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  • How To Remove Stains

    Posted on 20, December, 2012

    How To Remove Stains

    How To Remove Cola, Coffee, Chocolate or Ketchup Stains From Your Vehicle's Upholstery.

    No matter how careful we are, sooner or later someone spills something in your vehicle. If you act quickly and with a little care the damage to your upholstery can either be avoided or minimized considerably.

    Below are four common stains and some general purpose stain fighting advice to help you. Please remember each stain is unique and these remedies will prove more or less effective because of this. Always consult a stain removal specialist if in doubt.

    *Soft drink stains* like cola, root beer and others can often be removed by using this method. Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is mixed at the ratio of 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide to 3 cups of water (that's about an 8% solution). Then using a spray bottle, spray the stain and wait about 10 minutes. Rinse the stain with 1/4 cup of white vinegar added to 3/4 cup of cold water, and blot dry.

    *Chocolate stains* can often be removed by mixing one teaspoon of a mild ph balanced detergent (a mild non alkaline non bleaching detergent) with a cup of lukewarm water, apply to stain and gently blot. Mix one tablespoon of household ammonia with a half cup of water, apply to stain and blot. Repeat step one, sponge with clean water. Blot excess liquid.

    *Ketchup stains* can often be removed if the stain is fresh. On floor carpeting try using club soda. Blot up the excess, being careful not to rub into the carpeting. Apply more soda, and blot up excess, using a clean white cloth. Repeat until the stain is lifted. Windex is also reported to remove many condiment stains from carpets, but be careful because Windex contains ammonia and may bleach your upholstery!

    *Coffee stains* can often be removed with this method. Remember stains lift easier if not allowed to dry. Remove excess coffee with a clean white cloth. Mix a teaspoon of a good dishwashing detergent with a cup of lukewarm water. Sponge the stain with the solution, and remove excess liquid once again. Now mix 1/3 cup of white vinegar with 2/3 cup of lukewarm water. Finally sponge the area with this solution, and blot once more with a clean white cloth. Rinse with clean water and blot dry.

    Please Note: Stain removal is part art, part science and there are many factors to consider such as the materials involved, the age of the stain and so forth. If in doubt consult a professional. Remember to always test an inconspicuous area for colorfastness, etc. before treating the exposed area. Also note that certain stains are permanent. Finally, if treating stains on seats with electrical heating elements or other electrified components, ensure that you have disabled the electrical current first!

  • Child Seat Standards

    Posted on 20, December, 2012

    Child Seat Standards

    It's up to the parents and other caregivers to stay up-to-date with the latest information, and to do everything they can to keep children as safe as possible while on the road.

    In Canada, all provinces and territories require infants and toddlers to be buckled up in the appropriate car seat. The law also states that children's car seats and booster cushions must be certified to Canada Motor Vehicle Standards and must be used according to manufacturer's instructions. If the instructions are not properly followed or if they are used past their expiry or useful life dates - you may be putting your child's safety at risk and may be found guilty of breaking the law.

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