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Old 02-16-2009, 12:56 AM   #1
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So I consider myself a "car detailer" i've detailed at body shops, I can wet sand, orbital buff the whole deal.

But its been years since i've done that kind of detailing (wet sanding and such) and I don't really think I could but the point is i've been around detailing for awhile and even something so stupid as a warm damp cloth, some elbow grease and about 5 minutes can still surprise me.

I keep my car clean, wash and spray wax\vacuum\glass once a week, a full detail once a month.

It keeps my 95xxx mile STi looking like it has 10xxx miles. The interior though is a PITA.

The carpet has always been a bitch to keep clean, the seats are hard to maintain and can't be steamed. I'd LOVE to remove the fabric and through it in the washer (you can do that with alcantara you know).

So either way reading the Alcantara care instructions I decided to give it ago and take a damp cloth over my seats, door cards and finally my roof. I was shocked at what the brand new terry cloth looked like after it.

Its a easy win and highly recommended. Also, I dont smoke.
(Edit: Previously I had done this with a Mr. Clean Magic eraser, and the results where not so dramatic or noticable.)

Enough here are pics...



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Old 02-16-2009, 01:52 AM   #2
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Soo.. you just used water and a terry cloth?

I also hate cleaning the interior. When you get a chance, take the palm of your hand, and smack the seat. You'll be surprised how much 'dust' comes out. The seat covers are removable, but they're kind of a PITA to remove. After my 'dusting,' I vacuum the car out, then with a diluted solution of 303 Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner in a bucket and a MF towel, I wipe down the seats rinsing it in the bucket every so often. The water is usually brown/grey by the time I'm done. Happy cleaning.
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Old 02-16-2009, 01:59 AM   #3
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When you get a chance, take the palm of your hand, and smack the seat. \
holy smokes yes, i do that sometimes and dust that comes out is crazy....i'll try the damp terry cloth too
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Old 02-16-2009, 02:25 AM   #4
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keeping seats clean suck. my headliner is the biggest pain

gf insists on putting her dirty hands up there
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Old 02-16-2009, 02:33 AM   #5
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Yea that was just warm water and some elbow grease.

I can't believe that much crap was in my seats seeing how I vacuum them every week.

After I saw that I read online and grabbed some woolite and misted the seats and went over them with a microfiber towel that was barely damb. It picked up more but not nearly as much as the first time through.

I wish I could remove the seat covers easily but I dont think its possible.
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Old 02-16-2009, 11:07 PM   #6
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Soo.. you just used water and a terry cloth?

I also hate cleaning the interior. When you get a chance, take the palm of your hand, and smack the seat. You'll be surprised how much 'dust' comes out.
Yikes... take the seats out before you do that. Use a tennis racquet and stand upwind =)
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:30 AM   #7
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keeping seats clean suck. my headliner is the biggest pain

gf insists on putting her dirty hands up there

Haha I was just looking at the fingerprints of makeup on my passenger sunvisor.
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Old 02-27-2009, 12:58 PM   #8
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At first glance, I thought that was a face wash rag

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Old 02-27-2009, 12:59 PM   #9
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You make me love my leather interior.
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