When it comes to car maintenance, one question many car owners have is about the difference between car washing and car detailing.

You can think of car detailing as an extra intense cleaning, or the ultimate deluxe version of a car wash.

With a car wash, the goal is to get your clean enough to prevent excess build up of dirt and grime, so you can operate in comfort until your next car wash.

The goal of car detailing is much more serious. The objective of an expert car detailing is to restore your vehicle as much as possible to brand new status.

This takes the time, effort, knowledge, and tools of an experienced detailing professional.

Interior and Exterior Auto Detailing

There are generally two main aspects of a professional car detailing:

  • Interior car detailing
  • Exterior car detailing

Interior Car Detailing

Unsurprisingly, interior car detailing refers to the intense cleaning of all inside components and parts of your car.

Interior car detailing focuses on things like:

  • Upholstery
  • Plastic surfaces
  • Leather
  • Vinyl
  • Floor mats
  • Glove compartment
  • Cabinets
  • Etc…

Interior car detailing is the more laborious of the two aspects of auto detailing, due to all the intricate components on the inside of a vehicle.

Plus, there is also odour to consider when cleaning the interior, with some unpleasant smells lingering deep in the upholstery and carpeting.

The amount of dust mites and allergens swarming around the interior of the average vehicle would probably be quite disturbing if we could actually see them.

A typical interior auto detailing includes:

  • Vacuuming
  • Glass cleaning
  • Steaming and brushing
  • Leather care
  • Aromatizing
  • Repetition as required


Every surface inside the car will be vacuumed, including the:

  • Floors and floor mats
  • Seats
  • Storage areas
  • Doors
  • Headrests
  • Trunk

An air compressor can be used for those difficult to access areas.

Glass Cleaning

Specialized cleaners are used to make the interior glass shine like the exterior to enhance visibility.

Steaming and Brushing

A steam cleaner or special brush is often used to get rid of tough stains on the carpets and floor mats.

Leather Care

Appropriate leather cleaners and soaps are used to clean interior leather, and conditioners may be used to treat any leather that is cracking or excessively dry.


Air fresheners and deodorants are applied to leave the car smelling fresh.


The process will be repeated until the desired results are achieved.

Exterior Car Detailing

Exterior car detailing is a much more involved process than your ordinary old car wash.

An expert detailing technician will buff out scratches and blemishes and apply a protective sealant to make the finish shine, and protect it from the environmental elements.

Some of the features of an exterior car detailing usually include:

  • Washing
    • Pre-soak
    • Foaming
    • Rinsing
  • Drying
  • Claying
  • Polishing, waxing and sealing


The first step in washing is to presoak the exterior to break down dirt and grime. After being left to soak, the next step is to build a lather of cleaning foam. After all stains and smudges are removed, a high-pressure washer is used to rinse it off.


Drying is accomplished using a heat blower and is finished by hand.


Claying is a process that involves using a special clay bar that is designed to eradicate contaminants and other impurities that regular cleaning products miss.

Polishing, Waxing, and Sealing

These are all used to provide extra shine and protection for the exterior.

Car Detailing Brampton

To keep your car looking and running its best in Brampton, or anywhere in the GTA, the In N Out Car Wash and Detailing Centre is a very wise choice.

The expert auto detailers at In N Out Brampton are both experienced and accomplished.

Using top of the line cleaning products and detailing tools, they will have your car looking new!