Auto Detailing – Save Your Knees and Find a Knee Pad Solution

A couple of years ago, I talked to a gentleman at Starbucks who was on disability. He had worked for a carpet installation company and had blown out his knees, both of them and could hardly walk, and one could not be repaired, although they tried by putting in some titanium. He admitted it did help for a while, but his knee was simply to tore up inside. You see, those that install carpets often use their knees to help pound the nails in the baseboard during installations as he explained it to me. Interestingly enough, I understand how important it is to save your knees because previously I was a tack star and later had raced street motorcycles, and also had done quite a bit of auto detailing. Okay so let’s talk shall we?

If you are in the auto detailing business you will be on your knees quite a bit cleaning wheels, under carriages, and putting on wax of vehicles which are very low to the ground, like most exotic sports cars. This means you have to get down and dirty, but in doing so you will be working in a parking lot if you are doing mobile detailing with gravel around, or you will be working on a cement floor inside of an auto detailing shop, those are very hard surfaces, and they can be quite challenging if you are in that position on your knees for long periods of time.

There are several auto detailing catalogs which have very small cushioned mats which are between six and 8 inches wide and 2 feet long with a handle on them, on one end. These work perfectly, and they are an ideal solution for an auto detailer. Best of all you can clip them to a work cart using a carabiner that rock climbers use. Another strategy is to get ahold of the type of knee pads that soccer players use from a sports store. Although they are not as good, they will save your knees. If you are an auto detailer you may put one on only one knee, and kneel down on that each time. Every few days you might wear it on the other knee, so you are not favoring one leg over the other. Always buy the fabric washable kind.

It’s amazing how simple things and proper ergonomic procedures can help you in your auto detailing this. If you are detailing aircraft, especially light aircraft, or small business jets, it is often very hard to clean the underbelly, or the bottom of the wings with one knee on the ground, either on the flight line or in a hangar on the hangar floor. Protect your knees so you don’t have to become a disabled auto detailer. Please consider all this and think on it.

Automotive Carpet Dye Can Save You Some Green

Automotive carpet dye can restore your car or truck’s carpet so that it looks like new. If your carpets are in rough shape, don’t feel as if you need to go through the expense of re-carpeting your vehicle.

Automotive carpet dye can save you some green and make your carpet look good.

Automotive carpet dye can save you a lot of money if you have deep-rooted stains in your vehicle’s carpet. Or perhaps your car’s carpet has faded so badly that you are unable to decipher the original color that it once was.

Whatever the reason that you would like to put more life back into the carpet in your vehicle, automotive carpet dye may be the answer.

There are two types of carpet dye for the automotive industry. There are penetrating dyes or an aerosol vinyl dye.

The first type actually penetrates and stains the fibers of the carpet. If you have ever taken a handful of blackberries and squished them in your hand, you will end up with purple hands even after you have washed them.

This is exactly how this type of dye works; it works deep into the fibers and soaks up the color like a sponge.

This dye is usually liquid form and comes in many different colors so that it is easy to apply and easy to match. And, fortunately this dye is reasonably inexpensive.

Before you use a penetrating dye, the carpets need to be completely and thoroughly cleaned, shampooed and anything else that is going to do all possible to remove the fibers of grease and grime. These nasty substances could block the dye from soaking into the fibers.

It is suggested that you spot treat the automotive carpets as best you can to remove the toughest of stains. Then after that, you want to use an actual carpet cleaner such as the Little Green Bissell to clean the carpets even more completely.

Be sure to remove as much water as possible because the carpets need to be completely dry before applying this type of dye.

Application should be done by applying the dye and using a scrub brush to work the dye into the fibers in all directions. The use of a circular pattern will help get the dye evenly to eliminate “bald” spots where the color may not take.

Next, allow the carpet to dry completely. If you have achieved the desired color, you are done! If not, repeat this process again until you are happy.

With the aerosol vinyl dye, the dye actually adheres to the fibers rather than penetrates the fibers.

To begin, you will need to clean the carpets just as thoroughly as described earlier to prepare the carpet for the dye job.

Because this type of dye simply coats the fibers, it does a better job of covering really bad stains, such as bleach. It covers all tough stains easier because it is simply being applied over the original fibers, like a coat.

Let it dry completely and your carpets will look new again. If another stain happens, simply pull out the spray can and repeat the process.

Automotive carpet dye can really restore the look of your vehicle’s carpet and at the same time save you some green cash and get you more money for your trade-in.