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How to Keep Your Leather Car Seats Looking New

How to Keep Your Leather Car Seats Looking New Want to make sure your car leather seats look new and feel smooth? Just follow my simple tips to protect your leather interior from becoming dull and cracked after years of wear and tear. It’s not primarily the use of your seats that causes them to wear (though this certainly plays a role). The buildup of dirt is what wears on your leather surfaces and causes them to dull. On top of that, the leather loses essential oils and protectants over time. If you don’t take care of your leather seats then the surface will start to look dull and cracks will start to form. Warmer climates also cause leather to age and crack much faster than colder climates. Want my best advice to keep your [...]

2018-07-30T03:33:50+00:00April 28th, 2016|Cleaning Tips, How To...|

Detail Your Car Like a Pro:  10 Best Car Cleaning Tips

Want to detail your car like a pro? Here are some quick and simple DIY car detailing tips and tricks. Wash your car weekly by hand or local car wash. Use car wash soap, not regular dishwashing liquid found in your kitchen. Roll down the windows halfway and wipe grime off the top of the windows. Use a clay bar to remove embedded pollution from paint and for a smooth finish. Get a mirrored finish by using a synthetic wax. Vacuum the interior every week. Slide seats forward to clean out the junk. Use an inexpensive artist brush to brush out the  air vents. Clean the leather with a leather cleaning kit to remove ink and lipstick stains. Do it quick! Stains can set in as little as 24 [...]

2018-07-30T03:19:08+00:00January 30th, 2016|Cleaning Tips|

Wax On, Wax Off: How to Wax Your Car by Hand

Remember ‘Wax on, wax off’ from “The Karate Kid” movie?  Waxing and buffing your car can save you a bunch of money over time and prolong your paint job.  Here are a few tips to make sure you wax your car properly. Apply car wax or paint sealant in the shade so the product doesn’t dry too quickly. Always apply car wax or paint sealant to a dry vehicle. Water drops can cause streaking. Apply the thinnest coat of wax you can! A thick coat makes the wax or sealant difficult to remove or cause streaks.  Poly foam wax applicators are best to use for thin coats. Buff the haze away with a lint free or microfiber towel. Check the label to see how long to wait before adding [...]

2018-07-30T03:33:06+00:00January 14th, 2016|Cleaning Tips, How To...|

How to Remove a Scratch From Your Car

See a scratch on your car? Don’t worry. Minor scratches, the ones that don’t go through the clear coat into the color, can be fixed!  All you need is a rubbing compound from your local auto supply store, some lint free cloths, and soap and water.  Then, follow the steps below. Wash the surface to move dirt. Use a lint free cloth with soap and water, then rinse soap and let dry. Next, apply a rubbing compound to the scratches.  Put a dime sized amount with a lint free cloth and using a lot of pressure, then rub along the scratches until they disappear. Reapply the compound a few times if needed. Make sure there are no white streaks or cloudiness left behind from the rubbing compound. Finally, apply [...]

2018-07-30T03:31:23+00:00November 29th, 2015|Cleaning Tips, How To...|

Remove Dead Bugs From Your Car With Dryer Sheets

One of the downsides of a road trip is the sight of dead insects on the front end of your car! The longer you leave the bugs stuck to your car, the harder it is to remove them. They can even damage your paint!  Dryer sheets to the rescue!  You can use dryer sheets (that’s right - the ones you use with your laundry) to wipe away those pesky splattered insects!  Dryer sheets are safe for your car, and they’ll save you time and elbow grease! First, put a little bit of water in an empty spray bottle. Take a dryer sheet, roll it up, and put the dryer sheet inside the water bottle. Shake up the bottle and let the dryer sheet soak up the water. Spray the [...]

2018-07-30T03:24:33+00:00November 14th, 2015|Cleaning Tips|

How to Make Your Headlights Shine & Look Like New

Your headlights can become cloudy due to the plastic degrading over time from UV rays. You don’t have to replace your headlights or put up with the haze.  All you have to do is shine them up with a good cleaning. Wipe the grime off the headlights with glass cleaner or soap and water. Once the area is dry, tape around the headlights. Buy a specially designed restoration kit at any auto parts store, and follow the sanding and buffing instructions. When you are done the headlight should be clear of any yellowing and have a rough, dull surface. Apply a polish to clean up the sandpaper scratches. Lastly, apply a UV sealant to protect your headlights from hazing over again soon. For all your automotive needs, call the [...]

2018-07-30T03:28:25+00:00September 30th, 2015|Cleaning Tips, How To...|

How to Remove Stickers From Your Car

When it’s time to retire your bumper stickers there is a simple method to remove them.  All you need is a hair dryer!Hold the hair dryer about 6" from the sticker.Blow heat on the sticker for a minute or two.If the corner of the sticker does not start to lift try blowing heat longer.Starting at a corner, with your fingernail (or razor blade to grab the edge only) peel back a corner.Pull back, folding the corner over against the face of sticker.  Don’t pull directly up.Pull slowly by the corner of the sticker in the opposite direction and continue to apply heat as needed.Once the sticker is off, clean off remaining adhesive with an automotive adhesive cleaner.You may need to re-apply wax to the area.Call us today at 407-270-1506 to schedule your FREE [...]

2018-07-30T03:25:45+00:00July 26th, 2015|Cleaning Tips, How To...|