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August 20, 2012

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Interior Detailing: Mercedes C200

by Kenneth Tang
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Dirtiest leather seats I’ve seen! A combination of pressure washer, extractor and steam cleaner is used on this interior. [ 45 photos ]

I started by shampooing the mats. Pressure rinsed first, followed by DA scrubbing with Malco’s Lubrisuds All Purpose Shampoo. Rinsed again with pressure washer and extracted out.

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Now let’s move on to the interior, the carpets had been stained yellow, and the leather seats were seriously dirty.

Before photos:

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So I started by vacuuming the carpets using a brush to release debris trapped in the carpet pile. Wrapped a microfiber on the steam cleaner’s head, sprayed on some Meguiar’s All Purpose Cleaner (10:1) and steam cleaned.

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The seat railings were also steam cleaned, this worked a treat to blast out any loose debris and clean it in one go.

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Before

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After

For the leather seats, I thought it was going to be a walk in the park, I tried hand scrubbing with Meg’s APC, but was surprised that I did not even remove half of the ingrained dirt. Then I moved onto DA scrubbing, not much difference also. So I switched to Meg’s APC diluted at 4:1, even so, I wasn’t making much of a progress.

Then I remembered Christopher from Sonax telling me about their Stain Remover Sponge working very well on leather. I tried some, and hallelujah it worked a treat! It’s basically a melamine sponge a.k.a magic sponge.

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Back rest not cleaned, seat cleaned.

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Is that dirty or what?

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After completing the leather seats, I steam cleaned the tighter areas such as centre console, gear lever area, switches and control.

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The amount of dirt removed from the interior.

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After cleaning, all surfaces are protected with my favourite products for interior.

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Gtechniq I1 Smart Fabric was used on the carpets to prevent future staining and reduce dirt buildup.
Gtechniq L1 leather guard was used on the leather surfaces for protection against UV and dye transfer from clothing, the finish left was non-greasy and non-darkening.
Gtechniq C6 matte dash was used on the remaining areas. As L1, the C6 also left a completely factory looking finish with no added shine, just pure protection.

For the icing on the cake, a Japanese interior deodorant was used to neutralize any bad odours. The car is started and AC is switched on circulating mode to let the deodorant achieve full effect.

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Final results,

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That’s all and thanks for looking!

I also like to wish a Selamat Hari Raya to all my Muslim friends and visitors!
Enjoy the holiday to anyone from Malaysia.

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Aug 20 2012

    Thank you for the Eid Mubarak my friend. Great job on the car, what steam cleaner do you use?

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    • Aug 20 2012

      Hi Hamza, thanks!
      The steam cleaner is a Karcher SC 1.020

      http://www.karcher.com.my/my/Products/Home__Garden/Steam_cleaners/15122110.htm

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  2. Aug 26 2012

    Hi,

    WOW! Amazing work.

    I have a Vauxhall(Opel) Astra J with what appears to be imitated half leather, don’t have a pic to provide. Do you know if the GTechniq L1 Leather Guard is suitable for fake leather/vinyl?
    Don’t know if you have tried the product on that kind of stuff before. Going to purchase Sonus leather cleanr combination as it apparently is fine for imitated leather and then put that on top.

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    • Aug 26 2012

      Hi Suf,

      Sometimes when I am protecting the leather surfaces with L1, some areas such as the door panels also have the same coloured trim as the leather, but may be imitated leather, I also use L1 on these surfaces and have not noticed any adverse effects.

      I guess it should be okay to use, just don’t expect any darkening of the surface as L1 does not impart any and leaves the surface completely matte.

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  3. Syakir Zainol
    Sep 2 2012

    Hewllo Kenneth,

    Great article! This is just what i need. Also enjoyed your guide to clean engine.

    Can you advise me where & how much can i get the Stain Remover Sponge? Does it need to be used with any cleaner? I only have the Gold Class Rich Leather Cleaner/Conditioner and my beige leather needs similar cleaning.

    Thanks in avance!

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  4. shahrul
    Sep 23 2012

    how much do you charge for a full detailing of one bmw e60 525 (interior and exterior) and how many hours do you require to complete the job, by the way, where and how can i contact you? Shahrul

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  5. Afnan
    May 20 2013

    HI Kenneth,

    I have a Latio 1.8 Sedan with a interior mix of leather and fabric. I want to do detail cleaning of interrion including the top panel. Can be done? How much and how long it will take?
    Can you email me instead afnanzafar@gmail.com

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    • Lim
      May 30 2013

      hi kenneth, I am very impressed with the work that you have done on the above Mercedes. I also have a Mercedes E240 which I would like to have a detail cleaning. Are you doing this as a hobby or as a business. If it is a business, can you please contact me at limbert98@hotmail.com and let me know where I can send my car to you and the charges involved. Hoping to hear from you soon. Thank you.

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  6. Dipta
    Jun 3 2013

    Hi kenneth, nice job and iam really impressed….

    I just want to know, how effective steamed cleaner to clean the car carpets becos depend on your picture, the carpet is still yellow.. Thx broo.. Gratitude.

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  7. Colin Wong
    Jul 3 2013

    Brilliant work I must say.

    May I ask where did you get the deodorant from?

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  8. scott
    Apr 19 2014

    hi what is the name of orbital machine you use

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