Cross-contamination between detailing towels is a real thing, and it can damage your vehicle.
No- it does not mean towel A sneezed on towel B, making it vomit microfibers all over your ride. What it means is your amateur car detailing butt used the same rag to clean your tires as you did to wipe your paint.
Don’t do that. In fact- Don’t reuse the same cloth at all. Please don’t feel singled out, Bob. Both car owners and auto detailing trainees make this same mistake.
Wheels have rocks and dirt lodged into their crevasses. When you grab your favorite microfiber towel to clean the rims and then decide to wipe it all over your shiny paint job, it’s going to look like your neighbor’s cat hand-washed your car with its claws out.
Professionals, like the detailers here at Fine Airport Parking (yes, we do more than offer affordable parking), know to always begin with a clean, particle-free, microfiber towel to avoid cross-contamination. When one area is complete, we grab a fresh, new towel to start the next spot on your vehicle.
Don’t do this Either
Not only should you not use the same towels, but you also shouldn’t use the same brushes, buckets, and even water to tend to different parts of your car. Doing this only moves contaminants from one location to another. Especially in areas of the vehicle that get extra dirty such as rims, wheels, and lower panels of your car.
Did you hear that, Bob? Step away from the bucket.
Different auto detailing tasks also use various chemicals, and not all towels are appropriate for each job. Professional detailers have an arsenal of new rags on hand for the detailing process.
The pros here at Fine use several types while detailing vehicles.
Examples of Proper Towels for Different Jobs
- Wash – These microfiber towels should be thick and plush and also able to absorb a lot of water. The fibers should be long enough to remove debris from the paint surface.
- Drying- Microfiber drying towels soak up large quantities of water quickly. Use larger rags for the drying process so you can cover more area faster. However, some detailers like to use two smaller towels — one in each hand — Mr. Miyagi style.
- Glass- Towels for your windows and mirrors are designed to work well with the chemicals and process the individual detailer prefers. Some people like to use two towels for this process as well — one with cleaner, and another dry cloth to wipe away streaks. “Wax on. Wax off.”
- Wheels- Dark-colored towels are an excellent choice when washing the grime off your tires. Break dust and oils often stain and ruin the towel fibers, so you don’t need a high-quality rag for dirty jobs like this. And Bob, when you complete the wheels, drop that towel. Go on. DROP IT!
- Interiors- Lighter microfiber towels are an excellent choice here because a darker rag can bleed on your upholstery or leather. Any towel weaves are sufficient for interior cleaning; however, lower pile towels are great for applying dressings or agitating upholstery and carpet, and higher pile towels are great for dusting.
And there you have it! There is not much to it. Different areas of your vehicle call for new, clean microfiber towels.
It’s just as well you book an appointment here at Fine Airport Parking and let our professionals detail your ride correctly. We guarantee your neighbor’s cat will be nowhere in sight. But you better hurry and snag your appointment! It is winter. All of that mag chloride the city dumps on the streets damages the exterior of your vehicle, so our spots are filling up fast.
And oh yeah- happy holidays from our family to yours! Even you, Bob!