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Inseparable Car and Vacuum

Inseparable Car and Vacuum

In 2001, the vacuum cleaner celebrated its 100th birthday. It was in the year 1901 when British engineer H. Cecil Booth patented a cleaning machine that incorporated a vacuum to remove dirt. His machine was a huge one. Named “Puffing Billy”, this vacuum machine was horse-drawn and used a gasoline engine to provide the power needed generate suction. Booth’s idea was great, but because of the sheer size and inconvenience his machine brings, he never gained a great amount of success with it.

But, since Booth’s time, the face, shape, size, design and engineering of the vacuum cleaning machine have changed tremendously. The basic idea is still there but due to the changing fashions, the development of science and advances in technology, vacuum cleaners have evolved to be a revolutionary invention that altered forever the way people clean. Today “Puffing Billy” would be put to shame by vacuum cleaners that are ten times smaller yet many times more powerful. From houses to cars, vacuum cleaners have become very practical pieces of tools in the battle against dirt.

Just like your house, your car needs and deserves the same level of attention and care. Leaving your car dirty would totally ruin your vehicle. Dust and other particles can cause scratches on the paint and can damage your car’s upholstery. Also, especially with newer car models, heavy dust can cause damage to the computer and electronic devices usually found behind the dashboard. Garbage also piles up fast. Before you even realize, your back seat’s floor resembles a dumpster.

In cleaning your car, your first step would be to vacuum the interior. From the start you will need a strong, reliable vacuum cleaner to do the job right. “Puffing Billy” would hardly be adequate for even this type of job. You’ll need the power of modern day vacuum cleaners.

Present day car vacuum cleaners are equipped with powerful machines that can easily remove dust from your car interior. With various attachments, you will also be able to reach those tight cracks and corners like the areas around the car seats, behind the dashboard, and near the sides of the trunk.

For cars, both the portable vacuum cleaners and the upright units are at your disposal. The portable ones can be very convenient. These are good for both dry and wet operations. The rechargeable battery is also a plus especially with some portable models that can be charged using the cigarette lighter of your car. Upright cleaners, on the other hand, have at their disposal hoses and on-board tools that will allow a thorough clean up in a matter of minutes. These add-ons would extend and flex into gaps that ordinary nozzles or tools can’t go.

Dash Kits Installation

Dash Kits Installation

Car dash kit installation had been a process which was done manually in before days. But now it has been well automated, and even an ordinary layman can install the dash kit in his car using the simple step-by-step instructions for installation.

Each car company provides the customer with a step-by-step installation guide and if at any moment the customer feels hanged up or feels the need of an assistance the customer care center can be called up for further assistance regarding the installation process.

Some of the care instructions to be taken before the installation process are: the red plastic on the back of each piece should not be peeled off at the initial point; the filament of each piece has to be checked properly in the kit by fixing it to the dash and checking it. If any of the kit does not match do not continue with the process, just stop the process and the local distributor has to be contacted immediately for further installation. Utmost care should be taken to avoid direct skin contact while installing or any sort of prolonged exposure with any chemical agent which is given in the installation kit. These are the tips on safeguards to be maintained before installing the kit. In the same way there are some tips to be followed during the process too; such as alcohol should not be applied to dash the trim pieces which are not over layered. The adhesive promoter has to be applied wisely, as it gets dried very quickly. So, it has to be applied as son as possible through the whole dash area once the adhesive promoter is been opened.

While installing the dash kit people have their own preferences. So, the companies give a vast and best choice on this regard. The customer can choose the color and the wood based on the color on the interior present. Likely, if a car interior is in a dark color to have a perfect blend a dark colored kit can be chosen and the same way for a light colored interior car a light colored kit can be chosen. The best choices will be offered by the company who deals in the kit itself. The best combination on colors can be chosen from the catalogues provided in the showrooms.

While installing the kit, the customer either can take the help of the dealer or can install himself as it is an easy to do process. Some useful tips have to be read carefully and implemented, before and while installing the kit. Dash kit installation is just an easy go process as the company who deals with it itself provides a complete step-by-step guide on the installation process and in any case of trouble or trouble shooting the customer care centre of the company can be contacted for further assistance. A wide range of color combinations and appealing looks are provided as people concentrate more on their dash boards and on their appealing and unique looks.

Quick Tips For Improving The Look Of Your Car

Quick Tips For Improving The Look Of Your Car


Sometimes it really is what’s on the outside that counts.
That’s the opinion of many of today’s car owners who say they’re always on the lookout for ways to make their autos look better.

While many drivers turn to high-tech fixes, accessories and add-ons to change the look of their ride, many forget a simple-and inexpensive-step: waxing. Waxing helps protect a vehicle’s paint by minimizing the effects of wear and tear. But perhaps just as important, it can breathe new life into a faded paint job-helping your car look its best.

A thorough waxing can take less than 30 minutes-especially if you follow a few tips from the experts:

• Always wash the car thoroughly to remove surface dirt that can scratch the paint while waxing.

• Minor scratches and swirl marks caused by snow brushes, tree branches or improper care can be removed with a scratch and swirl remover.

• Apply wax evenly in a circular motion and always remove wax with a clean cloth.

Wax On, Wax Off

You may be surprised at just how far wax has come over the years. For instance, new Turtle Wax Ice looks more like baby oil than traditional car wax. It was designed to clean, shine and protect all exterior surfaces of a car, including plastic and rubber trim, without leaving residue.

“The paint on today’s cars has come a long way, but that exterior finish still needs to be cared for on a regular basis,” said Michael Schultz, head of the Turtle Wax Shine Center. “We developed the new Ice formula to provide better care for diverse exterior surfaces.”

For those who prefer to stick with traditional waxing methods, the original Turtle Wax Super Hard Shell and Platinum Series are used around the world.

Automotive Detailing: How to Clean Automotive Upholstery

Automotive Detailing: How to Clean Automotive Upholstery

Clean Interior
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Maintaining or restoring the “looks-like-new” condition of their automobiles is a consuming interest for most car owners. Most owners are interested in preserving their investment, and in enjoying the full use of their vehicle as long as possible. Other owners are interested in restoring a vehicle to the best condition possible in order to sell it or get a good trade-in value. Still others are attempting to restore a vehicle as a hobby, joining the many proud owners of classic and antique vehicles. These consumers want quality automotive cleaning products that will enable them to refurbish their autos quickly, with as little effort as possible. One particular problem, especially with older vehicles, is how to clean automotive upholstery. Is it different from furniture upholstery? Can the upholstery be cleaned in place or must it be removed? Is it necessary to use products that are uniquely for these interior automotive fabrics?

Even new vehicles can become soiled. A misplaced cup of coffee, a forgotten and melted crayon, a wad of gum tracked into the car on the driver’s shoe, or a sick puppy can present a daunting cleaning problem. If the problem was neglected when it was fresh, or if it was only partially cleaned and then allowed to age with the car, it may be extremely difficult to remove. It is always best to deal with stains immediately.

By and large, the same product that will clean a leather or vinyl chair should work on a leather or vinyl car interior. Automotive carpeting should respond to the same techniques as household carpet, depending on the fibers used. The same can be said for fabric upholstery. Therefore, the first step in cleaning your car’s interior is to determine what it is made of.

Second, try to determine what may have created the stain. This step may be difficult if the stain has been there for a while or if you have just acquired the car. Spilled cola and grease may leave stains that are similar in color, but they would respond best to different types of spot removers. It is important to choose the correct automotive cleaning products for the job or stain.

Unusual stains should be dealt with first, before an attempt is made to clean and refresh the entire interior surface. Gum or other, similar, sticky substances need careful handling. There are products available now that will freeze them in place, changing their chemical composition, and thus allowing for easy removal by scraping them away.

Other messes, like the above mentioned crayon, also need special handling. Crayon is wax based, but also has pigment. Its removal may need two steps and two entirely different products, depending on how badly it has melted into the fabric. A product specially formulated for crayon removal is a good first step.
Sugar-based food and drink spills on fabric, even old ones, can be removed with a good spot remover. This step should be followed by a thorough steam cleaning. If these stains are on the stitching of vinyl or leather, they may respond to the spot cleaner alone. Grease-based stains should respond to being blotted with a good degreaser, such as Formula 21 Grease Stain Remover.

Once all the unique stains have been dealt with appropriately, give the interior a thorough, all-over cleaning, depending on the upholstery type. Leather and vinyl can be cleaned with a specially formulated product such as Fuller Vinyl and Leather Cleaner. Built-up grime on older seats may also respond to washing with a good degreasing product such as Fulsol All-Purpose Degreaser. Fabric seats and carpets should be able to handle a thorough steam cleaning. Care should be taken to not get the fabric too wet. Because the upholstery and carpet cannot be removed to dry, work slowly in small areas, and only dampen the surface enough to remove the soil. Leaving the doors and or windows open for a while after the cleaning is complete may also hasten the trying time. Check with the manufacturer before treating or steam-cleaning antique fabrics.

With a little pre-planning and care, and with the right automotive detailing products, you can become an expert in how to clean automotive upholstery.

The Details of Detailing the Interior of Antique Cars and Trucks

The Details of Detailing the Interior of Antique Cars and Trucks

Your antique car or truck is a treasure. A treasured possession of history, class, and performance of bygone days. While you can never go back in time, you want to do all you can to preserve the aura and the dignity of antique cars and trucks. Detailing or cleaning and preserving them as close to their original state as possible, is the owner’s dream.

Care should be taken in every step of the restoration process to ensure all original materials are treated only with products designed not to have a negative effect on the material’s future quality and durability.

One especially delicate area is the interior of your antique. Whether the seats are plastic, cloth, or leather, they must be treated with care to ensure pliability so as not to occur future damage. The cleaning products used must be chosen with care. Today’s technology offers many excellent solutions to the dilemma of cleaning without incurring damage to these aged materials.

Selecting products that clean and protect in one step saves you time and insures your interior has constant protection. Again, it is important to choose products that won’t damage the interior’s materials with repeated use. You may want to consider these types of cleaners for seats, dashboards, and rubber moldings found in the interior of your vehicle. Note that any form of abrasive cleaner, no matter how miniscule the abrasiveness, with repeated use, will begin to deteriorate the surface being cleaned.

It is not unusual to have one specific stain in the interior of a classic car or truck that seems almost impossible to remove without damaging the area. Again, be cautious not to use abrasive cleaners. Remember the interior of your antique car or truck has weathered many years. The materials have become worn, and are fragile simply by time. A spot remover designed to remove the stain without harsh chemicals is most likely your best solution. Proceed slowly and repeat the process gently if necessary to completely remove the stain. One or more treatments may be necessary for extremely stubborn stains. Harsh scrubbing and rubbing will only damage the material. Let the cleaner do the work.

Once you have completed the restoration process and your antique car or truck is in tip-top condition, you want to make sure you do everything you can to protect it and your investment in it. The restoration process most likely took time, effort, and money. Now you want to make sure your vehicle remains in good shape.

At this point, it is very important to store the vehicle in a climate-controlled environment. Extreme heat, cold, and moisture should be avoided if possible. Whenever the vehicle is taken out for show, or a drive, you should make sure to properly clean it whenever you are done. All that really should be necessary concerning cleaning and protection will be light maintenance. A good wipe down with a chamois cloth will most likely do the trick. Chamois cloths are excellent to absorb moisture, clean dust and grime, and polish the surface.

Your antique car or truck has survived many years. A true display of elegance. A few simple steps will keep it looking great for years to come.

Porsche Car Covers For Top Protection

Porsche Car Covers For Top Protection

Joe's Mobile Auto Detailing Trailer Wrap
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In owning a high quality roadster such as a Porsche Boxster you are making a statement that you value quality, engineering, speed, luxury, and reliability.
Few cars can match all that a Boxster does in effectively combining an exhilarating sports car ride with a sensible price. Still, owning any Porsche is an investment and you must take care to protect that investment. A custom fitted car cover is something to consider to properly shield your Porsche.

After spending over sixty thousand dollars for your new Porsche, why is it that the one investment that can save you thousands of dollars is often overlooked? What I am talking about is a Porsche car cover. A car cover is a reasonably priced accessory that should be standard equipment for any vehicle. For only a few hundred dollars a custom fitted car cover will protect your car from:

  • Damaging rays of the sun. If you leave your car outside for any length of time, the sun’s rays will damage your car’s finish.
  • Harmful moisture. A high quality car cover will protect your car’s finish from moisture. Acid rain, sleet, snow, and hail can permanently damage your car.
  • Bird poop. You may not park your car under a tree, but the birds sure are attracted to its shine. Not getting to the poop soon enough can be costly to your paint.
  • Minor impacts. No, a car cover won’t protect your car in all circumstances, but a high quality cover is designed to absorb small impacts.
  • Nosey neighbors. You own a Boxster and everyone want to peer in and look at it…rubbing up against your car, scratching the finish, damaging the paint!
  • Insects. Who wants to see their car become home to every insect imaginable? With a custom fitted cover on your Porsche, bugs won’t zone in on something that isn’t hospitable to them.
  • Hello, Kitty. Don’t you just love it when Puss ‘N Boots walks all over your car leaving his tiny little footprints behind?
  • Dust, dirt, air pollution. Even garaged cars can be damaged by dust.

    When selecting a car cover there are some things to consider:

  • Is it guaranteed? You should be able to return it if it doesn’t live up to its promises.
  • How many layers is it? Premium car covers offer the most protection; four layers are the norm.
  • Is it custom fitted for your Porsche? No one sized-fits all cars covers, please!
  • Are side mirror pockets included? For maximum fit, insist on this feature.

    You spent a nice amount of money on your Porsche. Do not neglect it and forego a car cover. Protect your investment with a high quality car cover from a leading manufacturer such as Covercraft.

  • Car Washing 101

    Car Washing 101

    NHCW Damen Front
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    Cleaning a car is a piece of cake, right?

    It is if you follow the procedures suggested by the Car Care Council. While it’s the most basic procedure in car care, it does require some thought.

    Research shows that 52 percent of American car owners wash their cars less than once a month, with 15 percent never washing their cars. An estimated 37 million cars smell because of interior garbage, according to a consumer survey conducted by the International Carwash Association.

    To get started, you must have the right supplies for the job:

    * finish-safe wheel cleaner;

    * a soft brush;

    * a 3- to 5-gallon bucket;

    * liquid car-washing detergent;

    * a hose with pistol-grip nozzle, if possible;

    * car-washing mitts or soft all-cotton towels;

    * several all-cotton towels or synthetic chamois for drying.

    Give the car a good rinsing from top to bottom, including the wheels and inside the fenders. Always clean the tires and wheels before washing the body, and don’t use the same mitt for both. This way you’ll avoid contaminating the vehicle’s paint with debris from the wheels and tires.

    Use a good tire cleaner with a stiff brush to improve the appearance of your tires. Next, clean the wheels with a wheel cleaner that removes the brake dust, which often blackens the front wheels.

    To wash the body, use a product sold specifically for automobiles; household cleaners can strip the wax from the paint and damage the finish. Starting at the top, wash one section at a time, thoroughly rinsing away the soap before moving on to the next section. Work your way down toward the front, sides and rear of the vehicle.

    To rinse, start at the top, and let the water cascade down the surfaces of the vehicle. To avoid water spotting, dry with a chamois or similar product.

    Then follow up by waxing, which not only protects the finish but also makes subsequent washing easier. Before proceeding, use a car cleaner to remove contaminants embedded in the paint.

    Once the surface is clean, apply the wax, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

    The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers.

    Helpful Tips For Winter Travel

    Helpful Tips For Winter Travel

    Saturn Aura
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    We’ve all felt Jack Frost taking a nip at our nose, and facing Jack also means facing the harsh reality that a harsh winter promises, including the toll it’s like to take on our main mode of transportation.

    It’s common knowledge that the tempestuous winter months put our vehicles through greater stress and strain, and can often make minor imperfections into major malfunctions. With that said, experts emphasize the importance of getting your car geared up for winter well advance of the plummeting temperatures.

    Battery Operation: Since cold weather can be hard on batteries, checking your battery should be a top priority

    · Make sure connections are tight and corrosion-free and that the cables aren’t lose.

    · Have a technician conduct a load test to further determine your battery’s condition.

    Check Your Liquid Assets: Professionals point out the need to check your vehicles vital fluids and filters, as well as its hoses, belts, and tires.

    · At minimum, get oil and filter change.

    · Check you coolant level and make sure the water/antifreeze ration is correct.

    Set Your Sights On Safety: Remember, visibility is key for winter driving.

    · Make sure you have ample windshield-washer fluid. And make sure to always keep it topped off with proper commercial anti-freeze.

    · Check and double-check wipers, their condition, and how they are functioning. You can even choose to switch to winter blades as an option.

    · Inspect headlights, taillights, brake lights and defrosters, and make sure they are in good, working order.

    Interior Design: How your car operates on the inside is just as important to how it functions on the outside.

    · Inspect floor for cracks or holes that may allow dangerous (and toxic) exhaust gases into your vehicle.

    · Ensure that your heater (and defroster) are working.

    Check Brakes, Belts And Hoses: Make sure all are in good condition and in working order before hitting the road.

    · Top-off brake, clutch and transmission fluids.

    · Check pressure on your belts. Also check for any cracking or fraying.

    · Look for loose connections on hoses, as well as for unusual bulges, cracks, tears, and holes.

    Treading On Thin Ice: Tire pressure and tread depth affect traction in the snow and rain.

    · Check the inflation pressure of your tires and make adjustments according to the season and the temperature. This check, say experts, should be conducted several times a year (about twice a month).

    · Check your spare tire and make sure you have one.

    Getting Your Wheels In Motion: One of the best ways to safely get around in winter is by switching to a climate-friendly tire.

    · Replace current tires with tires especially designed for colder, icier conditions.

    · Check tread Depth. Keep in mind the shallower, the better.

    · Beware of studded tires. They may offer more traction in wintry weather, but can reduce traction of dry roads.

    Stay Attuned To Your Car’s Needs: Taking care of your car means knowing what it needs and when.

    · Check the owner’s manual for instructions on how often you’ll need a general tune up, including spark plugs, ignition, coil, fuel injection, etc. and get one done just before the brunt of the winter season strikes.

    · Put a minimum of one coat of wax on the exterior to protect paint against the winter making it easier for snow and ice to simply slip off

    · Spay a lubricant (such as WD-40) in all door and trunk locks to prevent them from freezing.

    Winterize Your Vehicle Inside and Out: Be prepared in care of emergency

    · Stock and emergency kit with flashlight, flares, first-aid kid, blanket, warm clothes, gloves, hast, paper towels, snow shovel, snow brush, ice scraper, washer fluid, high energy food and water, and booster cables, and keep it in your car.

    · Keep some sand or other such coarse material in your car to pour under tires to assist with traction if you get stuck on ice or hard-packed snow.

    · ALWAYS carry your cell phone with you and make sure it’s charged.

    Polishing Your Safety Skills: No matter what kind of vehicle you drive or how well you maintain it, cautious driving is always recommended.

    · Invest in an advanced winter driving course.

    Check That Used Car

    Check That Used Car

    Saturn Ion
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    A new car may not be worth all that money you are planning on spending!

    If you are on a really tight budget, and don’t care too much about the prestige of having a brand new car, purchasing a used car might be the best option for you. Why do we say that might be the better option?

    All you have to do is pick up a used car listing to see that brand new cars lose anywhere from 30 to 40 percent of their original price in as little as two years. That’s a pretty steep number. Here’s another number, 65 percent – this is the amount you save if you buy a used car that is five years old instead of a brand new one.

    Theoretically speaking cars of this age, as long as they have been well cared for will perform just as well and are just as reliable as their brand new counterparts. In fact, they may even be better customized for daily use since it has already been broken in and properly set up.

    Of course, you cannot discount the possibility that the used car you are looking at is not in the best of conditions. Therefore when surveying used cars to purchase consult the following tips.

    1. Check the Exterior

    The first thing to look at is the overall condition of the car’s body and finish. Look out for paint blotches and poor body fit. Also look for body filler. You may want to use a simple magnet to help you pinpoint suspicious spots. Finding any of these is evidence of a previous car collision.

    Also look out if the car is newly painted. You may want to inquire why this is so. It may mean a major overhaul due to some extensive damage. Rust is a bad sign of body damage, so is dampness in the trunk.

    2. Check Suspension

    Go to each corner of the car and push down on them. If the car bounces more than once, you may need to have shocks installed.

    Try nudging or pulling the wheels from beside the car. If the wheels can be nudged, or if they move in or out, there could be serious damage to the CV joints or the bearings.

    If tire wear is uneven, this is indicative of bad suspension. If the car you are checking has new tires, you will have to exercise more caution and test the suspension thoroughly.

    3. Check the Insides of the Car

    Make sure the upholstery, odor, and condition of the car’s interior are acceptable and in line with the age of the car.

    4. Take It for a Spin

    Have a friend observe you while you take the car for test drive. The car should be stable and should not show signs of shifting from side to side. If so, there could be a major problem with the frame or suspension. If you can, have a mechanic look at it too.

    The internet has changed the way everyone does business. Businesses have begun to explore how the internet can facilitate better, faster and more convenient operations. This has resulted in businesses that offer anything online – from selling clothes and shoes, to ordering pizza online and even searching for available realty. Believe it or not, you can even search for used cars online too.

    Car Valeting and Detailing: The Best in Orlando

    Car Valeting and Detailing: The Best in Orlando

    Toyota Prius Hybrid
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    Like humans, cars are prone to harsh and damaging conditions.
    Everyday, when you take your car out for a drive, you drive along humps, rough roads, and potholes which can cause grime and scratches. You can’t control the weather and so your car will have to withstand heavy rains, pollution, and dust which can further aggravate the look of your car. When a car is overused, the internal parts also tend to weaken. If you want to protect the car from improper usage and from the harsh effects of the environment, you should look into Orlando’s best in mobile car valeting and detailing.

    There are lots of tourist spots in Florida that you shouldn’t miss but how are you going to visit all those places if your car has unnecessary wears and scuffs? If you consider any of Orlando’s car valeting and detailing services, you can freely visit Orlando Universal Resort, Walt Disney, Hollywood Studios, Islands of Adventure, and City Walk (Blizzard Beach).

    If you regularly take your car to any of Orlando’s car valeting and detailing services, you won’t get embarrassed and you can even impress your loved one. What can you expect from these services? Your automobile will be cleaned, polished, and waxed inside out and the result will be a show-quality detail level.

    When cars are washed regularly, it will ensure a great looking car wherever you go. Detailing the car would depend on the individual and his/her personal satisfaction. Car detailing can be interior and exterior.

    The interior car detailing involves cleaning the vehicle’s interior using liquid cleaners, vacuums, and brushes. Exterior detailing involves claying, polishing, and then waxing. There is also another service called engine detailing wherein the bay area of the engine is cleaned to get rid of grease and dirt through the use of all-purpose cleansers and degreasers.

    If you have a car, it is important that you take it to a car valeting detailing service three or five times every year. If you want your car to serve you for a long time, you should take good care of it and you must show love to your car. Using your car carefully will lessen the possible scratches. The car finish should not come into contact with any rough things or surfaces. When cleaning your car personally, try to use cloth or soft towels; never use sandpapers. It is also advised that you have a garage to store your car when not in use. Try to avoid storing or parking cars on certain areas that are exposed to environmental hazards and sunlight because it can contribute to quicker deterioration of the car; if you don’t have a garage, the car will need constant cosmetic maintenance.

    In order to protect the car from sunlight, bird droppings, bug carcasses, and other elements, you need to take it to a wax car service. The car finish is very important and so you must exert effort in taking good care of it.

    Try the best of Orlando and take your car to Wax Car Detailing, Mobile Car Wash Orlando and Car Detailing Orlando. These are among the best in the industry. You can even try the other car valeting services in Orlando so that your car is always in good condition wherever you go.

    Car valeting and detailing is not a problem when you’re in Florida because you can find a lot of services there.