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Cleaning the Carpets in Your Vehicle

Cleaning the Carpets in Your Vehicle

 

The carpets and floor mats in your vehicle could make a big difference in the overall appearance. Trash, dirt, and crumbs can accumulate easily on your cars floor. Luckily, cleaning the carpets and formats is a simple part of auto detailing that you can do yourself. Below are some tips to help you clean your vehicle carpets.

First, pick up any big items from the carpet. You will need your car to be as empty as possible before you start cleaning. Take out your floor mats and shake out any crumbs or dirt. Then use a handheld vacuum to go over the carpet. Be sure to vacuum in all crevices, including under and around the seats and under the pedals.

Once you have all the dirt off the floor, you can put your focus on the carpet. Look for any spills or stains and try to dilute any spills with a little cold water then blot the stain with a towel. Try to find a spot cleaner that can lift any dirt, grease, or oil from the carpets. Test an area of carpet that is out of sight to ensure the cleaner will not damage your vehicles carpeting. Once you know the cleaner is safe, you can continue in the process of carpet cleaning.

For best results, you need to treat stains immediately. Spray the entire area with a spot cleaner that you have chosen until it is damp. Take a clean white cloth and blot the area to remove it, rinsing out the cloth as needed. If you can still see the stain, repeat the above steps is necessary. Be sure you clean the entire area where the stain was to avoid rings.

You can begin cleaning the floor mats while you wait for the carpets to dry. Just like cleaning the carpet, cleaning the mats is a simple process. Use a handheld vacuum on the floor mats first. Then use your spray cleaner to remove any spots or stains such as ink, grease, all, or coffee from the floor mats. Once the mats are clean, hang them up so both sides can quickly dry.

Detailing your automobile can sometimes be boring and difficult. If you follow the right steps, though, cleaning the floor of your car will be easy and stress-free. Having clean carpets in your car can give your car a fresher cleaner feel and make your time driving your car a lot more enjoyable. If you’re like me, and want it done professionally I highly recommend http://www.albanycarpetcleaningservices.com.

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Checking Your Vehicle for Paint Contamination

Checking Your Vehicle for Paint Contamination

 

Paint contamination consist of embedded and bonded inorganic and organic particles that can be harmful to the paint on your vehicle. These kinds of contaminants physically and chemically bond to the paint on your vehicle and are not removed through the regular process of washing. Some examples of these contaminants are hard water spots, tree sap, paint over spray, industrial fall out, rail dust, brake dust, and tar.

The first way to check for paint contamination is to physically rub your hand over the paint after the surface has been washed. If your paint is clean and free of contamination, it will feel smooth like glass. If it feels rough and greedy, your paint is covered in a bonded contamination. It can sometimes be hard to feel for the contamination. Therefore, it may be best put your hand inside a plastic baggie and then rub over the paint. The plastic baggie will enhance your sense of touch and help to give you a better feel for your paints condition.

If the contamination is left over time, the bonded and embedded particles will deteriorate, corrode, and oxidize the paint on your vehicle. One of the common signs of this happening are when your paint starts looking dull and no longer has the gloss or shine it initially did. After a while, the contaminants can cause even more issues such as rust forming from moisture that is penetrated the broken areas of paint, clear coat failure, etching effects on the surface paint, and other damage that may not be repairable if left unattended.

The contamination can also prevent any types of coding, sealants, and waxes from properly bonding to your paint in addition to the damage it causes already to the paint. Products such as coatings, sealants, and waxes are designed to bond with the paint, not any form of contamination that is covering or embedded in the surface. Without the contamination being removed, those products are not able to perform the way they should, thus resulting in a shorter lifespan and less gloss and shine.

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How to Remove a Car Magnet that is Stuck

How to Remove a Car Magnet that is Stuck

 

Removing a car magnet that is stuck can be a pain, but with a couple of tools in a little patience, you can remove them without causing damage to your paint. There are a couple different tactics available to remove the magnets, so choose whichever you feel the most comfortable with. I will discuss one method below.

The first process I tried was to heat up the magnetized surface and fill the chunks off gently as the bond was released from the paint. Leave in the car outside on a hot summer day in the sun will help this process. Otherwise, you will need to use a hairdryer for heat. The magnet I tried this on was brittle, but after I heated up and soaked it in an adhesive remover, some of its flexibility was restored which helped it to come off easier.

After you heat up the magnet, use an adhesive solvent to spray on the magnet. Let the solvent set on the edges and the surface of the magnet for a few minutes. Just make sure you don’t let it dry. If your work area is in sunlight, you will need to keep a close eye on it and add more solvent if needed.

After the solvent has had a few minutes to sit on the magnet, gently start to work the edges of the magnet using your fingernail. If you do this slowly you will have a better chance of pulling a larger chunk of magnet off. You can also use a microfiber towel with spray adhesive solvent on it to rub the edge of the magnet gently until it comes free. You must be patient with this process. When you try to do it too quickly, the rubber on the magnet will dissolve into many pieces or snap and you will need to start the process over again to get the edge free.

If you have a steam cleaner on hand, that will help you a lot. After your edge starts coming up, the steam can be used to break the bond between the magnet and the paint. Steam can also cause the magnet to bubble up. The trick is to keep the tip of the steam cleaner moving and don’t let it get too close to the paint.

Once the magnet has been removed, you will want to wash the entire car and wax are still the area that you worked on since it is not protected from the elements. Hopefully, after this experience, you will never put a magnet on your car again.

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Getting Rid of Brown Tires

Getting Rid of Brown Tires

 

Are your tires on your vehicle Brown? Have you ever wondered what causes that to happen? Well, tires have an ingredient called Antiozonant that is used to protect the tires from the ozone that’s in the air. This helps the tires lifespan by preventing premature deterioration and oxidation of the rubber as well is premature cracking. The design of the tire causes it to push the Antiozonant constantly to the surface to replenish itself throughout the tires lifetime. This process is also known as tire blooming.

When air mixes with the Antiozonant, it creates a reaction with the ozone in the air and makes it turn brown. Luckily, you can clean this brown off but since it is always coming to the surface, this will need to be done frequently. 

The best route you can take to prevent your tires from turning brown is to put a tire dressing on them. This will not only protect your tire from the environment, but will also hide any browning that does happen when the Antiozonant reaches the surface.

When it comes to tire dressings, there are many to choose from. They each perform a little differently, though. Some of them give the tires a matte black finish while others make the tires seem very wet with a deep black look. You will also need to consider if you want a dressing that is silicon based on water-based. I personally prefer water-based dressings because the silicone ones can sometimes cause the tire damage. You should be able to get 2 to 6 weeks from a water-based addressing depending on how many coats you put on the tire.

Clean your tires very well before you try to apply a tire dressing. You can use a decrease or, all-purpose cleaner, or automotive rubber cleaner on your tires. If the tire services clean, the tire dressing will bond better and last longer.

An old wax applicator pad or microfiber applicator pad are best for applying the tire dressing. Run a line of dressing down the pad and rub it evenly over the tire. Since the applicator pad will need to be saturated as well, the first tire would normally require the most dressing. Be sure that none of the tire dressing is put on the tire anywhere that it contacts the road. Otherwise, it could be dangerous.

Once the tire dressing his own, give it a couple of minutes to cure. After cured, use the clean side of your applicator to buff the tire and remove excess dressing. If you plan to add more dressing, let the previous one drive first.

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How to Determine if Your Car Needs to be Waxed

How to Determine if Your Car Needs to be Waxed

 

Did you realize that sunscreen and car wax have a lot in common? Let’s imagine that you are planning to go to the beach on a sunny day. Now think about all the things you would take with you: maybe your surfboard, sand toys, umbrella, beach chair, towel, and sunscreen. Each one of those items enhance your day at the beach in a different way from playing in the sand and surfing the waves, to relaxing in your beach chair, and applying sunscreen. If you left any of these items behind, you may not enjoy your day is much. Take sunscreen for example. If you are to leave your sunscreen at home, you would likely get sunburned. You may not notice the sunburn immediately, but the next few days you would be in pain, irritated, and bathing in aloe. And that’s not to mention the more long-term problems that can come with too much sun exposure. The wax on your automobile is as important to protecting your car from the sun as sunscreen is to protecting your skin.

The wax made for your car is a protective coating that is made from several other synthetic and natural polymers, such as carnauba wax, that gives your paint shine and superior depth that cannot be achieved otherwise. Paint sealant is another product available on the market. These are like wax but are made by chemists from a synthetic blend of polymers. Either one of these products can enhance the appearance of your car and protected from elements such as bird droppings, bug guts, tar, corrosion, UV rays, road salt, and acid rain.

There are two ways for you to tell when your car needs to be waxed. The first one is to fill the surface of paint on your car. Does it feel gritty and rough? If it does, your car probably needs to be waxed or, at the very least, washed well. The next way to tell is to test a small section of the car by pouring a little water on it to see if the water beads on the paint surface. Before you try this method, it is important to clean the section of paint first to get rid of the dirt and contamination that is sitting on the wax that can prevent water beads from forming.

Of course, if you prefer to take the easy way to see if your car needs to be waxed, you can just wait until it rains. If the rain does not form beads on the paint surface, then it is time to get your car waxed.