First, I have to say that we don’t eat in our car and we forbade our kids to do it too. Aside from the occasional takeaway or ‘tapaos’ that we buy home in the boot, eating in the car is a major ‘No, No’ for us. The only exception would the be occasional bottled milk feeds for Buddy.
So,imagine my shock when early in the session with EA Detailer, I saw with my very own eyes small roaches crawling INSIDE my car cabin during fumigation! When the fumigation session ended, I was so embarrassed (and shocked!) when the staff there showed me the amount of small roaches that lived in my car. If roaches are found in our car, we shudder to think the number of roaches that will exist in those cars where kids (and adults) to eat and snack freely.
The Uncomfortable Truth:
Surprisingly, the staff was quite calm about it and assured me with the uncomfortable truth that it is a common sight in cars regardless of how well you try to keep it spanking clean. Truth is, roaches can enter the car even if you do not eat inside. The interior of the car is often warm and humid, perfect conditions for these pests to dwell. We would ‘invite’ roaches into the car even if the leftover smell of takeaway food inside the car. In addition, dust, pet dander and other dust can breed dust mites as well as other microscopic pests in addition to these pesky roaches.
The Car – Our ‘2nd’ Home:
For those of us who own cars, it’s a fact that apart from the home and office, our cars are the next place which we would spend most of our time in. But what makes it worse is that in the car we are all within very close confines of one another, including with these pests! Which is no wonder that sometimes our children may get allergic reactions after sitting in some cars.
Beyond Mere Car Grooming:
At EA Detailer, they don’t just groom and clean cars. They know that beyond just cleaning, it is even more important to ensure the cars are returned to the owners sanitized and pest-free. Which is why a complete car grooming session at EA Detailer takes about 4 to 5 hours.
Before the session, the staff at EA Detailer will patiently explain the process to us, including enlightening us on the method and the type of cleaning agents used to affirm us that our car is in the good hands of professionals.
Here is what EA’s Exterior grooming and Interior Sanitization package entails:
1) Exterior Polish Paint Correction (3-Stage Exterior Glow)
2) Interior Sanitization with Anti Pest Fumigation services (3-Stage Interior Sanitization with Anti Pest Treatment)
3) Baby Seat Sanitization (yes! There’s such a service!)
Before the cleaning process started, the staff removed any leftover items from the car and placed them neatly in a well-demarcated box to ensure our items will not be misplaced or lost.
Fumigation is one of the fastest way to get rid of pests in the car. The common method of ‘baiting’ – laying a sticky trap etc…not only is slow and ineffective, it leaves harmful poisonous compound in the car along with the carcasses of the dead pests if not cleared regularly. The Pandan Leaves trick advised by many taxi uncles also ain’t effective after a day or two. In urban Singapore, I have friends who told me that stopping kids from eating in the car is almost akin to mission impossible so the only way to eradicate these tiny critters fully is via fumigation. The Bio-Fumigation process adopted by EA Detailer is safe and non-toxic to human beings. The fume used were from plant extraction, non-toxic, biodegradable and digestible.
Fogging….then what lies inside?
During the bio-fumigation, a machine omits a steady steam of ‘smoke’ to fog up a car within seconds! The car doors will then remain shut for about 3o minutes. During that time, the car exterior is washed. The high quality washing agent used are from Germany. I was particularly impressed when the dirt and grime from the tire rims basically just flow cleanly off, revealing the shiny rims beneath! I was also impressed that there were 4 staff dedicated to washing my car giving my car a very detailed wash.
All hands on deck – the team was very professional and had an eye for detail.
20 minutes into the fumigation, I could see the staff curiously peering into the car window. As the smoke in the interior cabin slowly dissipated, we were able to see small roaches being ‘forced’ out of their hiding places by the fumigation. Subsequently, the roaches were slowly picked and disposed off. I squirmed and sighed a huge sigh of relief!
I could literally hear my wife Angie shrieked when I whatsapped this photo to her in the midst of her meeting…
Following the fumigation, the interior was carefully wiped-down, meticulously vacuumed, every inch dusted and sanitized. In fact, the sanitizing agent used inside the car cabin have been medically certified safe for use even in hospitals, including Singapore General Hospital. I was impressed by the attention to details as the staff carefully dusted the air-con vent and polished even the engine compartment, the sides of the doors and boot etc. It’s a lot of manual hard work but the dedication of the staff was beyond impressive.
Staff from EA slowly and carefully clean even nook, corner and vent of our car.
As part of the interior’s cleaning , the cabin is steamed cleaned as well as treated with a compound that sterilizes the interior the same way as how world-class hotels would clean and sterilize their rooms to remove any trace of odour. The interior and the seats were then coated. The special compound used ensures that the surface of the cabin, the dashboard and the seats have a ‘Matt’ finish, just like a brand new car! In fact, I never dreamt my car interior would look and smell so fresh again!
Back to the showroom shine!
Baby Shouldn’t Be Left Out:
Baby’s seat deserves to be cleaned thoroughly but how many of us know how to do it properly? In fact, baby car seats are left out of the car cleaning process. Baby’s car seat can be quite dirty with milk stains or crumbs of food fed to the baby, dirt stains on the seat etc…making baby’s seat a haven for germs and bacteria!
Cleaning baby’s seat at EA is more than just simple vacuuming. The process includes:
– Steam Cleaning (To loosen any dirt, dust particles and food substances attached to the seat fabric and kill dust-mites)
– Tornado Intensive Cleaning (High pressure water which is injected on the surface of the cleaning area to further loosen all the bacteria, germs, food substances and cleanse the surface)
– Physical sanitization
Baby’s seat is not left out!
The Finishing Touches:
The good folks at EA Detailer did not leave any stones un-turned as they wash, clean and treated the engine compartment of the car, making the car truly like new. It was quite surreal seeing the car’s interior and exterior become so spanking new! This was how good EA Detailer’s workmanship is.
Impressive – even places that we don’t usually see.
The complete duration of the session takes about 5 to 6 hours. As part of their value-added service to the clients, you can prearrange a transport service to and from home. You can also prearrange for staff from EA Detailer to pick up your car for grooming before your holiday trips and they will return the car when you are back from overseas. This clearly shows EA Detailer’s level of commitment to service excellence. For customers like myself who sent in the car on our own, EA Detailer has a nice lounge (with free WIFI) for us to chill out and surf the web while waiting for the hardwork to be over.
EA’s Car Grooming At A Glance:
It all starts with the Anti Pest Fumigation process. Once the Fumigation fogging process has been done, we will leave the vehicle enclosed to allow the fogging within the vehicle. While waiting, we proceed to clean up the vehicle as follows:
1) Exterior Polish Paint Correction (3-Stage Exterior Glow)
– KochChemie NanoShampoo
– KochChemie RimCleaner
– Claybar Surface to Remove Dirt Particles
– Cleanse and Rinse Vehicle Surface with Water
– Dry with Chamosis
– Access Paint Coat Surface
– Polish Paint Correction (Achieve up to 90% Paint Correction)
– Paint Coat Surface Cleanup
– Apply 2 Layers of Premium Carnauba Wax Sealant
– KochChemie Waxing and Detailing on Door Shuts, Boot Shuts, Bonnet Edges and Boot Edges
– Touch Up on Wax Sealant Residues on Surface
– Touch Up on Fuel Cap
– Touch Up on Rims
– Touch Up on Exhaust
– Ensure No Holograms
– Clean Up All Window Glass
– Explanation of Remains of Swirl Marks/Imperfections/Scratch Marks/Bird Poo Stains
(All products used are ISO certified)
2) Full Sanitization with Anti Pest Fumigation Services (3-Stage Interior Sanitization with Anti Pest Treatment)
– Clear all items in the vehicle
– Benticide Anti Pest Fumigation
– Check Interior for Pests/Coccon
– Check Car Boot for Pests/Coccon
– Check Engine Bay for Pests/Cocco
– Indepth Jet Vacuum
– Wonderkleen for Physical Sanitization
– KochChemie Multi Interior Cleaner
– KochChemie Cockpit Care
– KochChemie Top Star Leather Conditioning
– ProMed Ozonic Sanitization (To remove bacteria, any chemical residue, odour smell and sanitize the air environment including the aircon system)
(All Products used are ISO rated and certified safe by Singapore General Hospital)
3) Baby Seat Sanitization
Baby’s car seat should never been left out. It should be sanitized regularly for the welfare of the young child.
A ‘New’ Sanitized Car!
Finally, at the end when our car was driven into the showroom, I really couldn’t believe my eyes!
The exterior of the car, including every little nooks and corners were all shiny new. This includes the engine, the insides of the bonnet, the boot and the sides of the door. Stepping into the interior, it was as if I had stepped back in time 7 years ago when the car was brand new. More important than receiving the keys to an almost ‘brand new’ car, I know the car interior is now 100% SANITIZED, CLEANSED and SAFE for my family’s use. Something we cannot underestimate especially with very young kids.
The Importance of Consistent Cleaning:
We clean our home regularly but sadly, we don’t clean our cars, especially its interior that conscientiously. Fact is, with so many of us spending so many hours in the car and in close confines of each other inside the car, it is even more important that the car interior is just as regularly and carefully cleaned like our homes! If you have no means to do it on your own, then like us, leave it to the honest professionals like EA Detailer!
Thanks to our sponsor, we have A 3-Stage Interior Sanitization with Anti Pest Treatment worth SGD209. The package includes:
– Anti Pest Treatment
– Sanitization on all Physical Areas
– Dashboard Treatment
– Leather Treatment
– In-depth Vacuum
– Ozonic Treatment (To remove bacteria, any chemical residue, odour smell and sanitize the whole air environment including the air-con system)
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