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What do you use to clean your car?

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What do you use to clean your car?

Someone recommended that I get Armor All. Is this any good to clean the inside of the windshield and the hard plastics of the interior?

How do you guys clean the cloth seats?
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Aerospace303 for hard/soft plastics, vinyl etc
Foaming glass cleaner for glass
Bissel carpet cleaner for cloth seats
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Sgt_Strider wrote: Someone recommended that I get Armor All. Is this any good to clean the inside of the windshield and the hard plastics of the interior?

How do you guys clean the cloth seats?
The armorall I think of shouldn't go on the windshield. I'm not a fan of it for plastics either as it is.... Greasy. I'm not a shiny interior person though.

Cloth seats - vacuum. Periodically use my bissell little green thing to give a "wet clean" with some detergent.
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redblack wrote: Aerospace303 for hard/soft plastics, vinyl etc
Foaming glass cleaner for glass
Bissel carpet cleaner for cloth seats
KevinM56081 wrote: The armorall I think of shouldn't go on the windshield. I'm not a fan of it for plastics either as it is.... Greasy. I'm not a shiny interior person though.

Cloth seats - vacuum. Periodically use my bissell little green thing to give a "wet clean" with some detergent.
Is Windex not suitable for the windshield?

I only mentioned Armor All because I think it can kill the Coronavirus?

You guys mean this vacuum? https://www.amazon.ca/2513E-Portable-se ... 2579&psc=1

How do I use detergent with the vacuum? Which detergent should I get?
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Sgt_Strider wrote: Is Windex not suitable for the windshield?

I only mentioned Armor All because I think it can kill the Coronavirus?

You guys mean this vacuum? https://www.amazon.ca/2513E-Portable-se ... 2579&psc=1

How do I use detergent with the vacuum? Which detergent should I get?
I use invisible glass. I find it streaks less then windex. I've used the liquid trigger version, as well as the foaming aerosol. Both are decent.

Unsure on the armor all. It may kill the 'vid, it may not. As stated - it's slimy. Not my cup of tea. I have a big jug of yellow Chemical Guys interior cleaner that does a good enough job for me.

Re the Bissell. It's basically a portable carpet/upholstry cleaner. I use a shop vac normally, but once a year or so I will use the Bissell. I use their oxy/pet detergent. (https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/biss ... p.html#srp)
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Agree invisible glass or similar, love the foaming aerosol makes life easy for windshields.
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KevinM56081 wrote: I use invisible glass. I find it streaks less then windex. I've used the liquid trigger version, as well as the foaming aerosol. Both are decent.

Unsure on the armor all. It may kill the 'vid, it may not. As stated - it's slimy. Not my cup of tea. I have a big jug of yellow Chemical Guys interior cleaner that does a good enough job for me.

Re the Bissell. It's basically a portable carpet/upholstry cleaner. I use a shop vac normally, but once a year or so I will use the Bissell. I use their oxy/pet detergent. (https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/biss ... p.html#srp)
Thank you. Which Bissell do you have?
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Sgt_Strider wrote: Thank you. Which Bissell do you have?
Pretty sure its the same one you posted....
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KevinM56081 wrote: Pretty sure its the same one you posted....
Gotcha. How do I use the machine with the detergent? Will this also kill possible bacteria and viruses if any on the cloth seats?
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Sgt_Strider wrote: Gotcha. How do I use the machine with the detergent? Will this also kill possible bacteria and viruses if any on the cloth seats?
there are two tanks. One is for fresh water mixed with detergent, the other is the used water that you suck back up from the seats/carpet etc.

I would think the effectiveness on bacterial or viral matter would depend on the properties of the detergent you are using.
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Sgt_Strider wrote: Gotcha. How do I use the machine with the detergent? Will this also kill possible bacteria and viruses if any on the cloth seats?
While there will be other crap may have been trapped but Corona is probably less of a concern with fabric seats compare to leather/fake leather seats.

And unless your are ubering with random people coming and going, it's not really that big of risk. But still I will never say no to a good round of car detailing.
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There's already a great detailing thread with some great information.

Autopia.org is where the hardcores go.
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Op, are you trying to detail your vehicle? Or cleaning for the purpose of getting rid of germs?

If it is for getting rid of germs, before the passengers get into the vehicle, ask them to sanitize their hands and wear masks.
It is insane to clean the entire vehicle every time....seatbelt, seats, dash, arm rest, etc....impossible.

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