Clean your car after every drive is the industry body’s latest word. (Covid 19)

Australian motoring peak industry body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has urged owners to keep their cars clean by upgrading hygiene practices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
By hygiene practices, they also mean the frequency of cleaning. The FCAI suggests motorists should be ideally wiping down high traffic areas and frequently touched places after each drive, not just daily or weekly.
These new recommendations are for everyone, not just motorists who make a living from driving. If anything, they’re most important to those who are using a vehicle in an attempt to avoid public transport during the pandemic.
Their latest advice is as follows
• Use disinfectant wipes to clean ‘high-contact’ surfaces in cars every time they are used,
• High-contact surfaces can include door handles, steering wheels, gear shift knobs, shift paddles, indicator and wiper stalks and entertainment or navigation systems. Vehicle key fobs, seats, interior grab handles, doors, armrests, additional display screens, cup holders and air conditioning vents could also be wiped down after vehicle use,
• Limit vehicle passengers as much as possible to maximise social distance,
• Take care not to damage vinyl, plastic, paint or other surface coatings with aggressive chemicals like bleach, hydrogen peroxide or high concentration alcohol sanitiser. While these chemicals will disinfect the surface, they may discolour them or remove surface coatings, and
• Take particular care when refuelling vehicle and ensure that hands are washed or sanitized after handling fuel pumps and touching cash or EFT terminals and any other public surfaces during the transaction.

FCAI Chief, Tony Weber, said taking these simple measures may help stem the rising tide of infections without impacting mobility.
“As social distancing measures limit transportation options, Australians are looking to their cars as a more isolated means to conduct essential travel, and in some cases are even receiving vital infection screening from their vehicle.
“Maintaining hygiene can assist in preventing transmission. It is just as important as cleaning any other surface. Cars should be sanitised every time they are entered or exited.
“With common sense and consistency, we can help to limit the spread of coronavirus and mitigate the impact of disrupting essential mobility,” Mr Weber said.
The news comes as Australian COVID-19 cases climb beyond 6000.

10 Tips for Cleaning Your Car.

10 Tips for Cleaning Your Car.

1.When washing the car don’t forget to clean
the inside door openings and rubber seals.
Most people forget this task.

2. When cleaning the plastic, vinyl or leather.
use a damp microfibre cloth and spray cleaner.
Most spray and wipe sprays are ok … But test first.
on the cloth not on there sure to avoid going
where you don’t want it too.
If Leather finish with a leather conditioner.
A good all rounder cleaner and conditioner is Kitten
I use a industrial leather conditioner called console care.
Avoid Ammorall as it greasy and attracts dirt.
3. When cleaning clear plastic in gauges sat nave,
rear view mirror etc…
use a fine microfibre cloth for windows spray in
in the cloth. ( avoid glass cleaner with ammonia.
and spray as you don’t want the liquid to seep inside the gauges.
Also a few drops of fairy dish washing liquid in a filtered
spray bottle.

4.When cleaning around the console and dash area
have old tooth brush or small nail brush to clean crumbs and dirt
that can’t be removed via a cloth alone.

5.For cleaning Air vents have a dusting brush or a small vacuum cleaner brush tool.
any cloth you use for dusting inside should be Ok also.

6. To clean exterior black rubber , black plastic and interior rubber seals
around the windscreen wiper grill section or grills not painted.
use you spray and wipe or also a few drops of fairy dish washing liquid in a filtered
spray bottle. Using a cloth wipe area clean then finish with my secret weapon
Rubber, Plastic revive (peanut oil from the supermarket…
This will help preserve and drying out…. and gives a gloss new car look.

7.When washing the car wash the wheels and under the guards and tyres first.
wash with a wheel cleaner if must but avoid acid base cleaners.
Also wd -40 works well to remove stubborn brake dust.
A small amount of dish washing Liquid in a pressure washer or bucket.
And if you got a wheel brush that good for hared to get areas.
Rinse the apply a wash n wax or instant detailer to leave wax coating on the wheels.
if Chrome use auto chrome polish like Mothers or Autosol.

8. Most people don’t clean there car mats often enough.
If rubber its easy just wash with detergent then Rinse and dry.
have deck scrub brush for stubborn dirt.
If Carpet mats have stiff brush and brush mat to remove excessive sand,
pet hair, food crumbs. Tip hold the mat vertical against a wall or gate.
Lay flat in the boot, cargo area vacuum using a small brush tool or crevasse tool.
Vacuum then spot any stains with carpet cleaner and damp cloth.
A cheap but good cleaner is Simple Green carpet clean from Bunnings.
Good for stains on cloth upholstery seats too.

9. Have water bottle and cloth for removing
bird droppings and tree sap from cars exterior clear coat.
spray on a cloth and wipe clean.
If left to dry it will eat the clear coat and leave clear water like stain.
that sometimes may need to have the clear coat pane resprayed for excessive damage.

10.To avoid scratches when washing the car.
Use a pressure washer rinse first starting for the roof and then 2 sides rear and bonnet and front.
Wash each section with car wash or wash n wax.
Rinse again then dry off.
If using a bucket get a grill from Auto barn to trap the dirt at the bottom and keeping your wash mitt,
I don’t like sponges as they catch if they pick up dirt.
When drying off avoid chamois as they can scratch if they pick up some dirt.
I use a open weave microfibre cloth MLH.
At all cost avoid drive through car washers or cheap car wash detailers.
I see they damage done often.
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Something to Beware of when choosing Car Detailing Business

Quickie very basic car a wash n wax vacuum
or drive through car washes that could damage your car paint.
Recycled water and dirty cleaning cloths or mops.
Vacuum or stream alone does not remove dirt embedded.
it needs extraction via shampooer to remove dirt and smells.
I see the damage on a weekly basis.
In-exprienced operators not spending enough time or care.
Cheap products and drying with contaminants still in the paint causing scratches.
Washing alone does not remove dirt, water spots bugs and tar….
Do a Test …Wipe a microfibre cloth over the surface if it feels rough
you may a need a paint clean, clay bar treatment or compound.
Inspect each panel If dull or faded you may need a compound then finishing polish
to bring back that shine and protection.
If the clear coat is missing or severe damaged by sun you may need to get a new respray clear coat.
Charging inflated prices for extras
Or New Start up businesses after quick buck(Fly in Fly out Bottom Feeders.
It takes years to learn the trade.
More than a a bucket a sponge or wash n wax out of a pressure washer.
Yes car maintenance is important and can be a chore for non car lover or busy person
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Removing Sand From Car Carpets & Mats

After nearly a few decades of detailing customer cars, I’ve found that the soft brush attachment on any vacuum cleaner is the best way to clean auto carpet and seats.
With that car, I would start up top with micro fiber towels gently wiping away the sand and then using the brush attachment from there on the carpets and seats.
You can also use the brush attachment on the plastics, but be careful not to be too aggressive. Also…don’t keep using the towels when they trap too much sand, because it will scratch the plastic surfaces.

Sand can often be very awkward and time consuming to remove from carpets and mats. Once trodden in it works it’s way to the bottom of the fibres of the upholstery and will remain there until it is dealt with properly.
I’ve found that the soft brush attachment on any vacuum cleaner is the best way to clean auto carpet and seats. With that car, I would start up top with micro fiber towels gently wiping away the sand and then using the brush attachment from there on the carpets and seats. You can also use the brush attachment on the plastics, but be careful not to be too agressive. Also, don’t keep using the towels when they trap too much sand, because it will scratch the plastic.

The brush attachment will make quick work of the sand in the carpets and seats.

The second step is to lay the mats down and use a stiff bristled upholstery or detailing brush to agitate them.
This will further help to release any ingrained particles from the fibres, lifting them up to the surface. Work the brush in alternate directions and ensure all areas are sufficiently agitated.
After brushing the mats the third step is to give them a thorough vacuum. A crevice tool type attachment should be used as this provides the best possible suction.
Again, vacuum the mats in alternate directions and continue to do so until all the sand has been removed. If initially, you sufficiently beat them then vacuuming should not keep pulling up sand, if it does however you should go back to the first step and repeat the process.
If the carpets of your car have been affected with sand deposits they too should be dealt with in a similar manner. Obviously you cannot beat the carpets like you can the mats, but instead you can simply use your hands to pat down on the surface.
The vibrations of this patting down will help the bring ingrained sand particles up to the surface which can then further be agitated with the brush and thoroughly vacuumed up.

Sand is one of the most awkward things to clean up and remove from the interior of a car and it can take a little time and persistence to successfully remove heavily affected areas but if you follow this method it will help to speed up the process and achieve successful results.

Think about replacing mats with rubber ones that can be taken out and hosed down.
Most cars would be better with rubber mats in high use areas if
If mats have had a lot of use and looking worn and have very embedded sand.
May be time to replace them…
Universal mats are not to expensive some also have Logos
Dealer mats can be expensive.
My suggestion most cars need carpet mat replacements ever 12 months.
Unless your cleaning the car carpets regular basis.

Removing vinyl cut stickers from a vehicle Panels and Glass

Removing Vinyl cut Stickers off Vehicles painted panels and glass

Basic Info:
Use a hair dryer or heat gun on low heat.
A spray bottle with few drops of dishwashing liquid.
or needed a wax a grease remover get from a auto parts store
like Supercheap, Repco to auto barn or gum remover from bunnings.
also can of WD 40 works too.
A spray bottle with few drops of dishwashing liquid.
Paper towel and not cloths to avoid fluff.
peel off when soften with fingers
Do not use knives blades or scrapers to avoid scratching.
The spray bottle mix or wax and grease remover for the removal of the gum.
Be patient as it a little time consuming… especially if the vinyl is cracked or very old.
finish with reapplying a wax to the area.
may need a compound first if faded.
then a finishing wax or polish.
I use Mothers cleaner wax all in 1
Tool I use rubber vinyl sticker removing wheel tool.