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How To Clean Your High-Touch Points

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disinfecting high touch points

With hygiene and health being the main theme of 2020, people are looking for ways to keep their homes healthy and safe. We are seeing an increased interest in disinfectant products for that extra layer of protection against germs.

High-touch point cleans

While it is a good idea to kill germs around your home, less is actually more! Instead of doing a full house disinfectant clean a few times a week, focus on your the high-touch points.

If used correctly, disinfectants will kill 99.9% of germs they comes into contact with, however, not all germs around your house are bad. That’s where the high-touch point disinfecting comes in. These points around your home are more likely to carry harmful germs, bacteria and viruses as they are often touched with dirty hands that are carrying germs from being out and about for the day.

High-touch areas around your home you should be regularly disinfecting include:

  • Doorknobs
  • Light switches
  • Remote controls
  • Keys
  • Mobile phones
  • Faucets and taps
  • Toilets
  • Communal surfaces like tables and bench tops

How to clean your high-touch points

By cleaning these areas regularly – this will completely depend on how often you leave your home and what type of activities you engage in while out and about – will effectively stop the spread of germs in your home. It is also a great method as it will not require you to spend hours cleaning everyday.

Although we mentioned this needs to be done depending on your activity levels, it still needs to be done daily. People who go in and out multiple times a day, people who are auto-immune and or people in high risk jobs may want to do this multiple times a day to reduce the spread.

Most viruses are said to be able to survive on surfaces for hours and some bacteria for several days if the surfaces are dry! This is why it is important to keep on top of these areas that are touched frequently.

What to use

To effectively clean your high-touch points you will need to do a regular clean of them first e.g. spray and wipe down of the area, followed by a spray of disinfectant. Your disinfectant should contain at least 70% alcohol, a diluted bleach solution or household products registered with the EPA. It is important to follow the instructions for each product as they will all require different dwell time.

Don’t forget to keep your hands clean while cleaning your home as well as keeping hand sanitiser with you while you go about your day to minimise the germs you bring back into your home.

How do we get streak-free windows?

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If you have seen any Jim’s Window cleaner out and about cleaning exterior windows you might be wondering why you don’t see any of them up on a ladder with a squeegee. That’s because we enjoy staying out of harm’s way. All of our window cleaners are equipped with a water-fed pole that will leave your windows with a streak free clean from the safety of the ground!

So how do these broom looking poles actually work? Do they dry the windows once they have washed them? 

Purified Water

All of our window cleaners use purified water as ordinary tap water is what will leave your windows with streaks or spots.

To purify the water, we use a state of the art filtration system which purifies tap water. This means no matter where we are as long as we have access to tap water we can leave your windows with the perfect streak free clean!

Telescopic Water Fed Poles

jims window cleaning

To maintain our safety at all times we stay on the ground. This is where the telescopic water fed poles come into the picture. These poles can be extended to a staggering 80 ft and are accompanied with industry designed brush heads. The purified water is then fed through the pole which allows our cleaners to scrub and rinse away any dirty from the windows and then leaving them to dry naturally. Due to the soft nature of the brushes and the purified water, you can be sure to receive beautiful streak free windows.

The benefits


The use of purified water eliminates the need for detergent and other cleaning chemicals when cleaning windows. This results in no harmful chemicals being washed into your garden and or the gutters. Instead, our water fed poles make use of natural elements including salt and carbon sediment to clean windows and these natural elements are then absorbed, causing no harm to the environment.

Versatility & Finish

Do you have windows that are not accessible via a ladder? Then we are your solution! Our poles can reach places a traditional window cleaning method could not, as well as being able to clean the frame and window in the same process leading to a perfect finish.

More than windows

This system is the answer to all window cleaners prayers as it does not limit them to windows. It can be used to clean almost everything on the exterior of a building, from conservatory roofs, fascias, solar panels to external signage and even cladding!

When To Clean, Sanitise And Disinfect

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When To Clean, Sanitise And Disinfect

We’ve all heard of the terms sanitising and disinfecting; I mean that’s what you do when you clean isn’t it?

Many people outside of the cleaning, health and food industries use these terms interchangeably. You see, disinfecting, sanitising and cleaning all mean and do different things around your home and workspace.

We are going to explain the differences as well as tell you when you should be using these methods in an easy to follow 1, 2, 3 system.


This would be level 1. It is essentially removing visible but also non visible objects and particles from surfaces. We often clean to make our houses or work places ‘tidy’. The use of an all-purpose spray or warm soapy water more often than not is enough to keep your surfaces clean and remove most bacteria. The focus of cleaning isn’t necessarily to kill bacteria, but rather to maintain a tidy surface.

Please note that some all-purpose sprays can have disinfectant in them, however, you must use the product differently for it to disinfect your surfaces compared to if you were to just clean them. We will explain further under disinfecting.


This would be level 2. It reduces bacteria, fungi and disease-carrying microorganisms to levels considered safe as determined by public health codes and regulations. However, it does not necessarily eliminate them. Sanitisers are said to kill 99% of bacteria if left of a surface for 30+ seconds before wiping or removing.


This would be level 3. It’s the type of cleaning that destroys and/or prevents the growth of bacteria, fungi, and disease-causing microorganisms. A disinfectant is an agent such as heat or chemicals that destroy, neutralise, and/or inhibits the growth of disease-carrying microorganisms. There are 2 types of disinfectants: hospital-grade and general disinfectants.

When Should I Disinfect?

There are many areas of our home and workplace that do not need disinfecting or at least not regularly. Too much disinfecting can actually have a negative effect on your immune system. However, there are surfaces that require regular disinfecting, such as:

  • Kitchens: When cooking raw meat, it is important to disinfect the surfaces that have come into contact with the harmful bacteria that raw meat carries.
  • Bathrooms: The bathroom is where people go to clean themselves so you can imagine the bacteria and other particles that get left behind. It is important to disinfect high traffic areas.
  • When someone is sick: To avoid others in your family or workplace catching illnesses it’s important to disinfect the areas in which the sick person has been in contact.

Pro tip: When a person is ill in your home wear disposable gloves when cleaning, avoid shaking out cloths and linens, avoid placing anything into a basket or bin that would then carry the bacteria and keeping that persons utensils and supplies separate to the rest of the home e.g. toiletries, cups, medications, etc.

How Do I Disinfect?

It’s important to know that an all-purpose cleaner does not disinfect, and if your product has a disinfectant in them please read the instructions on how to disinfect, rather than to simply clean – there will be 2 different methods. When you need to disinfect, it’s critical to use the right products and tools to get the job done.

A disinfectant’s job is to kill. It may sound dramatic, but it must find, attack and kill all bacteria, only then can it be wiped away. This process cannot be done with the simple spray and wipe method. To disinfect you must follow this two-step process:

Step 1: Cleaning

A surface can’t be disinfected until it is clean. You must remove all grease, grime, and dirt. This is where your handy all-purpose cleaner plays a vital role.

Step 2: Disinfecting

As mentioned previously, disinfectant does not work if it is simply sprayed and wiped away, it needs dwell time. Generously spray your disinfectant on the surface – it should look wet all over- and leave for 3-10 minutes depending on the product’s instructions. If you notice any drying spots, re-apply! Then, wipe away with a clean cloth. If you can see streaks, rinse with a clean cloth and water.

Pro tip: if this is something that will be going into your child or pet’s mouth, rinse it under water first to make sure there is no disinfectant left on it.

General disinfectants that you can use in your home according to the CDC, are:

  • a store-bought disinfectant that’s registered with the EPA
  • rubbing alcohol that’s at least 70% alcohol by volume
  • a bleach solution of 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water on a surface (assuming it’s safe to use on that surface).

never mix bleach with ammonia, or vinegar, or any other cleaning product

How To Use Disinfecting Wipes

Wipes can be a good way to clean high traffic contact points such as light switch plates, electronic items, or keypads that you don’t want to spray, or when you’re on the go (car, travel, shopping, etc.).

Have you been using disinfecting wipes properly? Like disinfectants, they have a specific process that must be followed. Most people don’t use them properly and don’t use them on the right surfaces. Note: make sure your wipes are labeled as disinfecting wipes before starting.

How To Use Properly

Clean the surface first and then use a fresh wipe to disinfect the surface. Again, like spray, you must keep the surface wet for 3-10 minutes depending on the instructions. This process will require you to watch and reapply the wipes to ensure it stays wet. It may mean you go back 5 or 6 times, but it does have a search and kill mission to complete. Once dry, wipe the area to remove any residue (wipes are usually wet and leave streaky residue behind) with a clean, damp microfiber cloth.

Have you been using your disinfectant wipes properly?

What Should I Disinfect?

There is a time and place for disinfecting and doing it often and everywhere is not the answer. Below are the areas we recommend you disinfect but feel free to add additional areas as you see fit.

Points of Contact

In other words, areas that are touched often. Our hands touch many things during the day including our mouths and faces. As such, they are often the transporter of illness and disease. Points of contact are a real source of focus when preventing illness. Door handles, light switches, remote controls, sinks, toilets, phones, etc., are all points of contact. You can use either a wipe or spray when disinfecting said areas.



This covers off things like phones, laptops, tablets, watches, keyboards, mouse, remotes, etc. These items are often overlooked. A Deloitte survey found that on average people pick up their phone 58 times a day. Imagine the germs and bacteria that would be present when not disinfected regularly. Wipes are often a great choice when disinfecting electronics.


Bathrooms have multiple points of contact that need disinfecting when an illness is present. Toothbrush holders, toilet and the surrounding area, countertops, sinks, light switch, and all soft surfaces such as rugs and towels need disinfecting. It is a good idea to let the sick person use a bathroom no one else will use to contain any germs.

Disinfecting a bathroom can be a long process when done correctly, however, it is necessary when an illness is present.

Cleaning Tools

In times like this, make sure your cleaning tools are being changed out and cleaned more often. You can clean your cloths in the washing machine on a warm or hot cycle depending on care instructions – make sure to wash these on their own – and then put in the dryer to dry.

Sponges, brushes, and mops should be cleaned after each use and porous materials like sponges should be changed out at a higher frequency than normal if you suspect or know someone is sick. A soak in warm soapy water after each use would be sufficient for brushes and mops – you can also put some in the washing machine and let air dry. Always make sure you check the care instructions prior to any cleaning. Sponges can be zapped in the microwave to remove bacteria. Click here for a great instructional blog,

Now you are equipped with the knowledge of a professional cleaner. We hope this information serves you and your family well during times of sickness.

What are dirty carpets doing to your health?

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What are dirty carpets doing to your health?

getting sick from dirty carpet

You vacuum your carpet, spray it with disinfectant every now again and even have your own carpet shampooer; your carpet must be clean, right?
Think again.
Carpets are made up of millions of fibers which are great at hiding dirt, bacteria, and other nasties. Regular cleaning of your carpets is sadly not enough to rid your carpet of these toxins. This, in turn, can do damage to your health. Did you know that your carpet is 4000 times germ-ier than your toilet seat… Yup, 4000 times! It’s time we take a closer look into what dirty carpets are doing to your health.

Weaken Immune System

Our immune system is constantly fighting off toxins to keep us in good health. Whether we are at home, work or out and about we are constantly coming into contact with various different surfaces and germs, causing our immune system to be in overdrive. More often than not, we do not see what our immune system is fighting off so it can be difficult to know how to help.
Living in an unclean environment can be bad for our health for two reasons: 1. It will introduce us to harmful bacteria and other toxins that can make us sick and 2. An unclean house can lead to an ‘unclean mind’, when our stress levels are raised it can also lead to a weakened immune system.
Carpets can be a breeding ground for mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are made up of different types of mould. As we all know, exposure to mould is not good for one’s health and all mould should be dealt with quickly and effectively. Many asthma and allergy sufferers will have their symptoms worsen when exposed to mould.
Babies have developing immunes systems and are frequently in contact with floors, which puts them at a greater risk of getting sick from your carpet. If you have a home with toddlers and small children, frequent vacuuming and professional cleaning are important for keeping your kids healthy.

Pestsdust mites in carpet fibers

Pest like dust mites and fleas love to live in dirty carpets. Every day we shed over a million dead skin cells which are spread across our home and all the places we visit that day. Not only are our carpets full of dead skin cells, but they are also full of food crumbs, bacteria and fungi which makes an ideal breeding ground for dust mites. Dust mites do more than just eat your dead skin cells, they can cause itchy/red skin, sneezing, coughing, itchy throat and irritated eyes. If you have asthma these symptoms could be exacerbated.
If your pet has had fleas, having carpet in your home can make it even harder for you to rid your pet of fleas as their eggs can remain in the carpet and once hatched jump back onto your pets. This can cause a big problem for your pet as fleas can be very hard to get rid of once they have laid eggs in bedding and carpets.

respiratory issues due to dirty carpetRespiratory Problems

As mentioned previously carpets are a breeding ground for both moulds and dust mites. Both can cause flu-like symptoms and respiratory problems. Mould when inhaled can lead to short- and long-term health problems, especially in the lungs. Dust mites can cause eye and nasal irritation as even in death their carcasses are laying around causing problems for your health.
Dirty carpets can also trigger asthma attacks, as many sufferers are sensitive to airborne toxins. Mould, pet hair, pollen, dust etc… can stay within your carpet’s fibres for days or weeks when not cleaned correctly. Once walked on they can lift from the carpet and become airborne which will, in turn, can cause asthma attacks and even irritation to non-asthma sufferers.
Allergy sufferers pay the price for dirty carpets inside their home and work but so can other so-called ‘healthy’ people. Up to 2,000 dust mites can live in one ounce of carpet dust, they are mostly invisible to the naked eye so you will not be able to tell if they are hiding in your carpet or on your mattress. Not only can these factors damage a healthy adults health but young children who spend most of their time playing on the ground are at a big risk of developing respiratory issues or allergies due to constant exposure to mould, other toxins and pests.
Cheap carpet cleaning products, vacuums and shampooers may not be enough to deal with a pest or mould infestation. Professional carpet cleaners have powerful tools to kill and remove hidden pests and extract any moulds that might be growing deep in your carpets. The experts at Jim’s Carpet Cleaning recommended you get your carpets professionally cleaned every 6 months or whenever you notice you might have a flea or dust mite infestation to keep you and your carpets healthy.


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Unfortunately, house cleaning is a task that we will continue to do for the rest of our lives. We are all guilty of stocking up on the cheapest products or buying bulk when our favourite one is on sale. However, just because these products are good for our wallet doesn’t mean they are good for our health or the environment.

Unbeknown to most of us, these cleaning products contain harmful chemicals that can trigger or cause allergies and also leave us with long term health problems. So instead of reaching for you favourite store bought all purpose spray & antiseptic wipes, consider swapping to one or more of the below Eco & family friendly cleaning solutions.

Lemonlemons - eco friendly cleaner

Lemons will become your new best friend! Lemons are natures antiseptic and odour control. Due to their high acidic content, they can be used in all areas of your home. How you can incorporate lemons into your cleaning routine:

  • Dipping a half cut lemon in salt can give your copper/silver pots their shine back after a good scrub
  • Marinate lemon peel & white vinegar in a jar or bottle for a couple of days and enjoy a fresh smelling, powerful all purpose cleaner (remove the peel before use)
  • Use slices of lemon to disinfect surfaces such as your chopping boards

Baking soda- otherwise known as Bi Carb Soda

Due to the mildly alkaline nature of baking soda, you can use this product to remove baked on grime, food and rust. Due to baking soda’s absorbent nature using this method on greasy areas will be a walk in the park. Baking soda uses:

  • Stove, pot & baking trays: Combined with water or vinegar, create a small paste and scrub on affected areas.  If you are needed a more powerful solution leave the paste on the affected areas for a few hours and scrub off.
  • Oven cleaning: A great family friendly oven cleaning method is to create a thick paste of baking soda and water, apply it all over your oven (or just the affected areas) leave overnight before scraping off and wiping down – No more harmful chemical near your food!
  • Carpet  & Mattress Cleaning: To keep your carpets & mattresses smelling and looking fresh, sprinkle some baking soda and let it rest for 15 minutes or more before vacuuming. The baking soda absorbs odour quickly and effectively.


The one and only champion of Eco-friendly cleaning! Due to vinegar’s acidity is makes for a great cleaner, dissolving soap scum, streak free glass cleaning and much more.
Here are some of our top vinegar cleaning tips:

  • By combining equal parts vinegar and baking soda you can scrub away tough stains such as coffee and red wine from cups.
  • Run vinegar through your dishwasher and washing machine monthly to keep them clean.
  • Pour a cup of diluted white vinegar in the toilet bowl and leave overnight before scrubbing and watch it return to a pearly white state


Another area of Eco-Cleaning revolves around what you use to wipe and wash surfaces with. Disinfectant wipes can be handy as they are both a cloth and spray in one. However, they overflow landfill (as they are single use) and have harmful chemicals in them. Options for biodegradable washcloths can be using old face towels, using biodegradable cloths from speciality online stores or for a cheaper option reuse your Chux (wash them in the washing machine after a few washes to clean them before reusing them).

Jim's all purpose cleanerStore bought products

Although mainstream supermarkets don’t have a wide or any Eco-Friendly cleaning product range doesn’t mean they don’t exist! You can purchase family and environmentally friendly products from independent supermarkets, health food stores and online. A quick “Eco-Friendly cleaning products” search will bring up 100s of products that you can get delivered to your door!
Jim’s Cleaning has developed a range of family and environmentally safe products that are used by our professional cleaners on a daily basis. These products are enzyme cleaners, meaning they won’t trigger allergies and won’t damage any surfaces while still providing an excellent clean.

Water blasting


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Jim's Pressure Cleaning

When cleaning a home, there are always some areas that are impossible to clean properly. No matter how hard you rub them or make use of chemicals and detergents, the dirt caked into them won’t come off. For such hard-to-clean areas, there is a special kind of service known as water blasting or high pressure cleaning service. It utilizes a highly pressurized blast of water to clean the surfaces. The following are some of the areas that are cleaned using water blasting cleaning services.


The pavements of the houses are some of the most difficult areas to clean. They have dirt and gravel set deep into them which cannot be cleaned using conventional cleaning techniques. Water blasting cleaning services can help in cleaning pavements in a matter of minutes. When the pressurized water stream hits the dirt and gravel, it loosens them and makes it easier to get the area cleaned. Dirt, stains and moulds that can’t be removed conventionally can also be cleaned through water blasting cleaning.


The driveway is another area which can only be cleaned thoroughly with water blasting cleaning services. Like the pavements, this area of the home also has a great amount of dirt and gravel, which is hard to remove. Since this is a high traffic area in the house and does not see much regular cleaning, it requires advanced cleaning techniques to rid it off the dirt it accumulates over time.


Concrete is a building material that’s used in walls and paths in the home. Because of its porous nature, it can hold dirt and grime which can’t be removed easily. Water blasting cleaning can help in prying out the dirt. In addition to this, if there are any oil stains present on the concrete that you aren’t able to remove, then water blasting cleaning is the solution for you.

Dog hair in car


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It’s no secret dogs are everyone’s best friend. No matter what time of the day, your dog will be over the moon to see you and spend time with you. That’s why we love to spoil them with trips to the beach, park and even to lunch dates. These memories stay with us forever, however, so does the hair stuck in our carpet and car seats….

Removing pet hair from your car can be time consuming and painstaking. Often leaving us frustrated and giving up. Luckily the expert car detailers here at Jim’s Car Detailing have complied a list of their best, cost effective tips  on how to remove pet hair from your car.

The Pre Clean

vacuum for pet hair

This first step is to try and remove all loose hair possible from your carpets and upholstery using a vacuum. This step will save you lots of time down the track and really let you focus on the stubborn, embedded hair.

Tip: use a hand held vacuum that is easy to use inside your car. You can purchase pet hair specific vacuums that come with detachable heads making it easy to get in all those small spaces. If you don’t have a hand held vacuum you can use your regular vacuum.

Rubber Glove

We are going to keep this one simple. Use a rubber glove, yes like the ones you use to wash the dishes. Simply run the gloves over your upholstery and carpet and watch the friction between the glove and the fabric cause static energy and lift the hair!

Tip: If the dry glove is not enough, run them under a little bit of water and rub them over your car’s surfaces.

Velcrovelcro for taking pet hair off seats

This method is best for carpeted floors. Using either the coarse side of Velcro or some Velcro curlers (the perfect reason to pull them out from the back of the cupboard) and run them over your carpet.

Tip: Try this out in a small area first to make sure they wont pull at any of the fabric.

Pumice Stone

This is another trick that works wonders on the carpet flooring of your car. A pumice stone can be quite coarse so it is recommended that you try this in a small area or your car first to make sure it will not damage your interior.

What you’ll need:pumice stne helps pet hair become loose from car seatsfabric softener helps remove pet hair
  • Pumice stone
  • Spray bottle
  • Fabric softener
  • Cloth
  • Water
  • Small bucket

This method requires a few more steps than the last. The use of fabric softener is to break any static bond in the carpet to loosen the pet hair. Simply spray the fabric softener solution on a cloth and rub it over your carpets. You can also spray it onto the pumice stone itself. Once applied, rub the stone in one direction (back and forth may embed the hair even further) and rinse in a bucket of water to remove the hair attached.

Tip: fabric softener solution of 7-parts water to 1-part liquid fabric softener is a great way to help release pet hair & freshen up your upholstery.

Rubber Brush

rubber brush on car seatsSimilar to the pumice stone, a  rubber brush is great for picking up those stubborn embedded hairs. We again ask you to try the brush out on a small area first to ensure it will not pull at your carpet.

This step can be used after you have tried one of the other methods to ensure there are no hairs left behind. Alternatively, you can use this as your only step.

How to prevent dog hair

Now for the most important step: Prevention!

We know it is impossible to never get pet hair in your car ever again but it is possible to limit it and here’s how:

Tip 1: Brush your dog at least once a week. This will limit the amount of shedding left in your car and around your house. If you want to be super cautious, brush your dog prior to each car trip.

Our recommended Deshedding brushes are the FURminator. You can buy these at pet stores or on eBay (for half the price):

Tip 2: Invest in a pet seat cover. These act as a protective layer over your back seats. Due to the waterproof material, these seat covers can be shaken off after use reducing the chance of hair re-entering your car.

Wax v Polish – What’s the difference?

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Wax v Polish – What’s the difference?


Unfortunately, unless we keep our cars wrapped up in bubblewrap, they are going to incur imperfections and like all car owners, you are going to want to fix them. The question is how? We all know for the best results you need to call in the professionals but what do you do if you have a few minor scratches here and there? Can that be something you can fix on your own?

The short answer is yes! With the correct products yes you can fix them and in the worst case, you will not create any further damage. A simple yet effective way to get rid of minor scratches is to wax and polish your car. People often get confused thinking one product is better than the other or using one will be sufficient however, the difference is important. In fact, they are basically polar opposites, yet so great when used together.

Car Polish

Car polish is an abrasive material that will help you remove the top layer of ‘protection’ from your car e.g. old wax. If any of the scratches are on the surface of this ‘protection’ layer, then you will be able to remove them on your own. Now don’t get alarmed, it is very gentle and will not ruin your car’s paint job. After your car has been washed and dried, applying polish will smooth out the surface and scratches while removing any leftover dirt leaving your with a car so shiny you can see your reflection.

It’s important to use a high-quality polish for a few reasons: newer/higher grade polishes gradually become smaller as you work with them and they often vanish into the pain, creating a fuss-free clean-up prior to your wax.

Car Wax

On the other hand, car wax leaves a protective layer around the outside of your car which helps protect it against the elements. Not only does it protect your car, but wax also leaves your car with a showroom shine.

There are various types of car wax, natural, synthetic and paint sealant to name a few. They all have similar characteristics but they do not all leave the same level of protection and finish on a vehicle. It is best to do your research and find what will be the best product for your vehicle based on its condition. Waxing your car should always be the last step. As it is going to be your car’s protection you do not want to risk taking any of it off when you are cleaning or polishing your car.

If you cannot remove the scratches on your car, give your local Jim’s Car detailer a call and we can come and assess your vehicle free of charge!

In The End

As you can see, if you want the showroom finish you can’t really use one without the other. Every perfect finish needs a perfect base. So from now on, you won’t be thinking should you wax or polish, you will find yourself thinking which type of wax best compliments the polish on my car.