Skip to main content

Upholstery Clean Up - Giots vs Lifter-1


During the clean up of a friend's Toyota, I had the opportunity to test another carpet cleaner against the fancy Griots stuff. Said friend bought this foaming carpet cleaner from the local auto parts. He said it was the most expensive one they had available there.

Pricing:
Griots Carpet Cleaner 22oz - $13
Lifter-1 Carpet Stain & Spot Remover 18oz - $8

I have Griots interior cleaner as well but, I felt like the carpet cleaner was a stronger formula. For this job we needed something that was a step up from the normal upholstery cleaner. Of course given the material you are using either of these options may not be a good bet. Always test a small spot before loading down any cleaners on your seats.

The cap isn't seen in the picture above but, the Lifter-1 comes with a plastic "brush" style top. So, we had 4 seats and a headliner to make look pretty from an exploding soda can. Note to folks, don't leave a can of soda in your car during the heat of summer. I didn't get a shot of the headliner but, as you can imagine it looked nasty. 

First up, the before pics. Not all of this was caused by an exploding soda can of course.



The back seat had the worst of it.

First off since the seats were light in color we wanted to make sure we didn't get any bleed from a dyed rag. White was the color choice for this project. We sprayed down one half of the back seat with the Griots. The other half with the Lifter-1. We let both sit for a few minutes then, used a soft bristled brush to scrub the cloth.

So, immediate thoughts:

Lifter-1
The lifter-1 foamed up nicely and by appearance seemed to be doing more. There was a spot from a leaking pen on the front seats, it seemed to really pull that out well. Deep stain penetration seemed mediocre. It almost felt as though it was just pushing the stains around. I feel like the Lifter-1 would be a good choice for pulling top level stains out of your upholstery. Even with the light colored seats there was no noticeable discoloration however, it did leave behind quite the chemically smell. So much so that we had to open the garage door and vent out the place.

Griots
The Griots didn't seem like it was doing as much given it didn't have any foaming action. However almost immediately you notice that is really does seem to pull out the stains from this light colored fabric. The huge plus for the Griots was that there was no chemical smell. I could clean with the Griots in a closed garage all day.

Front seat before on the left, after on the right. Much better.


Before. This was the worst of it on the back seat.

After scrubbing with the Griots. It isn't perfect but, we were not going for perfect. A bit more scrubbing and I think it would have been able to get it out further. Definite improvement, the pictures don't really do it justice.


Griots Interior Cleaner
I also went ahead and gave the door cards a good cleaning with my bottle of Griots interior cleaner. They turned out really well after a good scrubbing. This stuff is also scent free and clear. No residues or chemical smells. It pulled the sticky soda right of the cloth inserts. It leaves behind a slight sheen on plastics. You can feel a slight residue on your hands from this product. 



Door card sludge. Top pic with flash, bottom without.

After door cards. Look at how shiny and fresh they are? I really think they turned out looking just like the car rolled out the factory. That wasn't too hard though, given they were not that dirty to begin with. So that ended our little cleaning session. Always a plus to have a fresh interior no matter what kind of car, truck, or SUV you happen to drive.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Paint and Prep - Lower Control Arms and Springs

In between working on things I took a little time to clean up the front springs and perches as well. This is definitely not necessary but, it is always fun to make something fresher. Plus you get to practice your spray paint skills a bit, and that is always fun.
Tools needed: Wire brushDe-RusterRubberized Undercoating SprayOld Paint BrushRustoleum Semi-Flat black spray paintAlcohol or Brake Cleaner
Let's get to it.
Purple Power De-Ruster works like a champ for your rusty projects.
These Neuspeed race springs need some love. These came off a car that was from Florida originally. So, the elements have eaten off that factory yellow coating a bit. I rubbed the up with the wire brush for a while.
Brush on the de-ruster and let it work. You will see it fizzle for a little while. After a bit it turns in to a black paintable surface. 
After that clean them off well with Alcohol or Brake Cleaner. Anything that leaves a residue will not help the rubberized undercoating stick. I learned the h…

E170 - 2014 Corolla LE, Oil and Cabin Filter Change

My buddy David asked me if we could change his oil, cabin filter, and clean up his daily driven Toyota Corolla. That way he could be corollin in a better fashion.

The Oil Change
What's needed? 14mm socketSocket wrenchSpecial Toyota/Lexus 67mm oil filter cap socketObviously: oil and an oil filter
Precursor Notes:
Toyota specifies 0w-20 or 5w-20 depending on conditions. We went with a 5w-20 since we are in the heat of summer right now.

So this car has an oil filter cap that is located on the underside of the car. Just behind the oil pan, on the passenger side of the motor. It is an odd looking thing that requires a special socket to get it off properly. It also has a cartridge style oil filter. Similar to zee Germans.

David always had this car serviced at the dealership for the first 100k. I'm not sure if they put it on extra tight of what but, it was a massive pain to get off. We originally got a 65/67mm Penzoil Oil Filter Removal Socket. However, it was too shallow and would not …

DB7 - Removal of stock bushings, Installing poly bushings

Things to note:
This is part 3 of this particular write up. Please see, part 1 and 2 for further details and to get caught up to this point.

Please note before you start this project, to remove the upper and lower ball joints you will need a very large C-Clamp that can be rented from the auto parts or a press. There is also a specific socket adapter kit you must also rent in order to use that C-Clamp method. Honda's have interesting front control arms that won't allow you to push that ball joint out with out. In my case, I have a 4 point 66mm impact socket that worked just fine. If not, I would have needed to rent the secondary kit that comes with the extra adapters.

This kit from Advanced Auto looks like it comes with everything: Powerbuilt Tools Ball Joint...

The scope of this project was to replace:
Lower control arm bushings.
Lower shock mount bushings.
Tie rod ends.
Lower ball joints.
Upper ball joints.
Sway bar end links.
Upper, inner, A-arm bushings.

What are we doing th…