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Old 10-03-2008, 02:36 AM   #1
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Subaru Stars Interior out... now how to clean?

I'd like to give my car's interior a once-over to bring it back to near new again.

I've been meaning to do this since I got it (about 1 year or so ago). So everything is out of the car and my idea is to just vacuum and rent a rug doctor and do the seats and carpet.

Should I do this? or is there another/better way?

How would a pro detailer handle a dirty interior?
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Old 10-03-2008, 11:18 AM   #2
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I would be hesitant to introduce that much moisture into your car if you don't have to. pull the seats and use a few cans of Blue Corral carpet/upholstery cleaner. The stuff works fantastic and leaves your car smelling great. Use a brush and a towel to clean and another towel to "fluff" the carpet and remove the last bits of foam.
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Old 10-03-2008, 11:54 AM   #3
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I would be hesitant to introduce that much moisture into your car if you don't have to. pull the seats and use a few cans of Blue Corral carpet/upholstery cleaner. The stuff works fantastic and leaves your car smelling great. Use a brush and a towel to clean and another towel to "fluff" the carpet and remove the last bits of foam.
+1 This stuff is awesome! It works amazing on restoring the red stitching on ebrakes, shift knobs, and steering wheels too. I did my whole carpet when I bought the car with this stuff, I was absolutely stunned when I saw the results...
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Old 10-03-2008, 12:02 PM   #4
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is this stuff available at advance?
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Old 10-03-2008, 02:24 PM   #5
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Before vacuuming our old Taurus, we took the seats out and whacked them real good with a tennis racquet... and try to stay upwind.
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Old 10-03-2008, 02:29 PM   #6
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Good Idea with the seats.and racquet.

Where can you find that cleaner, and about how much does it go for?

I was kinda hessitant because Its not all that warm these days...
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Old 10-03-2008, 05:17 PM   #7
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The blue corral stuff can be found at Autozone, Walmart, Schucks, Joes etc... It is very common and goes about $3.99/can. I used it on my daughters 15yr old Infiniti and it worked magic. I try to have a least a couple cans on hand, especially when they are on sale.

+1 on Griots as mentioned earlier. They have some great products (and pricey) but I've never heard anything bad about them. I've used limited amounts but I was very pleased. You have to be careful getting into detailing it becomes a bit obsessive and can get spendy when you start buying specialized products. Most people can be pleased with off the shelf waxes and cleaners if used correctly. Back when I had my WRX it was white and took very little care to look awesome. My new impreza 2.5i is red and it's a whole different ball game with the reds/blacks/metallics etc..
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Old 10-05-2008, 09:55 PM   #8
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Anyone else?

Also, with that blue corral stuff, is this what you are talking about?


How did you use it?
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Old 10-05-2008, 11:15 PM   #9
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carpet cleaner + water extractor..
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Old 10-05-2008, 11:15 PM   #10
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i posted a thread of how to do a pro interior clean a while ago..
idk if it's still here or not.
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Old 10-06-2008, 08:16 AM   #11
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Blue Coral FTW!! Great Stuff!!
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Old 10-06-2008, 04:02 PM   #12
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To whoever posted before, is that picture what you are talking about?
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Old 10-06-2008, 09:58 PM   #13
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pull the seats and use a few cans of Blue Corral carpet/upholstery cleaner. The stuff works fantastic and leaves your car smelling great.
I'm guessing yes.
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Old 10-06-2008, 11:46 PM   #14
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It is the blue coral carpet cleaner that they are talking about. also if you dont want to scrub with an abrasive brush, you can use 303 carpet cleaner, and upholstry cleaner, just spray on, and rub out with a damp microfiber towel. thats what i do, and my interior still looks new. even works on sti suede, without messing it up.
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Old 10-06-2008, 11:57 PM   #15
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Renting a rug docter would work but as a pro I would just use our massive hot water extractor, yes I introduce gallons of water to your interior which is quickly picked up by the machine.
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Old 10-07-2008, 12:14 AM   #16
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Being that this isn't really a stained interior, but mainly dirty from use...

Would this be the steps list?
1. Vacuum all
2. Spray Cleaner all over (I take it sparingly? or vigorusly?)
3. Scrub carpet with included scrubber, wipe seats w/ damp cloth.
4. Air dry overnite
5. Vacuum again


What about getting the air vents smelling fresh again? Would you spray lysol in the "intake"? Or buy something specifically for it?
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Old 10-08-2008, 12:27 AM   #17
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here you go for the ac system.
Einszett AC Klima

For the interior plastics and trim
Einszett Cockpit

For the carpet and cloth seats
Adam's Carpet and upholstery cleaner
use a microfiber towel and wipe.
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Old 10-13-2008, 08:32 AM   #18
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And use Q-Tips for all nooks and crannys. When all those tiny crevices are cleaned as a whole together, it really give that new car feel, but I'm guessing your interior is still brand spanking new anyway.
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Old 10-13-2008, 12:11 PM   #19
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i may just have to try that blue coral stuff...my seats need it.
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Old 10-13-2008, 09:20 PM   #20
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I just bought about 5-6 cans of Blue corral on sale at Fred Meyer (figured, i'd pay the same amount if I were to rent a cleaner).

Now I just gotta clean it during the day and let it dry inside...
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Old 10-15-2008, 06:07 PM   #21
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And use Q-Tips for all nooks and crannys. When all those tiny crevices are cleaned as a whole together, it really give that new car feel, but I'm guessing your interior is still brand spanking new anyway.
Far from brand new... 100k mile new...
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Old 10-16-2008, 02:11 PM   #22
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^I have used the blue coral before and that stuff works miracles...
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Old 10-17-2008, 05:03 AM   #23
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Just finished today and didn't exactly use it sparingly, but only ended up using almost 1 can. Smells real nice and looks pretty good!
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Old 10-30-2008, 07:58 PM   #24
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I use a Bissell Little Green carpet cleaner/water extractor. Works like a charm! I just fill it with some 303 carpet/upholstery cleaner and HOT water then go to town. You'd be amazed how much dirt/oil gets INTO the upholstery. After 2 passes water is still dirty! I do this once a year on a nice hot dry day (Fall Time is great) and it drys in a matter of a few hours. Then I hit it with some 303 Fabric Guard. Looks just as good as the day I brought the car home 3 years ago. People are amazed at how clean my interior is all the time and it always smells good.

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