No other car says distinction when it hits the road quite like a Mercedes-Benz. Even a child can recognize its symbol and designs. It is an investment into your personal brand. And as an extension of your brand, your investment deserves the best in care and maintenance.
One of the first things people will see when they meet with you is the car in which you arrive. This makes the external maintenance of your Mercedes-Benz your first impression. To help Mercedes-Benz investors balance their busy schedules, here is a detailing quick list that can assist in making sure that your first impression remains your best investment. While a visit to a Mercedes-Benz dealer is recommended a few times annually, this one hour or less maintenance can protect the condition of the exterior of your vehicle.
The frequency and products used to clean your Mercedes-Benz should include consideration for the region where you live. During winter months and in regions near the coast, it is helpful to clean the exterior more frequently to avoid the damage that salt can have on the paint and finish. Whenever possible, it is best to use Mercedes Benz products which are developed to compliment the products used during Mercedes-Benz production.
Water Wash – Equipment and Technique: Only when the outdoor temperature is cool and in a shaded area.
- Car shampoo
- A sheepskin wash mitt or a soft, clean sponge or towel
- Natural chamois or clean 100% terry toweling (other toweling my cause marks)
Prepare the wash by mixing an ounce of the car shampoo with a gallon of water. Using a hose, spray the entire vehicle with a strong spray to remove debris. Using the wash mitt, start at the top and wash one section at a time. Rinse the vehicle and mitt between sections so the shampoo doesn’t dry. When all sections have been cleaned, rinse the entire vehicle with the hose.
Promptly dry the vehicle with the chamois or cotton terry cloth.
Treat and clean the interior of the vehicle to protect the dashboard, seats and carpet. Prompt treatment of stains and regular use of products, such as the cockpit care spray, will sustain the look and value of the interior of the car. Debris and insects that can’t be removed from the wheels with a heavy hose spray should be cleaned using wheel cleaner, insect remover, and chrome care to keep the elegant shine. The focus of the quick clean should be on problem areas to avoid excessive exposure to cleaning products
Waterless Wash – Equipment and Technique:
A convenient solution and alternative to using water during inclement weather or when it isn’t eco-friendly to wash your vehicle is to do a waterless wash. It is important note that regular use of waterless wash chemicals is not recommended for luxury vehicles.
According to the online Mercedes Benz forums, some of the better products include Chemical Guys EcoSmart – RU, Pro-Kleen Waterless Wash and Wax, and Pinnacle Liquid Crystal Waterless Wash. To avoid scratches, it is critical that you only use a new microfiber, chamois or a soft terry towel.
Clean one section at a time, starting at the top and working down and outward. Apply the solution on the towel and wipe the car in one direction only. Discontinue using any towel that is soiled or has debris while you are cleaning so the paint will not be scratched. The towel should be flipped regularly to a clean side while the car is being washed. Each area should be buffed with a soft towel immediately after cleaning.
Although the waterless techniques can be a very fast way to restore the look of your vehicle, Mercedes-Benz owners should use this technique sporadically. There can be increased risk of scratching and is not generally recommended by car manufacturers.
The best choices to protect the value and look of your Mercedes-Benz is to use the manufacturers’ product line for your vehicle upkeep. When the car is maintained to manufacturer specifications, you gain the insurance of approved and tested products that will preserve the resale value of the investment. Mercedes-Benz carries an extensive line of overall vehicle care products that help owners easily protect the look and value of their investment.