5 Tried-and-Tested Tips for Deep Cleaning Car Carpets During Your Career in Auto Detailing
November 14, 2017
A huge range of vehicles, big and small, incorporate carpets in their interior. These can range from simple, molded carpet inserts made of nylon and rayon, to more premium carpets that can incorporate more expensive products. All of them need care and cleaning, and a deep interior clean remains a very commonly requested automotive service today. As you build your automotive skillset, being able to deliver a rapid but highly effective interior clean will be an asset that will serve you your entire career.
Remember Carpet Cleaning Is 90% Application, 10% Chemical Intervention
There’s no two ways about it—when it comes to delivering a deep clean, you need to use key tools like fabric brushes in a way that’s sufficiently rigorous. Delivering a robust brushing (while avoiding any sticky or wet stains) can remove and loosen a significant amount of dirt almost immediately from a carpet’s surface. Simply applying sufficient force to a carpeted section of the interior is a more natural and overall effective way to begin a cleaning job, rather than reaching for chemicals as a first resort—and will produce better results over subsequent steps. Putting in the effort up front will ease the rest of the process.
Harness the Power of the Wet/Dry Vacuum Cleaner During Your Career in Auto Detailing
Many modern vacuum cleaners now offer dual wet/dry capabilities, meaning they can be used on damp and water-soaked surfaces without the moisture having any ill effect on the machine. They are a potent tool for the effective automotive detailer, allowing for the simultaneous removal of both loosened dirt and any water-based detergent or cleaning product that’s been applied to the carpet. Using a vacuum cleaner like this to remove any applied lather will rapidly speed up any deep cleaning process.
Learn to Tackle Tricky Substances in Professional Automotive Detailing Training
As you begin your career in auto detailing, you’ll often see sticky material like chewing gum stuck to carpets, which is especially common in family cars. When gum-like material becomes deeply enmeshed with the fibres of the carpet, it can take some expertise to remove. What is important to bear in mind is any forceful tugging can ultimately result in a hole or other lasting damage to the carpet—an unacceptable outcome, especially in the case of a premium interior. By committing to a single, tried-and-tested approach—such as rubbing alcohol combined with a gum removal tool—and giving the removal the time and the attention required, the best outcome can be achieved.
Pay Attention to Carpet Weave and Direction for Best Results
Almost every type of carpet comes with a particular direction that the fibres of the carpet point in. This pattern is sometimes indicated by the manufacturer on the back or underside of the carpet. The carpet weave can be easily upset by brushing and applying pressure to the surface, which can result in a mottled or shaded appearance.
Fortunately, this can be easily fixed by wiping and brushing in the same direction as the carpet strands—a small touch that gives a much smoother overall impression to the customer. Being aware of these small but crucial touches is what professional automotive detailing training is all about.
Professional Automotive Detailing Training Teaches You Drying Time Is Essential
When it comes to unpleasant or unwanted odours in a vehicle, dampness is the usual culprit. Even a small amount of residual water caught in a car’s carpet or upholstery can result in a potent smell that can be easily noticed. In this respect, properly ventilating a vehicle via opening the doors and letting air circulate for a sufficient amount of time is a key part of the carpet cleaning process. Clients should be advised that the deep clean process is not complete until drying has finished and all moisture has evaporated to the extent that it can.
Have you considered taking an automotive detailing course in Toronto?
Automotive Training Centres’ next detailing class in Toronto will be January 20, 2018. Contact us to learn more!
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