Best way to remove melted crayon and candy from your car

The Pinnacle of all Detailing…

This blog may or may not be the pinnacle of all detailing… removing melted crayon and candy from a car. I can’t count the amount of interior detail jobs I’ve done when either a melted crayon or melted gummy candy had softened, melted, and somehow hardened it’s way into the carpet, cracks and crevasses of a vehicle. Unfortunately this might be the way you have described the interior of your vehicle to a friend… you may have said things like, “there’s melted crayon in the back cup holder” or “there’s a melted gummy bear on the car mat on the passenger side”. If you’ve never said those words you’ve at least thought them or have heard someone say it. If you’ve never heard anyone say anything like that I promise you know someone who has. The thing I’m trying to get at is that melted substances in vehicles happens to the best of us in one way or another. It’s a fact (that I may or may not have made up for the support of my writings today). 

List of melted sticky things we’ve found in cars;

  • crayons
  • candy and chocolate
  • wax (candles, etc.)
  • deodorant
  • spilled sticky food
  • lipstick/chap-stick
  • makeup
  • fruit
  • donuts/pastries
  • unrecognizable gunk…

Crayons, gummy candy and chap-stick are very different… although young children will try to eat all of them. There are many methods and techniques that you may hear that you can use and that are effective in removing melted crayon and candy from a car and off of vehicle carpet and out of vehicle cup holders.

My experiences with removing melted crayon and candy from a car, out of vehicle carpets and off vehicle interior surfaces has been trial by error, always starting with the least aggressive method first if you are not sure what it needs. In many cases the process in getting them out of the carpets or cup holders will be the same. I will mention a few chemicals and/or techniques that will work for removing the sticky and hardened substances in your vehicle.

Loosening up the sticky stuff

The first thing you want to do before you can actually be removing melted crayon and candy from a car safely is to soften or loosen it up. I usually test the area with some all purpose cleaner (apc) or a light duty degreaser. You will want to let the apc/degreaser sit on the area for a minute or two to let it soften the crayon or gummy. If you have a putty knife you can use that to separate the substance from the carpet or fabric, but be extremely careful that you do not damage the surface that you are working on. In some cases it could also be on a leather seat. It may be slightly easier to remove from leather but the care that need to be taken is even greater with vinyl or leather. The damage to leather can be irreversible so be sure to be extremely careful or it would need to be repaired. We will come back to leather in a little bit. After letting the apc/degreaser or a solvent based chemical (do not use on the leather, vinyl or sensitive materials) soften the crayon or gummy candy, continue analyzing, loosening and scraping.

The Power of Steam

One of the most effective ways to loosen and remove these substances from the carpets and fabrics and using a steamer. The steamer will do an excellent job at loosening and separating the crayons and gummy candy, etc. from the fabric and carpet fibers. With the steamer you will want to make sure to extract it fairly quickly. With the heat of the steam softening the crayon or gummy enough to get it off the carpet, you will want to make sure you get it extracted as fast as possible for the best results. Letting it sit too long could give the substance time to either harden or with it being softer, it could seep into the fibers even deeper. A great tool for extracting after being softened is a hot water extractor. Keeping the wax from the crayon or the gummy candy soft and warm will enable you to extract the substance from the carpet much more doable. Before using the steamer or extractor, you will want to attempt getting off as much of the substance as you can. The more crayon or candy that is on the fabric when you start steaming, the bigger the possibility of all that getting pushed further into the fabrics thus making it much more tough to remove. Especially if it hardens again.

Something you will notice with the crayon almost immediately is that it will leave it’s color behind. If this happens, don’t worry. This is common and normal. The sad truth is that the color from the crayon will most likely dye the carpet. The paraffin wax and color pigment, when heated, will create an oil like substance that you will want to make sure you remove as soon as possible. That is another reason you will want to try to gently remove as much of the crayon as you can before heating to avoid dying an even larger portion of the carpet. When done successfully the carpet will be clean but might have a dyed portion. Know that it’s clean but may be permanently colored. When it comes to the gummy candy, you shouldn’t have the worry of dying the carpet but will still want to make sure it is removed with the same quickness and method as the crayon.

Careful with the Leather

When it comes to the leather, it may be a little easier but will take a little more care to clean effectively. Again, you will want to make sure that you remove as much of the crayon or candy as possible. If it is possible to do a deep clean on the leather without applying the heat do that. Keep the spot moistened with apc/degreaser to keep the substance from adhering back onto the leather. With the last resort being hitting the spot with the steamer. Try to avoid using straight steam on the spot for an extended period of time. It could damage the leather. Some steamers will come equipped with a brush that you can attach to the end. After attaching the brush, wrap a rag or cloth around the brush. I would recommend a microfiber rag. This will disperse the steam enough to not damage the leather but will still get it hot enough to separate the crayon and gummy from the leather. Spray the area with some properly diluted degreaser and start gently steam cleaning the area. You will want to closely monitor the area you are working on to make sure the leather is still in good shape. Once clean make sure to recondition the leather as we do with our Interior Detail.

I hope you have enjoyed it and learned something. The auto detailing world is continually growing and progressing. There may be other methods for removing melted crayon and candy from a car out there that would be more effective in your specific situations and I would encourage you to search them out to find something that works for you or feel free to reach out to us and we can help you out. Contact via phone or text at (801) 412-9274 or you can request an appointment on our website! Safe Travels!

by Andy Stallings, CD, Operations Manager, Onsite Detail

 

Benefits of GlassParency Window Treatment

The first time I heard of a GlassParency window treatment or coating I didn’t quite grasp the concept. I wondered what could be done to improve the glass fresh from the factory. Isn’t brand new glass perfect? Glass does not oxidize or fade like paint does, so what would the point be to get a window coating treatment. Well, truth be told, glass can be enhanced for many reasons, including;

  • Safety: Most of us would consider ourselves and everyday driver. We are most concerned about things that are practical and how the product is going to benefit their vehicle and their driving experience. The number one thing for us is that we get to and from where we need to go in safety. GlassParency window treatment  increases visibility in the rain, at night and during snow. It increases a driver’s reaction time by up to 34%. Optically improves the clarity of the glass and reduces night and day glare.

I can personally attest to the reduced glare as this was one of the things that not only annoyed me most but caused the most visual problems for me.

One other thing that I love is that fact that during wet weather I don’t need to use my wipers nearly as much which only extends the life of my wipers.

  • Ease of Maintenance: Most people don’t “love” to clean. GlassParency window treatment helps protect against hard water staining and mineral spotting reducing the amount of time it takes to remedy these issues. Also dirt, dust and debris are less likely to stick to treated glass.

How many times have you washed your car only to find bugs still in the windshield… annoying! A simple wipe of your wiper blades and washer fluid will remove most bugs on treated glass. If there are still some a simple wet rag or towel will do the trick.

This easy cleaning is great for show cars, classics and exotics. They don’t see much weather usually but when they are pulled you want them to look as good as possible as quickly as possible.

  • Protection: Protecting the glass is different than paint, but many of the same elements that deteriorate paint can slowly beat up the glass as well. GlassParency helps protect against hard water staining and mineral spots. Bugs, snow, ice and dirt are easier to remove. It keeps glass cleaner improving overall aesthetic of the glass which is especially nice for show cars.

Brand new factory glass is not perfectly smooth. If you look at the window glass through a microscope it will look more like peaks and valleys. There are pores in the glass that create places for things such as water, dirt, dust, ice and bugs to grab on and get “stuck” to the glass. GlassParency window treatment fills these pores and give the glass a more optically clear view. It also seals the glass to help reduce road debris damage. Sealing the glass and filling in the pores helps the glass repel the various contaminants the windows will encounter during its life.

Onsite Detail GlassParency Authorized Installer

Onsite Detail GlassParency Authorized Installer

I would recommend getting GlassParency installed at least on your windshield but all of your vehicle’s windows as well. One of the great things that comes with the initial installation treatment is a 3-year warranty.

If you have questions regarding GlassParency window treatment on your vehicle feel free to give us a call or send us a text at (801) 412-9274. You can also e-mail us at clean@onsitedetail.net or fill out an appointment request form.

by Chris Blaisdell, CD-SV, Onsite Detail

Chris Blaisdell is the owner of Onsite Detail and has been detailing  for 12 + years.
He is a Certified Detailer-Skills Validated detailer through the
International Detailing Association. The industry leader in detailing standards.

Top 5 Reasons to Get a Detail in the Summer!

Should you get a detail in the summer?…

Summer is upon us!  National Parks are open, the weather is clearing up for outdoor activity, and you’ve likely got a vacation or two planned.  Most of us are ready to hit the road and go on as many adventures as possible before we see “back to school” ads again.

However, before you load up your vehicle, I recommend taking a good look at it.  Whether it is your car, your RV, your motorhome, or your boat, you should seriously consider getting a detail at some point this summer.  We’re not suggesting that just because you probably have a family event or two lined up! There are many benefits that come from getting a detail, and this article will tell you five of those benefits.

1. Preparing for Big Trips

Summertime is when many people take to the road, from getting on golf carts and ATVs to taking long road trips across the country.  Some of these vehicles have likely been in storage, waiting for their owners to pull them out and gas them up for another round of memory-making.  Before you jump into the driver’s seat, though, consider getting at least a detail in the summer or a quick wash and vacuum of the vehicle, like with our Express Inside & Out service.  This not only gets the winter dust off, but sets the tone for the rest of the season. Having a clean vehicle now can be a good motivator to keep it clean over the summer, which is especially important because the heat alone can make messes worse!

2. Heat and Bacteria

A mess any time of the year is less than fun (in fact, it’s no fun at all).  However, some messes are worse when it’s hot outside. Dairy spills are a good example of this.  Heat trapped in a vehicle can cause dairy from spilled baby formula or lattes to produce more bacteria that stinks up the whole inside of the car.  Foods that get forgotten or missed can also start to mold quicker in hot cars and can attract insects or rodents.

Our detailers are trained to work in hot weather conditions and do great work cleaning up vehicles with bad spills and messes.  Interior Details are one of our most popular services that not only remove mold and stains, but also make the inside look almost new.  Our newest Deep Odor Removal service is also a good choice for anyone with a really smelly situation. A recent example is a customer who had food left in their RV for weeks without refrigeration, which eventually attracted flies and maggots.  The Deep Odor Removal and Interior Detail made it like it never happened after only a few hours! You can depend on us

3. Protecting Your Vehicle

Our services don’t just help with making your vehicle clean and shiny; we help keep your vehicle protected as well.  Our paint sealants and Ceramic Coating help keep paint and gel coats protected from weather, dust, and other contaminants you pick up.  This in turn helps fight oxidation and other tricky substances, such as hard water and tree sap. Our Glassparency Window Coating service helps prevent bugs from sticking to your windshield and helps keep water off it, which is good for everything from sprinklers that leave hard water to boats that get sprayed from lakes!  You can contact us to learn more about our protective services, which will help keep your summer toys lasting for years to come.

4. Impress Your Family & Friends

Summer is one of the most social times of the year because many of us have vacation time to spend together.  Your near future may include bringing kids to sporting events, traveling an hour to visit someone for dinner, and going to Moab for a few days getaway.  Lots of people will be in or around your car, so why not make it look nice? You paid a lot for it, so make it shine for your family and friends! You can utilize our Paint Correction services to remove scratches and swirl marks, Plastic Restoration to make the plastic and rubber parts look like new, and Pet Hair Removal to clear it of any of our furry (but sometimes allergy-inducing) friends’ shedding.  If you have a spill, smell, or stain you’d like taken care of before going to that Pioneer Day family reunion, you can count on us to make that happen.

5. Returning from Summer Trips

As with all seasons, even summers must come to an end.  While we have been talking about getting ready for summer, we know some of you may have already gotten a head start on it.  Why spend all that time preparing when your car is just going to get dirty again? Utah’s roads are known for their dustiness and kids will spill just about anything because, well, they’re kids!  

When summer does wind down, even if you’ve not gotten any detailing done, consider us for a detail in the summer.  Add a Child Seat Cleaning to your Interior Detail to prepare for your kids going back to school, wash and wax any of that dirt and sand from your car, and wash & wax your RVs and boats before storing them.  Keep in mind any preventative services you may want before cold and rainy fall seasons arrive- it’s easier to remove hard water and tree sap when it’s still warm than when it’s raining or snowing! Plus getting a wax or paint sealant can prevent oxidation and rust.  In fact, we recommend it- waxing is much cheaper than removing rust and oxidation after all, and it takes much less time!

 

There are benefits beyond these, of course, but these are some of the more popular reasons you should consider getting your vehicle detailed at least once this summer.  Our calendar is filling quickly, so send in a Request Form or call us today at (801) 412-9274 to get your vehicle taken care of! Let us take care of the details, you have a summer to enjoy.  We are looking forward to hearing from you!

by Miranda Hughes, Onsite Detail

Utah Detailing Services Update

What do you imagine when you think of auto detailing?  Perhaps you think of shampooing the inside of your car, hand washing the outside, or waxing it until the outside shines.  All of these are things we do at Onsite Detail, keeping your vehicles clean, shiny, and clear of impurities that can cause future problems.  Everything from Wash & Wax jobs to Onsite Elite Details are part of our roster of services we love to do! However, we at Onsite Detail like to expand what services we can offer you.  So this article acts partly as a newsletter, a sort of announcement to four services we have added to better serve Utah’s vehicle owners. This article will be describing each one, and hopefully you will feel the excitement we do about having them!  

In-Shop Service

While this is not brand new, it is worth stating again that Onsite Detail has opened its first shop!  Located in Murray, our space allows for you to bring your vehicle to us to work on, as well as provide a few added benefits. As the summer season picks up, mobile services can take five to seven days to schedule, but in-shop allows for earlier times.  We can also hold vehicles overnight as we have secure garages. In-shop is especially beneficial for people who live farther away, as coming to us removes any travel charges we may need to charge. It’s also great if you live or work close by. What is even better is this new space has allowed us to add some specifically in-shop services, as we will list below!

There are some limits, such as not being able to service really large vehicles like RVs or motorhomes.  However, the quality of service and the costs do not change whether we go to you or you come to us (save for the travel charge if it applies to you).  Come take advantage of the new space by filling out a Request Form and choosing In-shop, we are looking forward to seeing you!

Deep Odor Removal Service

Originally we had one method for helping with long-term smells, such as smoke, mildew, or mold, which was the Interior Detail plus an Odor Bomb.  The benefits were that it was mobile-friendly and easy to use, but we found that it couldn’t help every smell situation. It had better success with temporary smells but not for long-term ones.  That is why we added a second method: Deep Odor Removal.

Deep Odor Removal is done after an Interior Detail and requires we keep your vehicle for one night, but has an incredibly higher effectiveness at removing the deep-seated odors that Odor Bombs just cannot penetrate.  Recently it was used to help clean the inside of a camper whose fridge had food left in it for so long it developed maggots. It reeked and had been there so long an Odor Bomb would only provide temporary relief, but the Deep Odor Removal made it travel-ready again.    

Glass Protection

One new service we are all very excited about is Glassparency, also known as Glass Protection.  It is a special hydrophobic application we place on your windshield or all windows of your vehicle, including sun and moon roofs.  Doing this gives you special advantages, including:

  1. Easier Cleaning: Ice, dirt, and insects are significantly easier to clear off.
  2. Better Visibility: Rain, mud, and all sorts of other visibility hazards fall off effortlessly, which has the added bonus of keeping your wipers good for longer!
  3. Reduces Glare: In our Utah summers with lots of sun, that’s always a benefit and adds a safety factor that can’t be overlooked.
  4. Protection: It helps prevent mineral build-up and corrosion to keep your glass stronger for longer.

To add to the benefits, maintaining this protection is easier than ever with the 3-year warranty you can get for it.  With a few reminders via text and/or email, you can bring it in to us and get it touched up so the product doesn’t wear off over time.  Just bring it to us for a few minutes and you are ready to go!

This service is a great add on to our Ceramic Coating installation service, but you do not need to get a Ceramic Coating to get Glass Protection!  Bring your vehicle to our shop and we will happily apply it, it’s a product we love so much we have applied it to our own vans and some of our personal vehicles.  

ATV and Golf Cart Detailing

While this one is not in-shop exclusive, it’s a newer updated service that many do not yet know about.  Before we had no pricing for vehicles the size of cars that were not, well, cars. ATVs and Golf Carts now have set prices and procedures for their detailing, just in time for them to shake the dust of winter off!  Plus, because these are smaller, our in-shop space means you have the choice of us going to you or you going to us, for no changes in price. Shine up your toys before you explore Utah’s off-roads and golf courses in style, or bring them here before they get stored again for the winter months!  These vehicles are for leisure, so let us take care of the details.

We at Onsite Detail are excited for these new services, and can’t wait to show them off to you.  You can check out our website for prices or call us at 801-412-9274 ext. 1 for more information! Let us do the detailing so you can kick off your summer ready to go!

by Miranda Hughes, Onsite Detail

Pet Mess Clean-Up

Many of us have a fuzzy, four-legged member of the family whom we love.  Our dogs and cats give us so much, from love and affection to someone to take care of.  Some even go beyond being a simple household pet and help as a service animal or emotional support pet.  However wonderful they are, though, they can still leave a mess in your car if you bring them along for a ride.  Whether a daily occurrence or a one-time thing, animals can cause all kinds of pet messiness. We at Onsite Detail can help!  In this article we will be going over how to prepare for a service, what services can help, and how to prevent issues in the long run.

Getting Ready For Your Detail

I remember around the time I started as a scheduler getting a call from a woman who was nice enough to pet-sit for her neighbor, only to have the dog get sick all over the back of her new car and leave a nasty pet mess.  And we mean sick in all ways. It was the definition of a disaster. She asked, since it would be a day or two before the service, what she could do to get ready for us.

While taking care of some initial pet mess like removing feces and clearing items from a car helps, trying to clean stains without proper knowledge can actually cause issues in the long run. Many times when pet messes happen the initial reaction is to throw soap and water and scrub to get it clean. Some people even go straight for harsh chemicals and cleaners. In more cases than not these reactions have the potential to be more harmful and create more work for a detailer in the latter stages of pet mess clean up. The best piece of advice we can give is to not push down the mess or grind it into the surfaces of your vehicle. Think “lift” and only do things that will pull the pet mess up off the surface, so things like vacuuming are okay and actually good to do to remove initial  pet mess. If you happen to have an enzyme pet cleaner it is okay to spray this on the mess after initial mess is “lifted” off the surfaces.  This will help prevent odor causing bacteria from growing. Other than that, leave the pet mess clean-up details to us!

Steam Extraction Seat Cleaning

The Detail Itself

Whether the animal-related mess is fur or the result of sickness and accidents, our Interior Detail is a great start.  It includes steam cleaning and shampoo, as well as stain treatment. Our detailers know what chemicals are best to help with your particular situation.  Our detailers have worked on a variety of insane pet messes, so there’s no shame if there’s a particularly embarrassing accident. Plus the service helps remove nose prints from windows and paw prints from seats!

However, if your pet comes with you everywhere and fur has piled for some time, it may need some extra elbow grease.  If this is the case, our detailer will approach you and explain how an Interior Detail can get a good amount of the pet hair, but likely not all of it.  We offer a $75 Pet Hair Removal charge in cases like this to get 100% of the pet hair out, but this is in no way a requirement! If you don’t mind some extra pet hair, you can turn it down or save it for another time.  We don’t enjoy secret fees ourselves and will never sneak extra charges like that.

If the pet mess was pretty bad there may be some extra charges so that we can fully clean and sanitize the affected areas properly. We assure you its well worth it.

If the car smells from the pet mess even after an Interior Detail, however, we have an added solution.  Odor Bombs can help with long-term smell and are easy to use and safe for pets, and with us they’re only $25 a piece! We can also do a deep odor removal in shop overnight if needed.

One type of detail some people may not think about when discussing pet mess is buffing and polishing or paint correction on the outside of the car.  When my grandparents got their car washed and waxed here, the detailer pointed out minor scratches on the hood.  It turns out, the previous owner used to let their dog walk on the hood when it was parked and the dog left some scratches behind!  If your dog or cat likes to wander outside as well as inside, maybe it’s worth seeing about adding Buffing & Polishing to your service!

Preventing Future Messes

For some of us, bringing pets along isn’t optional.  Whether we are moving them from one place to another or just bringing our furry friends for a ride every day, there is a small chance of a pet mess whenever they enter the vehicle.  Here are a few tips we suggest to help keep your car cleaner for longer!

  1. Get seat covers.  This is especially great for on-the-go pets who ride frequently.  You can pull seat covers off and wash them at home easily!
  2. Brush and trim your pet often.  Being the owner of a long-haired cat myself, brushing her helps control fur from getting everywhere in the home.  The same goes for cars!
  3. Keep your pet calm and comfortable to prevent car sickness.  Animals get carsick too!
  4. If the travel is temporary, consider a kennel or carrier cage.  Put towels or blankets down to make them more comfortable and to catch messes.
  5. Get a small hand vacuum to keep in your car for quick pet hair maintenance!  This will make it more manageable and likely remove the Pet Hair charge for future details with us.

Our detailers are more than happy to help clean your car so you can continue caring for your pet.  Clean cars are good for your health and your pet’s, so fill out a Request Form today and let us take care of you both!

by Miranda Hughes, Onsite Detail

Foods Inside Your Car

At Onsite Detail we have handled many different kinds of messes in all different kinds of vehicles.  Hard water spotting, tree sap, vomit, and pet messes are among the many kinds we have dealt with. But arguably one of our most common types of spills and stains come from a simple, yet common culprit- food! Our Interior Detail is the solution!

As pristine as we try to keep our vehicles, we are only human, and humans need to eat and drink.  Sometimes our need for sustenance comes when we are on the road, and something as simple as a bump in the road can make a mess of things.  So in this article, we will be going over some of our favorite snacks and cuisines to clean up with our interior detail service!

Drinks

How about some beverages to start?  It turns out having water is a cheap option in more ways than one!  A common call we get is for interior details to focus on a drink gone wrong.

Warm drinks like coffee and hot chocolate are especially common in the wintertime, since they are treats that warm us up and can get us ready for the day.  However, it only takes one bump in the road or a drink carrier to collapse to make a treat a disaster. Both stain pretty easily as is, but it’s even less fun when it has creamer or any other dairy products.  Dairy can smell bad when not chilled because it cultivates bacteria, and now that we’re (hopefully) reaching warmer weather, that’s going to be a more immediate effect. And let’s not forget our other dairy disasters like chocolate milk or baby formula!

If coffee isn’t your drink of choice, we have also taken care of soda spills.  The syrup and coloring in these drinks love to try and stain carpets and upholstery, and if it can’t stain, it’ll make things sticky and sugary, which is attractive to ants and other bugs.  Dark sodas especially like to cause problems as their syrup discolors whatever they spill on, though clear sodas love to mislead by looking clean when they’re actually not! Be especially careful with canned sodas with the changing temperatures as they love to explode if left unopened and unattended in your vehicle.  

While this is not one of our common ones, some people have a fancier taste in beverages.  Of course we mean wine or other alcoholic drinks. This last holiday season we got a call from a nice gentleman who had bought an expensive bottle of red wine which spilled all over the back of his car, leaving a bad stain and strong odor.  Thankfully he had called quickly and we got to do our interior detail on it right away, which saved his seats and carpets from red wine stains and nasty odor!

Main Course

Of course, drinks are not the only spills we manage.  At Onsite Detail we have seen our fair share of food as well when we do our interior detail service!

Fast food is a popular one we handle, for a variety of reasons.  Whether you’re a fast food connoisseur or only indulge when you have five minutes of lunch break left, we know how it can affect our rides.  Foods like tacos and burgers can cause spills from condiments of toppings like lettuce, and fries love to drop from our fingers into the crevices between and under the seats,   never to be seen again. (At least, until we take care of them.)  Not only that, but it’s easy to stuff the wrappers into the bags and promptly forget to remove them, which can leave a fast food smell in the car and make it look trashy.

Thankfully our guys are experienced in cleaning all kinds of food, and we are professionals at cleaning fast food mess!  But our expertise does not stop there. Recently we got to clean a vehicle where someone had accidentally spilled rice all over the back of the car, and over the holidays someone called asking if we could clean a spill from a pot roast that had tipped in the trunk of the car.  We may not be able to recover the loss of good food, but we can help the grieving process by cleaning the mess after!

Dessert

Still have room for dessert?  Great!

As mentioned before, dairy is a bane for vehicles in hot weather.  However, this doesn’t stop us from indulging in ice cream from time to time!  Popsicle sticks, cone wraps, and sticky napkins join in the fun as well when it comes to our favorite summertime dessert.  But what about sweets we can enjoy all year round? Candy and chocolate are especially fun for us to find, especially in vehicles where kids rule the car.  We have gotten all kinds of candy, generic and brand names alike. Don’t be shy if you’re calling for some cleanup after a sugary incident, we are happy to take care of the details!

Of course, not all desserts are sugar confections.  One of our detailers a few years ago had a job to take care of a watermelon to enjoy in the summertime, but it was forgotten about… for a few weeks.  It turns out the vehicle simply hadn’t been used, so after being allowed to sit in the heat of the trunk, it made for a terrible, moldy, stinking surprise!  Thankfully he was experienced in detailing and managed to clean the car back to normal, despite the awful stench it had provided before.

We know messes can come from all sorts of sources, including our need to eat and drink.  That’s why Onsite Detail’s Interior Detail is so popular for spills, stains, smells and sticky situations.  Give us a call today or fill out a Request Form to take care of your mess now!

by Miranda Hughes, Onsite Detail

A few reasons why you should detail your daily driver.

Daily driver’s vary from the kid haulin’ mini-van to the executive’s Mercedes. Daily drivers take us to work, school, soccer practice, the golf course and haul loads of every kind to and from point a to b and b to c, etc.

The fact of the matter is whether you’ve paid a lot or a little for your daily driver vehicle, it is an investment to you. If you haul kids, groceries, golf clubs or all three your car will get dirty and take abuse. Your daily driver needs to be cleaned, detailed and protected unless you honestly don’t mind throwing money into the garbage can.

Daily Wear and Tear

Your daily driver needs the care even more than the special garage queen or show car that does not see the harsh conditions that your daily driver does. For many of us, we don’t have the option to drive a “summer” car and a “winter” car. We just have a daily driver that gets us to where we need to be when we need to be there. Our daily driver goes out rain or shine and it just has to take the beating to which it is subjected.

Some of us have no choice but to eat in our daily drivers as we hurry about our day. Our interiors take a beating from food and drink spills, dirt, kid mess, etc. The exteriors take just as much and sometimes more abuse. If we are not taking care of our cars properly they are damaged and degrade to the point of no return.

Resale Value

Daily drivers that have been cleaned and protected frequently are going to retain their resale value much more than those that have not. A vehicle’s appearance usually also is an indicator of how well the vehicle has been maintained mechanically. While this is not always true it tends to be the case more than not.

If you are looking to purchase a used car and there are two exact same cars listed with the same amount of miles for the same price and one is dirty and has paint rust and damage and the other is clean and shiny, which one would you purchase? Not only that you would probably agree to pay more for the nice clean and detailed one. Ask any used car dealer if they get more money out of a detailed car or one that has not been cleaned very well.

Risking Health

A dirty vehicle does not just mean clutter and junk but it means germs, bacteria and viruses. This puts cleanliness and organization in a whole different perspective. A dirty and undetailed daily driver literally increases the risk of making us and those who travel in our vehicle sick.

When a daily driver is maintained clean and sanitized it will decrease the chance that sickness causing germs and bacteria can survive.

The point is that everyone deserves a clean and detailed car. Even if it’s not a high end sports car or a classic show car it still can be a nice car. Contact us here at Onsite Detail today to see what we can do for your daily driver.

by Chris Blaisdell, CD-SV, Onsite Detail

Chris Blaisdell is the owner of Onsite Detail and has been detailing  for 12 + years.
He is a Certified Detailer-Skills Validated detailer through the
International Detailing Association. The industry leader in detailing standards.

The Little Known World of the Clay Bar

You may or may not have heard people talk about having a clay bar service or clay bar treatment done on their car. What is a clay bar and why is it important?

Today, I’m going to talk to you about what a clay bar is and does and why a clay bar service is necessary and also why it is good for your car. I will do my best to explain the what, the why and the how of clay bar treatments.

Paint and Clear Coat

The exterior of your car essentially has 3 levels of paint coats. Those paint layer coats consist of primer, then the paint (the color), then the clear coat. The primer does the same thing on a car that it would do when you paint anything else. The primer preps the surface for paint and allows the paint to attach itself to the body much better than just painting straight onto a bare surface would do. The next level is the paint. The paint is what gives the car it’s color and attraction. The final level and also level that it not known very well is the clear coat. The clear coat may just be the most important part of any of these levels. The clear coat protects the paint from the elements. Elements that may include contaminants from various weather conditions that may occur, brake dust, bugs, dust, rocks, and salt from ice melt. If you run your hand across your paint and it feels like sandpaper at all, it is contaminated.

My main focus will be on the clear coat and how a clay bar service can help it. Although the clear coat does protect the colored paint layer. It’s not invincible. This is why people put wax, sealants, and ceramic coatings on their vehicles. Protecting the clear coat is extremely important to protect the integrity of the paint. If the clear coat is not protected and ends up being weakened from the elements that I mentioned, over time it will cause irreversible damage to the clear coat and even the colored paint.

Dirty Clay Bars full of contaminants

The Clay Bar

Now to get into what brought you here in the first place. The CLAY BAR! I will go over what happens to the clear coat which leads to the need for a clay bar treatment. As you drive and use your vehicle more and more the need for a clay bar treatment will only increase. Some of the elements and contaminants that I mentioned above can actually get embedded into the clear coat. Most of those elements will be small pieces of dust, metal and rocks that will mostly be unseen by the naked eye. Washing might be able to remove some of this but there will be many dust particles and other contaminants that will be embedded into the clear coat. How do we go about removing these things? I’ll let you guess. If you guessed clay bar, you are correct. The clay bar has the ability to grab the contaminants that are embedded into the clear coat and lift them off and out of the clear coat. How about that? Science!!

The Clay Bar Treatment Process

Keep the paint surface lubricated

As the clay bar is moved across the surface of the clear coat, you have to keep the surface of whatever area you are working on lubricated. From my experience, a few different ways to keep the surface wet to allow the clay bar to glide over the panel you are working on are;

  1. Using a showroom shine or quick detailer spray (without a wax) is probably the most popular method and is the way I’ve done it the most. This allows you to work and not worry about any negative consequences of letting it dry after you finish a section and move onto the next one.
  2. The next method is while you are washing the car and after you have gotten everything wet and sudsed up. This way can be kinda tricky, the reason being that water and soap can dry quickly before you are able to get to it. This sometimes can leave soap staining or leave hard water deposits. You make sure the whole surface stays wet the whole time until you can fully rinse and properly dry the car. Many times, doing a panel at a time is the most effective way in those circumstances.
  3. You can also use water but be careful because water will dry quicker and you may need to rewet constantly.

Sometimes as you are clay barring, you may hit a drier patch of paint. Sometimes when this happens, it can cause you to drop the clay bar. If this happens, THROW IT AWAY! When you think of what a clay bar does while using it, don’t think it stops doing that when it is dropped. It is made to make things stick to it and it doesn’t stop doing that when you drop it on the ground. When you drop it, it will then have picked up dust, small rocks, maybe glass, a shoe, small children… Okay the last two aren’t true, but everything else that it can pick up will end up doing more damage to your paint. Even if the damage is very small and unseen to the common eye. Those things will not come out of the clay bar. It is designed to grab things and not let go. So when it comes to your paint, we can be grateful for the technology of the clay bar. When we drop it, we occasionally will curse the technology of the clay bar.

Another thing that can happen if you do not use enough lubrication is paint marring. The clay is designed to grab onto contamination with proper lubrication. Without it it will grab onto the clear coat and you can damage it if you are not careful.

Overall it is a pretty simple process but needs to be done correctly and carefully. The basic things to remember while clay barring is to keep the surface wet and lubricated, do small sections at a time (about a 2 ft by 2 ft area), regularly refold and re-smash the clay bar to keep the surface of the clay bar as fresh as possible. And remember to NOT DROP it.

Clay Bar and Paint Correction Work Together

In cases when you will be doing paint correction, the clay bar treatment will be one of the first steps in preparing for the paint correction process. (After a thorough wash as well). You will want to make sure that you do a very good clay bar procedure before any compound or polish even touches the body of your car. The reason for that is found when you look at what the clay bar does. After removing all of the contaminants out of the clear coat of your car, buffing and polishing will be much more effective after having removed all of those elements. If you were to proceed without clay barring, those contaminants would be absorbed into whatever buffing or polish pad you are using. If the pad absorbs the contaminants, those contaminants can cause the buffing or polish process to not be as efficient or done as well and still make microscopic scratches. Also, if the pad and compound cannot come in contact with the areas of the paint where there are contaminants, that will also make a difference on how good of a job you’ll produce.

Clay Bar Treatments are needed on most Vehicles

In conclusion, no matter what kind of vehicle you are driving or how often you wax it or take care of it, you’ll eventually need a clay bar treatment. The exception might be a show car or car that does not actually drive out on the road. Every car gets clear coat contamination to some degree, especially over time. Reach out to us for more information on getting your vehicle in for a clay bar treatment. We’re here to help.

by Andy Stallings, Operations Manager, Onsite Detail

Is car wax dead?

With the invention of ceramic coatings as a far superior protection for a vehicle’s exterior surfaces some have said, “Wax is dead.” Is car wax dead? While I do not disagree that a ceramic coating is the absolute best protection for one’s vehicle, I do disagree that waxing a vehicle is a “dead” practice.

Brief history of Car Wax

Waxing a vehicle is almost as old as the horse and buggy. “Waxing” was first developed in the early 1800s by using animal fats to shine up carriages. As the years went on people starting using natural waxes such as vegetable wax, beeswax, and oils, as well as other synthetic things to shine and protect vehicles services. Today’s car waxes are a formulation of blended waxes, oils, and solvents which can include crude oil distillates, ethanol, mineral spirits, petroleum, and more. A step up from many waxes you find paint sealants. Many paint sealants are made up of fully synthetic longer lasting, more durable materials than natural waxes. The technology for waxes and paint sealants has come a long way and both can be great options to keep a vehicle’s paint and other surfaces protected from the elements.

Car Protection

Car wax or sealant is not a permanent solution to protect a car. Most car wax will last anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months. Most sealants will last 3 to 6 months. Some claim to last up to a year. Obviously this depends greatly on what the wax or sealant goes up against. Depending on where your vehicle spends most of its time and how its cared for will enhance or reduce the durability of a wax and sealant.

The pluses of waxes and sealants are that they are layerable, meaning you can put multiple coats of wax or sealant and layer right on top of each other. You can apply them each time you wash your car if you want.

Car Wax with foam applicator

A newer product to the market is the invention of ceramic sprays. These tend to be more like sealants and less like an actual ceramic coating. To be honest I think the use of the word “ceramic” is more of a marketing ploy playing off of the success of coatings.

Vehicle ceramic coatings have been extremely popular and have changed the detailing world. Truth be told there are various forms of ceramic coatings using Silicon Dioxide (SiO2) and Silicon Carbide (SiC). The biggest distinction between the two is that SiC based coatings chemically bond to the paint. Silicon Carbide forms during this bonding process. It cross links with the vehicle’s clear coat and then remains this way for the life of the paint. With SiO2 coatings, many times referred to as glass coatings or quartz coatings, are made up of nano-particles of Silicon Dioxide suspended in a resin. Some SiO2 coatings are helped by regular application of toppers.

Cost vs. Benefit

So when it comes to making a decision on what is the best choice to protect your vehicle, there are various factors that should be considered.

1. Budget

This is a big factor to consider. Only you know (or you should know) if your budget does or does not allow (all at once) for a complete paint restoration service and ceramic coating installation to be done on your vehicle. If it does not you’re better off going with the wax or sealant applied regularly. That way you don’t break the bank. But if you can afford it then getting a ceramic coating installed may be one of the best things you can do for your vehicle’s protection.

2. Age and Condition of Paint

Another thing to consider is the age, condition and type of paint you have on your vehicle. If your paint is past the point of no return, as in you already have clear coat failure or so many rock chips it now looks spotted, you probably would be better to not worry about a ceramic coating because the paint is already so damaged that a coating will only be protecting ruined paint and bare surfaces.

Now if you have a new vehicle that you really want to keep it top shape a full paint correction and ceramic coating is absolutely the way to go. New paint and clear coat are going to need protection and why not give it the best.

3. Vehicle Use

Is your car an old daily driver that is only meant to get you from point a to b or do you have a luxury vehicle that makes smile as you walk up to it and see it shine. Honestly we have installed ceramic coatings on many different types of vehicles. Some brand new and other older and just needing some love.

4. Conditions/Elements

Where is your vehicle parked most of the time? Where is it driven? How do you care for it? Do you plan on taking your car through automatic brush washes or give it the care of hand washing? All these things and more are to be considered if wax.

5. Cost over time

Another thing to consider which many people don’t think about is that when you apply wax or paint sealant to your vehicle over a 2 to 3 year period, you may be spending as much or something close to what you would on a one time paint correction and ceramic coating installation. Again this varies greatly depending on frequency, coat of materials used, if you do it yourself or hire a professional detailing service, etc. If you do the math you may be surprised.

6. Personal Preference

Ultimately it comes down to personal preference. If you love your vehicle and you want to protect it you will choose what works best for you. There are many who enjoy taking half the day washing and waxing their own car. Others don’t want to or don’t have time to spend doing that and they would rather the process be as easy and quick as possible. A lot people hire professionals to do it for them.

It is up to you if you want to protect your vehicle from what it takes on or not. It’s also up to you how you want to accomplish that.

Is Car Wax dead?

So is car wax dead? Nope. Not a chance. Car wax and paint sealants still have a place in the automotive detailing and protection world and probably will for a long time to come.

Feel free to contact via a call, text (801) 412-9274 or e-mail, clean@onsitedetail.net, if you have any questions or if you would want to schedule a service for your vehicle.

by Chris Blaisdell, CD-SV, Onsite Detail

Chris Blaisdell is the owner of Onsite Detail and has been detailing  for 12 + years.
He is a Certified Detailer-Skills Validated detailer through the
International Detailing Association. The industry leader in detailing standards.

5 Reasons to Detail Your Car Before Selling It

Despite the recent snowy weather in our beautiful Utah state, we at Onsite Detail cannot deny an important time of the year is approaching.  March means spring is coming, daylight savings approaches once more, and Saint Patrick’s Day promises to give us a bit of luck and fun before the hot summer days are here.  However, while we look forward to all those events too, us Onsite Detail workers know another important time is coming: car sales time. Make sure you detail your car before selling it.

In the last week alone we received a ton of calls from people looking to sell their vehicles over the weekend, and it got me thinking about all the ways our company can help people make their sells a little easier.  So for this blog I’m going to share five reasons to detail your car before selling it and why it is beneficial and can make your sale go smoother!

ksl.com cars for sale

  1. Makes Photos Look Better

It’s hardly a secret that posting photos of something you want to sell online makes it more appealing to people.  Some sites like KSL.com and Craigslist even suggest uploading pictures to increase sales while you’re making a post!  

If your car is cleaned and waxed for a nice shine, it can make your post stand out from the rest.  Having photos of a clean interior can also appeal to the viewer, since they’ll be able to see they won’t have to worry about sticky cup holders or stains they would have to deal with.  Our services can help your online post catch the eye of a potential buyer and help make the sale with a like-new cleaning!

  1. Helps Remove Trickier Things

Cars are very personal things, and are often treated as such.  Pets are allowed to ride in them and those who enjoy smoking may do so in their vehicles.  This isn’t a bad thing, but it can make selling a vehicle a bit harder if someone has an allergy or there is a lingering smell in the car.  

However, pet hair and cigarette smoke are tricky things to remove.  Our Interior Detail, however, can help with both of those! We do shampoo and steam cleaning to get every surface of the interior and help flush out bad smells that hang around, and can throw in an Odor Bomb to help with especially lasting scents.  Have a pet that sheds a lot? We can add Pet Hair Removal to your service and make it like new again. Buyers with allergies will thank you!

  1. Shiny Engines Feel More Trustworthy

No matter how shiny the outside may be, if the hood opens up to reveal a greasy, dirty engine, it can be off-putting to a potential buyer.  We psychologically associate dirt with disease and disrepair, so a dirty engine can cause someone to think twice about buying.

Our Engine Detail not only degreases and washes the engine, but also shines it up and dresses plastic and rubber for added protection.  One client used our Engine Degrease service and found a leak in the engine that was quick to patch but would not have been seen without it!  Our popular Full Combo Detail comes with an Engine Detail as well as interior and exterior cleaning, so it’s worth considering to detail your car before selling it.

  1. Decal Removal

I have had a few people call recently asking about removing decals from cars they just purchased, especially work vehicles.  Removing them on your own can mean leaving unwanted residue, ugly scuffs, incomplete decals, or time and frustration you really can’t afford to spend.  

At Onsite Detail we can remove decals at an hourly rate, and since it often gets coupled with a Wash & Wax it will help make your car sales floor ready!  Save yourself some agitation and let us take care of the details, selling a car can be frustrating enough as is.

  1. Restoration Can Make the Sale!

While the outside of a car can’t tell us everything, if it looks newer or at least well-kept we are more likely to trust its quality.  While we can’t do a new coat of paint, we can take care of the other things you may not have considered to make it appear well-kept. Plastic and rubber fading?  Try Plastic Restoration! Unwanted swirl marks or light scratches distracting your customers? We do Paint Correction or Buffing & Polishing. Headlights fogged up?  We can take care of that with Headlight Restoration. Our services aren’t just limited to washing and shining things, so feel free to call and ask for anything specific you’re looking for!

The bottom line is. If your car looks, feels and smells better you’ll get more money out of it. That’s why you want to detail your car before selling it. If you want to know the approximate value of your car, check out Kelley Blue Book.

Don’t just depend on a lucky clover to make a good sale just detail your car before selling it!  If you’re looking to sell your car we can help, as reviewer Melissa stated:

“We recently had Onsite Detail detail our van as we are trying to sell it and I couldn’t believe the results. It looks like a brand new car!! These guys are the best! I will go nowhere else to have my cars detailed.”

Call or text us today if you’re want to detail your car before selling it. 801-412-9274. We are more than happy to help.

by Miranda Hughes, Onsite Detail