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    Thread: Extreme Leather Upholstery and Carpet Cleaning

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      10-01-2012 11:24 AM #1
      Lately we have been getting some extremely worn and tired interiors from customers. Customers have been bringing us cars that they would like to sell or just bring some life back into, hence paint corrections and now even interior corrections. On the below examples we tried just about everything on them. We even used steam, however we achieved the best results with the tools listed below.



      Griot's 3 inch Random Orbital Polisher
      Uber Ultra Interior Brush for Orbital Polishers
      Uber Microfiber Applicator Pad
      Uber Interior Microfiber Towel
      1Z einszett Plastic Deep Cleaner

      Description: 1Z einszett Plastic Deep Cleaner is a concentrated deep cleaning detergent that removes stubborn grime, grease, scuff marks, stains, soot and polish residue without harsh or abrasive cleaners.

      Use on the dashboard, steering wheel, shift knob, arm rests, finished leather and pedals. Leaves a clean, no-shine finish.

      - Removes stubborn grime from all interior trim
      - Removes scuff marks
      - Non-caustic formula won't harm surface
      - Leaves an anti-static finish

      1Z einszett Leather Care

      Description: 1Z einszett Leather Care is specifically formulated for treating both semi-aniline and pigmented leather. einszett worked with local European leather suppliers to produce a product that effectively cleans the surface, removes oxidation, and maintains the suppleness of the finish without it looking unnaturally glossy or greasy. In addition, einszett Leather Care does not leave a powdery residue around the stitching, does not clog the pores of perforated leather, does not contain harsh chemicals that can strip the pigmented dye, and has a pleasant fragrance. The overall objective is to maintain the appearance of the leather as it was the day it came out of the factory.

      - Cleans, conditions and protects in one simple step
      - Restores suppleness to dry leather
      - Can be used on leather saddles, boots and furniture
      - Grease free, natural finish
      - Pleasant lavender and sandalwood fragrance

      Helpful Hints: Since the leather hide has a clear coat finish, when treating the leather, you are actually treating the clear coat and not the actual leather hide so you'll need to use a product that is formulated to treat the clear coat and not the hide itself as with 'unfinished' aniline leather.

      Products specifically formulated to treat the finished coating contain special cleaners that remove oxidation, grime, body oils and sweat salt while conditioners maintain the flexibility of the finish so that the leather remains supple, not dry and brittle. (above from 1Z einszett USA)

      Subject: Lexus LX470 - a daily driven vehicle that sees off road use.
      Requirements: Interior Correction - The customer gave us the okay to go extreme on the interior. He wanted to see if we could get it to "LIKE New" condition, he had already planned on picking up new leather skins for it.

      Just so you know its the real deal off road set up (full write up coming soon)


      Let's take a look at what these products can do.

      Griot's 3 inch was set between speed 5 and 6 throughout the complete process on the leather. Very little pressure was used to clean up the leather.



      50/50 shot of the what the Griot's 3 inch with the Uber Ultra Brush Attachment and 1Z einszett Plastic Deep Cleaner can do.

      Rear seat shots you can see the difference between the seat on the left and the middle seat


      The contrast between the left and right is noticeable



      Close up


      Before: Driver's seat



      This here is a side by side shot of the driver's seat. If you take a look you will see a drastic difference. Just in case you didn't know the left side is clean and the right side years of built up dirt, grime, grease.


      A 50/50 shot of the center console



      This is a close up shot of the center console. You really never realize how dirty it can get.


      No words really needed at this point we know the formula works. Armrest shots

      Before


      50/50


      Afters: The interior came out great with the tools and products above. The customer was trilled with the results and will no longer need to pick up replacement leather skins for his LX.

      Leather was finished off with 1Z einszett Leather Care









      Next example:

      Subject: Lexus IS300
      Requirements: Prep the car for sale - do what you can to improve the resale value - (full write up soon)



      Griot's


      50//50 shots of the driver's side bolster


      50//50 shots of the driver's side seat - as you can see the products used are safe on vented seats



      50/50 shot of the driver's side seat back


      Close up



      50/50 on the center armrest



      We also used the Uber Ultra Soft Brush Attachment on the carpets.

      Griot's 3 inch was set between speed 5 and 6 throughout the complete process on the carpets/mats. Light to moderate pressure was used to clean up the mats/carpets.

      Before - Grease, grime, dirt, were all present. The Griot's 3 inch Random Orbital Polisher, Uber Ultra Soft Brush Attachment, and 1Z einszett Plastic Deep Cleaner were used to clean it all up.



      After - all cleaned up but just one spot - still a very big improvement.


      After shots -





      Important Notes: You can damage the leather by going thru the clear coat with the machine (very much like paint), so make sure you take EXTREME CAUTION when working with the tools above - primarily the Griot's 3 inch Random Orbital Polisher and Uber Ultra Soft Brush Attachment

      The above was for coated leather. Please NOTE this is NOT for suede, alcantara, or non coated leather.

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      10-01-2012 09:45 PM #2
      Looks really AMAZNG!!!

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      10-04-2012 05:09 PM #4
      That is a bad a$$ result! That machine takes the work right out of any dirty leather surface. Definitely going to do some homework on that DA and probably pick one up!

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      10-04-2012 06:57 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by TXR32 View Post
      That is a bad a$$ result! That machine takes the work right out of any dirty leather surface. Definitely going to do some homework on that DA and probably pick one up!
      if you have a pc already you can pick up the brush attachment.

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      10-05-2012 09:11 AM #6
      I am looking at buy the 3 kit. I want something i can use on the outside and inside of my 2010 GTI. So my question is what size pads can i use on the 3 for the outside of my car. I have never used a device like this for cleaning my car.

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      10-05-2012 09:25 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by oosalx View Post
      I am looking at buy the 3 kit. I want something i can use on the outside and inside of my 2010 GTI. So my question is what size pads can i use on the 3 for the outside of my car. I have never used a device like this for cleaning my car.
      I would pick up a 6 inch orbital polisher and pick up the brush if you plan on using something on the outside.

      Griot's 6 inch polisher


      the 3 inch one won't be able to fit any pad bigger than a 4 inch pad.

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      10-05-2012 10:08 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by DetailersDomain View Post
      I would pick up a 6 inch orbital polisher and pick up the brush if you plan on using something on the outside.

      Griot's 6 inch polisher


      the 3 inch one won't be able to fit any pad bigger than a 4 inch pad.
      Will the 6 inch be to much for the inside carpet and seats?

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      10-05-2012 11:45 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by oosalx View Post
      Will the 6 inch be to much for the inside carpet and seats?
      if you are going to sacrifice I would opt for the 6 inch and be a little bulkier on the inside than use a 3 inch on the paint that would be too tedious to use a 3 inch on the exterior.

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      10-20-2012 08:23 PM #10
      How many passes/how much time did it take to yield those results on the seats with the pad on the buffer? VERY intriguing.
      (O:o)====(o:O)

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      10-20-2012 09:43 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by chuckoslovakia View Post
      How many passes/how much time did it take to yield those results on the seats with the pad on the buffer? VERY intriguing.
      it wasn't too long at all the machine saves a lot of time over doing this by hand I believe the complete interior including seats cleaned and conditioned, and carpets took 45 minutes.

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      10-22-2012 03:36 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by DetailersDomain View Post
      if you have a pc already you can pick up the brush attachment.
      Ordered one from you! Thanks Phil.

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      10-22-2012 03:39 PM #13
      thanks!

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      10-29-2012 04:11 PM #14
      Thanks, Phil. The interior brush rules! We don't have any cool 50/50 shots like you do but we sure were able to bring the leather on this Citroën DS Cabrio back to life. Night and day difference in the seats and interior!

      Here's Mark(TXR32) going to town on the seats:



      Leather looking fresh
      (O:o)====(o:O)

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      10-31-2012 11:25 PM #15
      that's great thanks for sharing!

    16. 12-08-2012 02:09 PM #16
      Impressed

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      12-23-2012 07:35 AM #17
      I use 1Z products without the power brush, and still amazing results. My favorites are the leather cleaner and the Blitz multi-purpose cleaner.

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      12-29-2012 06:31 AM #18
      how leather should look like !
      not grease and shiny. !

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      01-02-2013 11:24 AM #19
      Just picked one up. This is light years better than good ol' elbow grease..

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