You never know what is hiding in tight spaces unless you look first!
Detailer safety is something that is not often considered. After all, its just cleaning cars right? The truth is you need to be aware of product safety and also that the vehicles themselves can involve risks.
If you are working on a vehicle other than your own, you need to be very
cautious. Never dive into an automobile and start cleaning, always inspect it
What you are looking for are used needles, broken glass, razor blades, knives, pins, and various other sharp objects. These items can be found under the seats, between the seats, in seat pockets, door pockets, glove boxes, center consoles, and so on. The chances of finding sharp and potentially dangerous objects are not as slim as you might think.
An extremely important part of your safety is to look everywhere before
sticking your hands in tight spots. If the area is dark, use a hand held light
to inspect the area first.
A hand held light is a necessary detailer safety tool
Wearing gloves is also a must for safety. Not only for protection from sharp objects and harsh cleaners, but also from bodily fluids. If you are cleaning a
vehicle such as a POLICE vehicle, an ambulance or a theft recovery vehicle, EXTREME caution is necessary.
Many times I have found razor blades in very tight spots. Always inspect your detail project first.
With police and theft recovery vehicles, chances are you will come across blood, vomit, or other types of bodily fluids. As unappealing as that sounds, you need to be protected at all times. If you aren't comfortable cleaning a vehicle in this condition, don't be afraid to turn the job down.
Slip resistant and water proof footwear are also a necessary safety item. Quite
often the floor you are working on will become slippery from moisture, spilled
cleaners, or mud. Slip resistant footwear will reduce the risk of unnecessary
Hearing protection is a good idea to have. A detail shop can get very noisy.
Compressors, vacuums, hot water extractors, power polishers, can cause damage to
your hearing if you don't take proper precautions. There are many styles of
hearing protection available to suit your needs.