Front profile of a red INFINITI 2022 QX55 Crossover coupe

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What Exactly Is Car Detailing?

How to Detail Your Car

With most luxury vehicles, the distinction is in the details. But the term “detailing” might sound like something beyond the comfort zone of most drivers. And yet the reality is, along with checking engine oil and tire pressure, detailing your car is simply another way of making sure it stays in peak condition.

Conventional wisdom would have you believe that a car immediately loses its luster once it leaves the dealership. But don’t be fooled by that fable. Helping your INFINITI maintain its stunning good looks is actually something you can do from home. Knowing how to detail the interior or shampoo car seats also ensures that your vehicle retains its value if you ever decide to trade it in or upgrade to a newer model. 

Once you realize that keeping your car showroom ready isn’t beyond reach, the next step is getting the supplies you’ll need in order to make it happen. Here are a few key things to consider when you’re looking to detail your luxury car.

Center console and driving mode selection in the INFINITI QX55 crossover coupe

Leave dust and debris no room to manoeuvre

Effectively detailing your luxury car starts with the simple act of observation. Take a look at the areas that tend to collect the most dust and debris like your dashboard or cup holders.

Since these areas are sure to attract attention, they stand to benefit the most from premium cleaning products that are recognized as the best on the market. After all, your vehicle deserves no less.  

For most drivers, having several different microfiber towels on hand, along with an all-purpose cleaner, is a key part of restoring a vehicle's original glory. Other popular items include soft cleaning brushes for the exterior, premium upholstery shampoo, car polish and wax.

It’s what’s inside that counts

Giving the well-appointed interior of your luxury vehicle a makeover begins from the bottom up. You can start detailing the cabin by removing the floor mats, so any dust or debris trapped beneath them can be vacuumed. Feel free to use the same vacuum when cleaning out the seats, glove box, or any other area where dust or debris tends to settle.  

For hard surfaces like your dashboard, a duster will be more effective. To take your detailing up a notch, consider using a soft brush and premium upholstery shampoo on your floor mats. That lets you scrub away scuffs and streaks without damaging the material.

And for the final finishing touch-ups, use a microfiber towel to wipe down your windows, door panels, cup holders, or any other surface where dust has a dirty habit of tagging along for the ride. 

Red and black front seats in the INFINITI QX55 crossover coupe
Front view of red INFINITI QX55 making a turn in a city road

Polish and seal to raise eyebrows

With your cabin feeling as sleek as ever, it's time to shift gears to your car's exterior. Start with the basics: a thorough wash and rinse of the body and wheels. Then apply a premium polish, and use a buffing pad to whisk away any streaks or unsightly imperfections. That should restore your vehicle’s original showroom shine.

Once you've finished buffing the exterior, use a microfiber towel to remove any remaining polish on metal trim. When the body of your vehicle is completely dry and spotless, apply a premium sealant or wax to give your car its glow up.

With a little bit of time, effort, and a few premium cleaning products, your luxury car can recapture its showroom shine in no time. And for next-level results, you can always get your vehicle detailed by the professionals at INFINITI Services.