Auto Detailing Supplies

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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In the past, stocking up on auto detailing supplies has meant trips to your local Pep-Boys for solvents, waxes, scrubs, detergents, and cloths. If you've ever run a custom detailing business, you've undoubtedly made unplanned trips to the supply store to procure special treatments you'd ordinarily never buy for your regular customers. Working in the service industry can require bending over backwards time and again simply to keep your clients happy. But making "one-off" runs every day can start to prove costly.

Nowadays, more and more detailers are turning away from scrubs and other topical formulas and opting instead for touchless washing. Vapor cleaning is highly effective not only on exterior paint, but on floor mats, dashes, vinyl and leather seats, even windows, as well. And steam cleaning eliminates the need to work your fingers into tight areas where scrubbing can be difficult, thereby significantly reducing the total time it takes to clean your automobiles. Cover an entire coupe or sedan in a matter of 10 or 15 minutes instead of an hour, and you can service four to six times the number of clients.

Auto Detailing Supplies for Vapor Washes

The waterless car wash is a bit of a misnomer; there is, in fact, water required in the production of vapor, no matter how scientifically innovative you get. But the volume is so minute that it's practically negligible. In fact, a quart and a half of water can be all you need to generate enough vapor to clean uninterrupted for an hour on end. That means water is no longer one of your most critical auto detailing supplies. And you can cross the highly concentrated solvents off your list as well.

So what auto detailing supplies are left if you're running a steam car wash or detailing business? After your steam cleaners themselves, electricity is number one. But once their internal batteries been charged, your vapor steam cleaners run completely autonomously, so there's no need for a steady power supply. And since no chemicals are used in the process, there's no run-off to consider, so it's safe to detail in garages, in parking lots, by streams and lakes, or anywhere else you've set up shop.

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