Does Your Edmonds Vehicle Need a Car Dressing?

car dressing edmondsMany people give us a confused look when we recommend car dressing as part of a vehicle detail for their Edmonds vehicle. What is an interior and exterior car dressing and what’s the purpose of it?

What IS a Car Dressing?

A car dressing is more or less the same as a conditioner. You apply it after washing to bring out the sparkle and other hallmarks of a professional detail job. Conditioners exist for various parts of the car, including the exterior metal, tires, and interior upholstery.

You can also find car dressings in automotive stores. They come in various formulas; some also come in all-in-one formulas, much the same as those all-in-one wash-and-wax liquids.

Does Your Vehicle Need One?

Does your car require regular waxing? Your car doesn’t need it since the purpose is purely aesthetic. The same goes for a dressing. Your car doesn’t require it, but it certainly helps with the car’s appearance during restoration. This is especially the case for the extensive detailing we do for classic, street-performance, and other show cars.

Can You Do It Yourself?

As we mentioned, various car dressings are readily available in automotive shops. DIY attempts, while time consuming, are certainly possible. However, you have to be careful with the formula you use. Are you sure you’re using the right one? A dressing for leather upholstery, for example, may not be compatible for every type of leather. To ensure the best results with a dressing, always leave the detailing to the pros. DIY attempts may not yield advertised results.

We Restore and Detail all Car Types near Edmonds 

Even a car that never leaves the garage doesn’t retain its shine forever. To restore its original look, bring your car to Henry’s Auto Detail for a simple wash or a full detail. We have various car dressing products for the latter service. Contact us today to learn more.

Professional Restoration & Car Dressing near Edmonds 

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

Posted on August 6, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

The Cause of Car Paint Oxidization and How to Prevent It in Lynnwood

car paint oxidization lynnwoodYou’ve just brought that shiny new car or truck home in Lynnwood; you love how it looks! But how do you keep it that way? Unless you keep it out of the elements, under cover in the garage, it will begin to lose its glorious shine. When car paint oxidization sets in, the paint surface loses the appearance of depth and becomes dull. 

What Is Car Paint Oxidization?

Many believe the paint on vehicles dulls as a result of buildup from contaminants such as road salt and acid in rain. Actually, the uppermost layer of the paint may have oxidized. This is caused by long-term humidity exposure. Once extensive oxidization sets in, the only way to bring back the shine is to have the vehicle repainted. 

So…How Can You Prevent It?

To preserve the shine, you need to regularly “feed” the uppermost paint layer. To do this, apply a generous coat of wax regularly. This provides a protective layer over the paint. If the oxidization is only minor, you might be able to restore the shine by using a buffer and a polish, glaze, or sealant. This process requires some finesse, however; if you have a clear coat finish, buffing too deeply may erode it. 

We’ll Help You!

Because the task of restoring the shine to oxidized paint can be complex, we recommend leaving this aspect of the vehicle detail to Henry’s Auto Detail. Depending on the extent of oxidization and type of finish, contact us to see if we can restore the car’s shine. We also recommend regular vehicle detailing visits to prevent car paint oxidization.

Auto Detailing and Car Paint Oxidization Prevention in Lynnwood

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

Posted on July 3, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Lessons on Restoring Your Alloy Wheels in Woodway

alloy wheels woodwayIf you have alloy wheels, you know they add a far more stylized and polished look than standard steel wheels. To keep that shine, learn how to clean these wheels the right way.

First, What Is Alloy?

Alloy refers to a combination of two or more metals. Most alloy wheels consist of magnesium, nickel, and aluminum. Aluminum is far better protected against rusting or corrosion than standard steel wheels, guaranteeing that your investment will stand the test of time.

Next, What About Cleaning?

First, remove dirt and brake dust using your hose with a high-pressure nozzle. Next, spray the wheel with an alloy wheel cleaner. You can purchase these at your local auto shop. They’re non-acidic to protect the wheel’s polish. Only spray one wheel at a time. Using a soft-bristle brush, scrub away any remaining dirt, then rinse the wheels and towel dry.

Finally, How Do I Make Them Shine?

Some people wash and wax their wheels using the same wax they use for the rest of the car. Others use a premium metal wax. Either works fine; just be prepared to do a lot of rubbing for the shine to manifest.

We Restore Alloy Wheels for Woodway Drivers

We give your wheels the full treatment as part of our vehicle detailing. Bring your car over to Henry’s Auto Detail. We know how to restore wheels, whether they’re alloy, chrome, or mag wheels. If you’ve never had your vehicle detailed, allow us to show you what a difference this service can make. Contact us today to arrange an appointment, and ask about our special offers!

Restoring Alloy Wheels & Car Cleaning from the Top Down Near Woodway

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

Posted on June 3, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Are Car Air Fresheners Safe for Mill Creek Drivers?

car air freshener Do you want your vehicle to have that ‘new car’ smell? Because we spend so much time driving, eat, drinking coffee, and basically living in our cars and trucks, it doesn’t take long for them to take on that ‘lived in’ smell. You may try to remedy this situation with a scented product. But you need to ask: How safe are car air fresheners? A lot of these products, after all, contain artificial chemicals.

Why Car Air Fresheners May Not Be Safe

Many of us have hung one of those tree-shaped fresheners on the rearview mirror. The problem is that a lot of these products contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). According to Scientific American, VOCs have been shown to aggravate symptoms of common allergies and asthma.

Another study by the National Resource Defense Council tested 14 air freshener products purchased at Walgreens. Researchers concluded that most of the fresheners contain chemicals that may cause reproductive issues.

Should You Stop Using Air Fresheners?

Although we can’t say with conviction that you shouldn’t use these products, we recommend you exercise caution. There are other choices to consider. Here’s one great option: Make your own natural freshener by pouring a few drops of your favorite essential oil on a felt cloth and hanging it from the rearview mirror. You can even snip it into the shape of a tree!

You can also remove most odors by removing the source of the smell. This can be done through a professional vehicle detail. Most odors come from the upholstery, particularly if you eat or smoke in the car.

We Remove Car Cabin Odors

Our restoration work also includes odor removal. Contact us at Henry’s Auto Detail in Lynnwood if your car is starting to smell like dirty socks. Look at our testimonials to see why we’re the area’s trusted auto detailing service. Consider natural alternatives for a fresh-smelling vehicle.

Interior Detailing & Car Air Fresheners In Mill Creek

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

Posted on May 7, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Should You Wash Your Car Before or After the Rain in Edmonds?

car wash edmondsHave you been planning to go to the car wash, but you keep putting it off because rain is in the forecast? Maybe you just let let the rain water do the cleaning, and have always thought that has been good enough? Here’s what we’ve learned based on our own industry expertise.

To Wash or Not to Wash?

First, we must point out that rain will NOT clean your car. It will actually make your car dirtier. Rain water, as it travels through the atmosphere, collects contaminants. By the time it reaches your car and dries, those contaminants remain in the form of water spots on the paint, windows and headlights.

Wax On Wax Off

Since your car needs to be washed, is it best to do so before or after the rain? Ideally, we believe washing before is the best option. The wash needs to be accompanied by a wax to be effective, because it will repel the rain water off the car’s surface.

If you can’t wash your car before the rain, then it’s best to have it washed right after the rain. This will remove the contaminants, or water marks, before they have time to deeply etch into the paint. If these marks have time to bake into the paint, you’ll need professional vehicle detailing to remove them.

We Recommend a Car Wash Before OR After the Rain in Edmonds

If there’s rain in the forecast, plan to bring your car to Henry’s Auto Detail. We’ll restore your car and eliminate water spots from filthy rain water. Washing your car before or after rain will prevent the appearance of an unkempt vehicle. Contact us today!

Professional Car Wash for Edmonds Drivers

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

Posted on April 2, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

How to Remove Melted Candy Stains from Car Upholstery in Lynnwood

melted candy stains lynnwoodDo you need help with melted candy stains in your vehicle in Lynnwood? Baskets with sugary bunnies and bright-colored jelly beans have replaced marshmallow hearts and chocolate roses. Some of this stuff might end up melted or smashed on your car seats, carpets and mats, and even on the dash and door panels.  Here are some tips for the removal of sweet treats. These steps can also be used in the home.  

Confection Ejection

  • Using cold water, moisten the candy to dissolve the sugar. Don’t try to remove sticky stuff by just pulling; you may damage the fabric or carpet.
  • Gently scrape the solids with a spoon. Go slowly! If it doesn’t loosen easily, you might need to schedule professional vehicle detailing.
  • Lightly dampen the area with a fabric stain remover and dab with a cloth.
  • White vinegar on a fresh cloth may finish the job nicely.

Dashboard Smorgasbord

  • Have an extension cord handy, and then use your hairdryer to soften the candy. 
  • Again, use a spoon to gently remove solids.
  • Wipe the remaining residue up with warm water, a bit of dish liquid, and a soft cloth.
  • You can also try a little baking soda and a damp cloth.
  • Certain candies have food dyes that are going to need enzyme digesters.  ALWAYS test these products first on an inconspicuous spot  beforehand. 

Sweet Adieu to Melted Candy Stains in Lynnwood! 

After you’ve done what you can, if stains persist, bring your car to Henry’s Auto Detail.  For more than 15 years our happy customers have counted on us for washing, waxing, and restoration. We’ve built a sweet reputation, one customer and one vehicle at a time.

Vehicle Interior Stain Removal, Including Melted Candy Stains, in Lynnwood

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

Posted on March 5, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

How to Remove a Protein Shake Stain in Snohomish County

protein shake stain snohomish countyTaking charge of your fitness in 2021? You might find yourself drinking more protein shakes in the car, on the way to or from the gym. A protein shake stain in your car requires a specific method for effective cleanup. Here are some quick tips for drivers in Snohomish County.

Protein shakes and other beverages can leave unsightly stains if not dealt with in a timely manner. For starters, it’s a good idea to keep a roll of paper towels in the vehicle.

DOs and DON’Ts for Protein Shake Stain Removal

This multi-step process is acceptable for other protein stains – including dairy products, baby formula, vomit, urine, and sweat.

  • DON’T use spray upholstery cleaner; this can actually make the problem worse.
  • DON’T use hot water!
  • DO use paper towels to remove as much liquid as possible, as soon as possible, and remove stuck solids with a blunt knife.
  • DO use cold water to soak and blot up as much of the stain as you can. For dried stains, use an enzymatic soaking agent.

If possible, remove the fabric and machine wash in cold water with an enzyme-based detergent. Caution: avoid the enzymes if the fabric is silk or wool.

You may not be able to fully remove protein shake stains that have dried.  In this case, a vehicle detailing professional should be contacted.

DO Call Us to Get Those Stains Out!

We are a family-owned and operated business. For more than 15 years we’ve been providing top-notch auto, truck, boat, motorcycle and RV detailing.  You can depend on Henry’s Auto Detail for stain removal, complete interior detail, and exterior wash and wax.

Experts at Protein Shake Stain Removal & Car Interior Detailing in Snohomish County

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

Posted on February 1, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Three New Year’s Car Resolutions We Recommend in Woodway

new year’s car resolutions woodway

Happy New Year! No doubt your resolutions are firmly established 😉 and 2021 is off to a great start!  Your automobile will also benefit from your resolve.  Here are three ideas for upkeep and improvement to help you with New Year’s car resolutions in Woodway.

Optimize Car Condition

Resolve to get on track this year with basic scheduled maintenance. It only takes a few minutes to check your engine oil and tire pressure on a routine basis. For more in-depth inspections, commit to finding a service station you can count on.  

Optimize Car Appearance

Resolve to keep your car looking it’s best this year.  Detailing is the quickest and easiest way to achieve this. It’s also essential if you’re thinking of selling, trading or if you’re driving a lease. Services like wash and wax for the exterior and restoration of the interior will start your new year off right. 

Optimize Fuel Efficiency

Resolve to investigate ways to save at the pump this year. If it’s time to get a new vehicle, look into a hybrid or an all-electric model. You can save money with Washington state tax incentives, and on car insurance, as many companies are offering discounts and rewards. These cars can also help the environment and are exempt from emissions testing. 

Let Us Help with Your New Year’s Car Resolutions in Woodway

Establish the habit of routine maintenance. Then come see us at Henry’s Auto Detail for your car’s future, and yours too! If you’ve never had your car detailed, let us show you what a difference our expert service can make to your vehicle’s appearance. Contact us today to arrange an appointment, and don’t forget to check out our special offers!

New Year’s Car Resolutions for Maintenance in Woodway

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

Posted on January 27, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Give A Christmas Car Detailing Gift This Year in Mill Creek!

Christmas car detailing mill creekHaving a hard time deciding on a gift for a loved one in Mill Creek? Here’s a novel idea: How about a Christmas car detailing gift? Many people don’t have their own vehicles detailed, especially around the holidays because they’re too busy or feel they have too many other expenses. A surprise car restoration will surely put a smile on your loved one’s face.

Why is Christmas Car Detailing a Great Gift?

If you’re like the rest of us, it’s hard to come up with original gift ideas year after year. A car detail is something everyone can use, some of us more than others!

How to Do It

Either purchase a gift certificate for a car detail or, if possible, borrow the person’s car and give this gift several days before or after Christmas. Be creative about why you need to borrow their vehicle. Once the car is at the shop, request the full treatment, including an interior detail, wash and wax.

A vehicle detail can also be a supplementary gift to a larger gift. Perhaps you want to install chrome rims or enhance the seating with leather stitching. Check with your auto detail technicial for ideas about ways to enhance your gift.

Treat a Friend or Loved One to a Detailed Car This Holiday Season in Mill Creek

Car owners often neglect car care due to finances or a busy schedule. This giving season provides the perfect opportunity for you to treat someone with a mini-car makeover. Secretly bring the car to Henry’s Auto Detail. We’ll perform a car detail as a Christmas gift; you can cross one person off your holiday shopping list. Contact us today to discuss your holiday shopping list and all your other car needs.

Pre- and Post- Christmas Car Detailing near Mill Creek

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

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

Boost Windshield Strength with an Auto Glass Ceramic Coating in Edmonds

glass ceramic coating edmondsMost car owners don’t think twice about applying wax to their car’s surface. This is car care 101 for protecting the paint. What about the windshield? This part of the vehicle can benefit from a coating of its own. We suggest an auto glass ceramic coating.

What Is Ceramic Coating?

Glass ceramic coating is a clear coating made from nano-ceramic. After application and curing, the substance becomes a tough yet flexible solid shield. Glass ceramic coating also exists for the paint, though this post focuses on the coating for the windshield. In recent years, auto glass ceramic coating has become a standard in vehicle detailing.

Ceramic Coating Benefits

Why does the windshield need a protective barrier in the first place? The benefits are three-fold.

For one, the coating improves visibility, especially during rainy weather, by repelling raindrops. Second, the coating makes the glass easier to clean. Dirt and grime lightly cling to the surface instead of becoming encrusted into the glass.

Finally, the coating makes the windshield as a whole appear “cleaner.” Have you ever stepped back after cleaning the car and noticed the windshield has streaks or just looks off? A ceramic coating makes this a nonissue; when you apply the coating, the nanostructure fills in any visible imperfections in the glass.

What About DIY Kits?

You can find kits at your local Pep Boys. However, application requires multi-stage preparation, such as buffing, claying, and keeping the surface clean while curing. If any of the steps go wrong, it can hamper the end results.

We Apply Auto Glass Ceramic Coating near Edmonds

Your windshield deserves just as much care as the rest of the vehicle surface. Bring your car to Henry’s Auto Detail for a complete detail. We can apply auto glass ceramic coating as part of the restoration process.

Auto Windshield Care with Glass Ceramic Coating near Edmonds

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

Posted on November 2, 2020 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business