When it comes to chauffeur driven vehicles, appearance is everything. Clients are going to want the vehicle they’re travelling in to create the right impression every time and as a chauffeur, it is your responsibility to offer a vehicle that sparkles in every way. Chauffeur driven vehicles are often expensive, luxurious vehicles and as a chauffeuring business, you should work hard to maintain your vehicles, not only for the benefit of your clients but also to increase the longevity of your vehicles. However, with the chauffeur industry still recovering from its worst years since 1982, you should use the most cost effective solutions for the cleaning of your vehicles, which we believe is a DIY process.
Top ten handy chauffeur cleaning tips
We have put together some top tips to follow when cleaning your car to enable you to maintain a luxurious and polished appearance to your vehicle.
- Vehicle preparation – Preparing your vehicle can make all the difference to the finish you get once cleaned. If you have excessive bug build up or bird lime, you may want to buy a specialist-cleaning product to apply first. Use a pressure washer to remove any pre-wash products, dirt and grime from your vehicle before you start the final clean.
- Washing – Always start from the roof of your vehicle and work your way down to the bottom, this will ensure the dirt is not moved from the bottom to the car and that there are is no risk of scratching your paintwork.
- Shampoo – There are low price shampoo products on the market be but be wary, to get the best results, you should look for a shampoo and wax duo as this will create a shiny finish and help to protect your paintwork for the future.
- Rinsing – Always rinse your vehicle thoroughly, leaving no soap left on the vehicle. There are some wax rinsing products available on the market, which will help to preserve your paintwork.
- Wheels – Never forget your wheels, whilst they pick up the most dirt, clean wheels make all the difference to a vehicle. Using a specialist wheel cleaning shampoo, clean your wheel using a non-abrasive sponge or cloth to prevent scratching.
- Drying – Never forget the importance of drying your vehicle to prevent smears and staining. Use a good quality chamois leather to remove as much of the excess water as possible.
- Wax – This step is crucial for the best finish. Apply your wax with a clean, dry and soft cloth such as a micro-fibre cloth. Rub the wax onto the paintwork in circular motions and once dry repeat the same process with a clean micro-fibre cloth.
- Dash & interiors – Using a product to bring a shine to your dash and interior, use a clean, dry cloth and clean the entire interior, including the dashboard, doors and other areas. Ensure you remove any dirt and dust, including from air vents, stereos and drinks holders. If your seats are leather then use leather cleaner to keep them looking fresh.
- Vacuuming – Once you have removed all the dust and dirt, you should vacuum your vehicle thoroughly. Remove all floor mats, vacuuming underneath as well as vacuuming the mats before fixing them back down. Move the vehicles seats backwards and forwards to ensure both the front and back of the car are completed. You should also pay attention to the seating to remove any dirt, dust and debris.
- Windows & Glass – Don’t forget to clean your windows and glass, both inside and out. Use a dry, clean cloth, being careful not to over apply your cleaner as this can cause smearing. If this should happen then use another clean cloth to remove any excess.
The benefits of cleaning your own chauffeur fleet
According to recent research, washing your own vehicle is the most popular form of car wash in the UK, outdoing any other commercial car washing service. This may partly be to do with cost but doing the job yourself does ensure one thing, and that’s quality. It is a fact that most commercial car washes cannot compare to washing a vehicle by hand, nor are they supposed to. They are aimed at the everyday motorist who wants a quick solution to a dirty car and is not looking for perfection, but for a chauffeur business, they are just not suitable or cost effective.
As a chauffeur, you should be taking pride in your vehicle, as this is your tool for impressing and attracting clients. Whether you hire your own internal staff to valet your chauffeur fleet or allow your drivers to do it themselves, vehicle valeting has to be an important part of the chauffeuring process, with each and every vehicle receiving a full valet before each job is undertaken.