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Old 05-13-2015, 12:02 PM
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Upholstery Cleaning- My Method

I've been asked by a few people how I clean my upholstery, so I took a few pics last night of my method and the results. To start things out, I guess I will give you a list of items I use.

-Porter Cable 7424 DA Polisher
-Grey Upholstery Brush for Porther Cable
-Spray Bottle of Malco Plastic and Upholstery Cleaner or LA Totally Awesome
-Spray Bottle of Fresh Water
-Bucket of Fresh Water
-Car Wash Mitt
-Towel

A quick disclaimer, I had my transhield cover on the boat in the storage unit, so the pics of the vinyl do not really pop like they do in the sun. I'll take some better pics with the cover off and boat outside later.

To Start things out, I spray the Malco or Totally Awesome on the vinyl.

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Begin scrubbing with the Porter Cable.

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After scrubbing, I dunk the brush into a bucket of fresh water to get rid of the cleaner and spray fresh water onto the upholstery, paying close attention to the embroidery and stitching.

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Once completed, I take a wash mitt with fresh water and wipe everything down and finally dry it off with a towel.

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Old 05-13-2015, 12:07 PM
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Just as a comparison, I did the right half first and left the left side untouched.

For those guys who swear by Babe's or Hot Sauce or the other million products out there, I can assure you that you will get the same results using this method. The method above is an annual cleaning and between, I use the aforementioned products after every use. However, body oils and sunscreens get embedded in the vinyl and those products do not work well for a DEEP cleaning. They are great for everyday use to clean and protect, but a deep cleaning every year is really needed to get the interior to return to "like new".

Once I complete my annual cleaning, I always apply 303 to protect the vinyl and aid in every day cleaning for the following season.

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Old 05-13-2015, 12:10 PM
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Here is the link for the 7424 brush. I use the grey brush with good results. The Blue soft carpet brush works well on large panels of vinyl, but based on my testing, it will slightly fray the stitching if used.

http://www.autogeek.net/porter-cable-brushes.html
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Old 05-13-2015, 12:11 PM
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Is that the grey brush you're using with the porter cable?
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Old 05-13-2015, 12:12 PM
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Great write up. Looks great
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Old 05-13-2015, 01:25 PM
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Looks fantastic Cam.
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Old 05-17-2015, 03:34 PM
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There you go, again, Cam, one upping the field!!!

Now I have to buy new tools! If you get hate mail from my wife just ignore it!
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Good info here!
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I bought the Porter Cable 7424, brush, and Malco cleaner. WOW!!!! Talk about clean with a POP! I highly recommend this setup.
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Old 10-03-2015, 01:13 PM
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Cam thanks for posting. Especially the link. I just ordered the brush and a gallon of 303. I look forward to trying it when it comes in.
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