I get asked these questions all the time, "what is detailing? and how is detailing different than a car wash?"
Detailing is essentially an in depth cleaning of your car, starting from the inside, and then proceeding to the exterior. Detailing should be done as preventive maintenance, just as you would do on the mechanical parts of your car. Over time, a regular vacuum and wash will not be a enough to clean your car properly. Very minute dust and debris that goes unnoticed to the untrained eye still remains. That is where someone such as a Professional Automotive Detailer is essential. In doing so, this will prevent permanent damage to the paint caused from a plethora of things such as brake dust, tree sap, and tar. If these things are left on the paint, over time they will break down the paint causing it to rust. It's the same for the interior, if you leave a stain on the floor for weeks, it may cause irreversible damage or be a costly clean. This doesn't even begin to scratch the surface however. There is so much that goes into getting your car detailed correctly. That's why it's crucial that you make sure to go to professional.
Professional Automotive Detailer-John Coppola