Owning a car is a big commitment. It's a long-term investment, and if taken care of well, it will take care of you too. While technical maintenance is key, keeping the actual surface of the car and the upholstery in good shape is no less important because a vehicle that is in good condition will ultimately have a higher resale value.
Luckily there is an affordable solution that can help you do all those things – a good car cleaning kit. This article will guide you through the best car detail kits available with both exterior and interior products. Easy to order from Amazon, Halfords and eBay and with options from trusted brands such as Meguiar’s and Autoglym, we are certain that you'll find something you like!
Car cleaning kits are also often referred to as "auto detailing kits". Detailing is about getting the absolute best look for the inner and outer surfaces of your car. Typically, it is a service you can get at certain car washes and is essentially a more thorough and more expensive version of a standard car wash.
In the UK, detailing can cost anywhere between £250 and £500, but luckily, with a little bit of practice, you can get the same professional result at home thanks to the wide variety of cleaning kits available.
A kit like this will contain a range of cleaning products and brushes that will be suitable to use on various car surfaces. Some kits will contain items only suitable for the exterior, while others will also contain gadgets and formulas for the interior or wheels.
When deciding on which car cleaning kit to buy, you need to look at a number of factors, though ultimately, it comes down to how thorough you want your car detailing to be. This section will explore the different options available and guide you through what you need to watch out for.
While some kits only contain brushes and others only contain cleaning products (implying that you either already have the other items or will need to buy them), in this article, we will focus on full kits. Every kit aimed at exterior cleaning should contain the following: a cloth, shampoo and polish (wax). Here's what to look for in each category.
You can have the best quality cleaning products in the world, but if you don't have the right way to apply them, you will not achieve the best results. Contrary to popular belief, it's preferable to use a microfibre cloth or a microfibre mitt rather than a sponge when washing your car.
While they are good for creating foam, sponges also tend to drag around dirt particles, leaving streaks and spots. Instead, the aim should be to pick up the dust particles as your pass the cloth over the surface. It is also essential to make sure that the fabric is soft and doesn't damage the paint, which microfibre certainly is.
Car shampoos are very different to regular shampoo or any other detergent you may be used to. They're a concentrated soap, explicitly designed to create foam and suds. The more foam and the more slippery it is, the better, as it will lift up the grime particles and wash them away. Generally speaking, car soap is also not as aggressive as your average washing up liquid.
A detergent such as dishwashing liquid is designed to break up any oil or wax present on the surface. While ideal for scrubbing your dinner plates, this kind of soap is not great for cars as it will strip away any wax or sealant coating, therefore making your vehicle susceptible to environmental damage and paint chipping.
On some rare occasions (for example, if you wish to repaint the car a different colour), you may want to use a stripping shampoo to remove the currently existing wax.
The main purpose of wax in vehicle cleaning kits is to polish the car's exterior to give a lustrous gloss and shine to the surface as well as to protect it from dirt accumulation. Car detailing enthusiasts often separate waxes into natural (usually carnauba) and synthetic wax, each of which has its advantages.
Carnauba wax tends to last on the surface for around 4-6 weeks and gives a great depth of shine, so it's one to consider if you don't mind topping up every month or so for the reward of a superior finish. Synthetic waxes, meanwhile, will give longer protection, though some will argue that they do not provide the same level of shine.
Alongside the essentials, you might also like to look for kits that include cleaners for other parts of your vehicle. Some detergents and sprays are designed specifically for plastic, for instance, while others contain glass cleaners for the windows that do not leave streaks or stains.
Another useful item to keep an eye out for is a tyre cleaner, which will help to achieve that glossy, black look on the rubber. All of this is a question of what you see yourself using and how much time you are willing to spend detailing your car.
If you have put a lot of effort into cleaning the exterior of the car, it is only natural that you will probably also want to keep the interior of the car in tip-top shape. Kits that include interior care products are naturally going to be more expensive, but for many, they will be worth it.
Many professional detailing kits will also include a set of brushes and cleaning products designed for the more delicate and hard-to-reach areas of the car. Depending on what the upholstery is made of, make sure you select the right detergent either for leather or fabric.
If you do decide to go for an exterior-only selection, you can always buy an additional interior kit or two separately. A great example of this is would be a kit geared towards hoovering the interior of the car and picking up small particles of rubbish stuck in crevices that are tricky to access.
Now that you have a better understanding of what to look for when choosing a car cleaning kit, it is time to show you our top ten favourite detailing kits available in the UK. Hopefully, with this list, you will be able to choose the best kit that will help you maintain your vehicle in mint condition for years to come.
|Cloths/Brushes||1 microfibre cloth, 2 sponges|
|Cleaning Products||Shampoo and carnauba wax|
|Cloths/Brushes||13 brushes, microfibre cloths and sponges|
|Extras||Items to clean wheels, vents and more|
|Cloths/Brushes||4 microfibre clothes, wheel brush|
|Cleaning Products||2-in-1 shampoo and wax|
|Extras||Tyre restorer, glass cleaner, bug buster, wheel cleaner|
|Cloths/Brushes||1 microfibre cloth, 1 sponge|
|Cleaning Products||Foam shampoo, spray-on shine 'wax'|
|Extras||Wheel cleaner, tyre cleaner, interior cleaner, air freshener,|
|Cleaning Products||Foam shampoo|
|Extras||Air freshener, bucket|
|Cloths/Brushes||1 microfibre cloth, 1 microfibre pad|
|Cleaning Products||Shampoo cleaner, wax, shine solution|
|Extras||Leather cleaner, wheel cleaner, wash & gloss|
|Cloths/Brushes||2 microfibre clothes, 1 sponge|
|Cleaning Products||Shampoo, polish and shine|
|Extras||Wheel cleaner and protector, interior shampoo, glass cleaner|
|Extras||Attachments and brushes|
|Extras||Multiple extras for interior and exterior|
|Cloths/Brushes||1 microfibre clothes, 1 sponge, 1 pad|
|Cleaning Products||Shampoo and conditioner, wax|
|Extras||Wheel and tyre cleaner, interior cleaner, quick detailer|
Classic Wash & Wax Kit
Car Detailing Kit
Car Vacuum Cleaning Kit
The Collection - Perfect Bodywork, Wheels & Interiors
The Best Detailing Kit
Beer Scented Dads Essential Car Cleaning Kit
Demon Valeting Gift Pack
Showroom Shine Ultimate Car Cleaning Bundle
13-Piece Car Detailing Brush Kit
Bodywork Wash & Protect Complete Kit
The Perfect Mid-Size for Every Car Lover
Professional Kit for a Bargain Price
The Ultra Compact Car Interior Cleaner
A Comprehensive Set for the Ultimate Finish
A Great Selection to Use in Between Car Washes
A Unique Take on Car Detailing
Fun Filled Pack of Goodies for Your Car
A Long Loved Favourite Among Car Lovers
Giving You All the Necessary Tools and More
Back to Basics Cleaning Kit
|Cloths/Brushes||1 microfibre clothes, 1 sponge, 1 pad||18||None||2 microfibre clothes, 1 sponge||1 microfibre cloth, 1 microfibre pad||Microfibre mitt||1 microfibre cloth, 1 sponge||4 microfibre clothes, wheel brush||13 brushes, microfibre cloths and sponges||1 microfibre cloth, 2 sponges|
|Cleaning Products||Shampoo and conditioner, wax||19||None||Shampoo, polish and shine||Shampoo cleaner, wax, shine solution||Foam shampoo||Foam shampoo, spray-on shine 'wax'||2-in-1 shampoo and wax||None||Shampoo and carnauba wax|
|Extras||Wheel and tyre cleaner, interior cleaner, quick detailer||Multiple extras for interior and exterior||Attachments and brushes||Wheel cleaner and protector, interior shampoo, glass cleaner||Leather cleaner, wheel cleaner, wash & gloss||Air freshener, bucket||Wheel cleaner, tyre cleaner, interior cleaner, air freshener,||Tyre restorer, glass cleaner, bug buster, wheel cleaner||Items to clean wheels, vents and more||-|
Whether you're looking to up the resale value of your car or you'd just like it to look and feel better to drive in every day, we've got you covered with more practical guides and handpicked recommendations below.
With the wide variety of products available today, there is bound to be at least one kit that will suit your needs or the needs of the car lover in your life. We hope that our selection will make the process of washing your car less tedious and inject some fun for you into this activity!
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