Auto Detailing: The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

By: Brenden Somerville   |   21 Mar 2016
Car detailing

Even though winter temperatures are still with us, spring has sprung in the GTA! The season of long drives with the windows down is just around the corner but that likely means your vehicle still shows the signs of winter. Salt, grit, and the rest of the snowy mess can be hard to tackle and very time consuming to clean yourself, especially if you don’t have all the special tools, cleaners and experience that comes with expert vehicle detailing. If you’ve never had your vehicle detailed before the feeling of stepping into a fresh, clean vehicle is fantastic. As we gear up for spring, and the season of auto detailing in the GTA, we’re reviewing the typical car detailing process in all its glory. While we offer a range of car detailing packages to our  GTA clients, this is just a typical look at how the service is done.


Detailing isn’t just for the inside, the exterior also needs a thorough cleaning especially at the end of winter. The salt can begin to corrode the underside of your vehicle over time and it is a good idea to clean your exterior in detail after the salty winter months come to an end.


Exterior Detailing Services

Wash & Dry – The exterior detailing process typically begins with a high-powered spray wash, followed by a thorough handwashing with a mild soap. Afterwards, comes the drying.

Polish – It’s normal for a car to lose some of its shine, so restoring its original paint complexion is necessary. This is the polishing stage.

Seal – Generally, the exterior process ends with the application of sealant, to give the car a glossy shine. Detailers can go farther by applying wax to the surface but you can speak with your service provider about what you prefer.

The interior is a bit trickier. Dirt gets in all the nooks and crannies you see and in some you don’t think about. Letting an expert go at this dirt and grime will ensure you get all of it!


Interior Detailing Services

Vacuuming – When dealing with the interior of a car, the first step of detailing starts with the use of a vacuum. Loose dirt and grit will be gone in no time. All areas of the car receive a cleaning, including the glove compartment and trunk.

Brushing/Scrubbing/Shampooing – This is where the grind work comes in. The mats and carpet upholstery receive a thorough brushing and scrubbing, to remove the stains and deep blemishes that have accumulated over the years.

Wiping/Re-vacuuming – The next focus is on the interior surfaces, such as the windows and dashboard and door panels and handles, which the detailing expert will wipe down using the appropriate cleaner for your interior. This will restore the shine to a car’s interior. Re-vacuuming with pick up any dust or dirt spat up by the wiping process.

Deodorizing –The detailer will often offer to spray the inside of your car to ensure it has a pleasing odour. They will usually offer you a choice of scent but who doesn’t love that new car smell?!


Taking your vehicle in for a car wash or a full detail is a treat for you and should be considered along with other general maintenance. To learn more about how you can have your vehicle cleaned contact Somerville Auto’s service department. Our team of professionals will efficiently clean your luxury vehicle and returns your car, truck or SUV to its former luster!



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