I have worked as a valeter since 1991 at various garages in
Basingstoke, both on new and used vehicle preparation and in the past have
valetted cars in a crash repair centre. In the following pages I hope
to teach some of the tricks of the trade, and methods, that I have picked up
over the years. Although you won't be able to do a job to the same standard as
the proffesionals it will hopefully help you to make a better job
of your car.
First of all there is certain materials and equipment that you
will need to purchase.
You will need a small pressure washer to do the job correctly,
these can be purchased in most d.i.y stores. You don't really need a hot steamer
for use at home, although it makes the job a lot easier the extra expense is not
really worth it unless you intend to clean cars for a living. You also will need
a vacuum cleaner, or if you can afford it a vax (this would allow you to wash
the car seats). you will also need some spray bottles to hold your materials.
Finally you will need a sponge, a good quality leather chamois and of course a
You will need the following materials as a minimum requirement