Salt that accumulates on the underpinnings of an automobile can cause vital components to corrode at an accelerated rate. Whether the salt collected is from winter road-clearing compounds, or driving along an ocean beach, it should be removed at the earliest opportunity. Allowing salt to remain in contact with suspension components, exhaust systems, or low-hung electronics, can certainly result in severe erosion of these sophisticated parts. The efforts and exertions needed to remove the salinity depend on the intensity of the contamination, and ambient temperatures. Thankfully, no hazardous chemicals or cleaners are required to rid the car undercarriage of corrosive…
Tree sap is one of the most pernicious substances to remove from car finishes and auto glass. Auto glass made before 1917 was ordinary glass. Henry Ford first installed hardened auto glass in 1917 and in 1919 began using laminated glass. By 1929, all Fords came with cellulose laminated glass, which was eventually replaced by plastic glass laminate. In the '50s and '60s, manufacturers economized, switching to tempered glass for side and rear windows. Vintage glass may actually tolerate rubbing, scraping and power solvents better than the newer coated or tinted products in modern vehicles.
Most vehicles are powered by one or more lead-acid batteries which, as the name suggests, contain acid. This is usually concentrated sulfuric acid, a corrosive chemical that may cause skin irritation, swelling and burns upon contact, and lung damage when inhaled. To prevent damage to human health and to materials such as automobile upholstery and carpets, the acid must be neutralized and washed out of the contaminated material. This is usually a straightforward process, but take care to follow the safety guidelines throughout the procedure.
Vinyl is a type of plastic made from polyvinyl chloride. Auto manufacturers use vinyl to cover the seats in cars because of its low cost and high durability. Although this material is waterproof, ink, paint, grease and foods can stain it. Leaving windows open or convertible top down can expose vinyl seats to dirt, grime and wet leaves, which can cause mildew buildup. Stains can lower the value and diminish the aesthetic appearance of a car.
Velcro is a manufacturer of “hook-and-loop” fastener products designed for a wide variety of applications. Velcro suited for automotive dashboard and interior plastic components features an adhesive backing. Removing a strip of adhesive-backed Velcro from your dashboard is an easy task when using the correct tools and cleaning materials.
Foam adhesive tape is used on many automotive applications, including factory and dealership badges, window vent visors, fender flares and other accessories. The badges and accessories themselves aren’t difficult to remove, but they leave behind the foam adhesive tape and residue. This isn’t average tape; this tape is made to stay put through weather and for long periods of time. You can remove foam adhesive tape from a car body using tools found around your home.
Many people use shoe polish to write messages on their cars to let others know they have recently married, had a baby, what sports team they support and various other messages. The problems start when you can’t get the shoe polish off of your car after the event has passed. You may damage the window glass and the painted surface of your car if you use a razor blade to scrape the polish off. There are ways to safely remove the shoe polish without harming your car’s surface.
Spills that happen when transporting cans of gasoline inside your car cause most gasoline smells in automobile carpets. The smell is hard to get out and can give you headaches, dizziness and nausea when you have to breathe the vapors while driving. Gas vapors are also extremely flammable. A very simple solution readily removes the smell. Follow the steps carefully. Repeat the entire cycle as often as necessary until the smell is gone.
The windshield on your car probably is the most important but most forgotten part of your car to clean. Low visibility may not seem like a problem until you clean your windshield and see how clear it can be. A downside of cleaning the windshield is you may notice mineral spots all over that can’t be removed with regular glass cleaner. You can remove mineral spots from a windshield with a little work and a few products from an auto parts store.
Ugly white streaks and stains on black car carpets are a potentially damaging side effect of harsh winter weather in many parts of the country. To combat the snow and ice, local municipalities and homeowners scatter salt on roads, driveways and sidewalks. The salt may promote safety when driving and walking, but it's easily picked up by footwear and transferred to automobile carpeting. If ignored, the magnesium and calcium chloride in the salt will weaken and damage carpet fibers. However, expensive carpet shampoos or trips to the auto detailer aren't necessary when simple and inexpensive home maintenance is employed.
Pollen is as big of a threat to your car's paint as bird droppings. Pollen sticks to your car’s surface even if you keep it clean and slick. The pollen leaves your car with a green or yellow coat that will eventually harm the surface if you leave it on for a long period of time. Unlike bird droppings, pollen is pretty easy to get off of your car without using harsh methods that could harm your paint.
DEX-COOL is a specific type of antifreeze, found in select brands of coolants, created using organic acid technology. The manufacturers as well as General Motors have claimed that DEX-COOL can extend the service life and function of your vehicle. Despite this, DEX-COOL has been linked to manifold gasket failures in certain General Motors engines.
If you need to thoroughly clean underneath your bucket seats or reupholster them, you'll need to disassemble them and remove them from your car. Buckets seats are easier to disassemble than bench seats. However, you'll still need a socket wrench for removing the bolts from the tracks.
Flat paint is just like regular car paint except the pigmentation in the clear coat is different. The flattening agent in the paint mixture makes the paint finish look matte rather than glossy. Flat paint looks very different from regular paint but is basically made from the same components. Primer or base coat paint without a clear coat looks similar to flat paint, but is not the same at all. Primer or exposed base paint without a clear coat is not as durable as flat paint and cannot be treated the same.
Chevrolet cars and trucks come from the factory with stock wheels, also called rims, made of lightweight cast or billeted aluminum. When properly cleaned and polished, stock Chevrolet aluminum wheels take on the shiny luster of chrome wheels. Aluminum is a softer metal than chrome, magnesium alloy or steel, so special care must be taken while cleaning to prevent unsightly scratches. Clean wheels complete the sparkly look of a freshly washed and waxed vehicle.
Celebratory events such as a sports game, graduation, wedding, birthday or holiday sometimes inspire friends to decorate your vehicle with fun things like Silly String. Fun for them because it’s easy to apply, but not so much fun for you because you’re stuck with cleaning it off. Green Silly String on a white car creates green or yellow-looking stains that seem impossible to remove. They aren't, however; you can get them off within an hour.
Whether you park underneath a tree every night or you have trees anywhere near your garage, you may end up with stains from leaves on your car’s paint. The leaves land on your car, and if they are wet or get wet while sitting on the paint, they become stuck. The leaf breaks down and starts to decompose on your car’s surface, creating stains or etching in the clear coat. A simple wash and wax won’t remove these stains, but you can get rid of them using a few more materials and an hour of time.
In the winter season, keeping a full gas tank helps prevent frozen water from entering your fuel line, which can potentially cost you a new fuel pump. Unfortunately, the very same cold temperatures that make keeping a full tank so important can also lead to iced-over gas tank doors. Keep an arsenal of de-icing supplies on hand during the cold season to tackle this problem with ease.
If you are an outdoors lover, there is little doubt that you have tracked dirt inside your vehicle at some point. Muddy soccer players or dirty mountain hikers find a seat in your car, leaving behind an ugly stain. These stains are typically non-greasy, making removal a much easier proposition. Begin with mild forms of cleaning before graduating to heavy-duty products that will attack the stain.
Over the life of your car, your cloth car seats can accumulate a variety of nasty stains. Mud, oil, blood, soft drinks and food all present dangers to the integrity of your car seats. Some stains -- typically those involving greasy substances -- can be more difficult to remove, while minor dirt stains may only require a simple moist towel. The key to removing any type of stain from your car is starting with a basic cleanup and gradually moving to more extensive products as needed.
Blood stains on car upholstery can be some of the most unsightly and hard-to-remove blemishes you will come across. The problem is magnified on lighter material, in which old blood stains are much more visible. Solutions for removing the blood stains range from very basic to somewhat more extensive. You may have to try a number of different methods but removing old blood stains from car seats can be accomplished.
The agony of spilling a soda inside your car is a feeling that many drivers have experienced. The sticky liquid attaches itself to car upholstery, creating an ugly stain that ruins your car's appearance. Removing a soda stain is easier than removing a blood or grease stain. Start with some common household items. If that doesn't work, move up to a stronger cleanser designed specifically for car interior stains.
Mildew inside a car is hazardous on multiple levels. In addition to being an unsightly growth on your car's upholstery or carpets, mildew can be detrimental to the health of passengers and can create a putrid smell that puts a damper on any car ride. Mold forms when moisture is brought into your car. When air does not circulate and the moisture is allowed to sit inside your car, mildew, which can cause irritation to the skin, eyes and throat, can form. Removing the mildew should be done as soon as the growth is identified.
From coffee and soda to grease and mud, the inside of a car can take a beating from stains. Car seat covers accumulate years of debris, and some of these contaminants form unsightly blemishes on the cover's surface. Some stains that have been left untreated may be impossible to remove. However, if you take immediate action on a fresh stain, the chance of removal is greater. When trying to remove stains from car seat covers, start with simple measures before moving to more extreme methods.
Black cars are notorious for showing every little scratch and imperfection in the paint, including scuff marks. Scuff marks are usually in the form of scrapes from another car, a shopping cart or cement pole at a gas station. These marks don’t harm the base paint, but they do transfer color onto the top of your car’s clear coat. You can get rid of scuff marks on a black car in an hour or less using a few materials from an auto parts store.
Stale cigarette smoke odors in a vehicle are offensive and annoying, particularly to nonsmoking passengers, but they can also cause other problems. The particles causing the odor can be a health risk to some who have respiratory problems. In addition, the odor can remove hundreds of dollars in resale value from your vehicle. In the worst cases, a buyer may not even consider a vehicle with a leftover cigarette smell.
Few things ruin a relaxing car ride like a foul odor inside your vehicle. The stench hits your nose the moment you open the door, a hazard to you and your passengers. Odors come in many forms. Tobacco smoke lingers for years and seemingly seeps into your car's upholstery. A pet or child may have had an accident in the backseat, or maybe you left some fresh groceries in the trunk for an extended period. Whatever the case, removing a rotten smell from your car can be done using one of many options.
If you’re getting ready for a car show or some other automotive exhibition event, the last thing you want the spectators and judges to see is a grimy engine bay. Because a shiny aluminum cam cover is what usually catches the eye at first glance, it pays to keep this part clean and grime free. Cleaning the cam cover is a relatively simple task that anyone can do to keep their vehicle looking showroom fresh.
Because your car dashboard sits right in front of both you and your passengers, it's one of the first places where you may notice dirt, stains and other grimy buildup. You may have noticed that many of the commercially prepared dashboard cleaning products on the market depend on chemicals that may be toxic. Additionally, some of these chemicals may actually harm your dashboard's appearance over the long term — silicone-based cleaners stain some dashboards yellow, for example. All-natural, eco-friendly homemade options can assuage all your worries while keeping your car's appearance in top shape, with each option tailored toward the…
Convertibles and Jeeps are great during the summer, but winter can be hard on soft tops. That is when a hardtop comes in handy. You want your hardtop to look just as good as the rest of the vehicle. While you might be tempted to clean the hardtop the same as you do the rest of the vehicle, consider what the top is made of first. Some hardtops are made of a pebbly material that can trap any finishing product in the recesses.
When you purchase a car from a dealership, it often puts a sticker or decal on the vehicle to advertise their business. When you peel the sticker off your car, it often does not come off easily. Sometimes pieces of the sticker and adhesive remain behind and create an unattractive spot on the car. Instead of leaving the sticker on your car, you can remove it with common items you have around the home.
Chrome is a hard, shiny metal derived from the element chromium. You can most often find chrome in the form of chrome plating, whereby the metal is molded for surfaces like motorcycles and tire rims. Certain chemicals can cause chrome to rust and certain cleaning surfaces can cause it to scratch. If you wish to take on the task of removing stains and rust, use an effective but cautious approach to maintain the quality of your chrome.
"Car and Driver Magazine" has named the Honda Accord one of the 10 best cars 25 times as of 2011, which is more than any other car. It could be one reason so many people drive Accords and do their best to keep their vehicle in tip-top shape. Cleaning your Accord shouldn't take more than an afternoon, but ensure you do it correctly to extend the life and look of your vehicle.
Oxidation occurs when air pollutants and radiation react with the pigments in your car's exterior paint. The oxidized layer dulls the finish, and takes on a grayish-white appearance as it builds up. There is no way to prevent oxidation, and it affects older finishes just as much as it does newer "clearcoat" car finishes. Some car polishes remove light oxidation, but you must use an abrasive to remove built-up oxidation. Preserve your finish as much as possible from harsh abrasives by using a less abrasive oxidation removal product before you use polishing compound or rubbing compound.
If you remove a bumper sticker from your chrome bumper, it will likely leave behind a stubborn, sticky substance on your bumper's shiny finish. Unfortunately, soap and water aren't powerful enough to remove the sticker residue from the chrome, and abrasive products can damage the sensitive surface. In order to remove the sticker adhesive from your chrome bumper, you can use a few simple household ingredients that have powerful cleaning elements. Baking soda and vinegar can work together to break apart and lift away the tough residue.
A clean windshield is essential for driving safely and comfortably. Windshield glass is often coated, and stains must be removed as quickly as possible before they erode or become embedded in the windshield coating. Solvents, especially those based on petroleum, are found in some car care products. If you get petroleum-based solvent on your windshield, you need to clean it off before it smears. It is best to remove it by hand rather than with your windshield wipers because solvent can cause damage to your wiper blades. Mild detergent breaks down the solvent and removes it from your windshield.
Your car’s tires take a lot of abuse being as low to the ground as they are. Even chrome dulls after long periods without a good washing. Despite all your cleaning, marks left by the drying water can dull the appearance of the shiny metal. Removing these blemishes is easy, but you must prepare the tires properly for the process. Gritty pieces of dirt still on the tires during the cleaning process can scratch the delicate chrome. Remove all the debris before you start working or you will have a much bigger problem on your hands than some water mineral…
Buick manufactures some of its cars with vinyl landau roofs. Intended to add an element of luxury to the cars, landau roofs look similar to convertible roofs but do not retract and only cover the back half of the roof segments. Clean your Buick's landau roof regularly to help protect it from the elements.
Chrome tape may add some sparkle to your car’s paint, but it can be a pain to remove. The tape is made to last and has strong adhesive keeping it stuck to your car’s paint. Scraping the adhesive off means scraping or scratching the paint, which isn’t the best thing to do. You can get chrome tape off of your car without damaging the car’s surface in less than an hour using some items found around your house or at a local parts store.
Brushed aluminum, also known as burnished aluminum, is a popular finish for automotive rims. This type of aluminum finish looks like lustrous, polished aluminum that has been rubbed with a pencil eraser. Since brushed aluminum is a sensitive finish, you need to properly clean your rims to prevent damaging them.
It's frustrating to have a beautifully clean car -- except for the windows, which are showing streak marks. Streaking is caused by several factors, including cleaning supplies that have very high concentrations of ammonia, alcohol and detergents that don't evaporate quickly enough to prevent streaking. If streaking occurs when you roll your windows up and down, the rubber lip may be damp or there may be residue on the window causing the streaks. Properly cleaning your windows to begin with should solve the problem.
Aluminum is found in abundance on both old and new vehicles. The metal's light weight and durability make it an ideal choice for wheels, body kits and smaller parts such as door handles. Over time, aluminum can accumulate thick layers of dirt and road grime. Though surface dirt is simple to remove with soap and water, oxidation can cause the aluminum to take on a brown or gray shade. With a bit of fine steel wool and an oil-based lubricant, you can restore your aluminum to like-new condition.
Cleaning the drainage tubes is an imperative task on the Toyota RAV4. The tubes collect and drain water off the roof to help protect the sunroof area. The tubes clog with dirt and debris and the water will eventually begin draining inside of the car. The water will damage your carpet and risk creating mold inside the vehicle. Clean the tubes monthly to maintain a smooth flow of water outside of the vehicle and to protect the car's interior from damage.
Alloy wheels can easily become corroded from contact with contaminating dirt and debris from the highways and brakes. Road grime and debris caused by heated and eroding brake pads will cling to the surface of alloy rims. Allowing corrosive materials to remain on wheels not only detracts from their appearance but can also damage the structural integrity of the wheel. Once corrosion actually takes hold and gets etched into a alloy wheel, the damage will get progressively worse, just like rust. The best way to prevent alloy corrosion is to clean wheels at least once a week and keep them…
Refinishing the chrome hubcaps on your car makes them look new whether the car is only a couple of years old or a vintage classic. Restoring the shine helps disguise the dull appearance caused by road debris, scratching the hubcaps on a curve or salt residue in the winter. Just a bit of elbow grease, the right products and about an hour of your time transforms the look of this car feature.
A flashy auto exterior means little without a powerful engine to offer the performance that car-lovers crave. But in order to properly show off what's under the hood, you'll probably want an engine that shines. No owner should attempt to detail an engine that's dirty, so before beginning the detailing process, you'll need to give your engine a thorough cleaning. Once you've done that, you'll be able to detail your engine and give it an eye-catching shine.
Whether it's the fault of the auto body shop or a result of years of wear and tear, a bad paint job on your vehicle is disheartening. Years and months of sunshine, snow and other weather conditions slowly erode the shine of any paint job. However, with some patience, determination and elbow grease, you can restore some of that old shine back into your vehicle. Polishing your car to your standards can be time consuming, but the result gives that lackluster paint a big boost.
Car windows get dirty more often than most expect. Keeping car windows clean provides a clear vision for the driver and can boost a car's appearance. High-quality cleaning products are expensive, but alternative solutions are available to keep car windows clean at a price you can afford. For those on a budget, you can make a car window cleaner from products in your own home.
Unless you make a habit of spraying acid on your car, you’ll only find a problem with acidity when there is an acid rain. The acid rain leaves marks similar to water spots that create a misty look on the window. The problem with acid spots is that they can damage the glass as well. You’ll need to scrub and clean the window multiple times to completely get rid of acid spots, but it will leave your windows good as new.
Headlights are often overlooked as far as cleaning them or taking special care of them. You probably wash them when you wash your Hyundai, but other than that, they get the same treatment as the rest of the car. The problem is, headlights will get oxidation buildup and look dingy and dirty. No amount of washing is going to clean the headlights after that. Since the headlights on a 2004 Hyundai Accent are one-piece units with the side marker lights included, clean the smooth outer surface in a few steps.
Chromium is a chemical element that is widely used due to its brilliant silvery sheen. The main purpose of chrome plating on vehicles is for beautification, so it is unfortunate that an unsightly green buildup called verdigris can accumulate on the surface of chrome. Luckily, individuals can quickly and easily clean away verdigris from chrome using a few simple ingredients commonly found in most kitchens.
Both plant- and petroleum-based oils can stain and permanently damage car seats. Motor oil can seep into leather and dislodge the leather stain; motor oil and grease can leave sludge-like black marks on upholstery and vinyl. Oil can also cause vinyl and leather to dry out, become brittle and crack. Cracked leather or vinyl seats or permanently discolored leather or upholstery seating can detract from the overall value and appearance of a car.
In many ways, the purchase of a camper rivals the purchase of a home. Much thought, deliberation and time is put into the selection of this large-scale investment. Once the owner takes possession of the camper, he becomes responsible for all the care and maintenance necessary to keep the camper functioning for years to come. While it may be tempting to brush exterior maintenance off as aesthetics, properly caring for the shell is crucial to the longevity of the camper.
Although most of the time resurfacing companies that re-coat parking lots use barricades to keep vehicles away, it’s possible to accidentally get the sealer on your car. Driving over a wet, freshly sealed asphalt parking lot can cause the sealer to splash on your car's body. The most important thing you can do is remove any bits of sealer as soon as possible. Once it dries on your vehicle, it is more difficult to remove. It’s a good idea to start the project with less toxic solvents and if they don’t work, try stronger paint thinners, which can dissolve asphalt…
Avoiding water spots when you're washing your car can be tricky. One way to avoid them is to rinse the car with deionized water. When water evaporates, it leaves behind minerals that cling to your car, causing spots. Deionization removes the minerals so there's nothing left behind when the car dries. One type of deionization system is the DIC-20 from CR Spotless Systems, better known as the CR-20. This small, portable deionization unit lets you produce deionized water at home.
Chrome, short for chromium, is a soft metal used as a plating to create a shiny surfaces. Chrome, which has many uses, is frequently used in the automotive industry to plate bumpers, wheels and other car hardware. To keep your chrome shining, clean the chrome parts of your car at least once a week.
Small scratches in your car can be frustrating, especially if your car is new. Small scratches are not terribly difficult to buff out, though. All you need is standard car-washing equipment, car polish and patience.
While manufactured car deodorizers are cheap and easy to obtain, they are also bad for the environment. Not only do they contribute to the tearing down of forests, but they contain chemical solutions that are bad for both you and the environment. In fact, just like standard at-home air fresheners, manufactured car deodorizers typically contain chlorofluorocarbons and phthalates, both of which are hazardous air pollutants. That said, you can easily make your own chemical-free car deodorizer by using just two pieces of fabric, some cardboard and your favorite aromatic, all-natural oil.
When applying protectant to your car’s vinyl, plastic and rubber parts, it’s easy to get it on unintended targets, especially if you’re doing a thorough job. For accuracy of application, Armor All has created sprays with variable nozzle settings along with pre-treated wipes. They also recommend that their spray products be applied to a cloth and wiped on rather than sprayed directly on surfaces. Yet even with these measures, greasy smears and smudges on your paint job can still occur. To remove Armor All protectant, Popular Mechanics magazine recommends cleaning the affected area with mineral spirits.
Regular cleaning of the 1996 Sea-Doo carburetor will maximize the performance of your personal watercraft and extend the life of its engine. The carburetor is a device within the engine's fuel system that combines fuel and air to create internal combustion. When the device is clean, the engine will start without hesitating, idle smoothly and will not stumble when accelerating. A dirty carburetor can result in an inefficient fuel mixture of too much air and not enough fuel, or vice versa.
Cleaning your car is never as simple as driving through the car wash. Grime and dirt build up on certain parts of your vehicle, such as your car grill, and demand special attention. Cleaning your aluminum grill regularly is important not only for good looks, but to prevent oxidation.
Some people spend so much time in the car it's almost like a second home. No matter where you're driving, a clean and fresh interior contributes toward a pleasurable ride. Tar and nicotine in cigarettes leave a greasy, smelly film in your car interior. There's no need to wait for the stale smell to dissipate. You can get the smell of cigarettes out of your car by removing the stain with common household supplies that effectively deodorize the smell, too.
If you don't want tissues littering the floor from blowing your nose all day, you need to wash the pollen off of your car. Although it's inevitable that you will track the nuisance inside your car, you can minimize the impact on your nose and lungs with regular washes. Otherwise, the yellow-tinged buildup on the outside of your vehicle can make its way inside your car. As long as you use products specifically designed for your car's delicate finish, you can wave goodbye to pollen as it washes down the nearest drain.
Like it or not, it is very easy for cars to pick up scratches, even if you are the most careful driver. The scratches might simply be caused by vegetation beside the road or they could be careless a scrape. It is possible to remove these small scratches from your paintwork without having to take the car to a body shop, which will cost you a lot more. You will need some of the same equipment used by the professionals to achieve the shining finish.
If someone has consistently smoked cigarettes inside a car, the vehicle is going to be left with some lingering odors. Even if you thoroughly wipe out the interior of the car, you might still notice a cigarette smell that emanates from the air conditioning vents. Left untreated, this odor will linger and reappear every time you use the air conditioner. Remove cigarette smells from your car's air conditioning system using some common household odor neutralizers.
Keeping a car in the best condition possible is beneficial for your own personal style and for the car's presentation when it is time to sell it. You can get a clean finish on the car, so that it has the appearance of just coming out of the showroom, by following a few tips when cleaning the vehicle. You will need basic household cleaning products and some specialized car cleaning equipment.
When purchasing a vehicle that has sat for a long period of time, there are multiple maintenance tasks that must be performed before you can drive it. One is cleaning out the fuel tank. Any gas left behind since the last time the car was driven will have formed a sticky, caramel like varnish on the inside of the tank that can be particularly difficult to clean. Having the tank professionally cleaned can be burdensome and expensive. With a little preparation and planning, you can clean the tank yourself instead.
Waxing a car helps protect the paint from nasty weather and enhances the natural shine of your paint. Once you have cleaned the dirt from your vehicle and given it a little time to dry, the next step is applying a thin coat of wax. Waxes react differently to diverse climates, so the exact method for applying wax depends on the current environment in which you try to apply the wax. High humidity waxing requires a special touch and the right supplies to turn out as successfully as you hope.
A few GTI cars have a digifant engine. This kind of engine has increased engine performance over other Volkswagen engines. One unique feature to Digifant engines is the Digifant chip. This chip increases horsepower by itself. When it is kept clean and other parts of the engine are as well, the Digifant GTI runs much smoother and cleaner than usual.
Drivers of the 1991 Honda Civic, whether it's a two-door hatchback, four-door sedan or station wagon model, can make driving their car a more enjoyable experience by maintaining a clean interior. The 1991 Civic is a popular make and model, getting about 30 miles-per-gallon on the highway while transporting five people. By keeping the carpet clean and tidy, the car owner keeps the car original and avoids the cost of a replacement carpet.
First, it's not a "stain"; it's a "badge." Oil stains tell everyone you did something worth getting oily over, and there's nothing wrong with that. Still, there is a small but vocal contingent of society --- primarily the "spouse" and "employer" demographics --- who might not look look upon the evidence of your great work with quite as much appreciation. Quick attention may be due, particularly if the criticism of your attire will come in the form of a menacing glare --- didn't you say you liked that chartreuse turtleneck?
Washing a car puts a lot of water on the ground, and everything in that water, including detergents and contaminants, ends up in the environment. Biodegradable detergents help ensure that cleaning agents break down quickly once they're in the environment, but biodegradable doesn't necessarily mean harmless, and car wash wastewater contains much more than detergent.
Food, mud, gravel, spilled beverages -- the interior of your car can get dirty fast. You do not often think about the traffic into and out of the interior of your car, just the traffic you find yourself stuck in. The money you spend having your car professionally cleaned and detailed can add up quickly. Save money by vacuuming your car interior with your Kirby vacuum. Kirby is similar to most household vacuums, attachments and other accessories will differ from model to model.
Aluminum is a commonly used type of wheel for factory and aftermarket wheels. Brake dust is hard to clean, if left on wheels for long periods. The wheels get hot and the dust becomes baked on. A quick spray from the hose won't remove baked-on brake dust. The problem is that aluminum is a soft metal more easily damaged than other wheels by things like harsh cleaners or stiff-bristled brushes.
Many dog owners let their dogs ride in their vehicles, and in most cases, the dog is not in a carrier. While this is fun for the dog and the owner, letting the dog sit in the car leads to a lot of dog hair on the upholstered car seats, floor and other areas of the vehicle. Depending on the breed and color of the dog, the hair can be very noticeable, which mars the appearance of the interior. The best thing to do is to clean the car and remove the dog hair. There are several ways to get…
Yellow road paint is used along the center of streets and roadways to show drivers where not to cross. When the paint has faded and is repainted, the yellow paint can stick to your car's tires and be flung into the wheel wells of your car. It's best to remove the yellow road paint as soon as it gets on your car and while it is still wet. You can remove the paint once it is completely dry, but it may be more difficult.
Intercept mildew before it flourishes inside the confines of your car trunk. Left alone to grow, the mildew leads to rust and also weakens the metal areas inside the trunk. Mildew often results from heavy rainstorms, when amounts of water find their way inside the trunk. The mildew not only smells bad and annoying, its appearance is unsightly on the trunk carpeting and surfaces.
Oxidation builds up on your car and makes the paint look dry and dusty with a chalky texture. No amount of washing or polishing will get the chalky-looking surface to look any less dry. Adding wax to the dry paint won't help its appearance, either. It is possible to restore the shine and gloss to your paint by fixing the dry paint in under an hour with materials from your local auto parts store.
Oil is a slippery substance to work with. When you change the oil in your vehicle or do anything with motor oil, chances are you'll end up with some evidence of it on your clothes, shoes or hands. Tracking oil inside your home and across the tile floor leaves a mess that a mop alone can't handle. You'll need to use more than standard household cleaners to completely remove oil off tile floors.
The world is an odd place, and often the things that we take for solid turn out to be a slow-flowing liquid of some sort. Glass, for instance, is actually a very thick liquid, and over centuries will puddle and flow out of a window frame if it doesn't break first. The same is true of asphalt tar, which is always on the verge of melting on warmer days. The tar's liquid state all but ensures that some of it will stick to your car during normal summer driving -- and that's saying nothing of mishaps with road crews or…
Duct tape is very strong and has many uses. The problem with it is the adhesive left over after you remove the duct tape. If duct tape ever ends up on your car's painted surface, remove it quickly or you will be left with adhesive on your car. Not many products are strong enough to remove duct tape adhesive, and some that are can also harm the paint or clear coat on your car. A clay bar is made to remove foreign objects on top of or imbedded in your car's paint without harming the paint at all.
Cockroaches will inhabit any location that provides them with food, water or a nesting area. While the inside of a car seems an unlikely place for a cockroach infestation, if the conditions are right and exposure to the insects has occurred, the car quickly becomes home to these nasty insects. Although pest control methods help kill the cockroaches, to effectively get rid of them and keep them away, you must clean the car and remove the conditions that appealed to them in the first place.
While spiders perform a beneficial role in nature, finding one in your car can be both alarming and a little dangerous were you to panic. When cars are closed they are a fairly tight structure, however that does not mean that spiders cannot get inside of them and possibly live there undetected. Unlike a house, you cannot add weather stripping to doors or other insulating products, but there a few steps that you can do to make you car less attractive to spiders.
Car polish makes your car glossy and shiny after a good detail job. Car polish is applied by wiping it onto the car's surface and then wiping it off after letting it sit for a few minutes. If you missed some of the polish and only notice it after it has completely dried, you can still easily remove it. It is possible to remove dried car polish with good results, without damaging the paint and without having to re-apply polish to the whole car.
Acrylic lacquer can be used to paint a car to give it a fresh, new lease on life, or to fix a scratch. Alternatively, a woodworker might finish off a project by coating the surface of the object with acrylic lacquer. The acrylic lacquer is more flexible and does not turn yellow like nitrocellulose lacquer. The lacquer is applied once the surface has been primed and sanded, so polishing it is relatively straightforward. All you need is a suitable polish and foam pad to buff the acrylic lacquer properly.
Although not as lustrous as traditional chrome rims, black chrome rims add a dramatic touch to any vehicle. These rims consist of nickel covered with black chrome plating, which is polished to provide an attractive appearance. Like all chrome rims, black chrome rims are susceptible to brake dust, sand particles, salt granules and other grime, which eventually damage the rims. Cleaning black chrome rims weekly removes harmful buildup to preserve their visual appeal and extend their lifespan. Properly care for black chrome rims using basic techniques.
Older vehicles that still have their factory-installed radios may need to have the buttons or controls on the front of the radio restored. If the radio has metal or even plastic buttons, a restoration may require returning a shine to the device. This can be done by properly cleaning and then applying a polish to restore the shine to the buttons on the radio.
Leaving food, beverages or trash in your vehicle might trigger an ant problem during the summer months. Removing all garbage from vehicles is key to avoiding an infestation.
Glare polish, a brand of automotive polish, is commonly used on vehicles to provide a smooth and glossy surface. Although it can also be used on other items such as sunglasses, car owners usually apply the polish to their vehicles and other items such as the windshields. The various types of polishes manufactured by Glare also include some for leather vehicle interiors. With the appropriate maintenance, Glare polish can last several years on the vehicle. You can apply Glare polish to the vehicle with the right procedures and tools.
A WaveRunner is a personal watercraft that requires protection from the elements to keep it working properly. Specially designed covers will protect the watercraft and its paint job while helping to extend its life. As of June 2011, WaveRunner covers cost up to $200. But you have to look after the cover, too. If it's stored in a dark and humid environment while damp, mildew will grow on it, leaving unsightly stains. Remove the mildew and its musty odor with a few household items.
You can save a few dollars by engaging in the popular American pastime of washing your car in the driveway. While it's more labor intensive, hand washing can clean your car as well or better than an automated machine car wash. You must wash your cars regularly to preserve its finish and keep it shiny. Washing the family car on a hot summer day can be a fun project for the whole family.
Bug splatter is impossible to avoid if you spend any time driving on the open road. Unfortunately, the bug remains are not just unsightly -- uncleaned bug splatter is a major cause of paint erosion on vehicles. The acid content of the bug splatter can ruin your beautiful paint job. However, regular cleaning of your vehicle will make sure the paint job remains gleaming and brilliant.
Your car's underbody consists of the wheel arches and lower body frame. The area is prone to caked-on debris that is susceptible to rust if you don't remove the dust, dirt and grime. Rust can also form on your car's underbody due to moisture breaking down the metal and causing it to oxidize. You can stop the oxidation and rusting process by cleaning your car's underbody on a regular basis, using a cleaning solution that breaks down the debris and removes it.
Commercial car waxes contain harsh chemicals that are not necessary to achieve that shiny look. In fact, auto owners can make their own car waxes at home with as little as four ingredients. Carnauba wax and beeswax are the two main ingredients in the wax recipe that not only produce a nice shine for your car, but also offer a layer of protection against bad weather conditions.
Aluminum is a soft metal that is used for many factory and aftermarket truck rims. Aluminum rims look great when they are new and clean, but can easily become tarnished and dirty. If your aluminum rims look dirty, they may also be pitted or tarnished and might not come clean with a regular washing, or even polishing. You can clean aluminum truck rims that are very dirty, but it can take several hours before they look like new.
A boom box as a drawing adds a lot of flair to street art and pop art. If you're designing a musical logo or some other type of sign, banner or work of art, knowing how to draw a boom box benefits you. When you know how to draw a boom box you're able to add this piece of flair and embellishment to an unyielding variety of drawings and designs.
Cleaning dirt, grime, grease and oil off your engine requires more than just soap and water. Many different types of cleaning solvents are available to clean the gunk and oil buildup on a car engine. As you drive your car, a dirty buildup can accumulate on the engine block, engine compartment and other exposed components of the car. Cleaning the buildup can eliminate future engine component failures.
Tree sap can be devastating to an automobile's finish, especially if the car is new or light-colored. The easiest way to get rid of tree sap is to dissolve or soften it, not by scraping. Scraping will almost always ruin the paint on your automobile, and over application of any solvents or removal chemicals can also do damage. Multiple attempts are often required, before you can successfully remove all the tree sap from your car's surface.
The interior of your car's windshield is often the most forgotten surface to clean, even when you detail your car. The outside gets washed with the car, but the inside isn't usually noticed until you're blinded by oncoming headlights shining on the dust and grime. The dust and dirt on the interior of the windshield turns to grime when mixed with condensation. Clean your car's windshield interior and make your next drive safer and clearer.
Often used as an accent on cars and appliances, chrome is a soft metal, usually applied in very thin layers. Though soft and easily scratched, chrome adds shine and style. Thankfully, cleaning it is easy and requires no expensive polishes or special cleaners, though those are certainly available.