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Old 09-17-2006, 04:03 AM   #1
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Hi all,

I have no idea how to clean the wrx seats. I have been vaccuming everything and using armor all on the dash.

Any recommended products?

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Old 09-17-2006, 04:59 AM   #2
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Use swiffer wipes before armorall. Better than towels/paper, because they don't shed or leave fragments on the dash. For seats, I use a lint brush (3M brand) after vacuuming. The stickiness will pick up most of the stuff the vacuum leaves behind, but not too much in the indents of the seats. Last, Febreeze the carpets and seats to neutralize any odors from takeout or groceries.

Question: spilled juice on the trunk liner - anyone have any idea how to get it out? I'm not sure if the liner is washable.
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Old 09-17-2006, 05:27 AM   #3
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Use swiffer wipes before armorall. Better than towels/paper, because they don't shed or leave fragments on the dash. For seats, I use a lint brush (3M brand) after vacuuming. The stickiness will pick up most of the stuff the vacuum leaves behind, but not too much in the indents of the seats. Last, Febreeze the carpets and seats to neutralize any odors from takeout or groceries.

Question: spilled juice on the trunk liner - anyone have any idea how to get it out? I'm not sure if the liner is washable.
i'm sure the liners r just held in place by tabs, try poping them out 1 by 1 and not letting it fly out or else u loose it... then jsut pull out liner carefully...
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Old 09-17-2006, 05:36 AM   #4
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I used to just use either a wet/dry shop vac or our carpet cleaner on the liner whenever something like juice or pop is spilled. It seemed to take it all out, the smell was gone, and it didn't leave behind any residue.

For the dash (I don't like shiny plastic dashes so I don't use any product) I just use mild soap and warm water and wipe stuff down. Seems to make it look stock which is nice.

Did you spill something on your seats or is this a general cleaning question?
Honestly I don't know how I clean the seats, just a vaccuum and a mild wipe down...?
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Old 09-17-2006, 05:45 AM   #5
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Regarding vacuuming, the Subaru engineers definitely did their homework when it comes to the lightweight carpet... I bet the WHOLE carpet in a 05 STI only weighs 5 lbs... I didn't actually weigh it, but it felt a LOT lighter than my 92 Civic carpet, which was about 10 lbs.

One of the problems with the carpet is that it seems to hold "strand-type" dirt in it. Stuff like fir needles that come off your shoe... you can vacuum and vacuum and the needles are essentially "threaded" in there... so sometimes u gotta use the metal part of the vacuum and just sort of "rub it" loose... u can't just vacuum it traditionally and expect all the dirt to come up... oh well, that's what the floor mats are for I guess ... to more or less keep the carpet clean.

I also do what Dalton does in terms of the trim... just warm water and a cloth... wipe it down... gets rid of all the dust and makes it look stock without that tacky "shiny armor-all" look. Febreze carpets and seats and you're good to go. Oh, and Windex on the insides of the windows...
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Old 09-17-2006, 05:53 AM   #6
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+1 for windex on the inside of the windows.

The inside gets pretty crummy. After doing that I always keep a clean cloth or something of the like because later on that same night I'll be driving and see all the spots that I missed on the glass.

Yes I've pulled over and cleaned them...coudln't stand it.
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Old 09-17-2006, 01:08 PM   #7
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I use windex on the inside and the outside of the glass (wipe horizontal on one side and vertical on the other so you know which side any streaks are on)... and on the headlights/tail lights.. and to brighten up the plastic trim by the footwell that you see when you open the door...

I like windex.

And if you don't have a wet/dry vacuum, I've heard good things about the one you can rent from Safeway
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Old 09-17-2006, 01:27 PM   #8
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Windex sucks.

Armor-all sucks.

Sorry if I am offending anyone, but for the windows, try this:


Don't use a paper towel, use either newspapers or a lint-free cloth (wash it in dishwashing detergent and don't use fabric softener). The results will be worth it.

Armor-all is just grease for your dash, it offgasses and deposits on the windows and generally makes everything nasty. A quick hit with the swiffer is all you need to keep the dash clean. That said, I use Armor-all on exterior trim rubber only.

As for the trunk liner clips, DO NOT just pry them out, or you will break them. They look like this:


Use a screwdriver to gently pry the outside edge of the top portion (i.e., insert it only 2-3 mm or so, not all the way under the fastener). Then the whole thing will be really easy to remove.

As for cleaning, I use a steam cleaner. Takes a day to dry, but results are well worth it.
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Old 09-17-2006, 01:44 PM   #9
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Windex sucks. Sorry if I am offending anyone, but for the windows, try this:


Don't use a paper towel, use either newspapers or a lint-free cloth (wash it in dishwashing detergent and don't use fabric softener).
+1 for windex sucking...invisible glass and micro fibre ftw!
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Old 09-17-2006, 01:44 PM   #10
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i just use wet cloth on my dash and windex on my windows.
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Old 09-17-2006, 02:01 PM   #11
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Actually, I don't use windex, I use some foaming spray stuff by 'gunk', but for a moment I had forgotten what it was called, so I just said windex
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Old 09-17-2006, 02:05 PM   #12
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Actually, I don't use windex, I use some foaming spray stuff by 'gunk', but for a moment I had forgotten what it was called, so I just said windex
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Old 09-17-2006, 02:16 PM   #13
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The problem with foamy glass cleaners is that the stuff they add to make it "foamy" is exactly what leaves a residue. Soap doesn't evaporate.
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Old 09-17-2006, 02:40 PM   #14
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i'm just asking this in general..

good info guys.. i heard good things about steam cleaner.. but i don't have a steam cleaner..

i do use swifter to wipe the dash, but i thought i might need to "condition" the plastic pieces after all these years..

so there is no need to use any cleaning product on the seats right? sometimes i find that leather is much more easier to take care off..
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Old 09-17-2006, 02:52 PM   #15
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The problem with foamy glass cleaners is that the stuff they add to make it "foamy" is exactly what leaves a residue. Soap doesn't evaporate.
It seems to work alright, but I personally don't like the foaming nature of the stuff, especially when you're trying to clean the rear window at awkward angles

But I've heard nothing but good things about that stone - invisible glass stuff, I'll try it when this stuff runs out

KIMUTAKU: if you're willing to pay a bit, you can just get the interior steam cleaned by a detail shop, or like I mentioned before, rent a wet/dry vacuum from Safeway.

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Old 09-17-2006, 08:13 PM   #16
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Old 09-17-2006, 11:03 PM   #17
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I would recommend the BMW leather conditioner/cleaner for the steering wheel. I hate the shiny look - it restores your wheel back to the original feel and colour. The service guy at the dealership commented if I replaced my wheel at 48k km.
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Old 09-17-2006, 11:52 PM   #18
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car still stinky from the last weed transport op?
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Old 09-17-2006, 11:59 PM   #19
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Windex sucks.

Armor-all sucks.

Sorry if I am offending anyone, but for the windows, try this:


Don't use a paper towel, use either newspapers or a lint-free cloth (wash it in dishwashing detergent and don't use fabric softener). The results will be worth it.
+1.. costco 4pack of that ftw
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Old 09-18-2006, 12:17 AM   #20
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i'm just asking this in general..

good info guys.. i heard good things about steam cleaner.. but i don't have a steam cleaner..

i do use swifter to wipe the dash, but i thought i might need to "condition" the plastic pieces after all these years..

so there is no need to use any cleaning product on the seats right? sometimes i find that leather is much more easier to take care off..
steam cleaner are cheap at canadian tire $100+ i havent use one myself though.
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Old 09-18-2006, 01:09 AM   #21
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I let my friend drive my car and ended up with a couple of exploded cans of root beer in the trunk...

I just removed and rinsed with a hose... no smell at all and dried fine.

Hope that helps.
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