Your vehicle is an extension of you. When your vehicle is clean, it makes a good impression. When considering having your car detailed, you may be wondering what the difference is between interior and exterior detailing. Let’s take a look, so you can make an informed decision.

Interior Auto Detailing

When you choose interior auto detailing, you’ll have a professional clean the interior of your vehicle.

Carpet and Upholstery

The first step of interior detailing is vacuuming. This includes the entire interior of your vehicle, including the trunk and floor mats.

Then, the carpet and upholstery will be shampooed. If you have leather seats, these will be cleaned and conditioned as well. Scotch guard is applied to fabrics, to help protect them and prevent future stains.

Interior Surfaces

You spend a lot of time inside your car. Why not treat yourself to a clean interior? Your interior surfaces will get a thorough cleaning. When the process is complete, surfaces should be clean and hard surfaces should shine.

This includes:

  • Door panels and handles
  • Compartments and ashtrays
  • Dashboard
  • Knobs
  • Headliner
  • Trim
  • Air vents


Your interior windows will be cleaned as well. You can expect a spot and streak-free finish.

Exterior Detailing

While you spend your time inside your car, the exterior is what others will see. Exterior detailing means that the exterior, or outside of your vehicle, will be thoroughly cleaned.

Full Hand Wash

Professional exterior detailing begins with a hand wash. While hand washing is more time-consuming, it’s also more effective. A hand wash includes cleaning painted surfaces, trim, wheels, tires, and wheel wells. Any bugs and tar are also removed during this step.

Clay and Waxing

Next, your paint will get a clay bar treatment. Clay removes any contaminants from your paint, including water spots and dust, and pollution. Then, a rubbing compound is used to polish the car and remove any fine swirls or scratches.

Now your vehicle is ready for wax. The 100% carnauba wax is applied and removed by hand for the best results. This protects your paint and gives it a like-new shine.

Tires and Trim

Any chrome surfaces will be polished to a high shine. Rubber seals and trim will be cleaned and protected with a trim restorer which eliminates discoloration. Tires are dressed, which allows them to shine.


Your exterior windows, including your windshield, mirrors, and the back glass will be cleaned. They should be spot free, and any residue will be removed.

Full Detail

If you can’t decide between exterior and interior detailing, select full car detailing in Philadelphia for a spotless interior and exterior.

Professional Detailing with Berardi’s Detailing

Contact Berardi’s Detailing for auto detailing in West Chester, PA to keep your vehicle looking its best.