What is the difference between car valeting and detailing?
If you want to get your car cleaned these days, there are several options open to you.
Due to the recent increase in popularity in car valeting and car detailing there has been some
confusion about the difference between 'car valeting' and 'car detailing'.
So let's see if we can help remove some confusion and explain what the differences are from a professional point of view.
So, what's car valeting?
Car valeting is the process of cleaning, polishing and waxing a car to achieve an as-new look
and to maintain or even enhance the car's value.
This usually includes cleaning the wheels & shuts, washing, polishing and waxing the
bodywork, dressing exterior plastics and tyres, polishing paintwork, and the glass.
The cleaning process can also include the use of a 'clay bar' to remove unwanted
contaminants from the paint such as air pollution, tar spots, bird droppings, and tree sap,
which all cause the paint to feel rough and dull the appearance of the colour.
The exterior process includes a variety of chemicals, tools, and accessories to reach awkward
areas, clean off as much soiling as possible and leave the car looking as near to the condition
the day it left the showroom as possible.
The interior is vacuumed in all areas including, dash, center console, seats, carpets, luggage
areas and vents before a variety of chemicals and tools are used to wet clean any soiled areas such as upholstery, trim, carpets, and headlining.
So, what does 'detailing' offer that is different?
In truth, there are a lot of 'grey areas'.
As you can see, car valeting offers a very extensive method of cleaning for your car and
ensures you are left with a car that maintains its value and is a pleasure to drive and a joy to
So what more can you do?
The main difference, in reality, is around the paint rectification/correction process to get the
paint looking its best, i.e. free from swirl marks, scratches and other blemishes ruining the
These are removed through the use of a machine polisher that combines a selection of
abrasive polishes and pads designed to remove defects, polish the surface and leave a