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So we carry on the reviews of some of the best cleaning products on the market. As mentioned in my previous post, numerous products have been tested over the years and plenty of time spent obtaining reviews from fellow car "detailing" enthusiasts.
Last year my wife purchased a Mini Convertible (see separate review on that one). At the time we were shown a small stain on the seat which the owner said that they had no idea how it got there. But cleanly had made no attempt to get it out. The stain looked very much like a spillage of a drink.
I did conducted reviews of upholstery cleaning products (for cars) and tend to always check out the Autoglym range, purely because they never produce a poor product. But still, there are always some products out there than can out do them.
Autoglym Interior Shampoo came out on top as a fantastic product to choose. Sure enough I purchased this online from ebay, with a cost price of just over £5 for a 500ml bottle.
So, how to use it? Well it comes with a spray nozzle which is always handy and sprays out with a clear liquid. The liquid is odourless. Its a wet spray rather than a mousse or foam. Spray it onto the fabric and it will absorb straight into the material. Do not leave it to dry though. Take a wet cloth, I recommend a microfiber towel. Start to rub the product into the seat, using both up and down and side to side direction. The seat will not look wet, although by putting your hand on it, you will notice its wet. The stain starts to disappear but because its wet, its difficult to see the total result. Allow to dry. If need be, apply the product again.
So the results. I have had no issues at all with this product. It removed the stain on the seat that I mentioned earlier. I would not use it on leather as I believe there are plenty more products especially designed for leather. That's not to say that you cannot use it on leather though.
So this product is going to be suitable for car seats, carpets, floor mats and don't forget that somehow, and have no idea how, the roof can get stained.
Autoglym is purely rated by me as fantastic as it has got every stain out of the seat. The seat has had a few stains since, including my wife leaving the roof down when it rained. It cleared it up without any problems.
It could work in the home, but having not tested it, I couldn't tell you. Maybe abit expensive if you do choose to use it in the home. There are cheaper alternatives.
I purchased the Auto Glym interior shampoo as I had a few marks on my car seats. Eating on the go is not always great as if you are like me you miss your mouth and hit the seat instead, small mouth maybe? I found the Auto Glym interior shampoo and thought I would give it a try.
The Auto Glym is advertised as having surface active ingredients and deodorising properties. The spray can be used on synthetic fabrics, upholstery, carpets, roof linings, vinyl and plastics.
To use the spray I applied the shampoo to the stain on the seat and wiped with a dam cloth. The stain did disappear quite fast and with not much agitation to the fabric. The bottle then says that you should wipe until the shampoo is rinsed fully. Be careful not to apply too much shampoo like I did on one stain as having to make sure that there is no product left takes quite a while. This just proves that the shampoo is very concentrated and that you do not need to use very much at all. After this I stick to using just one spray and this always does the job well.
The shampoo does leave a fresh scent to the fabric and it is not over powering, just clean. I would definitely recommend this product as it work and it is from a very well respected and recognised brand. A must try if you have those stains which you just haven't got round to cleaning yet. Its simple to use and gives very good results, give it a try.
I spilt a smoothie on my passenger seat and cleaned the majority of it up but it left a horrible mark right in the middle of the seat pad of my passenger seat. Coupled with this, after a few days the seat started smelling like off milk; which coincidently was one of the main ingredients in my smoothie! I was recommended to buy the Autoglym car interior shampoo by my partner who swears by the brand and will use nothing else on his car.
*Price and availability*
The interior shampoo costs around £5.99 from garages such as Halfords and is stocked in some supermarkets. It is also available from various stockists online.
The product comes in a 500ml spray bottle. It comes in the standard Autoglym packaging but has a distinctive green label. The bottle has a spray nozzle and an easy to grip handle.
The smell of the shampoo is refreshing and light. It smells slightly lemony but it is not overpowering and gives it more of a clean smell. The shampoo also contains deodorisers that help neutralise bad smells. It is safe to use on synthetic fabric upholstery, carpets, roof linings, vinyl and plastics.
When I first sprayed the bottle, I expected it to foam up similar to other upholstery shampoos; however it didn't and just dampened the material. With hindsight this makes the cleaning much easier because you don't have to worry about rubbing all the bubbles out.
To use the shampoo you need to spray a mist over the material you want to clean. If it is a visible stain I would liberally apply it to the area, so this will need a good few pumps of the spray. Give the product a few minutes to soak in and then get a cloth and using small circular motions rub the shampoo into the material. I then normally just let it dry naturally. It tends to dry quite quickly but it depends how much you are applying.
When I had the smoothie experience, the stain was a a chalky coloured ring on the passenger seat and after one application of the shampoo, the stain was lifted out and it smelt much fresher.
I have used the spray on the back seat after transporting my mum's dog and I use it as a general car deodoriser to freshen up the seats. As it is safe for most fabric; I have also used it to clean the seats of my deckchairs
This bottle is lasting quite well and you do not need much to have the desired effect. It is a great product and makes cleaning the interior of the car so much easier. It smells great so freshens up the fabric and gets rid of most stains.
As some of you already know I own a 16 year old Volkswagen Golf CL - it was my mum's car and she gave it to me when I passed my driving test as she was emigrating anyway. My car might be old and very battered (been hit many times by idiots in car parks who don't look where they're going, and smashing wing mirrors when parked at the side of the road, scratching the panels, throwing a pumpkin through the rear light...) but I love her, mechanically she's sound and has never broken down. I can't afford to fix the body work and in all honesty it's not worth it given the value of the car, however I can do something about the interior...
My mum used to eat her breakfast at work and used to transport cereal and tinned fruit on the passenger seat, unfortunately she regularly spilt this all over the fabric of the seats and left dark stains on it, plus the drivers seat has water stains from where the seal has gone on the sunroof and occassionally leaks. I thought that I wouldn't be able to do anything about these unsightly marks, but my dad mentioned that autoglym do an interior shampoo and which point he went to get some, a small bowl of warm water and a scrubbing brush then we went to tackle the car.
I have to say that I'm beyond impressed with the results - simply spraying some of the shampoo onto the seats and then giving the seat a vigorous scrub with a brush really lifted out the stains and all the dirt engrained into the material after 16 years. Wiping the seat with a damp cloth removed all the surface shampoo residue and left the seat looking practically good as new - from a dark and dreary, blotchy grey colour it became a light and bright grey.
Of course due to the nature of shampoo, whatever you're cleaning will get damp, however as only a small amount of water is used you don't need to worry about it getting excessively wet - my seat was bone dry within 2 days (I imagine it will be quicker in most people's cars but mine has a leak so is generally damp inside!) Whilst it is drying you get a faint scent of the shampoo - the best I can describe it is that it smells like insecticidal pet shampoo which isn't a bad small, it's relatively neutral and neither feminine or masculine in nature.
The shampoo comes in a white plastic spray bottle, the design is not particularly inspiring or eye catching, but is very typical of the autoglym brand - neutral and understated. The bottle contains 500ml which will last a long time as a small amount goes a long way and you shouldn't have to use it all that often.
I purchased this for £5.99 at Halfords but it's also available for around this price at various places on the internet, Halford's occassionally do 3 for 2 on autoglym so it's worth looking out for this offer. Even so I feel £5.99 is a reasonable price and I'm more than happy to have parted with this amount to get a clean interior for my car.
I thoroughly recommend this product if you have any non-removable material (seats, doorcards, inside of the roof etc) that could do with a clean, this even tackles stubborn stains with no difficulty. If you do buy it though you will also need a good bristled scrubbing brush and a cloth to wipe down with.