How to Secure a Christmas Tree to Your Car

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Unless you have a truck, you will probably need to secure your Christmas tree to the car roof. You have to be certain the tree is tied down tight so it won’t come loose. Here’s how to secure a Christmas tree and how an unsecured tree could damage your car.

How a Christmas Tree Can Damage a Car

If a tree is not properly tied down, it can scrape against the car’s surface. The pine needles can scratch the roof’s paint and windows. A loose tree has even been known to tear the door seal.

Even worse, a tree could come completely loose and fall on the road and endanger fellow motorists. This is a far graver implication because scratches to the car can simply be reversed through professional restoration. A fir tree that ends up on the road, though, can cause a serious accident. According to AAA, trees falling off of cars accounted for over 2,000 car crashes in the U.S. between 2013 and 2017.

How to Secure a Christmas Tree the Right Way

If a pickup truck is not available, then use a car with a roof rack. Tie down the tree using heavy-duty nylon rope, ratchet straps, or bungee cords.

Some people without a roof rack improvise by rolling down the window to pass the rope through the cabin. This is acceptable but not the most effective method. A better alternative is to tie the two ends of a web strap into stopper knots. Secure the strap in the top of the door. This gives you loops for fastening the rope or cord.

We Remove Auto Paint Scratches

Our exterior detailing can remove scratches caused by pine needles. Bring your car to Henry’s Auto Detail for a complete wash and wax. The wax further smooths out scratches. Knowing how to secure a Christmas tree is a good way to prevent scratches.

Auto Paint Scratch Removal

Serving Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Woodway and south Snohomish County

Remove Car Paint Oxidation and Restore Its Natural Shine

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New cars have a natural glossy shine. However, as the years go by, you may notice that the paint begins to fade or develop a cloudy appearance. This is due to oxidization. Fortunately, it’s possible to remove car paint oxidation in most instances.

What Is Car Paint Oxidation?

A car’s paint is constantly exposed to oxygen, causing the molecules in the paint to disintegrate. Visibly, the paint will begin to look duller. In more severe cases, the paint’s surface will develop a chalky appearance.

The consequences aren’t just aesthetic, though. If left untreated, car paint oxidation can eventually eat away the paint’s outer clear coat. This causes the paint to dissolve completely, leaving the metal frame exposed and vulnerable to rust. Rust weakens the metal frame on a structural level. Once this occurs, you’ll need more than just a costly auto repaint job.

How to Remove Car Paint Oxidation

  1. Move your car to a shaded area
  2. Wash the car thoroughly to remove surface dirt and debris.
  3. Apply an oxidation remover. These are readily available at your local automotive store.
  4. Once signs of oxidation are gone or minimized, apply a coat of wax.
  5. Polish the headlights as well because the covering can also become oxidized.

Car Paint Oxidation Prevention

Paint oxidation isn’t 100% preventable, but you can slow down the process. Waxing once a month is highly recommended because this keeps a barrier between the paint and the oxygen in the air. If possible, keep your car parked in the garage as often as possible. If you must park in the driveway, use a car cover.

We Restore Auto Paint

Our exterior restoration process includes a combination of waxing, polishing, and clay treatment. This vehicle detailing removes the majority of existing oxidation. Bring your car to Henry’s Auto Detail to remove paint oxidation and get back its natural shine.

Auto Paint Restoration

Serving Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Woodway and all of South Snohomish & North King Counties

Removing Hard Candy Stains from Car Upholstery

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Halloween is around the corner, which means sugary treats and lots of them. Your child’s trick-or-treat bag will include Jolly Ranchers, Blow Pops, and other hard candy. Some of this can get onto your car’s upholstery and leave terrible stains. Fortunately, removing hard candy stains is possible; we’ll show you how.

The Truth About Removing Hard Candy Stains

When hard candy liquifies and then dries on upholstery, the sugar bonds with the surface. If not treated immediately, the dye from the candy remains on the upholstery. Hard candy stains persist even if you remove most of the sugar and semi-liquid gunk. At this stage, removing the stains may require professional auto detailing.

Step-By-Step Tips for Removing Hard Candy Stains

  1. If much of the candy is still present, dissolve it by pouring cold water over it. This dissolves the sugar that bonds the solid mass to the upholstery.
  2. As the solid liquifies, pull it out using your fingers or a spoon.
  3. Apply an enzyme-based stain remover. Those designed for carpet use will work for car upholstery.
  4. Blot at the stain with a cloth. Switch out to a clean cloth every few minutes.
  5. If the stain persists, apply some white vinegar with the cloth.
  6. Rinse with a clean cloth moistened with water.
  7. Blot once more with a dry cloth.

The above steps should work for removing most hard candy stains. However, some discoloring may still remain, especially with light-colored upholstery. If this happens, complete removal will require restoration by an auto detailer.

We Eliminate Hard Candy Stains

Both kids and adults drop hard candy on their car seats. The resulting stains can be stubborn. Bring your car to Henry’s Auto Detail for interior cleaning and an exterior wash and wax. Jolly Ranchers and Warheads are no match for our professional hard candy stain removal techniques.

Car Upholstery Stain Removal

Serving Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Woodway and south Snohomish County

How to Remove Car Mold

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Mold isn’t just a problem inside the home. If the conditions are right, it can also grow inside a car’s cabin. Due to the closed and tight quarters of a car’s interior, the presence of mold can even be more hazardous. Here’s how to identify, remove, and prevent car mold.

How Does Mold Grow in Your Car?

Mold thrives in damp and poorly ventilated conditions. Mold typically appears in the car’s upholstery, dashboard, and mats. This occurs when these areas are exposed to water, such as from rain or a flood. The same can happen if a spill occurs and it’s not promptly wiped up. If you let the water linger with no opportunity for the interior to air out, then mold can grow in as little as two to three days.

DIY Mold Removal

Bleach is often the most frequently recommended material for mold elimination. However, this substance only kills surface mold. A more sensible remedy is to use a solution of water and borax. The latter has a high pH level, making it an effective mold killer. Alternatively, you can use distilled white vinegar. Be warned, though, that while effective, this will leave a strong odor.

To be certain you remove mold completely, we suggest a professional interior vehicle detailing.

Prevent Mold Growth

If you detect water inside your car cabin, immediately dry the area using a towel. Even if the surface appears dry, open the doors and/or windows to provide ample ventilation. For the upholstery, mold can grow deep into the foam. In this instance, you may require professional cleaning or even a total seat replacement if the growth is severe.

We Eliminate Car Mold

We don’t just wash and wax a vehicle and restore its exterior surface. We also take care of the interior; which includes removing dangerous car mold. Bring your car to Henry’s Auto Detail for a complete detail. Removing car mold is essential for driver and passenger wellness.

Car Interior Cleaning

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Don’t Fall for These Four Car Washing Myths

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Washing a car isn’t rocket science. At the same time, it’s also not as simple as rinsing and scrubbing. For best results, don’t fall for any of the common car washing myths that can keep you from really having a clean vehicle.

Myth #1: You Can Wash the Car Anytime

You can certainly wash your vehicle anytime of the day. However, we do not recommend a car wash immediately after driving the car. The same goes if the car is parked in direct sunlight. The car surface will be hot, meaning water will dry faster, leading to more pronounced water spots.

Myth #2: A Shiny Car Is a Clean Car

A car can be sparkly yet still be dirty. Run a finger over the car’s surface. If it’s really clean, then it will feel smooth like glass. If you feel small bumps, then dirt still lingers. You will need to use a clay bar to remove stubborn dirt and debris before applying wax.

Myth #3: Wax Lasts for Five Years

Irrespective of what the manufacturer claims, no waxing lasts for five years, or even a single year. Environmental conditions determine how often you need to reapply wax. We recommend wax and polish every three months, or twice a year at a minimum. Waxing is an integral part of the restoration process.

Myth #4: Only Wash Your Car When It’s Dirty

You should wash your car at least twice a month and not just when dirt is noticeable. Dirt and dust accumulation, even when not overtly visible, can erode the wax and damage the paint’s finish.

Be Wary of Car Washing Myths

For a car wash and detail done the right way, bring your car to Henry’s Auto Detail. Using tried-and-true methods, we keep your car looking like new. Don’t fall for car washing myths that deliver subpar results.

Auto Restoration Done Right

Serving Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Woodway and all of South Snohomish & North King Counties

How to Get Sand Out of a Car

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With summer in full swing, this means fun trips to the beach. Of course, the beach entails sand, which ends up in your shoes and clothing. This transfers to the car’s interior. So, we’ll explain how to get sand out of a car and how to prevent long-term staining.

Prevention

Of course, prevention is the best remedy. Consider placing a blanket over the seat. Also, be sure the floor mat is properly positioned and not sideways or curled up. You should also brush off all sand from your attire before getting inside. 

Clean Immediately

As soon as you arrive home, remove the mats and seat covers. Shake everything out and vacuum over the surface. If you hold this off, the sand can embed itself deeper into the fabric, causing discoloration. At this stage, removal will require professional vehicle detailing.

Removing Sand from the Exterior

You should also remove sand from the exterior. Sand may contain salt residue, which can scratch and corrode the paint. We recommend a thorough car wash using osmosized water. 

Be sure to wash the hard-to-reach areas, such as the wheel rims and wheel arches. Salt residue easily accumulates in these areas and can cause rust on the metal surface. We suggest using a wheel wash brush. Arrange for a full wash after a trip to the beach or any coastal area. This includes a wax to protect the surface. 

If you can prevent doing so, refrain from driving directly over sand, especially wet sand.

We Get Sand Out of a Car

Sand may seem harmless and easily removable, but it can cause quite a bit of cosmetic damage. After a trip to the beach, bring your car to Henry’s Auto Detail for a restoration. We can get sand out of a car and divert potential long-term staining and rusting. 

Car Interior and Exterior Restoration

Serving Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Woodway and south Snohomish County

Washing Tinted Car Windows: A 101 Guide

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Tinted windows especially add to the glam of a street performance car. However, the tint also requires regular maintenance. Otherwise, bubbles will start to form. Washing tinted car windows requires a very specific process compared to washing regular windows.

Washing Tinted Car Windows the Right Way

The two main materials you need are a microfiber cloth and ammonia-free soap mixed in water. We suggest that you wash the windows last when washing your car, and avoid washing the edges of the window. Water and soap can seep between the glass and tint, leading to the dreaded bubbles. If bubbles do form, force the air out of the bubble by pushing the air out using a credit card or similar object.

Wipe in a vertical direction across the entire window and again horizontally. Do the same when you’re wiping the window dry with a dry microfiber cloth. If streaks remain, repeat the process. You may also have to repeat the process once or twice for grimy areas.

Keep in mind that these tips apply to the side of the window that the tint is applied on. This is usually the interior side. This portion of the cleaning can be done as part of an interior vehicle detailing.

Washing Tinted Windows by Hand Is Best

We recommend a car wash by hand rather than an automated car wash if you have tinted windows. The washer in an automated car wash may include low-quality abrasive soap or wipers with an abrasive surface. Even if the tint is in the interior, abrasive material just isn’t good for any part of the vehicle.

We Clean Vehicles with Tinted Windows

Tinted windows require special care to prevent streaks and bubbles. Bring your car to Henry’s Auto Detail for a washing and restoration. Washing tinted car windows is an intricate process that we perform with the utmost care.

Residential Car Washing and Detailing

Serving Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Woodway and south Snohomish County

How to Remove a Car Dealership Decal

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Car dealerships place all sorts of decal ads on their vehicles. The dealer doesn’t always remove the decal when you make a purchase, leaving you to do the job. Without the right technique, trying to remove the car dealership decal can be a pain. We’ll show you the right way to remove a dealership decal.

Preparation

Wash the decal and the surrounding area. This doesn’t require any fancy techniques or cleaning solutions. A simple mix of water and soap will do; this step doesn’t require an entire wash and wax. This process eliminates particulates that can damage the paint as you remove the decal and adhesive.

Decal Removal

You will need a heat source to soften the adhesive behind the decal. A sunny day may suffice; otherwise, just aim a hair dryer at the sticker. 

Next, slowly peel away the decal. If the adhesive is still too sticky, use a tool, such as a spatula, credit card, or even a string of floss. If the sticker still isn’t coming off, then consider using an adhesive remover.

Keep in mind that some decals may be more difficult to remove. Those consisting of a single large shape, such as that of a bumper sticker, should be no problem. However, others, like those in shape of numbers, may be trickier.

Removing the Adhesive

Once you remove the decal, you still need to remove the adhesive residue. Leaving the glue in place attracts dirt or debris. Plus, the residue is often visible up close, making it an eyesore. Again, we recommend using some sort of adhesive remover. Just follow the instructions on the label.

We Remove Car Dealership Decals

Our vehicle restoration includes removal of old decals and adhesives. We can do this as part of a vehicle detailing. We especially recommend bringing your car to Henry’s Auto Detail after you purchase a pre-owned car. We can remove car dealership decals and make the exterior appear brand new.

Automotive Exterior Decal Removal

Serving Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Woodway and all of South Snohomish & North King Counties

Is Nano Coating the Real Deal?

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You may have heard of a new car polish known as nano coating. Supposedly, this coating is so durable that a single application lasts for the life of the car. What’s the deal with nano coating and does it deliver as promised? Let’s find out.

What Is Nano Coating?

Nanoman brand car polish, or “nano” coating for short, utilizes very thin polymeric chemical substances that are highly resistant to corrosion and other chemical reactions. When you apply the liquid, it forms an adhesive bond with the car paint. The coating claims to be durable so that it will not erode when you wash the car or when it rains. In short, nano coating forms a barrier designed to protect the car metal from oxidization. 

Is Nano Coating Legit?

As the saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. We believe this partially applies here. Some nano coating makers claim once you apply the coating, you’ll never have to wash and wax again. This is pure bunk. No polish lasts forever. If this were true, we and other vehicle detailing services would have gone out of business long ago.

Another egregious claim is that the coating protects against rock chips. The coating is too thin to protect against pelting pebbles. You can, however, minimize chips by applying nano coating over a thicker clear bra polyurethane film.

We should also note that nano has a 9H rating. This means it’s resistant against lead, such as from a pencil. Contrary to popular belief, the 9H rating is not the same as a 9H on the Mineral Hardness Scale. If it were, the coating would be nearly as strong as diamond, which is certainly not the case.

We Protect Your Vehicle Surface

We restore your car using time-proven washing techniques. Henry’s Auto Detail doesn’t rely on gimmicky fads. While you may certainly use nano coating, it’s not a permanent fix-all solution. 

Wash and Wax Done to Professional Standards

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The Right Way to Clean Automobile Glass

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Cleaning the windshield seems like a straightforward job. However, the process is more intricate than most people realize. The method most car owners utilize can scratch the surface. In this article we explain the ideal way to clean automobile glass.

Use the Right Cleaning Materials

We are very selective about the materials we use when detailing a vehicle. This is because common materials, such as paper towels and Windex, can be abrasive.

Instead, use a microfiber cloth, which has an electrostatic charge that helps pick up surface particles. A plain towel just spreads the particulates around your windshield. If you don’t have access to a microfiber cloth, then using newspaper is an acceptable alternative. Contrary to belief, the ink will not leech into the glass. Both microfiber cloth and newspaper leave less lint, smudging, and streaks on your windshield.

We also don’t recommend typical household window sprays. These contain ammonia, which can dehydrate the surface, causing cracks and discoloration. A mineral spirit is a good natural cleaner.

The Proper Cleaning Technique

For the best automobile glass finish, refrain from cleaning the windshield under high temperatures. Heat accelerates evaporation, which leaves behind a residue. When wiping, use a straight up and down motion rather than a circular motion. We know many people do the latter because of the wax-on-wax-off idea from the Karate Kid. However, we believe up and down more effectively removes particles.

The aforementioned technique and materials apply for both the interior and exterior glass. This also goes for the side and rearview mirrors. These are the processes we follow as part of our wash and wax package.

We Restore and Clean Automobile Glass

Our restoration includes all glass components. Schedule an appointment with Henry’s Auto Detail. We clean the windows inside and out. This way, you have full visibility of the road. Cleaning automobile glass requires the right procedure to ensure that the windows incur no damage.

Automobile Windshield Restoration

Serving Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Woodway and south Snohomish County