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Car Washing Vs. Detailing: Which Do You Need this Spring?

As spring rolls in, it's a great time to take care of your car. While getting a car wash is important for maintaining the exterior, it's not the same as detailing. If you want to know the differences between a car wash and detailing and how these cleaning methods can benefit you this spring, keep on reading.

Car Wash

A car wash is a quick way to clean your car's exterior. You can either do it yourself with a hose and soap or take it to a drive-through car wash. Car washes are effective at removing dirt and grime, but they don't do much to protect your car's paint.


Detailing is a more comprehensive process than a car wash. It involves cleaning and restoring both the interior and exterior of your car. A professional shop will use specialized tools and products to clean every inch of your car, from the wheels to the windows. 

The Exterior

Detailing the exterior of your car involves a three-step process: washing, polishing, and waxing.

  • Washing: Detailers use a specialized soap to gently clean your car's exterior, removing dirt, grime, and other contaminants.
  • Polishing: Typically, professional detailers will use a clay bar to remove any remaining contaminants and then polish the paint to restore its shine.
  • Waxing: They may also apply a protective wax to the paint to seal it and protect it from the elements.

The Interior

Detailing the interior of your car involves a thorough cleaning of every surface, including the dashboard, seats, carpets, and floor mats. Detailers use specialized cleaning products to remove dirt, dust, and stains. They may also condition leather seats and apply a protectant to plastic and vinyl surfaces to keep them from cracking.

Why Detailing Service is Important in the Spring

Springtime can be especially hard on your car. Pollen, dirt, and other debris can build up quickly, leaving your car looking dirty and dingy. Detailing your car in the spring will not only make it look better but also help protect it from the elements. In addition to cleaning the exterior, detailing can also help protect your car's paint from UV rays, which can cause fading and discoloration. 

While a car wash is a quick way to clean your car's exterior, detailing is a more comprehensive process that can help protect your car from the elements. If you want your car to look its best this season, consider getting it detailed. However, both cleaning methods should be done to ensure your car, SUV, or truck looks its best in the long run. We welcome you to contact Hometown Tire and Auto for all your automotive needs!

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