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    I know a few E46 owners have had problems with water spotting on their seats after giving them a wash.

    This is mainly the lighter coloured fabric interiors.

    Its a bit long winded but here is how I clean mine without getting any water spots.....
    (sorry for the i-Phone quality pics, didnt have my digital camera when I first started - pic quality gets better on the second half)

    The machines I use are both Numatic.

    Henry is dry use only, George is a 3 -in 1 machine. We only use George for washing though as Henry has a special tool that makes picking up the dog hair a breeze and a special filter to help cut down on the smell of the dog hair festering in the bag. I rate both machines A*.

    So to start off with me and Henry vacuumed the car. Its important to get it as clean as you can with the vacuum cleaner BEFORE washing.






    I removed the carpet mats as I will do those in the house afterwards.

    Once the car is vacuumed you can start on the washing.
    The shampoo I used in George is Vax AAA anti allergy stuff. I have always used Vax shampoo and have never had any problems with it.

    You will also NEED a bucket of water and a white toweling cloth.



    I put two cap fulls of the Vax shampoo in the backet too.... you'll see why later.

    And so we begin....




    It is pretty much impossible to clean the whole seat with George due to the shape of them.

    So I cleaned the main part with George and was left with dry bits around the edges.



    This is where the bucket of water and cloth come in.
    It needs to be a white toweling cloth to avoid any colour transfer.
    Dark cloth could mean dark stains on your seats.

    You need to wet the areas you havent been able to do with the machine.
    This is vital!!


    EVERY spec of fabric you can see on the seats NEEDS to be damp, so that there are no dry patches.
    If you dont do this, when they dry, you will be left with giant water patches where the wet area has met the dry, kind of like a tide mark around the edge of a bath. You dont need to saturate them, just loosely wring the cloth and wipe the seats over till the edges are the same shade of damp as the areas you did with the machine.

    When cleaning the front seats with the machine it makes life less difficult to recline them as so....

    My drivers seat was looking a bit grubby in places...

    So I pre treated with some Auto Glym interior shampoo.
    Spray it on, rub it with the cloth for a bit and then go over it all with the machine....
    (mid pre treating)..


    The water I got off the seats wasnt filthy, but it wasnt clean either...


    The footwells.....

    3 of my footwells were pretty clean anyway, and its such a f#ck on doing them with the machine, so I just gave them a good wipe with the damp cloth. Hence I put two caps of the shampoo in the bucket of water.

    The drivers footwell was a bit grubby, so again I pre treated with the Auto Glym shampoo...

    Gave it a rub with the cloth and then went over it all with George.

    Try not to scrub too much with the cloth, as it will start to mess up the pile on the capret. You want to be massaging with the cloth rather than scrubbing.

    Door cards....
    I just wiped these over lightly with the cloth. These will look a hell of a mess while theyre damp, dont worry though the water marks shouldnt dry like this...



    Back inside the house I emptied the dirty water out of George and re-filled the clean water


    I gave all 4 mats a wash plus the boot carpet a good going over....


    Water came off just about the same as the seats....


    Now if you do this on a nice day and use a decent machine like George, your seats should be dry in no time. I however chose to do it one cold sping evening.

    I didnt want my car to be sat damp all night....

    So I put a white bed sheet over the drivers seat (to avoid the colour from my jeans staining the seat while damp) and went for an hours trundle up the motorway with the climate control set to 'sauna' haha


    The following day everything was nice and dry.
    I got my camera back so here are the results....
    Not bad for an 03 plate car with 65k on the clock. Excuse any marks on the trim and the dirty pedals.... still need to add the finishing touches...

















    The drivers seat could do with another quick run over as it still looks a bit grubby on the back bolster thing, but I'll do that when the weather warms up a bit
    Last edited by Matt8808; 05-04-2010 at 10:40. Reason: Typo correcting
     
     

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    Wow that looks factory!

    Love a clean interior, after all it's where you spend the time :o) Very good indeed!
     
     

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    Mmmmmm... Quick question.. You got any scuff marks on your sill cover.. The grey bit and the bottom of the door card? I cant get them off!!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigbenstrikes View Post
    Mmmmmm... Quick question.. You got any scuff marks on your sill cover.. The grey bit and the bottom of the door card? I cant get them off!!
    I did have.... Ciff Cream Cleaner. It brings them off and leaves it like new
     
     

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    Clever boy! Ill do that tommorow!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by phil si View Post
    Wow that looks factory!
    That was what I was aiming for haha
     
     

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    Very good Matt
     
     

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    Looks awesome Matt, good as new
     
     

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    Dont take this the wrong way and i know you wont because i think i know your sense of humour but only a poof could be as anal as this!

    nah i mean it in a good way... so damn clean!!! arrrgh!! i clean mine but theres always bits i cant do... i might remove the seats..........that too far??
     
     

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    Cleans up very nicely!
     
     

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