Cleaning and Protecting Vinyl, Leather and Upholstery Interior
Automotive Detailing Step 5
|It is important to protect your vinyl, leather and rubber from harmful ozone, Ultra Violet light rays and oxygen destruction that will crack and discolor these materials. But before you protect, you need to clean. Cleaning will ensure that no stains are set in and the protectant will adhere better to the surface and last longer.
To clean vinyl interior, first wipe off dust with a damp micro fiber towel and dilute vinyl cleaner 16oz per gallon of cold water. Spray on the surface and wipe clean. For major severity: dip a soft bristle brush into cold water and scrub in a circular motion (if there is a nasty stain try to not let it spread) until product foams up and lifts stain, then wipe clean. To clean leather interior dilute leather cleaner 6oz per one gallon cold water, then follow directions for cleaning vinyl.
One frequent problem seen is wax or polish residue stains the exterior rubber or vinyl trim. To remove these stains spray a small amount of vinyl cleaner
onto a cloth or towel, using your index finger, wipe clean.
To clean carpet and upholstery dilute interior cleaner 12oz per gallon of cold water. Spray on the surface, dip a soft bristle brush into cold water and scrub in a circular motion (if there is a nasty stain, try not to let it spread) until product foams up and lifts stain. Blot out access with towel and vacuum dry. Tough or set in stains may require an undiluted application of interior
and a longer dwell time (15-20 minutes).
After cleaning your vinyl, leather and rubber apply a coating of leather vinyl conditioner to protect and beautify. To apply, spray onto a cloth to prevent overspray onto glass, which may cause smearing. Wipe onto surface evenly, allowing to penetrate thoroughly, buffing lightly.
For protecting tires, spray tire dressing in a sweeping motion over surface covering entirely and allow to dry. Go back through each tire and wipe any access dressing from rims and tire.
In addition to protecting from harmful ozone, Ultra Violet light rays and oxygen destruction, vinyl conditioner and leather protectant will also create an anti static, micro thin layer of protection that deters water, dust, dirt, airborne pollutants and stains. This will help prolong time in between cleaning and will also make it easier to clean the next time. Use on tires, bumper guards, dash boards, vinyl leather seats and interiors, rubber floor mats and vinyl tops and covers.
TIP: If you enjoy a mat or more natural appearance instead of a high gloss shiny look; use a detailing spray to protect your leather and vinyl. Some people also prefer this method for shining and protecting items such as their steering wheel and gear shifter to avoid slipperiness.
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