De-Icer and How it destroys your vehicle!

This article is derived from Colorado but we use the exact same melting agent here in Oregon, the best way to keep your vehicle corrosion free is frequent washing especially your undercarriage . We have a special tool designed to attach to our steam cleaner to do just that.

The result of mag chloride and failing to remove it from vehicles might result in serious accidents involving cars or even school buses, Stiglich said.Soap and hot water.The Colorado Department of Transportation buys mag chloride from EnviroTech Services, a Greeley-based company. There are no bonding agents in EnviroTech’s mag chloride and hot water or soap usually remove the substance from vehicles, said Steve Bytnar, research director for EnviroTech.The state requires mag chloride be 70 percent less corrosive than rock salt, Bytnar said. The effect mag chloride has on vehicles depends on the composition of metal parts – and anything metal is susceptible to corrosion, Bytnar said.George Brodin, who owns Leadfoot Linda’s Ethics Automotive in Eagle-Vail, said mag chloride is corroding rubber car parts faster than in the past, he said.”We see the windshield wipers lasting half as long as they used to,” he said. “We see all kinds of corrosion underneath the car.”Electrical components, covered in plastic, often corrode and trip check engine lights. Brodin then has to check the electrical system to determine what’s going on. If the plastic wire covers are gone, Brodin sprays a sealer on the wires to prevent further electrical problems.

The Colorado Department of Transportation hasn’t found mag chloride corrosive to rubber and plastic, although it can ruin chrome trim, department spokeswoman Nancy Shanks said.Beyond rubber and plastic parts, the mag chloride rusts wheels and hubs together, Brodin said.”It takes a hammer to get the wheel off the hub,” he said.However, the tradeoff for clear and safe roads is more than fair, Brodin said.”I’m sure it’s saved lives,” he said. “In this regard it is a good trade off.”Gary Bergman used to collect various car parts damaged by mag chloride for demonstration. He owns vehicle repair shops in Eagle-Vail and Frisco, where he has monitored the effect of the substance on cars. A year after the Department of Transportation applied mag chloride to roadways, Bergman said he saw rubber components disintegrating, brakes rusting and other effects.The most common brake corrosion occurs on passenger-side brakes, where the tires hit pools of mag chloride along the right side of roads, Bergman said. Bergman said he hardly ever fixes brake rotors by grinding anymore, because the mag chloride so effectively rusts them.

Leave the snowBergman and Brodin have different solutions. Brodin says people should clean their cars frequently, especially the undercarriage.If the long lines at area car washes following snowstorms is any indication, people are doing just that. People do wash their cars more often in the winter, said The Spa Car Wash manager Chris Dudar.”It’s more compelling – there’s a lot more stuff on the roads,” Dudar said.But like Stiglich, Bergman said mag chloride sticks to vehicles and water reactivates its corrosive qualities.”You can’t wash it off because it has a bonding agent so it sticks to the road,” he said.Instead, Bergman recommends the state do as Finland does and leave the snow, sprinkle cinder on top and make people use snow tires.”If they left the snow on the roads people would slow down,” Bergman said.


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A detailers struggle

We as detailers see your vehicle very differently than you might . To us you have swirls, scratches, RIDS , oxidation , environmental fallout, different types of stains , sticky kid messes , everywhere we look we see another issue we are going to have to resolve. You as a consumer probably just see shiny , colorful paint, maybe some small scratches that should come out easy and an interior thats not to bad and needs just a quick vac. In our detailer brains we are thinking hours up on hours of reconditioning to bring your vehicle back to its maximum  potential. As a consumer your probably thinking 1-2 hours tops will have my car looking new again .

 

As a detailer I can tell you first hand that its a daily struggle finding that fine line between doing enough to satisfy your customer and staying profitable. I try to go above and beyond for each customer that we have the pleasure of detailing for yet I struggle with doing way more than whats actually been paid for and making sure that each vehicle meets our high standards and more importantly exceeds a customers expectations. . We have to go through a certain process and several steps to achieve the level of desired outcome and those processes and steps take time to complete hence the reason for charging a reasonable amount for what we do . Some of us also invest in good equipment , tools , training and continued education to make  sure we a delivering the best outcome safely and efficiently. Doing things the right way takes time like all good thing in life.

 

We try our best to bring your vehicle to its maximum potential safely , without damaging any aspect of your vehicle or compromising its integrity. To accomplish this we have to evaluate the issues going on with your vehicle and address them accordingly . Please bare with us as we struggle to achieve your desired results while struggling with ocd.

Sincerely ,

All Detailers

5 REASONS YOU SHOULD KEEP YOUR VEHICLE CLEAN

Keeping a clean car may seem obvious to some people. However, many people do not know just how important it really is to keep your vehicle clean. Here are 5 reasons why you should keep your car clean.

1. It preserves your paint. 

Many people think that washing and waxing a car is a luxury and not necessary. In reality, maintaining your car’s exterior is extremely important in preserving it. Most cars naturally depreciate, but you can extend the life of a car and in turn preserve its value longer if you keep it clean. Dirt, grime, and salt are natural enemies to your car’s paint. If exposed for too long, they will eat away at it, not only damage the paint but the metal too.

2. It can prevent costly repairs

As I alluded to in the last point, car filth can wreak havoc on your car’s paint and body. Some of this damage is irreversible and will require complete replacement. Those repairs cost a lot of money, in general, and hurt the overall value of the car.

3. Clean cars are safer

According to statistics, you are likely to get in a car accident approximately once every 18 years. You should do anything you can to reduce those odds, including keeping your car clean. People get in accidents every year because of dirty windows reducing visibility. Cars naturally have several blind spots and the smallest amount of dirt can reduce visibility tenfold.

4. Cleaning the interior is healthy

Many people allow the interiors of their cars to get far too dirty. If they lived in the same conditions in their home, people might see why it is important to clean the interior. Cleaning the interior of a vehicle eliminates harmful bacteria that can accumulate on steering wheels, upholstery and dashboards.

5. A clean vehicle makes you proud

This might be the most important reason to keep a clean car. It has been scientifically proven that having a clean car makes you happy. How a person keeps their car says a lot about them. Take pride in your vehicle and keep it clean.

Contact us today and let us help you keep your car looking good!

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Safely remove snow from your vehicle . Tips and Tricks

How to Remove Snow From Your Car Without Scratching

Posted by James Dudra on 6th Feb 2014

If you’re in the snow belt and a car enthusiast, winter can be a tricky and frustrating time of year. And while keeping your car cleaned is a difficult task unto itself, removing snow from storms can also be a challenge. What many people fail to realize is that improper snow removal from their car can actually cause serious damage to your car’s paint. Scratches, swirl marks and even dings can occur if you improperly remove snow. We set out to find out what works and what doesn’t during the winter months.

Ditch the Brushes, Brooms and Shovels
First, let’s start with what you should NOT use when removing snow from your car – brushes, brooms and shovels. The majority of brushes on the market have coarse bristles will wreak havoc on your car’s paint the minute they make contact. Regardless of how lightly you sweep away the snow, they will do damage. Shovels can also ding or scratch your car, especially if you can’t tell how deep the snow is.

Use a Foam Brush
Your best bet for snow removal is to invest in a high-quality foam brush. With these devices you can simply push or pull snow from the vehicle. One of the most popular brands today is Sno Brum, you can find this handy little device on Amazon for just $19.99.

Use Gloves
If you don’t want to invest in a foam brush, go with what nature gave you…your hands. Obviously you’ll want to be wearing gloves (leather is preferred), but this method will work. Just be aware that you won’t be able to reach all areas of your car, especially the roof.

Invest in a Car Cover
Our last option is more of a preventative measure…a car cover. This can work on storms where the accumulation is less than a few inches. If you’re due for a major storm (6″ +) then I wouldn’t use a cover simply because it would be incredibly heavy to remove.

Regardless of what method you use, you’ll want to make sure your car is protected from the elements during the winter months. We normally suggest applying a coat of Quick Wax in the fall and a touch-up mid-winter to keep your vehicle shielded as best as possible.

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Why its important to choose the right detailer for you

There are many cases in which an individual simply does not have the time or energy to get their car back into proper shape.  A professional detailer is an individual or business who performs detailing services and is licensed to be in business, properly insured and in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Professional detailers are educated about paint finishes, automotive upholstery, and the other components that make up a vehicle. They understand what causes these materials to deteriorate over time and what to do about it. They understand the chemistry and science behind the detailing process they perform.

Contracting the right car specialist isn’t an easy task.

Many call themselves professionals but do not adhere to industry standards and lack customer commitment. A vehicle is the second largest investment for most people therefore you do not want amateurs performing work on it. You want a true professional. Your car care guardian should be committed to customer satisfaction, education and be a superior craftsman.

Check out these 6 tips how to choose the right professional detailer:

  • Get informed about different professional detailers. There are a lot of professional detailers that just learn the basics and the lingo of things that should and should not be done to your vehicle, but really do not have a clue.
  • Find a detailer with a proven track record. Professional detailers should have been in (full-time) business for at least one year. You should obtain references from three recent clients and check them. If they are unwilling to provide any – stay clear. A true professional has excellent references and is more than willing to provide them upon request.
  • Make sure they are legitimate. They should have a business license and insurance with limits that will cover your vehicle.
  • Professionalism is important. This means that they do not show up to the job site late, do not complete the car late, leave the heater on, leave your music system on, and don’t dress inappropriately for the job. When you trust the second-largest investment you possess with a stranger, all of us do expect a particular level of professionalism and trust.
  • Is the detailer well organized?
  • Make a decision! It’s not time to make an intelligent decision based on your knowledge. Remember, basing your decision on pricing alone is not enough. In general pricing reflect the quality of work.

To make the right choice, make sure you ask your future professional detailer the following questions:

  1. How long have you been in business?
  2. Can you show photographs of vehicles of some of your recent past work?
  3. Do you have testimonials that can attest to their skills?
  4. Are you familiar with my type of vehicle?
  5. Do you have options in the finish of interior surfaces? This also applies to tire dressing (Matte finish vs. Satin finish vs. Gloss finish)
  6. What detailing products do you use (known brand names are preferable).
  7. How long have you been in business?
  8. What are the difference between their services and their competitors?

There is an art to detailing a car or truck. A bad detail can do more harm than good to your vehicle if you’re not careful. Delivering a clear car is what you expect after your vehicle has been detailed. Offering it using a professional’s touch and great customer care is exactly what will make you truly happy with your experience. So, there are a lot of things to think about beyond the quality of the detailer’s work.

Choose a professional detailer who has an excellent reputation online and off-line before you make a choice.

And if they satisfy you, be sure to be loyal to them in exchange.  Perfection Plus Auto Detailing has the training, skills, and professional products required to provide our clients with the best detailing services possible. Our number one goal is client retention through client satisfaction.

Your Car : A breeding ground for bacteria

Does Your Car Need Its Flu Shot? You Bet It Does!

Let’s assume you’re the tidy type who never brings food or trash into your car. Your car looks pretty clean, especially after it gets washed and vacuumed, doesn’t it? But what about the germs you can’t see?

Think back to your last trip to your favorite restaurant, or even that quick pit stop at the local gas station. Did you use the restroom? What were your feet standing in? That’s right, pretty gross! Well, all that dirt and bacteria is now on the floor mats and pedals of your car, but it doesn’t stop there.

Studies have shown that millions of germs, fungi, bacteria and even mold are most likely hitching a ride in your car. Microbiologist Anthony Hilton from Ashton University randomly tested car interiors and found on average, 285 types of bacteria present in every square inch of the vehicle. Steering wheels, gear levers and trunk carpets were the worst offenders with as much as 300 to 400 bacteria per square inch. Does Fido ever go for a ride in your car? The study found traces of fecal matter from pets too!

“Our study found organisms in a car that are not uncommon to be found around a toilet,” said Hilton. ” Today’s car has become more of an extension of the domestic environment — where people eat and drink and talk on the phone. It’s like a room of your house on wheels.”

So, what can be done? Have your car professionally steam cleaned by a trained and certified detailer. By combining specialized cleaning products with proven techniques and an industrial-grade dry vapor steam machine, your car can not only look clean, but become sanitized too.

Dry vapor steam machines produce super-hot steam typically above 300° F. The steam will kill microorganisms on contact, so your car is getting sanitized while it’s getting clean. This strong cleaning power uses extremely low water content, so carpets and upholstery won’t be wet once the cleaning process is over.

If you don’t disinfect the germs in your car at least once a year, your car can easily spread the cold and flu viruses, or even worse! Interested in learning more? CONTACT SHANE AT 541-598-6193 WWW.PERFECTIONPLUS.BIZ

 

Bug Guts : Removing them safely and how they affect your cars finish

What’s So Bad About Bugs?

Yes, bugs look awful dotted across your front bumper and hood, but they’re also very destructive. Maybe it’s revenge, but bugs can damage the paint long after they hit the car. As insect remains decompose, they produce enzymes intended to break down the carcass.

Step 1:

If the spot is relatively fresh, you can use a microfiber towel and a quick detailer to wipe the paint clean. This is ideal because you’re not removing any existing wax.

If step 1 didn’t work, you need a stronger solution. McKee’s 37 Road Kill Bug Remover is a step up from a quick detailer in terms of cleaning ability, but it is still very gentle on paintwork and glass. McKee’s 37 Road Kill Bug Remover softens bug remains to break their bond with the surface. It DOES NOT dissolve bugs, which is a more aggressive approach. If the bug is relatively fresh or you just don’t want to use a bug-dissolving cleaner, McKee’s 37 Road Kill Bug Remover is a good choice.

Step 3:

Let’s say your vehicle is covered in bugs, which is the case for most cars in Florida during love bug season. Instead of tackling each spot, it’s best to wash your vehicle. As you’re soaping down the front of your vehicle, use the Safe Scrub to gently wash the entire area in a back and forth motion. The honeycomb texture gets under the bug remains and lifts them off the paint.

  • Detailer’s Tip #1:
    To soften the Safe Scrub Bug Sponge, soak it in warm water for 3 minutes. The sponge will soften quite a bit, yet it’s still very effective.

Stoner Tarminator is a strong cleaner for tar, tree sap, and bug removal.

You can also use a 8 Inch Montana Original Boar’s Hair Brush. The feathered bristles are gentle yet effective at loosening stubborn grime. The 2-in-1 Wash Mitt is soft sheepskin on one side and bug-removing mesh on the other side. This one mitt is capable of luxurious washing and gentle scrubbing.

A 2-in-1 Wash Mitt or a Boar’s Hair Brush will help to gently remove bugs and grime.

Step 4:

Yet another bug and tar removal option is detailing clay. Clay was invented to remove paint overspray, but it’s proven very effective at removing tree sap, tar, and bugs. You’ll need a bar of detailing clay and a bottle of clay lubricantPinnacle Ultra Poly Clay is a fine grade clay designed for maintaining a slick finish. Wolfgang Elastic Poly Clay and McKee’s 37 Universal Detailing Clay are both created to remove old, baked-on contaminants.

Spray the desired area with clay lubricant and then rub the clay bar back and forth. It will grab the surface at first. As it removes contaminants, the clay will glide more easily. If you’re claying the whole vehicle or a large area, reshape the clay bar often to reveal clean clay. For more info on clay, see our Detailing Clay How-To.

  • Detailer’s Tip #2: 
    Detailing Clay
     can be used on auto glass, too. Use it exactly the same way as described above. As long as you use plenty of lubricant, detailing clay is perfectly safe on glass and metal.
The 2-in-1 wash mitt has bug-removing mesh on one side.

The boar's hair wash brush has feathered bristles that will not scratch the paint.l

Prevention

After you’ve removed the bugs, tar, and sap, protect the vehicle with a quality wax or paint sealant. Look for a slick one, like P and S Beadmaker. Insects will have a tough time sticking to a slippery bumper and, if they do manage to stick, their bond is often much weaker because there’re no surface tension. Therefore, the bugs are easier to remove.

Windshield sealants, like Glassparency , will have the same slick effect on the glass. Plus, a glass sealant increases the driver’s visibility by keeping the windshield cleaner.

 

Article credit : Autogeek

 

 

Tips on protecting your car from UV damage !

Protecting your interior

  • Park in the shade. It is the easiest form of protection. By avoiding direct sunlight, you’ll help keep your dash from drying and cracking. If it is safe to do so, open the windows a crack to help lower the interior temperature and equalize the air pressure.
  • Use a windshield sun protector. It’s a great way to keep your car cool and prevent sun damage. They may look a little cumbersome at first, but they are really quite easy to use.
  • Wipe dash with a microfiber cloth. Dust and dirt can cause tiny scratches that can become worse over time. Wipe down the dash frequently to remove all particles. A low-gloss detailing product will also protect it and reduce glare.
  • Install seat covers. They not only protect leather and fabric seats, but they also help keep them cool.
  • Protect leather seats with a conditioner. The sun and heat can really do a number on them. To help avoid cracks or tears, keep seats clean, and apply leather conditioner often.

Tips for the exterior

  • Wash and dry often. Sun and heat can fade and crack the paint. Frequent washing and hand drying help remove dirt and dust particles that can cause micro scratches and dull your car’s finish.
  • Wax your car. A layer of wax between your car’s finish and the sun’s ultraviolet rays is a great way to help protect it. How often a car needs a wax job varies, but it is best to do it on a regular basis.
  • Check tire pressure. Hot pavement and underinflated tires can be a dangerous combination, and may lead to a blowout. Even good tires can lose about one pound of air pressure a month, so it’s really important to check often when it’s hot. Make sure you follow your vehicle’s manufacturer recommended tire pressure.

Carpet and Upholstery Stains : Tips and Tricks

Cleaning your vehicle’s carpet may not seem as important as maintaining your car’s engine and other mechanical parts. However, cleaning the interior of your vehicle can certainly be the difference between a bad looking car and a well-maintained and loved vehicle. Cleaning the carpeting of your vehicle is easy and does not take very much time at all. The reward of peace and cleanliness that a clean car interior provides is far greater than the little time it takes to carry out this simple task.

Organize your vehicle’s interior. Pick up any items that are lying on your vehicle’s carpeting. Put away any loose objects you may have floating around your car. There are plenty of specially made car-organizer products available, but many vehicles now have their own built-in organizational compartments which are equally as handy. Take out as much stuff as possible, and either lay it to the side of your car or put it in your house.
Remove your floor mats. Take them out and shake them properly so all the pieces of dirt and other trash do not make it into your vehicle. The best thing to do is to simply place them next to your car in a dry area.
Vacuum your vehicle thoroughly. Reach under the pedals, seats and crevices around the car to pick up and dispose of all remaining dirt, crumbs and trash from the floor of your vehicle. If you leave too much trash in your car when you began to wash the carpet, you won’t truly be cleaning all that much.
Choose your carpet cleaner and find a good brush. There are a wide variety of products on the market to clean car carpets and they are all pretty similar. No matter which product you use, the method is the same. Even laundry detergent will do the trick just as well. Look for a soft-bristled brush that will help you work the shampoo into the fabric of the carpet.
Clean your carpet. Spray the carpet cleaning shampoo on the surface of the carpet and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Work it in slowly and methodically with your brush. Remember to use circular motions which will best bring up dirt and grime. Repeat if necessary on problem areas with stains or large amounts of dirt.
Rinse your newly shampooed carpet Use a wet rag and dampen the shampooed areas. Try and pull up as much of the soap as possible. Remember, you do not want to get the carpet too wet, which will cause mold underneath. As long as you are able to get most of the shampoo up from the carpet, you should be fine.
Let your car dry out. This is important, as you don’t want moisture to fester and not evaporate. Open all the doors to your car, and let it sit out in the sun. You should probably wait at least a few hours. Go back and feel your carpets. If they are still damp, give them another hour or so. If not, your job is all done.
Remove and vacuum your car mats. Take the mats out and place them on the ground; preferably cement, concrete, or blacktop. Use a standard vacuum or a shopvac to get rid of noticeable debris and dirt on the mats. Make sure to vacuum both sides. You can also give your mats a few shakes to get off any remaining dirt and grime.
Wash the underside of your mats. Turn your mats so that the plastic underside is facing upwards. Use a few drops of dish soap on the plastic. Use a water hose to agitate the debris, and ignite the soap’s foaming action. Scrub with a towel or sponge. If there is stuck on dirt, feel free to use a brush. Rinse the plastic down one more time with the hose, and then dry with a towel.
Spray upholstery with cleaner. Turn your mats around so the fabric side is facing upwards. Purchase a carpet cleaning formula, or use laundry detergent. Spray/pour a healthy amount onto the fabric. Use a water hose, and spray the fabric with water. This will initiate the cleaning formula and dislodge any debris.
Scrub the fabric of your mats. Use a medium sized brush and scrub the fabric in circular motions. Some spots may require more pressure. Feel free to spray the mat with water in between scrubbing different areas of the fabric. After you are done scrubbing, rinse the fabric down again with water until all the soap bubbles are gone.
Dry and hang your mats. Remove excess water with a vacuum. Then dry with a towel or washcloth. Press down to soak in as much excess water as possible. Finally, hang your mats on a clothes line, or at least in a spot where they can hang freely.
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Dog Hair Removal: Our secrets revealed!

Admit it, sometimes we love our pets more than we love people. There’s a reason they call dogs man’s best friendWho can go past their soft coats, wet nosed kisses and energetic wagging tails, not to mention their undying loyalty? If you’ve ever owned a pet, you know that no matter what kind of day you’ve had, your furry friend will be thrilled to see you when you get home and that’s enough to melt anyone’s heart.

So we make them a part of our families and families travel. To the park, to the beach or to the bush; every man, woman, child and dog piles into the car for the trip. The memories we make with our pets last a lifetime. And, unfortunately, so does the pet hair wedged in the car upholstery. If dogs have a downside, it’s shedding their coats frequently! Removing pet hair from your car’s upholstery can be a laborious and painstaking process but we’ve compiled these tweezer-free tips to get rid of the pet hair in your car and to protect your car’s upholstery from pet related incidents and accidents.

Cleaning Tips

Tip 1: Blow up a balloon and make some static. Static electricity attracts pet hair, so take an inflated balloon and rub it on your car upholstery to help lift away the pet hair.

Tip 2: Use a pair of rubber gloves and water for even more electrifying results. Wearing rubber gloves, spray your upholstery lightly with water and sweep vigorously with your gloved hands – pet hair should collect on your fingertips.

Tip 3: Another ‘spray and wipe’ style tip – mix a few teaspoons of fabric softener with water and lightly spray your upholstery with the mixture. Wipe with paper towel. Ingredients used in fabric softener loosen hair, making it easier to remove from creases in fabric. Leave your upholstery to dry and vacuum up any leftover pet hair.

 

Tip 4: Speaking of vacuums, many vacuums have small rubber bristled brush attachments specifically designed for collecting hair. The rubber brushes work in the same way that the balloon and rubber gloves do by harnessing the power of static electricity to help remove pet hair.

 

Tip 5: Lint rollers are a good way of removing pet hair from clothes but aren’t as effective in cars, especially for fur buried deep in carpets. They’re also expensive! For a quick, inexpensive lint roller substitute, take duct tape or packing tape and roll it around your hand (sticky side out of course); press it against fabric and carpet to lift surface pet hair away.

Prevention Tips

Tip 6: Save yourself the hassle of spending hours tweezing Fido’s fur out of your car and give your dog’s coat a good brush out before getting into the car. An extra brushing before a car trip will remove excess pet hair that would otherwise end up lodged in your car’s carpets. The type of brush you use may also make a different to how much fur it collects; if you have a particularly hairy dog, invest in a FURminator, specifically designed to thin out a dog’s undercoat and loose fur.

Tip 7: Buy a Petrider or similar seat cover for your car. They keep fur (among other things like sand, dirt and water) off your car seats and can be easily removed, washed and stored until the next time you want to take your pooch to the beach.

Tip 8: It’s important to keep your pets contained when they are travelling in a vehicle, so harness or crate your pets in transit. Not only will using a crate for travel reduce your car’s exposure to pet hair and other pet related dirt and smells (wet dog anyone?) but it will also keep your pet safer during travel.

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