So, you’ve decided to start your own detailing business? Well, whether you work from home or you plan on going mobile; you will need to consider a few things. In this article, we will go over startup costs, the basic elements of detailing and also what you can expect down the road.
The main concept of a car wash is not to strip the protective wax but to clean the dust and dirt off off the paint, tires, and trim of the vehicle. It is simple and easy to clean the exterior with a waterless car wash. This way, you can be clean and green, by cleaning your car and not waste water. You can even use waterless in your garage. If you are cleaning a vehicle with a lot of mud or salty sludge, you will need a car soap and water.
If you are going to do basic car wash with water; you can get soap, a bucket and a wash mitt. Eventually, you will want to have a tank for DI water and a pressure washing system with a foaming gun. For the tires, you will want a stiff round brush to scrub out the wheels and tires. One your first jobs, just clean the wheels and tires with soap and an all around degreaser. To dry the car, get a medium size chamois. Later you will be getting a claying towel for some surface deep cleaning. As you start your business, make it easy on yourself by using a liquid wax; It is faster and can even be done with a machine when you advance. An express wax is a good start because it comes in a spray and flashes over quickly. When you later need more
protection, go for a longer lasting wax. When the car is clean, you can put dressing on the tires and trim. You can use an all around degreaser to clean the engine bay at first, but later you will want a powerful degreaser for this job. A round flexible brush also helps in the engine bay.
An outstanding option when considering degreasers is an orange or citrus based degreaser. A degreaser is a cleaner that cuts through the gunk and buildup. With different dilutions, or watering the cleaner down, you could use it to clean just about anything. The citrus base also gives your work a natural clean smell vs a heavy chemical smell.
For the interior, you need at least a vacuum with a crevice tool. Also, Get a good all around degreaser, a bundle of microfiber towels, and three brushes that are dedicated to the interior work. You’ll need an all around stiff brush, a softer upholstery brush, and a detail brush. As you are working faster and time is money, consider a carpet extractor machine. You will also want a dressing to protect the dash and door panels after they are cleaned. Don’t forget the windows; Inside and out.
This will get you started down the road to cleaning cars and making them look like new.
Here is a list of what you need:
- Wash mitt
- Pressure washer
- Foam gun
- Tire brush
- Microfiber towels 1.49 ea
- Int brushes
- Car Soap
Pink Car Soap – $13.99 16oz
Waterless Car Wash – $15.99 24oz
Orange Degreaser – $14.99 24oz
Express Wax – $9.99 24oz
Cherry Wax – $12.99
Ultra Protectanct – $16.99 24oz
Engine Degreaser: Grand Slam $25.99 1 Gal
Window Cleaner: Glass Cleaner $9.99
There are also a few good all around cleaning videos:
Car Care & Professional Detailing Made Simple