This weekend I took my car to a professional detail shop in an effort to restore some shine to the paint. I admit that while I have kept the parts under the hood maintained, I had not done the best job taking care of the paint. I just didn't think about it too much.
Until, the dullness of the paint started to look so bad that it caught my attention. Then it started to bother me enough to do something about it. My attempts of washing and waxing it at that point were simply not enough. I needed professional help if the appearance was going to get any better.
As the very nice owner of the detail shop examined my car, he explained all that was required, (and by doing so all the actions I had not taken) to maintain a paint finish and achieve the appearance that I now wanted. I quickly learned that maintaining a paint job took some effort and regular maintenance. He stated I should have been washing the car regularly with a mild detergent and soft sponges, parking in the shade or a garage, getting the paint waxed at least twice per year with high quality wax. My car had experienced none of those things.
As he continued talking I realized that taking care of my car's paint job was really no different than the VCT maintenance instructions that I give my clients all the time. I always tell them that daily mopping is only part of the maintenance program. To keep the shine and cleanliness, I advise them:
I tell them all these things because I know from experience we will eventually have a conversation about why their floors look dull, scuffed and why the floors just don't seem clean anymore. A conversation very similar to the one I was having now about my paint with the car detail pro.Unfortunately for me, my shine can't be restored to my paint. I will need to get a paint job, which is more costly than regular maintenance.
What I learned is that with proper care the paint on my car would still have years of shine remaining. Don't be like me and have to take more expensive measures to do what proper maintenance would have prevented.So take a good look at your tile floors. Are they dull? Do they have scuffs? Do they still seem dirty even after mopping? If yes, its time to call in a floor maintenance specialist and talk about how to establish a VCT maintenance program. Since VCT can last 20 or more years, committing to a VCT maintenance program in much more economical in the long run than replacing the tile.
But since I still need a paint job, do you know of any good shops?
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