Sick Car Syndrome: How Your Car Can Make You Sick

sick car syndromeThe inside of your car is a haven for germs and bacteria. If you drive a lot and are frequently sick with the cold or flu, then your car may be the cause. This is known as sick car syndrome, and we’ll explain how an interior vehicle detail can fix this issue.

Sick Car Syndrome Explained

Here is a fun fact: the average car steering wheel is nine times dirtier than a toilet seat. The steering wheel can harbor about 700 strains of bacteria, vs 60 for a toilet seat. How are steering wheels this dirty? Car owners often eat in their car. Besides that, the interior is a small enclosed area that is seldom cleaned. These factors combined are a recipe for grime.

Air Conditioner Clean-Up a Must Before Summer

The AC, though, is what is really causing sick car syndrome. When you run the air conditioner, condensation forms in the evaporator. The accumulated moisture encourages mold growth. The air eventually blows some of that mold into the cabin, where it rests on the upholstery, dashboard, etc.

Your car is likely infested with germs if you notice any of these symptoms during a commute:

  • Coughing
  • Eye irritation
  • Wheezing
  • Sneezing
  • Chest tightening
  • Eye irritation

You’ll likely be using your AC more now that summer is almost here. We recommend cleaning or replacing the filter if it’s due for a change. We also recommend a professional interior restoration. This includes a full cleaning and shampooing of the seats using a solution that kills bacteria on contact.

We’ll Detail Your Car Interior

Bring your car to Henry’s Auto Detail before leaving for any long summer road trips. We’ll not only clean your car, we’ll also remove all invisible traces of mold, mildew and germs. We recommend an interior detail as part of a wash and wax. Sick car syndrome is real and can compromise your health.  Contact us today!

Get Rid of Sick Car Syndrome with Auto Detailing

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Posted on May 1, 2020 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Increase Car Value: Have Your Car Detailed

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More motorists are holding onto their cars longer due to advancements in modern automobiles. However, keeping a vehicle longer also means more exposure to dings, dents, and scratches. Have you wondered whether detailing can increase car value when you’re ready to sell?

The Value of a Car Detail–It’s Beyond Curbside Appeal

Your car’s value is dependent primarily on the condition of its parts, which is why you get your oil changed, your tires rotated and replaced, and those odd noises checked out.

A vehicle detailing, though, can play a secondary factor, especially when trading in your car at a dealership. A dealer will list the car as in excellent, good, fair, or poor condition based on Kelley Blue Book guidelines. A dealer will look hard for even small imperfections to lower your vehicle’s classification and reduce the trade-in value.  Dealers look for mechanical defects first, but after that, they look for faded paint, clouded headlights, nicks, and other surface-level blemishes. A dealer may list a car as poor if—aside from major operational defects—it has clear signs of oxidized paint, rust, medium-sized dents, upholstery stains, etc.

Your vehicle doesn’t have to be perfect to acquire an excellent condition rating. You may be able to get away with a few light scratches and dents if everything else gets a thumbs up.

We Increase Car Value with a Professional Detailing

Although a simple detail or wash and wax probably won’t elevate your car from poor to excellent, bringing your vehicle to Henry’s Auto Detail for a restoration before putting it up for sale can make a big difference, provided all major parts are in working condition.  Contact us today to set an appointment, and be sure to check out our special offers for great deals on the services customers ask for most often.

Complete Auto Detailing to Increase Car Value

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Posted on April 1, 2020 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Benefits of Auto Detailing in Lynnwood

auto detailing benefitsAfter your home, your car is one of the most expensive investments you will make during your lifetime. Maintaining it so that it continues to operate at its best is part of vehicle ownership. Many people who spend money on oil changes and replacement parts don’t necessarily consider the auto detailing benefits. This isn’t, as some people think, customizing the car with special paints or decals. Instead, auto detailing is thoroughly cleaning the car so that it looks its best—right down to the very last detail. We utilize a multi-stage paint treatment. This involves washing, claying, buffing, wiping down with alcohol-based cleaner, and keeping the surface pristine while applying the coating.

Exterior Car Detailing in Lynnwood

An exterior car detailer works on your car to ensure that the paint job looks as good as it did when you first took it off the dealer’s lot. The car detailers polish the wheels, tires and rims, as well as clean the windows until they shine. Any accumulated dirt or grease is no match for determined car detailers; it soon washes away.

Interior Car Detailing in Snohomish County

Auto detailing also includes giving attention to the interior of a vehicle. It includes vacuuming and cleaning the carpets and seats. The dash and console are cleaned. Any stains or blemishes on the fabric receive special attention so they return to their original condition. The interior of the car is deodorized to make it a pleasant environment.

Auto Detailing Benefits

The benefits of auto detailing go beyond having a car with a clean, fresh appearance. Continue Reading →

Ink Stain Removal: Can You Remove Ink from Car Upholstery?

ink stainA pen in your pocket can break, causing the ink to spill into your trousers and leak onto the car seat. Likewise, your children may treat your car seat as a doodling canvas. Fortunately, ink stain removal is possible with the right knowledge and supplies.

Facts About Ink Stains

Ink consists of a combination of dyes, pigments, and solvents that can cause permanent discoloration on most fabrics. This is why immediate treatment is necessary. Once the stain dries, restoration will require professional remediation.

The removal process is also a bit trickier because we’re dealing with an inorganic stain. This contrasts with organic stains like those made by food or spilled coffee, which are easier to remove. Nevertheless, it can be done if you act immediately using the steps below.

There are two separate processes. One for leather seats and the other for fabrics.

Step-by-step Ink Stain Removal Process

Leather Upholstery

  1. Blot at the stain using a clean cloth or paper towel. The keyword here is “blot.” Do not scrub because this will only spread the stain.
  2. Apply an ink stain remover. Several options are available here, including baking soda, vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and nail polish remover.
  3. Wipe using a fresh cloth.
  4. Apply a leather conditioner to the seat. This acts as a barrier that prevents liquids from embedding themselves into the surface.

Fabric Upholstery

  1. Blot at the stain using a clean cloth
  2. Dab at the stain using a cloth lightly moistened with rubbing alcohol
  3. Rinse using a cloth moistened with cold water

Leave the Ink Stain Removal to Us

The year is still young. Make a resolution to take better care of your car. This includes regular car washes and the occasional vehicle detail. Leave the ink stain removal to Henry’s Auto Detail if DIY treatment yields subpar results.

Car Upholstery Stain Removal

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How to Protect Your Car from Road Salt Corrosion this Winter

salt corrosion, car corrosion, road salt corrosionIn winter, salt is spread on the road to melt ice and enable tires to contact the pavement. Unfortunately, the salt also has the unintended consequence of damaging your car paint. Let’s look at how you can prevent car corrosion from road salt

How Road Salt Causes Car Corrosion

Salt chemically turns ice back into liquid H2O. This enables the tires to make contact with and grip the road instead of the ice.

The problem is that road salt is also corrosive. Repeated exposure can lead to rust. This doesn’t just include the frame but also sensitive parts of the suspension, such as the subframe and the brakes.

The damage is compounded after parking inside a garage where the water evaporates. This leaves behind a coating of salt on the undercarriage where it slowly eats away at the metal’s surface. Continue Reading →

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

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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

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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

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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

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