Saturday, March 16, 2013

How Do You Clean Your Car?


For the past couple of days the weather has been so nice...cars lined up at the car wash nice.  If you live in a cold weather state/place, I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.  We did our bout through the car wash and got the exterior of my car clean (and then it snowed last night, but that's besides the point, lol).

Then I got to thinking about the interior.  Winter's hard on the interior of a car.  It's too cold outside to luxuriously lounge around with the cleaning supplies (and the Q-Tips for detailing) and get the inside of your car sparkling clean.  So when warmer weather rolls around, the inside of your car can be really overdue for a nice cleaning.

Not long ago I was talking to a gal who told me she gets her car detailed at Ziebart.  I love their rust proofing process, but had no idea they did interior cleaning as well.  Yesterday hubby took his car in to get his rust proofing done, and I considered the interior detailing once again.  It's pretty pricey for a cleaning, when you compare it to doing it at home for free, but the woman I spoke to said it's more than worth it, that they sanitize too and get it far cleaner than anyone ever could on their own.  

Just curious if anyone reading here has ever done it?  Is it worth the price?  Or do you just clean your car on your own?

38 comments:

Betty Boop said...

Never have, but sounds like a good idea!

Pat Hatt said...

Don't even have them here I fear. But I just stick it out in the rain, easy enough. Besides a little dust inside looks just as it did when I bought it a few years ago.

Lizbeth McGow said...

I NEED THAT SO BAD!!! I think I'm saving every penny I can get a hold on just to do it...my car is 5 years old now and looks like is 30 on the inside...will do it and keep you posted...i'm tired of it smelling like yankee candle "french fry" lol hugs Rosie!

mail4rosey said...

It does, but I want to see someone else's before I invest, lol

mail4rosey said...

My husband never cleans the inside of his car, ever. I wonder if he will w/the new one... it'll be fun to see. ;)

mail4rosey said...

I clean mine but it never gets as clean as I want it to, so I'm seriously considering this one. Trying to justify it being worth the expense. If you do it, do tell, I totally trust your opinion. And LOL at the French Fry candle reference.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Goodness this reminds me I need to have a professional car cleaning done soon!

mail4rosey said...

ah ha! Someone who does it! And you must like it if you're going back... :)

Cyndi Calhoun said...

I'm no help, either. I just usually do this all on my own, hehe. But, if you've got the money, why not? :)

mail4rosey said...

Could I use the money elsewhere? Yes! No idea why this is so appealing to me right now, but I do loves-me-a-clean-car. ;)

~ Noelle said...

we clean the car on our own... and by WE, I mean MARC :)
but.............. my dad has ALWAYS paid to have someone clean in and out for him... as long as I can remember :)

Natalie Parvis-Nichols said...

My mom has always gotten her car detailed regularly. She is a perfectionist and her vehicles are ALWAYS spotless, inside and out. Sometimes they did an amazing job and others she went back to have them clean things that they missed.

Colette S said...

My husband probably has done that, but not me. I actually drive to the car wash and wash my car myself and vacuum.
Now I just need some water and etc and a cleaning cloth to detail inside.

Of course it's an old car, so paying that amount of money would be insane! But I like to keep it clean (easier said that done with kids) but if my car begin to get too messy, I get very anxious!

alissa apel said...

I like to wash my car in between snows, so I get the salt off. I know it seems like a lost cause, but it protects the paint.

I wash my cars by hand. My husband washes them at the car wash.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I've always wanted to have my car detailed but can't bring myself to pay for it. When the weather is nice outside I actually enjoy cleaning my car! So I always just do it myself :)

Jessica Schank Snow said...

This sounds really good. It might be pricey, but if they really can do a better job then I would maybe get it done once a year or at least the interior.
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mail4rosey said...

You're lucky your 'we' is your husband. Our 'we' is me, lol.

mail4rosey said...

That's funny that she took them back sometimes, lol, but it's not inexpensive, so I guess if you're going to pay for it, you want it done right.

mail4rosey said...

There was a time when our car was always full of kids, but now they've started growing up and moving out. It's very funny to see the grown kids taking such good care of their cars (houses, etc) now that they're their own because they sure didn't always do that when the stuff was their mom's. ;)

mail4rosey said...

I wash between snows sometimes too for the exact same reason. :)

mail4rosey said...

That's my thing too, I'd like to have it done and see just how good it really is, but bringing myself to fork over the dough is a whole 'nother matter. ;)

mail4rosey said...

I'm thinking right after winter ends...I don't think I'll end up doing it, but I might treat myself. We'll see. :) Thanks for the visit.

Masshole Mommy said...

I've always wanted to try something like this, but I never have. One of these days I will break down and do it.

My Journey With Candida said...

I don't clean our cars,.. my Hubs does it. I don't think we have anything like this in our area.

mail4rosey said...

I highly recommend it so I can read about it and see the results over at your place. ;)

mail4rosey said...

Lucky!! (I mean about hubby, not the lack of a car detailer in the area ;) ).

Theresa said...

I am so cheap I can't pay someone to clean my car. I just bat my eyes and hubby and he'll do it for me :)

mail4rosey said...

Using feminine wiles... high five for that one! hehe

Judy Haughton-James said...

Sounds like a great place to get one's car cleaned Rosey. Have a good Monday.

mail4rosey said...

You too, Judy. :)

Maria said...

i've never taken my car before but there is a place similar near us that people love. i just cleaned my car out the other day and plan on some more cleaning later...it definitely is an adventure. lol.
xoxox
maria

mail4rosey said...

I don't like to ride in a car that's not clean. I especially hate dust on the dashboard, that drives me a little bonkers. ;)

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

I have to admit I rarely wash the car but we don't have the snow & rain so rust isn't that much of a problem

mail4rosey said...

Ziebart works miracles on keeping cars pretty on the outside (with no rust at all even after being in the salt for years), so I'm guessing their detailing services are prolly pretty excellent. They just cost more than I want to pay (says the cheap-o blogger ;) ).

Carla said...

I think we've only had a car detailed once since we got married. And that was to try to get out some of the smoke smell in a family member's car that we were going to have to ride in for several hours.

My husband usually cleans all of our cars inside and out. He was actually out there cleaning the inside of all three really well in December, when it was "warm" out (about 30 degrees). He'll probably clean the van and truck again when it actually warms up for good (we have over 3 ft of snow right now, so that seems pretty distant still), but since we rarely drive the car, it will probably wait until we actually do need to drive it somewhere that isn't right here in town. :)

Michelle said...

My sister used to have her car detailed. My hubby yells at me all the time about the state of the interior of my car. I'm so rough on cars, as I get in--drive--get out and don't pay attention much to what else is going on. My car could surely use a detailing right now! I don't think we've ever had our car rust-proofed, though! We do sometimes get the carwash with the under spray to try to get the salt off underneath. My poor cars.

mail4rosey said...

Lucky lucky!

mail4rosey said...

That rust proofing works wonders. My SUV is 10 years old now (good gravy) and not a drop of rust on it!