1901, have put together a list of five “quick tips” that will help any owner keep his or her automobile looking great and in tip-top shape. If you have 30 minutes, you can easily give your car a quick detail – it will go a long way in maintaining the look and feel of your vehicle… and sometimes even the value!
Always keep a trunk kit: Using the right products is the key to beautifying the look of your vehicle in the shortest amount of time possible. Meguiar’s® recommends motorists keep a “trunk kit” handy at all times, complete with a variety of products to clean their entire vehicle. Products such as Meguiar’s® Endurance Tire Spray, Ultimate Quik Wax and Quik Interior Detailer™ are specially designed to decrease detailing time and swiftly restore the original look of interior and exterior surfaces.
The right tools save time: Having the right assortment of car cleaning tools is one of the easiest ways to shave off detailing time. A microfiber towel such as Meguiar’s® Supreme Shine® Microfiber Towel reduces wipe off time while decreasing the chance of inflicting swirls in your finish. Using foam applicators or a small, soft brush is also recommended for removing debris and applying product to obtain the quickest results.
A little time makes a big difference: The old adage of “a little goes a long way” applies in car care. Spending a few minutes a day or a simple 30-minute session once a week can dramatically reduce the amount of dirt build-up that may degrade the appearance of both interior and exterior surfaces. Full detail sessions are still recommended on a quarterly or half yearly basis to ensure that your vehicle remains in tip-top shape but these short sessions definitely help maintain and protect in the interim.
Be careful where you park: Drivers should always be aware of where they park, taking care to avoid parking underneath trees and near sprinkler systems. Not only can birds, sap and water permanently damage a car’s exterior, but they also add time to any detail session.
Avoid Short Cuts: Meguiar’s® experts recommend avoiding quick, but costly short cuts when cleaning your car during a quick detail. Using a paper towel from the gas station may seem like a time-saver, but owners run the risk of damaging the exterior of their car by using a dry wipe. Instead, consumers should lubricate the surface by using a detail spray, such as Meguiar’s® Ultimate Quik Detailer, and a Supreme Shine Microfiber when removing any residue off of a car’s exterior. Also waiting to quick detail in cooler temperatures allows product to dry effectively and decreases the chance of streaks or swirls in the finish.