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What is the difference between car valeting and detailing?

Updated: May 10

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'.