As with many things, there are some common misconceptions about car detailing that can do more harm than good. To keep your car looking brand new and prevent damaging your investment, here are three myths car lovers should stop believing about car detailing.


Myth 1: You can use any old rag to wash your vehicle.


Never use old t-shirts, bath towels, washcloths, or kitchen towels to wash or dry a vehicle, regardless of how plush they may feel. In most cases, polyester thread is used in the manufacturing process, which will scratch and swirl your paint or clear finish. Opt for microfiber towels and mitts or lambswool wash mitts instead; these are the most effective to use when washing a vehicle because they will reduce the chances of scratching or swirling your paint.


Myth 2: Using dish soap is just as good as automotive soap.


It’s a frequent myth that you can clean a car using dish soap and laundry detergent. However, while the abrasiveness of dish soap is great for cleaning plates of food, an abrasive soap can do damage while also speeding up the oxidation process when applied to materials like vehicle paint. Dish soap and other household soaps can remove waxes and paint sealants, both of which are intended to protect your paint from environmental concerns such as acid rain, bird droppings, and road salt. It is preferable to use a pH-balanced automotive soap. Automotive detergents are designed to remove any filth or accumulated grime while also lubricating the vehicle surface enough to minimize scratching. Depending on how bad it is, you may also need to use a prep wash along with a bug and road tar remover.


3. Air fresheners will fix interior odors.


Air fresheners tend to cover up smells and are only a short-term fix. Have you ever heard the expression “there is no smoke without a fire”? The same is true for bad odors; the first step should be to determine where the odor is coming from. Going too long without replacing cabin air filters may sometimes result in interior odors. For cabin air filter intervals, see your manufacturer because every vehicle is different. Food, smoke, mold, and mildew are all also potential sources of interior odors. Areas you can easily see and reach can often be made better by vacuuming and shampooing them thoroughly. Use air fresheners to give your car a better scent AFTER cleaning!


Pro Tip: A popular method for dealing with unpleasant odors is using an ozone generator.


Need a pro?


Detailing can be complicated; knowing what not to do can be just as important, if not more so, than knowing what to do. Having your vehicle detailed regularly can help it last longer, hold its resale value, and look better than ever!


If you are looking for a company that provides the best car detailing service in North Carolina, look no further than our expertise here at Prestige Glow. At the convenience of your home or workplace, Prestige Glow offers extensive cleaning choices for your vehicle. Call us today and let our mobile detailing and car wash travel to your location.