At Scott Sherman Auto Care, we are committed to helping you maintain your vehicle in optimum condition and performance. This committment to your vehicle doesn't stop when you leave our facility.
In this section of our website, you will find tips and news that you can use to help you maintain your vehicle and keep you driving safely and comfortably. Be sure to check back as these tips and news will be updated regularly.
A long, wet winter and all the accompanying dirt and grime can take its toll on your ride’s interior. One too many spilled lattes will not only leave your nose with the memory, but as time passes, all dirt and grime becomes more difficult to eliminate. Scott Sherman has come up with some action items for you to take to spruce up your car’s interior and leave it with that new car fresh scent.
Fabric Car Seats
· A good, deep vacuuming with a high powered vacuum is critical to remove dirt before starting to clean with water. Use a narrow nozzle to get into the hard to reach areas. Move seats as far forward and backward as they will go.
· Fill two buckets with water, cold and hot. Add some common laundry detergent. Scrub the seats with a sponge soaked in the hot solution. Take care to not soak the seats or it will be difficult to get them dry and this could encourage mildew.
· Next, use a clean towel dipped in the cold water to clean the excess dirt and rinse the detergent from the seats. Do this step a couple of times, changing your water if needed to really rinse them well. Again, take care to not soak the seats.
· Use a wet/dry shop vac to extract any excess water and speed up the drying process. If possible, leave your car in a heated or at least insulated garage for the next couple of days to encourage drying.
Cleaning Leather and Faux Leather
· An important preventative measure is to periodically use a leather conditioner to keep leather interiors from drying and cracking.
· Use recommended leather car upholstery cleaner after vacuuming the seats and car interior.
· Apply upholstery cleaner according to the manufacturers’ suggestion and carefully wipe down the seats with a moist chamois to remove the cleaning agent completely.
· Allow the seats to dry naturally, making sure that no soap spots or stains have been left behind.
Dashboard, door surfaces and fresh smell
· All plastic or wooden dashboards can be cleaned with baby wipes for deep cleaning and a bit of baby oil for a nice shine, making the surfaces look like new.
· Most cars over time begin to harbor odors from spills and accidents. Spray odor eliminator into the ventilation systems’ intake, at the base of the windshield. Turn on the air condition on full for 10 minutes.
· If your carpets and fabric upholstery seem to still harbor odors after shampooing, sprinkle baking soda and let sit for 8 hours or so before vacuuming up.
· Check your cars’ owners’ manual and locate your cabin air filter. You will take care of most interior odors by replacing the filter.
· Finally, get that new car smell by adding a few drops o vanilla oil to water in a spray bottle and spray a light mist over the interior. Spray some in your air vents, as well for a longer lasting scent.
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