- Detailing Supplies & Tips
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- Auto Detailing Equipment & Tools
A word of warning.. Interior cloth fabric is coated with a fire retardant. If you decide to have seats and carpet professionally cleaned, most of it will be removed.
The areas of most concern for aircraft interiors are UV damage and odors. Airplanes are exposed to an extreme amount of sun which can cause fabrics to fade, turn brittle and crack. Leather, vinyl and velour upholstery must have protectants containing UV retardants. These products keep leather and vinyl pliable, and the color of seats and carpet like new. Fabric protectants also guard against stains.
Odors that are a nuisance in autos can be stifling in an airplane. Cockpits and passenger compartments receive very little direct outside airflow, which can compound a light odor. Add summer heat, and you've really got a problem. Over-the-counter deodorizers simply do not work.
We suggest stocking a selection of professional quality, anti-bacterial and tobacco odor removal products. Then you can treat accidental spills or other bacteria-driven odors as soon as they occur. Always treat these spots before shampooing. This will prevent them from being spread over a larger area.
Fabric Upholstery should be cleaned by hand. Carpet cleaning can be done by hand, with a dry steamer, or a professional carpet extractor. If you have the carpet professionally cleaned, allow the interior to completely dry before you close the windows. Mildew can form in the foam padding in a few days, and will have to be injected with a mildew eliminator.
Don't waste you time with store purchased stain removers. Remove tough coffee and cola stains with a professional formula designed for this purpose. Don't forget to apply a fabric protectant. Ours really work and can make the surface water repellant, as well as stain resistant!
Plexiglass instrument gauge covers should be polished with the same products as the windows. Fold-out tables, galleys, and wood cabinetry must be cleaned. Vintage aircraft's wood trim may be left natural and treated with antique furniture oils, or sealed with a wood floor polyurethane.
Aircraft interior detailing is a time consuming, intricate procedure if it is done right.