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What’s In Your Drivers Seat?

Before and After Upholstery Cleaning by On The Spot Mobile Detailing

The disgusting truth is, in the drivers seat of your vehicle lays a little bit of everything you have ever touched, sat on, and anything your legs or pants have come in contact with at any point of the day before getting behind the wheel.

A driver’s seat like all seats in your vehicle, is designed for comfort. Comfort for the majority of car manufactures means cushioning. Cushioning in most vehicles is a porous foam that allows air to flow through keeping your bottom cool and comfortable but also letting dirt and liquids flow down and sink in.

When cleaning your seat it is important that more than the surface is cleaned. A hot water extractor should be used to properly purge and remove the layers of dirt that have built up in your cushion. If your doing it yourself try the Bissell pro heat machines. It’s a small machine and costs just over $100. Best part is it works really well for your house stairs, couches, and other small areas where stains may occur. If choosing a detailer, make sure that hot water extraction is part of their process when cleaning your interior.

Every vehicle needs regular cleaning and protection to prevent dirt buildup and material degeneration.  We recommend that you have your interior deep cleaned a minimum of once a year with regular vacuuming and upkeep in between as needed.  Certain materials such as your headliner, are more delicate than others so make sure to follow our blog for more DIY Tips or give us a call for a professional’s touch..

Is engine detailing all for show?

There is no doubt that a clean and properly detailed engine looks great. The black plastics boxes and covers look brand new. The metal pipes shine with a mirror reflective and the engine block is grease free. It looks better than when you drove it off the lot. But is all that shine just about it looking good or is there a purpose behind it?

The truth is in almost everyone’s vehicle owner manual there is detailed instructions on how to clean your engine. The reason is the dirt and grease that build up on your auto parts cause them to retain heat. The hotter these parts run, the faster they burn fluids and the harder they have to work to do their job.

A proper engine detailing not only looks good, it helps keep your engine running cooler and will in turn, along with proper engine maintenance, help you retain fuel economy and increase the life of your engine parts.

Should I wash my car in the winter?

While the salt and other ice melts used to keep your tires on the road are great for keeping you safe, these products kick up off the road and can do damage to your paint, windshield, and wheels. It is highly recommend washing these contaminants off your vehicle as soon as possible.

It is important that before you take a bucket and mitt to your vehicle, a proper rinse is done before hand. Otherwise, you may end up causes damage by sliding dirt and ice melt along your paint with you wash mitt. We also advise to wash the top of your vehicle first and then the bottom foot to foot and a half last. Re-dip your mitt into the wash bucket after each panel and don’t let the water dry onto your vehicle. Not every day in the winter is suited for outside car washing. It is highly recommended if your are close to, or below freezing temperatures you bring your vehicle to a professional for cleaning.

Choosing the Right Tire Dressing

When it comes to tire dressings there are basically three options. Your high gloss look. The satin finish, or the matte finish. A recent poll by our friends at Detailing World asked the question, which is best? By a 6% margin, the satin finish won the day and matte came in last place with only 25% of the vote. Today we are going to explore the differences that each of these dressings make beyond their shine.

HIGH GLOSS DRESSING

A high gloss dressing is more than 90% of the time, silicone based. This provides a high level of shine and a glossy wet look to the tire. Unfortunately, that also means that the bond to the tire is not as strong. This will lead to sling from the tire that gets on the bottom panels of your vehicle interrupting your freshly cleaned look. To minimize this affect, we recommend applying all silicone dressing (well every dressing really) with an applicator pad instead of a spray nozzle. It will unfortunately lower the shine level slightly however it will improve the longevity of the dressing and decrease the amount you use on each application.

It is also important to note than many high gloss dressing to not provide protection so make sure to read your labels before purchasing. With all that said, some vehicles need that high shine to match their gloss or contradict the depth of the paint. You see high gloss dressing on many sport’s colored vehicles. It’s also used in many films and television shows.

SATIN DRESSINGSSatin Dressing

Satin dressing can be made of silicone and can also be water based. Water based dressing are more likely to contain conditioners that improve and protect the long term look of your tire and help prevent cracking. However, we still recommend reading the bottle.

Satin dressing are recently the most common used in many car shows and especially in automotive events. Detailers have also started moving in the direction of satin dressing as many car washes now offer high gloss tire dressing with their services. Most water based dressing can also be diluted allowing to decrease the shelf life of each bottle. However, you will lose shine and protection effectiveness when diluting. On the opposite side, Satin dressings can be applied multiple times to enhance the shine further.

Matte DressingMATTE DRESSING

Matte Dressings are by the majority water based and usually creams. Following the pattern down the line, though not all, there are many matte dressing that contain longer term tire protection even from that included in satin dressing. Matte dressings are still a staple with many classic car enthusiasts and show car owners alike. Matte dressing tend to despite the heaviness or a repeat of application stay a matte finish

It’s important to remember at the end of the day, it comes down to preference as you can see in Detail Worlds poll at http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=371513. Rember you have a decision not only between shine level, but in many cases, level of protection as well.