Merely having a sprinter van or luxury limousine in your fleet is the first step to making a great impression on your clients, prospective employees, and potential customers. You also have to maintain your vehicles in top shape to get the most out of your investment. Part of regular maintenance includes cleaning and washing. In today’s blog from CoachWest, we showcase how to clean and wash a sprinter van or luxury limousine inside and out.
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Soft Cloths or Handwashing
Soft-cloth car washes and hand washing are the top recommendations for keeping your luxury limousines and sprinter vans looking like new. The difficulty with standard carwashes is that overly long or tall vehicles don’t fit in them.
Professional shampoos and a steady flow of water provide a barrier between the washing cloth and the paint. Soft cloths are important because they aren’t as abrasive as bristle brushes or sponges. You want your investment to last as long as possible, which is why the right kind of washing is vital.
Start at the Top
Much like dusting a room, cleaning a sprinter van or luxury limousine means starting at the top and working your way down. Rinse the entire vehicle down first, starting with the roof, going down the sides, and then finally getting around the tires and undercarriage. You’ll need a step ladder to reach the tops of sprinter vans or taller vehicles, but do NOT lean any ladder against the vehicle.
Consider working in two-person teams. One person rinses while the other washes. This makes the process quicker, but it also keeps soap and water from air-drying on the surface to the point where it creates spots.
Vacuum the Interior
Thoroughly vacuum the interior before doing any other inside work on the sprinter van or luxury limousine. Consider a soft-tipped attachment for vacuuming the seats and upholstery. Soft tips on the attachments prevent damage to any seams or stitchwork. Don’t forget to vacuum every nook, cranny, compartment, and shelf.
Clean Any Compartments
Before you add shine to the interior, clean out cup holders, drink compartments, and ice containers. You don’t want any moisture to sit in these areas because it could allow mold to grow.
Add Shine to Woodwork and Leather
Many luxury limousines or sprinter vans have beautiful touches, such as wood trim and leather seats. Use professional-grade leather and wood cleaners to bring out the shine of both materials.
Clean the Glass
The exterior wash took care of the outside of the glass, but what about the inside? Use professional glass cleaner to get rid of any smudge, smears, and fingerprints on the interior windows. Keep in mind, this step is not necessarily about a great view out of the windows of your luxury limousine or sprinter van. This is about getting the details right because someone will notice if something is dirty or out of place. High-level business executives notice details because they have to be detailed people.
Spruce Up the Tires
The exterior of the luxury limousine or sprinter van is the first thing clients, customers, and prospects notice. Shiny tires make them look like new. Use a name-brand tire cleaner to give the sidewalls extra shine after you’ve completed every other cleaning step.
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CoachWest & Executive Coach Sprinter Limousines
A clean sprinter van or luxury limousine creates a fantastic first impression. That’s why regular cleaning and maintenance are vital to your image and company brand. The team at CoachWest can give you recommendations for getting the most out of your fleet. Contact CoachWest or call (310) 609-2900 for more details.