Automobile Detailers


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Automobile Detailers

Automobile Detailers - Overview

Vehicle cleaners clean vehicles, machinery, and other types of equipment.

Vehicle cleaners often work at car washes. They inspect the vehicle and assess how dirty it is and whether there is damage. They use the following to wash the outside of vehicles:

  • Brushes
  • Scrapers
  • Soaps
  • Steam
  • Water

Cleaners may take things apart in order to clean them thoroughly. Sometimes they soak parts in cleaning solutions. When these parts are clean, cleaners put them back together.

Vehicle cleaners polish vehicles by applying wax and removing it by hand or with a buffing machine. They may apply paint to restore color or condition.

To clean the inside of vehicles, cleaners use vacuums. They may also steam clean the seats and carpets.

Vehicle cleaners may document the type of cleaning they performed.

Vehicle cleaners operate cleaning equipment, such as pressure washers. They connect, disconnect, and clean the hoses on these machines. They make sure that all cleaning equipment is working properly and report any problems to a supervisor. Vehicle cleaners mix cleaning solutions and make sure enough cleaning supplies are on hand.

Vehicle cleaners may do minor maintenance, such as check tire pressure and add water to the radiator. They may replace windshield wiper blades and change tires. Cleaners remove protective coatings and plastic coverings on new cars.

Vehicle cleaners often drive vehicles to and from the cleaning area. Sometimes they pick up or deliver vehicles to customers. They usually are responsible for keeping their work area neat.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.