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A Guide to Car Detailing

By Cleaning, Exterior, Interior, Maintenance, Uncategorized

While to some people car detailing means can mean a mere wax and wash, to others means a full cleaning and protection service inclusive of an interior shampoo and steam clean.

Start car detailing by evaluating your car’s paint. If its paint is smooth and contaminant-free, then there’s no need to do any other maintenance work than washing it thoroughly once a week. Spend a good 30 or 45 minutes to get a really good finish.

On the other hand, if you find that your car’s paint is stained and rough, then you’re going to need a lot more elbow grease than it takes to get a good finish when simply washing. Think about investing some 30 minutes to three hours of your time to achieve the best result.

Use a paint pre-wax cleaner next, as this will help eliminate any contaminants that are still present on your car’s paint surface. After you’ve gone over it using this kind of product, the next step is to evaluate the paint bit by bit in order to check for scratches and the depth of those scratches, if any. Most scratches will disappear using a good polish. Take one to five minutes on each scratch to ensure that it disappears.

Once you’ve polished your car’s entire surface sufficiently, the next car detailing step is to move on to waxing. Waxing your car should take you about 45 minutes to an hour. Repeat the process four times per year. A deep cleaning and polish needs to be undertaken just twice a year to ensure that your car’s paint looks just as it did when it left the showroom floor many years later.

Last but not least when it comes to exterior car detailing, pay good attention to your car’s wheels. Dull-looking, dirty and brake dust-covered wheels really age a car, so invest in a tyre and wheel cleaner. Have a big bucket of soapy water handy, together with a brush, and prepare to scrub them for 15 minutes apiece for the best finish.

Turning attention to your car’s interior, the first interior car detailing step to take is to evaluate how much effort you’re going to need to get it looking its best. If you’re a businessman who wears suits all day long, then it’s highly likely that you’re going to require less cleaning time than if you’re a mum driving about with two young kids in tow.

Start by vaccuuming regularly. We recommend vaccuuming twice each month for 10-15 minutes at a time. If you clean your car’s exterior regularly, doing so shouldn’t take you long. However, if you clean your car infrequently, then this job might take one to two hours to getting the interior fresh again. Pay special attention to the products you use – use a good interior shampoo for the seats in particular.

So there you have it!

 

If you care for your car to give it this much love and attention with car detailing, let Briiz give you a helping hand with the one of our many car cleaning services.

Vintage Car Cleaning

By Cleaning, Exterior, important, Maintenance

Owning a vintage car requires that you take extra care while cleaning it due to the added fragility that come with age, wear and tear.

Products

The first thing you need to consider is which products you are using and whether they are suitable for your particular car. Secondly, if you do have a vintage car, you need to devote more time to care and maintenance in order to keep it in tip-top shape.

No Car Washes!

An automatic car wash is never really a good idea when you have an older car, and this is because it could have a detrimental impact to older paint. In addition, if you happen to have a convertible vintage car, then it’s likely that it came out of the factory with a roof that is prone to leakages. Automation is best avoided and traded in with tender, loving care in your garage or other covered workspace.

Gently Does It

If you can’t get a professional detailer to do it, then washing bodywork by hand is always recommended when it comes to a vintage car. All you need is a very soft sponge and a smidgen of gentle, detergent-free soap, together with plenty of time to get the finish right. If you come across any stubborn marks or stains, don’t fret – all you need to do is use a soft chamois leather cloth and rub the affected area as you’re drying the car.

Dry, Wax and Polish

A chamois leather is always advisable for drying because it will prevent any drip or watermarks from remaining on the paintwork. Dry in a circular motion with the chamois loose in your hands.
Next up, a wax and polish on a vintage car never go amiss. Make sure the wax you’re using is both appropriate for the kind of paint on your car, as well as the colour of that paint. Once you’ve done that, start by waxing areas that appear marked or stained. Wax may help loosen such stubborn stains, giving your car a refreshed look. A T-Cut may also be worth considering to restore the top layer of paint at this point.

Finishing Touches

Finally, polish your car with a dry lint-free cloth in a circular motion. Doing so will guarantee you the best finish. Make sure you go over the entire body surface of your vintage car, checking each panel for omissions before you move on to the next bit.

So there you have it!

7 Car Care Essentials

By Cleaning, Exterior, Interior, Learning, Maintenance, Tips, Winter

This list may seem a little odd to you, but these things do really work! Here are 7 Car Care Essentials:

Nail polish remover

Dilute nail polish remover with a little water to remove any scuff marks from plastic trim pieces or rubbing strips. Wipe off immediately after using.

Epoxy Resin

Epoxy will make any two broken bits of a car stick back together again. Use a two-part epoxy resin for the best results. Keep a small kit with you just in case you have a mishap while out on the road.

Penetrating Oil

A low-viscosity penetrating oil, of which WD-40 is a great example, can be used to free nuts and bolts that have rusted together. This is definitely a handy car care product to keep around, especially if you drive something older.

Duct Tape

Let’s say you run your bumper over a high pavement and it comes loose from its brackets. You’re obviously going to want to drive home with it, so a bit of duct tape to hold it in place temporarily will definitely come in handy. A very important car care essential, keep it in your glove compartment or boot/trunk of your car.

Tyre Cleaner

We all love shiny black tyres to complement our newly-cleaned car, so investing in a tyre cleaner allows you to give it the finishing touch it needs. This is the very last step of a thorough car clean.

Hand-held Vacuum Cleaner

Getting into all the nooks and crannies of our beloved rides can be a pain in the proverbials without a having a hand-held vacuum cleaner close by. These are great from removing annoyances from a car’s interior.

Microfibre Towels

The primary use for these on a car is for removing any residual water present on your car’s paintwork after a good wash, however they have a whole myriad of uses because they can be used anywhere and on any surface. Having one around might see you preventing a messy spill all over your car’s interior too. Probably the most essential car care essential of all!

10 Amazing Car Cleaning Tips

By Cleaning, Exterior, important, Interior, Learning, Maintenance, Tips

In this blog, we’re going to tell you how to clean your car like the pros do. So let’s dive right in with 10 amazing car cleaning tips!

Air Compressor to get into Nooks and Crannies

Number one on our list of car cleaning tips is to use an air compressor to get all of the dirt that’s tough to remove from the corners of the footwells in your car. Blow these fragments into the centre for easy vacuuming.

Clean Air Vents to Keep New Car Smell

Ever wondered what the best way of keeping your smelling like new is? Clean out air vent with a small air compressor to remove dust and dirt. This will get rid of musty smells.

Use a Non-Acid-Based Tyre Cleaner

A non-acid-based tyre cleaner will prevent alloy wheels from bubbling while still making your tyres black and beautiful. Use it to remove brake dust too.

Hand-Wash the Exterior

Notice all our car cleaning tips are all done by hand, that is because going that extra mile for your car is worth it in the end. Hand-washing is the best way to clean a car’s exterior, and that’s the end of it. Don’t use liquid detergent in your bucket of water, because that strips away protective wax layers. Use a dedicated car washing product instead.

Use Paint Cleaning Product to Remove Contaminants

Use a paint cleaning liquid to take off tough pieces of dirt, such as bird droppings, which do not come off with a wash. Use a fine cloth in order to apply this and rub gently.

Give Her a Good Polish

Use an oscillating polishing machine and a market-leading polishing product to get the best finish. Giving your car a good polish in this way can make it look years newer.

Wax for Protection

Either liquid or paste wax will do as they both do the job equally well. Waxing your car thoroughly will keep its paint protected for up to a year before reapplication. Use a damp car cleaning sponge to apply the wax in the event that it didn’t come with an applicator. Giving your car a good wax is one of our most important car cleaning tips, it doesn’t just make her look good but she will be protected.

Reapply Wax Every Season

Seeing as there’s no way to tell if wax has lasted or is still present over your car’s entire surface, we recommend setting a fixed date at the change of every season in order to reapply it.

Make your Glass Shine

Invest in an ammonia-free glass cleaner and buff all your windows both inside and out with a microfibre cloth to finish off car cleaning.

Pay Attention to Detail

Last but not least on our list of car cleaning tips is to go over your car inside and out to make sure you haven’t missed a spot. Repeat the steps above as needed for any problem areas.

 

That is our full list of car cleaning tips, should you not fancy doing it for yourself, check out are car cleaning services and let Briiz do the dirty work for you. Book now: briiz.com.mt/car-bookings

Correct Rib Maintenance

By Boat, Cleaning, Exterior, important, Interior, Maintenance, servicing, Winter

As with any type of boat, maintenance of your Rigid Inflatable Boat, or rib, will help maintain both its value and its longevity for many a year to come if done properly.

The most important time to consider rib care and maintenance is at the end of the season, when the full scope of wear and tear incurred becomes apparent. Should you not have the required knowledge, skill or expertise in order to ensure that your Rib is being taken care of properly, then we recommend you bring in a dedicated boat mechanic how will know his way round your rib better than you do.

End of Season

When you take your rib out of the water at the end of the season, ensure that non-lubricated parts of your rib have not become stuck, establish whether any water has entered its tailfin and check that its engine starts without problems.

Apply antifouling if it applies to the kind of material your particular rib is made out of. Check all accessories to ensure they are in good working order. In addition, lubricate any moving parts and preserve petrol in its tank over the winter.

Engine Considerations

With specific reference to your engine, replace its oil and filter if you have a four-stroke engine. The petrol filter should also be replaced. Check your engine’s spark plugs and replace them if necessary. Clean it block if there is any leftover residue, together with applying an anti-corrosion later and lubricating any moving parts. Also change the tailfin oil, check your engine’s propeller and lubricate the propeller shaft. Conduct an engine diagnosis if possible too to check if there is anything wrong which may not be immediately apparent through observation.

Fabric

Also pay special attention to your Rib’s fabric at all times, because it is obviously made out of material which can wear down if not maintained properly.

How to Care for your Boat

By Boat, Cleaning, Exterior, Interior, Learning, Maintenance, servicing, Uncategorized

Regardless of the kind of boat you own, it’s important to care for it properly in order to ensure your safety and maintain its longevity. Care for your boat with pride! In this entry, we tell you exactly how to do it.

Storage

If indoor storage is an option for you, then we highly encourage you to store your boat indoors. It provides the best protection and care for your boat against the elements bar none. Rain, cold, wind and UV rays in the sunnier months can all cause damage to your boat, so it is best they are avoided it when it isn’t in use. Cover it up to prevent moisture, dust and debris build-up.

Routine Maintenance

It’s important to check over key aspects of your boat routinely and see to them if and when needed. If you don’t have any technical know-how whatsoever, take a course in basic boat maintenance. The most important things to consider are your boat’s bilge pumps, engine, oil, electrical system, propeller and hull.

Regular Cleaning

Think about all the things that could affect your boat’s hull, namely aquatic pests such as barnacles attaching themselves to it, algae, plant growth and rust. Not only do all these things corrode your hull, they also can make you boat perform less efficiently, affecting its performance. Set up a cleaning schedule which is devised according to how much time your boat spends in the sea.

Get Insured

Boat insurance is always a good thing to have in order to care for your boat, because you never know what might go wrong both when it’s moored or when you’re at sea. Take a look at a previously blog entry to find who our recommended insurer is.

Our Effort Cleaning up Kristu tal-Bahhara

By Boat, Cleaning, important, Learning, Yacht

The Kristu tal-Bahhara statue is somewhat of a landmark, having been in place for a full 25 years. It was our pleasure to get involved with the clean-up of this statue, which was the only one of its kind to have been blessed by Pope John Paul II during his Papacy.

The statue, which is intended to ward off the perils which Maltese sailors may face, was fashioned out of concrete and fibreglass by Maltese sculptor Alfred Camilleri Cauchi in order to keep its form in cold, salty and deep water over a lengthy period of time.

Marking Pope John Paul II’s Visit

It was laid on the seabed by a team of divers led by Raniero Borg off St. Paul’s Islands to mark the occasion of Pope John Paul II’s visit to Malta in 1990.

In the time since then, Kristu tal-Bahhara was moved to a location some two kilometres off Qawra Point. This is because the underwater visibility off St. Paul’s Islands deteriorated markedly in ensuing years, as did the volume of divers visiting the site to view the statue. The decision to relocate it was taken and executed in 2000.

It now lies in 35 metres of water, just a short distance away from the MV Imperial Eagle, an old ferry which was used to transport passengers between Malta and Gozo from 1958 through to 1968. The scuttled ship, together with the statue, makes the site very popular with divers in the present day.

Briiz Corporate Social Responsibility

We were honoured to have been involved in the recent clean-up of the statue as part of our corporate social responsibility effort and can state unreservedly that the statue was returned to its former glory.

Archbishop of Malta, Mgr. Charles Scicluna, will be leading a ceremony on 31st May to mark 25 years since the statue was laid at sea. He will bless a plaque to mark the occasion. This plaque will then be fixed in place by a team of divers who have been hand-picked for the task.

Those who have their own boats are invited to join in the ceremony, which will also serve as an unofficial inauguration of the summer season. Time permitting, Archbishop Scicluna might bless private boats in attendance. It promises to be a wonderful occasion.

Boat Maintenance in Winter

By Boat, Cleaning, Exterior, Interior, Learning, Maintenance, Tips, Winter, Yacht

The winter months mean that extra care needs to be taken in order to ensure that your boat remains in tip-top condition. Taking extra precautions during the winter months, however, means that there will be less to do once the weather gets better.

In or out?

First and foremost, the biggest decision you’ll need to make is whether you’re going to take your boat out of the water for the winter, or moor it somewhere safe where it isn’t too exposed to the elements.

If you’re going to go for the former option, then seize the opportunity to check everything methodically – establish what needs repairing or replacing, or whether there’s something you’d like to modify. Remove and store all ancillary items such as radio and GPS systems, batteries, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, lifejackets and safety equipment.

Exterior

Once that’s done, the first thing you need to do is give your boat’s exterior a thorough clean, inclusive of scrubbing down, waxing and polishing the hull (especially the part that sits underwater should you choose to take your boat out), the topside, bottom, deck and superstructure. Clean her sails and bilge too. If your boat is made of fibreglass, ensure you check for blisters.

Interior

Next, move on to the interior – take care of carpets, tables, and any other fixtures and furnishings. We recommend using moisture absorbers in cabins and lockers just to make sure everything stays dry.

Ensure your mechanicals are sound

The biggest piece of the puzzle, especially during the winter months, is to ensure all mechanicals are clean and working correctly. Should you be unsure of what you have to do, or should you be wary of missing an important detail, then we recommend consulting someone more experienced than you or employing a professional to take care of the job for you.

Every few weeks, check on your boat’s condition, especially if she’s remaining in the water. Make sure that the location she’s stored in will not pose problems caused by wind and weather exposure or falling foliage. If she isn’t, then make sure shores providing structural support are secure and stable.