Best Tools of the Trade

I get asked a lot what are the essential tools to have when working in detailing. So, I decided to create a top 5 list of tools you must absolutely have in oder to run a successful detailing business.

1. An organized vehicle.

Now, I know you probably weren’t expecting this to be on the list, but if you don’t have the right van or vehicle with the space for your equipment, you are really going to struggle. You’ll have to dig around for things, and if there is not enough room, you may even damage some of your materials while trying to access them.

On top of that, I think having them very organized and labeled is an absolute must. This helps you keep a clean work space, allows you to prolong the life of your materials, can save you and your team tons of time while on location for different jobs.

2. A set of interior detail brushes

Okay, this is an easy one, right? You will need a variety of brushes to ensure that you are able to get the fine details just right. Your customers are counting on you to get into every nook and cranny of the car.

The right set of brushes will have a variety of hard and soft brushes to ensure you can tackle anything you encounter on the cars you are detailing.

3. Upholstery Steam Cleaner

Yes, the outside appearance of a car can really wow a customer. And very few things get a customer to smile than seeing the shine and sheen of their car after it’s been detailed, but having a quality upholstery steamer can really help you make the interior of a car the star of the show! A good upholstery steamer can help you remove stains, remove orders and revive a car’s interior.

4. Bucket Tool Organizer

A bucket tool organizer is basically a bucket with specially fitted bags and pockets to hold all of the tools and supplies you need. It makes your tools portable and helps you complete a job faster.

A good bucket organizer has enough pockets and space for your spray bottles, supplies and tools. This indispensable, yet simple tool can make a big difference to your business.

5. A Rolling Creeper

Let me just say this… this tool will save your back and your knees. In my mind this is a long-term investment that cannot be undervalued. Basically, a rolling creeper is like a stool you can sit on that rolls. This means that you can get low to work on trim and the lower part of the vehicle without putting any strain on your knees and back. This can help you avoid injuries and save your energy so you are able to deliver quality work all day long.

Now, this is not a complete list of tools, but I do feel like these are essential tools to help get you started on the right path.
Are there any tools you would recommend be on the list?

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