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Cleaning Interior Stuff, Especially Black

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Edsel58a, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. Edsel58a
    Joined: Jan 17, 2008
    Posts: 757


    Well, I was getting discouraged cleaning the black interior of my OT car. Seemed getting the dirt out of the "grain" was being a PITA...... Well, I was looking for an option an may have found it.
    I sprayed my dash trim with foaming bathroom cleaner, let it sit a few moments and wiped it with a paper towel and the dirt was pretty much lifted out. Think I need to let it sit a bit longer. Trying the same on the door panels.
    Even though it is an OT car I was doing, I wanted to share the results. I may try it on my tires also.

    Cleaned with a rag, and soapy water

    Sprayed with foaming cleaner and wiped off
  2. cmyhtrod
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 360

    from ct

    Great tip.

    There are a lot of bathroom cleaners out there, which one did you use?
  3. txturbo
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
    Posts: 1,771


    Turtle wax Ice interior cleaner does a good job also with a microfiber towel

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  4. Standard gas&oil
    Joined: Dec 3, 2010
    Posts: 289

    Standard gas&oil
    from USA #1

    Awesome tip, Could you let us know what brand foaming cleaner that was that worked for you.

  5. Edsel58a
    Joined: Jan 17, 2008
    Posts: 757


    I used the cheapo Dollar General stuff.
  6. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,608

    Rusty O'Toole

    I use a microfiber towel and a pan of warm water with a squirt of Spray Nine. Wring out the towel and wipe, it cleans everything.
  7. rbonazzoli
    Joined: Feb 16, 2012
    Posts: 141

    from Dallas, TX

    Years ago I picked up an OT Caddy with a white leather interior that was so filthy I could not drive it. No way the usual interior cleaners would work. I bought some Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaner, and it worked very well. I used it on everything except the headliner, and followed it with leather treatment.
  8. "Simple Green" is frickin' amazing. I have white vinyl that I thought would never be white again. Great for white walls.
  9. Zerk
    Joined: May 26, 2005
    Posts: 1,418


    Watch out for cleaners that contain bleach...because they will.
  10. chinarus
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 499

    from Georgia

    Gotta watch out - some cleaners will attack the thread holding the seams together.
    Have seen it happen on a boat interior.

    I worked with a guy whose father had a used car lot in the 60s and he used Tide laundry detergent in warm water and a soft scrub brush to clean interiors and carpets. Took a few days in the sun to dry out but they came out good.
  11. fordsum
    Joined: Mar 22, 2012
    Posts: 124

    from SO CA

    I have to try that simple green if works on white that well
  12. White05GT
    Joined: Feb 28, 2012
    Posts: 54

    from NC

    I've used 409 and also Fantastic with a scrub brush with good results.
  13. Dane
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 1,351

    from Soquel, CA

    Better get some vinyl conditioner on there before it de-com-pos-es. :D

    v. de·com·pos·es. 1. To separate into components or basic elements.
  14. Christom
    Joined: Nov 3, 2011
    Posts: 217


    Good tip - I always use a black cloth and dry with a black towel to finish. Um... on the black hotrod interior that is!
  15. cmyhtrod
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 360

    from ct

    I bought a can of Lysol foaming cleaner today to use on the interior of my service truck.

    Holy shit was I impressed with how well it works! Took the dirt out of the kick panels, out the grain in the plastic dash & door panels and off the sill plates.

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