How to Professionally Valet Your Car at Home
Giving your car a premium, professional valet at home has never been easier with our professional car cleaning products. Follow this guide to achieve top standard pro results at home.
There's no need to leave the car valeting to the professionals when you can enjoy cleaning like a pro too with the right tools, products and guide. If you're a car lover that has a passion for valeting and detailing to maintain high gloss shine and protection, this article is for you.
Investing in a good set of car cleaning products provides several full car cleans. Dirtbusters Super Cera range of car cleaning products are a premium set of professional cleaning products each with their own blend of finest waxes to give a professional clean. This range has been designed for classic car owners, detailers and enthusiasts that love spending time on their car to ensure it is kept in top condition.
TOP TIP: Most people choose to clean their car on a very hot day, usually in direct sunlight. Washing your car in direct sunlight can cause streaking and water marks from cleaning solutions drying too quickly. For best results avoid direct sunlight when using any car cleaning products.
Follow these steps for a full valet inside & out.
- A pack of microfibre cloths
- Bucket of water
- Hose or pressure washer
- Super Cera Wash & Wash
- Super Cera Finest Hybrid Car Wax
- Dirtbusters Bio Blast Alloy wheel cleaner
- Optional wheel brush
- Dirtbusters Wheel Wax Sealant
- Optional Snow Foam
The first step is to hose your car down to get rid of any debris on the car that might get in the way whilst cleaning it. If your car is very dirty, we recommend skipping the hose down and using Snow Foam instead. For this you will need a snow foam lance. Simply spray onto the car, leave to work and wash off with clean water. Using snow foam gets rid of any debris that could slightly scratch the car, as it lifts the dirt whilst cleaning.
We recommend starting with the wheels. This is so that you get rid of the initial build-up of dirt and avoid splashes of dirt onto the paintwork later on.
With your Dirtbusters Bio Blast Alloy Wheel Cleaner, spray the solution onto the alloys. With a wet microfibre cloth wipe over the wheels and then hose down with clean water. This is just the initial wheel clean, but instantly you will see much cleaner wheels.
Next move on to cleaning the body of the car. Super Cera Wash & Wax contains Carnauba wax and cleans and waxes in one. The solution is highly concentrated and only a small amount is needed per bucket of water. After diluting the Wash & Wax in a bucket of water, soak a microfibre cloth in the solution and wipe over the roof to start with. If you have a car cleaning brush you can also use this if you’d prefer.
By washing the roof first, it will avoid the dirt from the top soaking down to the rest of the clean car. Hose the roof and the rest of the car down with clean water.
Move around the car section by section, cleaning using your microfibre or car cleaning brush soaked in diluted wash & wax before hosing off with fresh water.
Super Cera Wash & Wax forms a water repellent coating, which causes water to bead making your car cleaner for longer.
Once you have cleaned the body of the car you can move onto giving the wheels a deep clean. You will need Dirtbusters Bio Blast solution, microfibre and an optional wheel brush. Spray the solution onto the wheels the same way as you did in step 2. To give an even deeper clean, use your wheel brush to brush down the wheels and get into every corner. Using a cone-shaped wheel brush really helps to get into every corner, making cleaning much easier.
The next step is to wax your car. You must let the paintwork dry before using any wax. If it is not a warm day and the car does not dry easily, wipe over the surface lightly with a microfibre cloth getting rid of any wet patches. With a round sponge dipped in Super Cera Finest Car Wax, apply the wax onto the paintwork of the car in circular motions.
After wax has been applied to the entire car, leave to work and dry for 10 minutes before buffing with a dry microfibre cloth.
Apply Dirtbusters Wheel Sealant using a round sponge. Dirtbusters Wheel Sealant is suitable for aluminium, chrome and painted wheels. Work the wax into the alloys in circular motions and then leave to dry for a few minutes (the wax should go hard and visible). Buff into the alloys with a microfibre cloth.
Mercedes before valeting with Dirtbusters Products
Alloy wheels before cleaning
Alloy wheels waxed with Dirtbusters Wheel Wax Sealant
Super Cera Wash & Wax
Before applying Super Cera wax with Carnauba
Mercedes after full valet
To clean the interior of your car you will need:
- Microfibre cloths
- Leather Cleaner, Conditioner & Balm
- Super Cera Waterless Wash & Wax
- Dirtbusters Glass Cleaner
- Dirtbusters Interior Valeting Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner
Hoover the whole car including the boot, making sure you use the correct nozzle to get into the tight spaces e.g. under and in between seats. Take the car mats out and dust off and hoover down.
If there are any marks or stains on material seats, use a carpet cleaning solution such as Interior Valeting Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner. This solution will clean, remove stains and deodorise with its low PH solution.
For leather seats use Dirtbusters Leather Cleaner, conditioner and balm to fully clean, protect and polish car seats. Spray the Leather Cleaner onto the seats and wipe over the surface using a dry microfibre cloth. Apply the conditioner using a microfibre cloth working into the leather in circular motions. If using Dirtbusters Leather Balm, work into the leather with a sponge or microfibre cloth. Leave to dry for a couple of minutes before buffing with a dry cloth. Dirtbusters Leather cleaning solutions are not suitable for use on unsealed leather such as Suede, Nubuck or Aniline.
Dust and polish the interior. Super Cera Waterless Wash & Wax doubles up as a polish for car interior. Spray the waterless solution onto the interior of the car and wipe over the surface with a microfibre cloth to buff away the dust and polish the surfaces.
Lastly, use Dirtbusters Glass Cleaner to clean the inside of the windows. Spray the solution onto each window and buff in circular motions with a microfibre cloth.
Mercedes interior before valeting
Mercedes interior after polishing with Super Cera Waterless