Cloth Vs Leather Car Seats: Which Is Best?

cloth vs leather car seats, leather car seats, cloth car seatsWhen you buy a new vehicle, the conflict of cloth vs leather car seats enters your life. Is one better than the other? Does one require more upkeep? We examine the pros and cons of each, so you can make an informed decision during your next dealership visit.

Why Choose Leather?

You can’t deny that leather exudes an eloquent and high-class vibe. This is certainly the car seat of choice for luxury car buyers. Simply put, leather is an indication of wealth and high status.

Leather is also easier to clean and restore because the surface is less porous than cloth.

One drawback of leather is that the surface absorbs heat. Your legs and bum are especially going to feel it on a hot summer commute. If you happen to have black leather, then the heat absorption is even worse.

Leather may also not be the best option if you travel with kids and pets in tow. Tykes and canines can leave a mess and damage the material you paid a premium price for. Continue Reading →

Does Your Vehicle Need a Car Dressing?

car dressing, car conditionerMany people give us a confused look when we recommend car dressing as part of a vehicle detail. 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. Continue Reading →

Boost Windshield Strength with an Auto Glass Ceramic Coating

glass ceramic coating, windshield coatingMost 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 Glass 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. Continue Reading →

How to Prevent Car Paint Oxidation

prevent car paint oxidation, remove car paint oxidationAfter years of exposure to the elements, a car begins to lose its once-glorious shine. If you wait until oxidation sets in, then the paint surface loses the appearance of depth and takes on a dull color. This is all due to car paint oxidation. We’ll explain the cause and how you can prevent it so you won’t need to remove it later.

What Is Oxidization?

If you have owned your car for several years, you may notice the paint beginning to fade. A black-as-night hue becomes grayish, or a flaming red becomes pink. Contrary to popular belief, this is not the result of buildup from contaminants such as road salt and hard rain. The uppermost layer of the car may have oxidized due to long-term humidity exposure. Once extensive oxidization sets in, the only recourse is a costly auto paint job that will remove the car paint oxidation. Continue Reading →

How to Clean Alloy Wheels

alloy wheelsAlloy wheels are susceptible to staining from brake dust. You don’t clean this part of the car the way you clean the rest of the automobile. Learn how to clean alloy wheels the right way to achieve that clean and polished shine you love.

What Are Alloy Wheels?

Alloy simply refers to a combination of two or more metals. Most alloy wheels consist of magnesium, nickel, and aluminum. The aluminum may be from cast aluminum or the higher quality billet aluminum. Steel is also an alloy, so if you have steel wheels, you have alloy wheels. The steps for cleaning steel and other types of alloy wheels are more or less the same. Continue Reading →

Does Acid Rain Damage Your Car?

acid rain car damageKey questions about acid rain: What is acid rain? Is acid rain harmful for your car paint? Is acid rain prevalent in the Lynnwood area? We’ll explain how acid rain damages cars and what you can do about it. The impact can leave a permanent blemish if you don’t take swift action.

What Is Acid Rain?

Despite the name, acid rain does not consist of highly acidic droplets that melt anything they come into contact with. The term simply refers to rainwater with high levels of hydrogen ions. Because of high levels of sulfur and nitrogen emissions in the air, water may contain sulfuric and nitric acids. Acid rain may become acidic to a small degree, but nowhere near burning levels.

Lynnwood, being a fairly sizable city, also contain traces of these emissions as well as other pollutants in the air. Vaporized contaminants also find their way into acid rain. Continue Reading →

Should You Wash Your Car Before or After the Rain?

car washYou plan to wash your car but the forecast indicates a rainy day. Should you wash your car before or after the rain? Should you not wash your car at all and let the rain water do the cleaning? We’ll provide an educated answer based on our own industry expertise.

Best Time to Wash a Car

First, we must point out that rain will NOT clean your car. In fact, it will make your car dirtier. Rain water collects contaminants on its way down. As the contaminated water lands and dries on your car, it leaves behind water spots on the paint. The effects are also just as pronounced on the windows and headlights.

If you still need to wash your car, should you do it before or after the rain? Ideally, we believe washing before is the best option. We are talking about a thorough wash and wax. The wax is especially helpful because it will repel the rain water off the car’s surface. Continue Reading →

How to Remove Makeup Stains from Car Upholstery

remove makeup stainsAside from talking on the phone and eating, putting on makeup is another form of distracted driving. This is not only a safety liability, but you also risk staining the interior. Sometimes they’re bad enough that only we can restore vehicle interiors with lipstick, nail polish, or eyeliner stains. But there are ways for you to remove some makeup stains from car upholstery.

DIY Makeup Stain Removal

Before we list the steps, we must point out that the method isn’t failproof. No DIY method is guaranteed to work, especially if dealing with a dried stain. Most cosmetics are oil-based, which quickly oxidize and dries. Only a professional vehicle detailing can remove stubborn makeup stains.

You can try removing the stains yourself with this simple step-by-step process:

1.   Dip a cotton cloth in an ammonia solution and place the cloth over the stain for 10 minutes.

2.   Apply baking soda atop the stain and let sit for another five to 10-minutes.

3.   Wipe clean with a microfiber cloth Continue Reading →

How to Remove Chocolate Stains from Car Upholstery

remove chocolate stainsValentine’s Day is around the corner. If you have a significant other, then that means gift exchanges. This may include Hershey’s Kisses and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. If you or your partner consumes any of that chocolate in the car, you could potentially stain the upholstery. We’ll explain the process for how to remove chocolate stains from a car’s upholstery.

How to Remove Chocolate Stains: A Step-by-Step Process

Did you drop that piece of See’s Chocolate and smoosh it into the car seat? If the stain dried, then you may need to bring the car to a vehicle detailing center. However, DIY removal is possible if you treat the stain right away. Here’s how you do it:

1. Remove as much of the chocolate as you can with a plastic spoon

2. Create a homemade cleaning mixture using two cups of cold water and one tablespoon of liquid dish soap. Continue Reading →

How to Remove a Protein Shake Stain

protein shake stainWorking out more is perhaps the most common New Year’s resolution. With more exercise comes more whey protein shake consumption. You may prepare a shake and consume it on the car ride back from the gym. If you’re not careful, the contents may spill all over the upholstery. Can you remove a protein shake stain, or is the car cabin destined to smell like a powdered chocolate shake forever?

Protein Shake Stain Removal: The Step-By-Step Process

Removing any stain requires a specific process. The steps below don’t just apply to protein shakes but also to any protein-based liquids. This includes dairy products, baby formula, vomit, urine, and sweat. You can’t just apply an upholstery spray and wipe with a cloth. You need to apply a multi-step process to fully restore the fabric or leather.

The Steps

1. Use a paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible. Use a blunt knife to remove solids embedded deep in the fabric.

2. Soak the material in cold water. For dried stains, use an enzymatic soaking agent.

3. Remove the fabric if you can, and machine wash the material in cold water. Use an enzyme-based detergent. Add bleach if the stain is exceptionally bright or dark in color.

A word of caution: avoid the enzymes if the fabric is silk or wool. Instead, stick to a conventional cleaner.

The steps above may not fully remove long-dried protein stains. In this case, you will need to bring the car to a vehicle detailing station.

We Remove Protein Shake Stains

Car protein shake spills increase in January. This is no surprise since more people are making resolutions to stay in shape. To keep your car in shape, bring it to Henry’s Auto Detail for an interior detail and exterior wash and wax. Removing a protein shake stain may require professional servicing.

Car Upholstery Stain Removal

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