4 Car Detailing Myths You Should Stop Believing Right Now

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4 Car Detailing Myths You Should Stop Believing Right Now

If you hear the phrase “car detailing” and it conjures up images of a fancy rich person cruising around in an immaculately maintained Rolls Royce… you aren’t wrong. But having your car detailed isn’t just something that rich people do. There are a lot of myths floating around about car detailing. As Albuquerque’s detailing experts, we want to dispel some myths and encourage you to give us a call when your car needs a little TLC.

White car with soapy water dripping off it

Myth 1: You Can Wash Your Vehicle With Any Kind of Soap

No, no, no, no, no. And one more: no. Think about it this way: you wouldn’t take a shower and wash yourself with parts cleaner, so why would you waste your apricot scrub on your truck? The wrong kind of soap can leave streaks and spots on your car, and some kinds of soap can even damage your paint. Stick with soaps made for cars.

Jeep driving through muddy water

Myth 2: You Only Need to Wash Your Car When It’s Dirty

Do you only take a shower after you’ve gone out and jumped in a big mud pit? Of course not (hopefully). Just like you, your car may be dirtier than it looks. And the longer your car stays dirty, the more likely it is to suffer long-term damage. Even the smallest particles of dirt and water can, over time, damage your paint, along with other parts of your car. A regular cleaning schedule will make your car look better for longer.

Close up shot of someone detailing a car tire

Myth 3: Detailing Only Makes Your Car Look Better

In the section above, we talked about little teeny particles of dirt and water. Detailing your vehicle helps protect your paint and other important components of your car, truck, or SUV. Your paint was designed to prevent rust and other kinds of deterioration. Ensuring your car doesn’t fall apart is about more than looks.

Someone wiping down car with microfiber cloth

Myth 4: Old Rags Are Good For Scrubbing the Outside of Your Vehicle

See myth #1. Just like random soap, random scraps of cloth are not made to be used to wipe down your car. Lots of fabrics, even ones that might feel good against your skin, aren’t good for your vehicle’s skin, i.e. paint. Certain kinds of materials that are commonly used to make clothes are full of rough surfaces that are just waiting to scratch paint and bum you out.

We hope we’ve busted some of the most common myths about car detailing. And here’s some more great news: you don’t have to bust the bank to have your car detailed. Whether you’re getting ready to sell your car and you want it to sparkle like the braces in a prom photo or you’re tired of driving around in a car that’s more dull than dishwater, give IVS a call.

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