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99GrandTouring
Jun 10th, 2004, 06:14 PM
Hello all!
After reading on here I think I have been doing it wrong.
Before I would spray a ton of carpet cleaner on a spot use a brush in a circular motion and then blot it up.

Is this wrong?
Is there a special procedure or way to use? There are some ground in dirt in my floor mats I just can't seem to get out..
THanks!

TwoTooBlack
Jun 11th, 2004, 08:07 AM
The best thing I've found for stains on the carpet (as opposed to general shampooing) is Meg's Extra cleaner. This stuff quite literally cleaned a stain in my living room carpet (Megs: Its not just for garages any more!) that 4 or 5 professional cleanings had failed to remove. Also great on engines and wheel wells. Did a fab job on my wheels one day when I accidently picked it up instead of Hot Rims. I keep a bottle in the garage and in the house. Great stuff.:xyxthumbs

rjstaaf
Jun 11th, 2004, 08:21 AM
I use the consumer Meguairs Heavy Duty Carpet & Interior Cleaner on my carpets. You don't want to put a ton of any cleaner on your carpet. It will soak deep into the carpet and you will never get it all out. I usually do my Mustang carpet in four sections, each side front and rear. I will spray a section down just to get the very top of it damp. I let it soak for about 10 minutes and then I take a white towel and really scrub the carpet. I then go in again with a slightly damp (plain water) towel and scrub again. Then, with a dry towel I try and dry it the best I can. Once I get the whole carpet done I open the windows and let it air dry the rest of the way.

I do the carpets at the very least once a month. It is better to do frequent light cleanings rather than fewer cleanings that require lots of cleaner.

1999NCSU
Jun 11th, 2004, 11:42 AM
It is not a Meg. product, but I love ZEP spot carpet cleaner. I picked it up from Home Depot for $4. The directions are simply too.
1. Blot/vacuum affected area.
2. Shake and spray on stain, but do not saturate.
3. Blot up.

I use a terry towel and scrub a little, but it is very easy. I was very impressed the first time I used it. Sorry no pics.

jfelbab
Jun 11th, 2004, 01:11 PM
I used to use the Little Green Machine and liked the results but it was always clogging up so now I just spray Meguiar's carpet cleaner on the carpet, brush it in then use one of my older shop vacs to **** the fluids out. The carpet gets clean and dry pretty quickly with this method.

99GrandTouring
Jun 11th, 2004, 01:51 PM
Well I scraped the two spots with a knife before cleaning to break them up..
I have sprayed, scrubbed and blotted till there is almost nothing being pulled up via the cloth...

However after they dried you still see the spot where it was...
Is this normal after having a old stain cleaned?

Mike Phillips
Jun 11th, 2004, 02:41 PM
Originally posted by 99GrandTouring
Well I scraped the two spots with a knife before cleaning to break them up..

I have sprayed, scrubbed and blotted till there is almost nothing being pulled up via the cloth...

However after they dried you still see the spot where it was...
Is this normal after having a old stain cleaned?

Could be the action of cleaning so well has had an effect.

Just to throw my two Meguiar's cents into the ring,

I don't know if you can beat this product for cleaning fabrics of all types, Heavy Duty Carpet & Interior Cleaner (http://www.meguiars.com/store_meguiars/product_detail.cfm?sku=G-94) is pretty hard to beat.

Lynn loves this stuff for spot cleaning in the house, but it's just as effective in the automotive world. I told this story on SCG, which is down right now till the back-up gets reloaded, but here goes...

After wet-sanding and then buffing out my cherry red Blazer, my white NIKE tennis shoes were covered with red stains and residue from the job. I threw them in the washing machine with some Tide on the hot setting and when they came out everything was white again but the nylon mesh tongue, it was now and even pink color.

I figured Tide would have taken care of it, but it didn't. I didn't want to wear white Nike tennis shoes with pink tongues, so I grabbed the Heavy Duty Carpet & Interior Cleaner and sprayed some on to the nylon tongue, agitated and then blotted with a terry cloth towel.

It worked perfectly. All the pink color was gone, the nylon mesh tongue was white again. I didn't think it work as well as it did because the washing and drying process tends to either remove stains, or lock them in.

This product works great, look for it at most auto parts stores and give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

Mike

rjstaaf
Jun 11th, 2004, 04:04 PM
Here is one of my bottles up on the left on the top shelf. :D

http://www.autopia.org/gallery/data/500/2760dsc00004.jpg

Here is the other cabinet to the right. I kind of commandeered the utility room cabinets :xyxthumbs

http://www.autopia.org/gallery/data/500/2760dsc00006.jpg

These are my most frequently used products, the rest is stored in 4 18gallon bins in a closet and then there is the stuff in the garage :db:

TwoTooBlack
Jun 12th, 2004, 05:11 AM
To rjstaaf,

Ohhhh, PLEEEASE! If my wife ever sees photos of your cabinets, I'll never hear the end of it!:wall: :wall: (Fortunately, the chances of her visiting this forum are ZERO!:db: )

Them are some FINE looking cabinets. Not so much the cabinets as the manner in which they are kept. It looks like a darnded display rack!:bow :bow

Please tell me they don't always look like that.

fiberrich
Jun 13th, 2004, 04:55 PM
Meguiar's Heavy Duty Carpet & Interior Cleaner is absolutely incredible stuff!

I used it to clean the beige carpets in my 1993 BMW I have for sale. I've always swept my carpets, but I never shampooed them.

Years of dirt, grime and grease spots came right out with such ease that it was unbelievable to my eyes!!!

I emailed pictures of the interior of the car to a potential buyer and the very first thing he stated to me when I followed up on the phone was "I can't believe the condition of those carpets. They look brand new!" And they do look brand new, even in person!

Based on the comments of others getting great results using the product on their carpets in their homes, I plan on using it for spot treating the next time I shampoo the carpets in our home as well.

Great stuff and highly recommended!!

scrub
Jun 13th, 2004, 05:40 PM
I used prestone interior cleaner with good results. I might try the Meguiar's heavy duty cleaner next!

megatnh
Jul 31st, 2004, 04:34 AM
hello
i am driving 2003 camry with beige carpet underneath the floor mats which are dark brown.whenever i flip over the carper i observe the diffent in color bewteen the carper underneath the floor mats and the floor carpet itself.the floor carpet under the floor mats is brighter and thus giving a cleaner? impression

how do i clean the carpet so that the difference is not so obvious

orange monkeyee
Oct 16th, 2004, 08:45 AM
I'm going to be testing out the carpet cleaner as soon as I receive my order. I spilled a bunch of strong green tea on my carpet one day and I've dumped almost everything on it, oxyclean, detergents, all purpose cleaners, even this Blue Magic guarunteed **** that failed. If it gets it out I will be thoroughly impressed.

Rick
Oct 18th, 2004, 12:59 PM
Another option for a more bulk packaging would be the detailer all purpose cleaner. I am still using up my all purpose cleaner plus (all purpose cleaner is the replacment product). It works very well for shampooing carpets. After a pre vaccum I spray some on to the section to be cleaned with the foam sprayer, scrub in with a soft carpet brush then vaccum out. It dries fairly quickly this way.

As far as your green tea spill keep in mind that you'll probalby need to go over it several times in order to get the area properly clean. I had a genius friend spill a 64oz Dr. Pepper in my last vehicle and it probably took me 2 hours and 3 bottles of the carpet cleaner to finally get down to it all and get it properly out of the carpet, but it did come out.

electricgreen
Jan 1st, 2005, 03:54 AM
I use the Meg's carpet cleaner (a little goes a long way!!), a denture brush for heavy stains (pick them up at the dollar store), and my bissell little green. I LOVE my little green, works great, although I wish it did better at extracting the water. Just did this last night, had to remove a bit of wing sauce (hot sauce & butter) from the grey carpet in my Baja. Worked perfect!

scrub
Jan 1st, 2005, 02:07 PM
Today I used the PC with a carpet brush. It worked out great.

Here's what the brush looks like.
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/694DSC02243-med.JPG

I'm really impressed. It seemed to pull up the dirt and grime while removing some stains. No pics of the work today. I'll remember the camera next time.

JG_Detailing
Jan 2nd, 2005, 06:49 AM
I use to clean the carpet with just with carpet spray. But I plan on getting the Bissel steam cleaner. It's called Little Green.

WD Pro
Jan 4th, 2005, 06:16 AM
http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=4067

WD :xyxthumbs

TOGWT
Jan 4th, 2005, 08:56 AM
a) Preparation:
With the floor mats and the seats removed, use vacuum air to blow out the interior. Concentrate especially on cracks and crevices where dirt and dust needs to be loosened. Sand particles in seat cracks for example.



Seat Removal:
For a thorough interior cleaning, removal of the seats will allow access to hard to reach areas. It's relatively easy if you take your time and are careful.

Front bucket seats are typically held down by four bolts on the ends of the runners at the base of the seat, two in the front and two in the back, these bolts are usually torque down hard (when replacing start the bolt by hand, being very careful not to cross-thread them)

These are removed using a socket wrench. Sometimes the bolts are covered by a decorative plastic moulding, which is held in place by a screw or just pops off using a prying action with a slotted screwdriver. First, slide the seats to its rear-most position, exposing the front bolts, remove, then, sliding the seat to its forward position, exposing the rear bolts, remove.

When all four bolts have been removed, gently tilt the seat either forward or back to reveal any wires that are connected to the underside of the seat (for seat position controls, heaters, seat belt sensors, etc.). Carefully unplug these wires, and remove the seat from the vehicle, taking care not to scratch seat or paint surfaces as you lift out the seat. Cover the remaining wire harness with a plastic bag and aluminium foil; this will prevent water and cleaning solution from getting into the wiring harness.

b) Carpet and upholstery cleaning:
A good place to start is to clean the carpet, floor mats and upholstery. This method of cleaning the carpets and upholstery first, will allow the most drying time between cleaning and the finishing of an interior detail.

Most vehicle fabrics are comprised of nylon or olefin. Leather and wool (natural fibres) require more delicate care, and will be discussed later. Carpet and upholstery can be cleaned using three methods; hand cleaning, an orbital buffer with brush attachment or machine extraction. The hand cleaning method remains most popular due its low cost. (for Leather Cleaning section 11)

Heated water breaks down water-soluble soiling faster, as it reduces overall chemical usage because it reduces the surface tension of the fibre. Heat acts as a catalyst promoting quicker reactions between chemicals and the soil. Use the hottest water available (it also helps to pre-spray the carpet with hot water)
As with all chemical cleaners test on an inconspicuous area before use to ensure colourfastness of materials before using, find the pH of the chemical you are using to ensure its compatibility and wither it contains any harsh detergents, bleach, acid or strong alkali.

1) To hand clean carpet and upholstery:
Cleaning interiors by hand is a labor intensive and time-consuming process.
Methodology
Vacuum area very thoroughly to remove any loose dirt, grit and etc
·Remove any stains with a ‘spot’ remover (303™ Spot Remover & Cleaner)
·Spot treat really bad stains (303TM Cleaner & Spot Remover or Woolite® Heavy Traffic Carpet Foam)
·Use a pre-cleaner solution, 10:1 distilled hot water/ P21S Total Auto Wash, let solution dwell for 5-10 minutes to enable cleaners to react
·Brush into surface to create foam, the foam will dissolve and suspend soils.
·Blotting and wiping using terry cloth towels now can remove the cleaning liquid.
·Brush the carpet to raise the nap and loosen ground in dirt


·Vacuum (MetroVac N' Blo®) to lift all the loose dirt from the carpet
·Using the vacuum, remove the excess moisture, loose dirt and the grime
·Allow carpets / mats to thoroughly dry before use

Note: Use the hottest water use can when hand cleaning carpets / mats

2) Hand cleaning carpet and upholstery using an orbital buffer (with a brush attachment):
Methodology
·Vacuum area very thoroughly to remove any loose dirt, grit and etc
·Remove any stains with 303™ Spot Remover & Cleaner
·Spot treat really bad stains (303TM Cleaner & Spot Remover or Woolite® Heavy Traffic Carpet Foam)
·Use a pre-cleaner solution, 10:1 distilled hot water/ P21S Total Auto Wash, let solution dwell for 5-10 minutes to enable cleaners to react
·With an random orbital buffer (speed #4) and brush attachment, scrub carpet / fabric upholstery
·Attach a terry-cloth bonnet and go over areas, changing the bonnets frequently
·Use a rubber bristle brush go over the material to raise the fibres
·Using the vacuum, remove the excess moisture, loose dirt and the grime
·Allow carpets / mats to thoroughly dry before use

Note: Use the hottest water use can when hand cleaning carpets / mats

3) Using a Carpet Extractor:
An extraction system process is the choice of professional detailers due to its cost effectiveness, performance efficiency and time saving over conventional methods. Extractors work by using a cleaning solution dispensed from a tank that heats the solution to 200oF+ and is sprayed at medium pressure, high volume from the machine via a cleaning wand, it is then filtered and re-circulated. Extraction also allows the ability to remove cleaning residues due to its high suction power (100-inch water gauge +). Rinsed fabrics look and smell cleaner and resist soiling better
Methodology
·Vacuum area very thoroughly to remove any loose dirt, grit and etc
·Remove any stains with 303™ Spot Remover & Cleaner
·Spot treat really bad stains (303TM Cleaner & Spot Remover or Woolite® Heavy Traffic Carpet Foam)
·Use a carpet extractor to clean and remove liquid and dirt. (Vapour Clean Products T5 Extractor / Spotter®)
·Use a pre-cleaner solution, 10:1 distilled hot water/ P21S Total Auto Wash, let solution dwell for 5-10 minutes to enable cleaners to react
·Use a 16:1 solution clean distilled hot water / 303™ Cleaner & Spot Remover or P21S Total Auto Wash in the extractor tank
·The next step would be to use its high-volume vacuum to remove the excess moisture and grime, immediately recovering it.
·Allow carpets / mats to thoroughly dry before use

Note- Run a half a gallon of distilled white vinegar thru the extractor either weekly, or after every ten fresh fills.
Vinegar, contains Acetic acid, an organic carboxylic that will help eliminate scale, mild mineral deposits etc. from clogging your extractor.


Note: * Insert cleaning chemical of your choice, like most detailing tasks its 90% method

JonM