DIY - Cleaning, Sanitizing & Disinfecting
In this ever changing world of ours people are more proactive than ever about avoiding and destroying germs, bacteria and viruses. We have all put cleaning and disinfecting everything around us to the top of the priority list. With the slow down in the economy and the Stay at Home order, people have recently dug deep into cleaning their homes and will continue to do so in the coming months. What many people are not thinking about is how important it is to also deep clean, sanitize and disinfect the vehicles we drive daily for essential errands like picking up groceries.
For those of you who are thinking about it we put together this helpful Do It Yourself (DIY) guideline to assist you and give some insight into how we clean and sanitize your vehicles. If you plan on doing it yourself and have questions about the process or need advice on troubled spots don't hesitate to call and we would be happy to help 224-276-6763. If you are interested in having us do it for you, pricing is listed further down the page.
How To Clean, Sanitize & Disinfect Your Vehicles...
Vacuum... vacuum... vacuum. Most vehicles we work on for the first time have not been vacuumed in years. You can only imagine the unhealthy stuff that lurks deep down into the carpet fibers and between the seats. Whatever vacuum you use work every inch of the carpet and seats and everywhere else you can reach like you mean it. We use a shop vacuum with a chisel attachment and work a few inches at a time throughout the vehicle to eliminate every loose particle possible. If your interior is challenged with pet hair the trick to removing it is to incorporate a rubber pet hair brush to help dislodge the hair so it can be vacuumed up. Most people do not have a rubber pet hair brush so anything rubber dragged across pet hair will be more effective than simply a vacuum attachment. Pro Tip: Clean or replace the vacuum filter before starting to ensure maximum suction.
Following an intense initial vacuuming, you should proceed to clean all surfaces in a manner that also disinfects. We use a combination of methods including ozone gas, hot steam and disinfectant cleaners. Ozone is extremely effective at killing germs, bacteria and viruses and is used before we enter the vehicle for our safety. This is something that needs to be done properly with the right equipment to be effective and safe. Hot steam is also very effective and needs to be done properly so as not to damage surfaces or force steam into areas such as instrument clusters and touch screens. Being that most households do not have an ozone gas generator or steamer, simply wiping all reachable surfaces with a disinfectant cleaner will likely be the way for you to go. Clean all surfaces including the headliner, seats, carpet, doors, dash, steering wheel, etc. Disclaimer: Make sure to follow instructions on cleaning products that you use and follow their directions and warnings about testing in an inconspicuous areas if you are unsure of how safe they are to your vehicles surfaces. Most houshold disinfectant cleaners will do the trick. AVOID Bleach and peroxide as it will cause damage! Pro Tip: Do not saturate fabrics. Spray cleaner on the cleaning towel instead of the fabric being cleaned.
Protecting & Dressing
Now that the interior is sanitized you will want to dress and protect all the surfaces inside. Following a proper cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting, everything will likely look duller than it did before you started and it will no longer have UV protection. So the next step is to dress it with a product that also protects it from harmful UV rays. You can find products for this at the local auto parts store. We recommend to always use water based cleaners and dressing as it is generally safer to use and it does not off-gas like solvent based products do. By far the best protectant that we have found for dressing and protecting is 303 Aerospace Protectant, which is what we use in every vehicle. It is a little pricey, but well worth the money. Pro Tip: Spray the protectant on a cloth to wipe on the surfaces and include all surfaces including the headliner, carpeting and seats. Also do not spray your towel over your driveway as it will settle on the asphalt and show up as darker areas after you are done detailing and not go away for a while.
Yes, to do a complete job go around the vehicle one last time to vacuum up lint, dust or dirt that may have become dislodged during the cleaning and dressing stages. After this step look around your vehicle and be proud of your accomplishments knowing that you just made your vehicles environment exponentially safer for you and your family.
Progressive Detailing is committed to providing the highest quality detailing and sanitizing services to all our valued customers!
Professional interior detailing eliminates dirt, stains and grime, and now with the current pandemic we have supercharged the interior cleaning by including our ozone gas treatment at no additional cost to you with every interior detail. Ozone gas is used by detailers around the country as a premium service for disinfecting and odor removal. At times like this we need pull out all the stops and do everything we can to help slow the spread of this virus. Upon completion of any one of our interior detailing services, your vehicle will be sanitize from the air to the surfaces and deep down into unreachable cracks, crevices, between the carpet fibers and in the vents.
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