Bad Odor in the Car

A lot of us face a problem of bad odor inside the car. Actually, extra odor inside the car is the reason to perform a complete inspection and find the reason. There is no universal solution to the problem. First, you need to find the source of it.

Source of the smell is bacteria, which can grow up in dirty places. In some cases, when you breathe same air your lunges can become seek and you will require visiting your doctor.

Bad odor can be dangerous for a driver because he cannot concentrate on the road. Most affordable way to eliminate it – is to spray the deodorants. That kind of deodorants cannot destroy the odor – they just mask it for several days.

Let us say the petrol smell means that most likely drainage line of petrol tank required cleaning. If you have engine oil odor than need to check engine gaskets and seals. Most dangerous is burning smell and need to check electric wire.

Other main sources are:

– air conditioner vents,

– drinks/food on the seats,

– shoe traces on the car floor carpet,

– old water can be the reason of odor inside the car, under the seats or floor gaps,

– plastic parts of the car interior can have a bad smell, and they require specific polishing substances,

– cigarette/tobacco smell is most common; it can stay inside fabric and under the roof upholstery and ashtray of course; most of the smoking drivers do not feel the smell inside his car,

– fish, onion, egg, and urine – those 4 will produce the worst ever smell once you forgot them to remove.

Many people use old simple methods, which are actually very useful to remove the:

– dry smell – mix baking soda in water, and then spray inside the car for 3-4 hours,

– wet smell – coffee beans inside the fabric bag; keep them inside at least 3 days,

– tobacco smell – keep the plate with a paper towel inside the car and feel the plate with vinegar; remove the plate after 4-5 hours, or vanilla extract – just apply several drops on the seats,

Most regular methods to keep car interior fresh are:

– regular general cleaning with a vacuum cleaner,

– scrub the car interior to release the dirt,

– do not forget food and drinks inside,

– regularly replace the cabin filter,

– the more fresh air inside the car,

– wipe the car dashboard,

– steam clean interior,

– ozone generators.

If you do not feel bad odor it does not mean that the air is fresh. Usually you feel comfortable with your body smell but in fact, it is changing every day and your car interior accumulates all those odors. The ones body smell depends on main 3 reasons:

– how often you use the shower,

– your physical activity,

– your food and drinks.

Many food ingredients from fast food restaurants can specify your body smell. Let us say alcohol, sunflower oil, spicy, potato fries, red meat – if you like them too much it means you will have special and usually negative smell within an hour’s after having your launch.

That is why regular cleaning is a must procedure for your vehicle. In that cases, you can also use dry fogging – a special process when the hygienically approved substance will act as a fog inside the car and reach bacteria in all places even under the roof and eliminate them. As a result, the original factory smell will return to your car.

I hope this article was helpful for you.

Building the Best Subwoofer Speaker Box Enclosure For Your Car Or SUV

Box Building

Each type of sub requires it’s own type of box. If a sub is installed in a box larger or smaller than what is supposed to, it will sound distorted/bad and could be destroyed. Boxes can be built in many shapes, but it is important that the box volume is calculated accurately to achieve maximum performance.

Materials

A box MUST be very sturdy. Most common building materials are 5/8″ or thicker particle board or medium density fiberboard. If building a box with Plexiglas, do not use anything less that 1/2 inch thick. A common material used to mold complex shaped boxes is fiberglass, but it is very hard to work with, and require several layers for a smooth finish.

Gluing, Sealing

Glue should be used at all joints to fill any spaces. Any spaces will degrade the performance of your subs, not to mention the annoying noise air makes when being pushed out of a small hole. On applying the glue, let it cure for at least 24 hours before mounting the subs. This is a precautionary measure to protect the rubbers used to make the subs from the high fumes that some manufacturers glue products have.

Holding Joints Together

In connecting box joints, it is best to screw the joints every four inches or so using 2″ – 2-1/2″ screws. Pre-drill about 3/4″ deep, so that screws do not split the wood at the edges, especially when working with particle/dashboard.

Should I have a Box for Each Sub?

It is advised to have a separate chamber for each sub. Even though not necessary, here are two reasons why such a directive should be taken: First, if one of the subs blows, then the volume of the box will be “twice” as big for the one remaining working sub. This could cause problems and even damage the other sub. The second reason is bracing. Building a box with a divider in the middle will make the box more rigid.

Ports

Ports must be built into your box design to channel out the air made by the sub’s vibrations. If a pre-made port is not available, the most common material is PVC. PVC is very rigid, comes in different diameters. Cut the tubing at the desired length. Consider the volume the port takes up when calculating the box volume. Cut a hole in the box. Make sure the hole is as perfect as possible to minimize gaps between the box and the tube. A couple wood braces can be added for screwing the port top the box. Seal the gaps using a proper sealant (Evo Stick or even silicone can be used).

Bracing

Boxes that are more than a foot in width or length or height, should be braced so that the box becomes more sturdy. This can be accomplished with a piece of wood maybe 3 or 4 inches wide across the box). It is a good idea to put wood blocks on the corners for reinforcement. Always consider that blocks, braces, neon lights, etc. inside a box take up space and should be accounted for when calculating internal volume.

Damping/Filling

Damping increases subwoofer efficiency by dissipating some energy that affects the sub, particularly the voice coil. It is advisable to put damping material inside a box. Pillow polyfill and fiberglass insulation are common, though polyfill is a lot easier on your skin. Polyfill also “tricks” a sub into thinking it is in a bigger box. Play around with different amounts of polyfill until you get the desired results.

Making it look professional

Make the box surface free from holes and spaces by adding wood fill. If you decide to paint the box, then you should apply primer first. Carpet or Vinyl padding is the best covering to use since they easily cover any outer blemishes on the box and give the box a ‘smooth’ outlook. Be careful when cutting the vinyl or carpet since such cutters tend to be very sharp. Cut a piece of carpet (or vinyl) big enough to cover the whole box. Apply adhesive to both box and carpet (EvoStick works great). Wait about a minute and place the fabric over the wood. For the best fit, stretch the fabric when applying it. The fabric should wrap around and end in a place of the box that will not be seen. Do one side at a time, cutting excess carpet. If possible, add staples preferably heavy duty staples that can penetrate the box, to hold the fabric at the ends. NOTE: Do not cover each panel of the box before mounting it together since it would be impossible to find any ‘leaks’ that may exist in the box design much less fill these leaks.

Growing Your Auto Detailing Business With a Thermax CP3, CP5 or DV12

The auto detailing business is a phenomenal growth industry that thrives on repeat business and referrals. To assure you gain repeat business and referrals you need to do the best job possible. Dirt, grime and smells all need to be removed with perfection. A powerful industrial steam cleaner can truly assist in assuring that you produce the best possible detailing experience possible. Steamers have many advantages compared to traditional extractors by allowing the detailer to sanitize more efficiently and reach areas that the traditional method can’t. There are many manufacturers beginning to produce specialized auto steamers for detailers, though one of the most experienced is Thermax.

Thermax has primarily three industrial steam cleaning machines. The Thermax CP3, CP5 and CP12 (also called the DV12) are the three main steamers. Each of these machines has kits available for either contractors to use for homes and offices or an auto detailing kit. The Thermax steamers perform hygienic cleaning by reaching heating temperature over 135 degrees. These high temperatures allow for greater assistance in properly disinfecting, removing odors and in loosening built on grime. The CP5 and DV12 units actually reach temperature over 175 degrees. The pressure in each of these machines is also extremely powerful.

The CP3 has a PSI of 60, while the other two models have pressure of 100 PSI. The high PSI pressure will allow enough power of steam to reach into those tougher area’s like between seats, dashboards, cup holders and all crevices to remove any dirt or spills. The Thermax models allow for the addition of solution for those looking for the added benefit of fresher and brighter feel. Each of the units has a two stage vacuum motor for rapid water recovery and quicker drying times. The CP3 unit has a 3 gallon recovery tank, CP5 5 gallon tank and the DV12 has a 12 gallon recovery tank. Lastly each units attachments have long hosing to allow for less movement of the unit.

Thermax did not hold back when designing each of these units. The quality and design of these commercial steamers are worth the investment as the performance is superior. Thermax feels so confident in the quality that they offer a 3 year warranty on each machine. Auto detailing is a competitive business that requires superior performance for longevity in the crowded market. The Thermax steamers are quality machines that an auto detailer or carpet cleaner can feel confident using while differentiating themselves with the future of cleaning.

The Science of Car Cleaning Products

In most cases you can clean and protect your vehicle with just a few basic car cleaning products. In this article you will learn some of the science behind auto detailing supplies so you can clean your car the right way.

Soil can be organic, non-organic or petroleum. That’s important to know. If you can identify the soil you’re dealing with you can use the right cleaner. When you use the correct cleaner most stains come out with ease.

Take organic soil as an example. Organic basically means that it contains carbon. Stains in this group include proteins, animal fat, body oil, mold, yeast, insects, bacteria and excrement. The classic example is the batch of hot French fries your three year old spilled on the back seat. That’s an organic soil stain.

Non-organic soil does not have carbon molecules. Most often we find these stains on the exterior the vehicle. A good example that frustrates most of us from time-to-time are water spots from minerals. Acid rain spots fall into this category, as well.

Finally we get to petroleum. These soils come from substances that do not contain or cannot be mixed with water. Motor oil, grease and road tar are the most common petroleum soils. Note that chewing gum is also a petroleum soil.

Now that you are aware of the three types of stains we can begin to discuss cleaners. Let me tell you, there are a lot of them. Unfortunately, no one has invented a true all-purpose automotive cleaner. Due to the many different surfaces and soils, automotive cleaners are complex mixtures of chemicals blended for a particular type of surface or soil. The most common chemicals used include surfactants, solvents, wetting agents, saponifiers and chelators.

Soaps and detergents are made using a surfactant. It’s an agent that has two compounds. One molecule is attracted to the soil itself, while the other loves water. The compound that’s attracted to water is a hydrophile. Its job is to surround the soil. The soil attracting agent is a hydrophobe. Its purpose is to break up the soil so the hydrophile can get to it and make it float away.

All cleaners needs a solvent of one sort or another to dissolve dirt and carry it away. Some solvents, including mineral spirits, work on petroleum soils and may be necessary on surfaces damaged by water. Did you know that the most common solvent used in cleaners is water?

Speaking of water, any solution that has a water base or mixes with water has a pH level. The term pH is merely a measurement of the relationship between hydrogen ions and hydroxyl ions. When you have more hydrogen ions than hydroxyl ions, that’s an acid. Likewise, if you have more hydroxyl ions than hydrogen ions it’s an alkali. Knowing this is important because any cleaner that falls at either end of the pH scale can cause serious damage.

The pH scale runs from 0 to 14. The lower half of the scale represents acids and the upper half represents alkalis. As you might have guessed, water is neutral and has a pH of 7.0.

If you know the pH of a cleaner you will know where you can use it. A carpet shampoo should have a pH around 8 or 9, whereas an all-purpose wheel cleaner should be between 12 and 14. Try using a cleaner made for wheels on your car’s fabric and carpet will make a pretty big mess.

Now that you know the basics you can better understand why there are so many car cleaning products and auto detailing supplies. Your vehicle has many different surfaces and they have different cleaning requirements. You can avoid using harsh cleaners by using basic protection. Wax the exterior several times each year and protect the interior with appropriate products. For the ultimate in protection, use an outdoor car cover or a waterproof car cover when you park outside.