December 29, 2006Hello everyone,
Welcome to the part 3 of "DETAILING YOUR INTERIOR". It's time to take a closer look at shampooing. Their are two basic types of methods to shampoo. The first, method is what is known in the industry as "Dry Shampooing which is usually accomplished using a dry foam chemical similar to the arosol carpet cleaner cans that you find at most large retail stores like Wal-mart. The second most common method is known as wet shampooing which basically means using a brush, and wet chemical to break up, and remove stubborn stains from both carpeting, and upholstery. Some professional detailers are starting to go to Vaper Steam for this process due to less usage of chemical, and faster drying time. While this is nice, a Vaper Steam Cleaner, or Hot Water Shampoo/Extractor is not nesessary to produce professional results.
Before we get further, let's talk floor matt's. Since floor matt's do not have insulation, it is alright if they get wet. Simply lay out your floor matt's out in the driveway and rinse them thorouly to flush out dirt, and grime. If they are really bad, add 4 onces of Simple Green, or dishwashing liquid to a one gallon bucket of water. Dip a soft brissle brush into the suds, and scrub, followed by a thorough rinse to flush out the soap. Last, take a Wet/Dry Shop Vac, and extract the water from the Matt. Leave them to dry in direct sunlight for an hour, or two, and follow by brushing with a clean dry brissle brush, and your floor matt's should be good as new.
Now lets talk dry shampoo. Most Arosol Carpet Cleaner's are basically the same. To use, shake the can well to agitate the chemical, hold the can upside down, and spray the foam to the carpeting, or upholstery. Take a soft brissle brush, and scrup the carpeting, and upholstery thoroughly. Follow with a good vaccuuming, and repeat if nessesary. Continue until you have achieved the desired look.
Wet shampooing is pretty much the same concept as cleaning floor matt's with a few exceptions. Add 4 ounces of Simple Green, or dishwashing liquid to a one gallon bucket of water. Some detailers use scented cleaners with Lemon, or citris which can help to hide smoke, and other oder's. Whatever chemical cleaner you choose, make sure it has as much suds as possible. Take a soft brissle brush and just dip it into the suds only. Try to use as little of the water as possible, and rely more on the suds to do the cleaning, scrub the carpeting till you have achieved the desired result. Follow up using you Wet/Dry Shop Vac to extract the suds, and liquid. The carpet should be barely damp when finished so be sure to leave the windows cracked overnight to allow the carpeting to thoroughly dry. After about an hour, take a dry soft brissle brush, and brush the carpet in a back, and forth pattern "called raking" which gives the carpet that freshly shampooed appearance.
One last thing many Professional Detailers do is to put a fresh dryer sheet used for laundry under the seats for that extra fresh, pleasent touch.
Fabric upholstery can be cleaned by either method. just remember to use as little water as possible, and instead rely on the suds to clean with. Follow up with a good vaccuuming using a Wet/Dry Shop Vac to extract the chemical from the material, and allow to dry.
A QUICK WARNING:
WHEN SHAMPOOING, NEVER EVER SOAK, OR RINSE YOU CARPET! Doing so will result in mold in the insulation, and will be costly to repair.
Either of the methods outlined above should remove most types of stains, and leave you carpet, and upholstery clean, and as good as new. Sit back, and admire your hard work, and enjoy! Till next time, happy detailing