Pet Odors in your Vehicle – Detailing Tips!

Pet odors in your vehicle? You love your pet. And they have to get in the car at some point. Whether it is to go to the park or the vet, the car is usually the form of transportation. When they get out, they don’t always take everything with them. They leave behind hair and other things that can create lasting odors. I could list all the possible culprits your pet leaves behind in your car, but that would just be gross and unnecessary. This isn’t a high science experiment involving a petri dish. Now back to the subject at hand.

How do we get rid of these lingering odors? First, remember you need to focus on detailing the entire interior. Just focusing on the problem area is not going to cut it. Check every nook and cranny and reference our previous post about removing pet hair. Yes, even hair can cause there to be an odor and it is important to remove it when addressing this issue. # pet odors in your vehicle

If you are dealing with “an accident” that happened in the backseat when your pet got a little too excited it is best to wear some protective equipment. Things like gloves and a particulate mask are not a bad idea. Either way make sure you are not using any pressurized air that will cause more airborne problems. Just remind yourself what you are cleaning up and it will help inspire you to take precautions.  # pet odors in your vehicle

Then take out your favorite nylon brush and a good vacuum. Remember not to get the area wet. That will just help the offensive material work its way into the seat or carpet. We are trying to do the exact opposite. Once you have gotten up what you can it is time to move on to real cleaning. Grab some enzyme stain remover. Focus on using something with amylase or protease in it. They will help remove urine stains and proteins. But you are not done there. After you have worked in the enzymes it is important to follow up with your usual all-purpose upholstery shampoo. This will finish the job the enzyme started. # pet odors in your vehicle

Next bring out the vapor or dry steamer. With a clean towel wrapped around the brush you will be able to quickly remove the loosened, offensive material. Admittedly this will only deal with the surface issues. If the stain has permeated into the cushions the owner is going to need them replaced in order to completely remove the smell.

For finishing touches you will need a sterilizer. Something with peroxide in it should do the trick. Follow that up with a deodorizer that removes odors and doesn’t just mask them.

Be honest with yourself and your customers. Pet odors are very difficult to remove. Do not create false hopes. Someone could go through this entire process and use all these chemicals and equipment and still not remove the odor. Especially when the weather warms up, there is a potential for odors to come back. Given that reality, this is still a preferable alternative to the cost and trouble of replacing cushions and therefore should be tried first. Just don’t be surprised if it doesn’t completely eliminate the problem. # pet odors in your vehicle. 

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This article was summarized from the following: https://www.autoblog.com/2016/03/05/how-to-remove-dog-odors-from-your-car/

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Pet odors in your vehicle

Detailing Tips Carlsbad – Removing Make-Up Stains from Car

Detailing Tips – Did you know there is a word for putting on makeup while driving? Yep, it’s called farding. So be careful to not say it too fast. Although we can’t condone driving while distracted, this article talks about dealing with some of the more common results of this activity. We will address what to do when, instead of painting one’s face, a customer accidentally “paints” their vehicle’s interior. Most of the time it is a simple procedure to remove these stains. But any good detailer will tell you to be extra careful when dealing with the interior of a customer’s car. Storming ahead can cause additional damage when the goal is to eliminate unsightly stains.

With any stain, timing is important. If you have repeat customers, make sure to let them know to contact you immediately if they find a cosmetic stain. The oil based cosmetics can really create an issue and when it dries it becomes a real headache. On the other hand if the cosmetics are water based it usually just takes a soft sponge or cloth and some warm soap water. You may even be able to encourage your customer to handle it. But I will leave that up to you. # Detailing Tips

More stubborn stains can be coaxed into complying with a piece of soft cotton and a 10 percent solution of ammonia. This takes a delicate touch because you don’t want to press too hard and make matters worse. So just gently place the cotton pad on the stain for a few minutes. Afterwards, apply some baking soda and let that work the stain for a couple more minutes. Then it is back to the warm soap water with soft sponge that we mentioned above. Always keep in mind the type of upholstery you are dealing with to be extra careful with the more delicate fabrics. # Detailing Tips

Pale colored synthetic fabrics will require a different approach. You can still use the soft cotton pad, but this time dip it in hot water and apply your favorite delicate cleaning product. Make sure to focus only on the stained area and rub it gently with a wet sponge until the stain disappears. # Detailing Tips!

Then there are the pesky lipstick stains. They are usually of the oily version and therefore require a little more effort. The good news is that a normal dishwashing detergent usually does the trick. Use something soft to rub the stain with this solution and make sure to stay in the stained area. You don’t want to spread the problem. Take frequent pauses to ascertain your level of progress and your persistence should pay off. # Detailing Tips

Wet wipes can come in handy when dealing with cosmetic stains. This is especially true when dealing with stains from foundations. Or get out a toothbrush with some mild cleaning detergent and work the stain. Follow up with a sponge and, you guessed it, warm water.

I saved the toughest for last. Stains from nail polish are usually the worst. The key is to not rub the surface of the upholstery. This tends to make things worse. Instead, try to absorb the material with a towel. This will work when the stain is still wet and highlights what I mentioned earlier, that timing is important. Follow this up with some acetone. But make sure to not rub. Just press on the stained area. If you start to see progress, grab a clean, dry towel and press on the stain again. A repetition of these steps should do the trick. However, remember acetone is NOT to be used on delicate fabrics or leather. # Detailing Tips

So when your favorite customer calls frantic about a cosmetic stain on their beautiful upholstery make sure you get to it as soon as possible. Then delicately and methodically work the stain until it is gone. All the while make sure to avoid the unaffected areas surrounding the stain. Before long your customer will have a clean canvas to decorate before your next visit. Detailing Tips!

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Detailing Tips Carlsbad - Removing Make-Up Stains from Car

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Carlsbad Car Detailing 101 – Clear Coats

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Carlsbad Car Detailing 101: The endless pursuit of impenetrable, indestructible paint is ongoing, but progress in the past few years has been significant. As clear-coat technology advances there are some that worry about the future of car detailing. These new clear-coats are able to prevent scratches, miraculously eliminate them in some minor cases, and prevent accumulation of dirt. However, they are not perfect yet and detailing will be needed for the foreseeable future. With that in mind let’s explore the different aspects of this technology to better understand how they work and how to work with them.

The history of protectants is filled with the usual ups and downs of creating something new. If they protected against scratching it usually meant they couldn’t deal with changing weather conditions. If they were softer they would hold up against weather conditions better but wouldn’t be able to handle scratching. Through trial and error though many of these issues have been resolved. 

I’m not going to bore you with the complex chemistry associated with clear coats. Suffice it to say, substances (with big, fancy, scientific names) are combined with heat and other important factors and a paint protectant is born. Some are made up of different forms of plastic, some utilize ceramics, and others use a form of silica. Many of the plastic based coats are able to correct minor scratches on their own when subjected to the sun. When it comes to the ceramics and silica a hard outer surface is created that is difficult to penetrate. 

I don’t care how much of a car freak you happen to be, you can’t tell the difference between clear coats by just looking at them. And auto manufacturers don’t make it any easier. They have multiple plants in multiple locations. In many cases they are all using different brands. They aren’t interested in the plight of the detailer who is trying to maintain the customer’s vehicle. If the clear coat meets the manufacturers standards for scratch resistance its used. 

This may require some detective work on the part of the detailer or at least a general understanding of some key aspects of the clear coats in use today. One benefit to the detailer that is worked into the clear coat technology is the color of the scratch. Lesser scratches will not be white and many times the chemistry in the clear coat mixed with sunlight will be enough to correct the deformity. So often if you come upon a white scratch on the vehicle you will be using common buffing techniques and is some cases wet sanding because otherwise it will not be taken care of on it’s own. As always, caution is needed when working on unfamiliar surfaces and careful trial and error will lead to a better understanding of how to deal with these protectants. On the positive side they generally make the cleaning of the car much easier by providing a harder surface and preventing the accumulation of persistent dirt.

As clear coat technology continues to advance it will inevitably get better and better. This progress will help to protect against the innumerable hazards perpetrated on our beloved cars on a daily basis. This will require diligence by the detailer to stay informed about the ways to treat cars with advanced protection. However, when considering all of the ways a vehicle can be marred it is safe to say that a professional detailer will be needed to keep our most prized possessions in tip top shape. 

This article was summarized from a post on: http://www.carwashmag.com/pdf/feb-2010/detailing.cfm

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Carlsbad Car Detailing 101 - Clear Coats

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How do you find an auto detailer you can trust?

How do you know which products are safe for your car?

Will a polisher put swirl marks in my cars paint?

There are many questions you may face when considering hiring a professional car detailer.  At DetailGreenUSA we provide high end MOBILE CAR WASH AND DETAILING SERVICES throughout San Diego.  We use only the highest grade products to clean and protect your vehicle.  We practice eco friendly alternatives when treating the interior of your car where you and your family spend so much time.  We also only use DUAL ACTION polishers which are completely safe for your paint and will not cause any damage like a traditional rotary polisher can.

We have been serving San Diego since 2005 and have built great relationships and a great reputation in the automotive world.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (858) 768-0609, or you can email me directly at josh@detailgreenusa.com