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    Clean air vents

    What is the proper way of cleaning vents?



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    Re: Clean air vents

    Theres alot of different ways that you can approach it. Normally i would use a steamer along with some long bristle brushes and a little apc. The steam gets deep into the vent and the apc with the brush does good for the outside parts. Scott from Dallas Paint Correction on youtube also showed how you can use foam paint brushes in the vent.

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    What is a good steamer for Detailing?

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    Re: Clean air vents

    Tornador and a boars hair brush. If you have access to compressed air, personally I think that investing $100 in a tornador classic is a better investment than steamers in that price range.

    I use distilled water with a little squirt of N-914 inside my tornador reservoir

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    Re: Clean air vents

    Quote Originally Posted by KyleBis2 View Post
    Normally i would use a steamer along with some long bristle brushes and a little apc. The steam gets deep into the vent
    IMO using a steamer to clean vents is not a good idea because all you’re really doing is introducing a bunch of moisture inside the dash. There’s no cleaning or disinfecting going on when you steam into the vents.

    If you take your steamer and hold it several inches from your hand you’ll just wind up with a wet hand and nothing else, and the same thing happens when you steam into your vents.

    The most effective way to easily clean dirty vents is to use foam swabs sprayed with your choice of cleaner.


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    Re: Clean air vents

    In most cases I'd say to be the least intrusive, and least aggressive as possible, meaning I myself would probably stick to simpler old fashioned methods.

    For just simple dusting I myself choose soft small brushes, there's a good number of very nice detailing brushes sold here.

    When it's your own vehicle, then time, and how fast you get it done is commonly not a factor. Just take your time and enjoy the processes.

    When it comes to removing stubborn cruds, dirts, smoke residues, and one must feel a need to resort to a wet cleaning method, the cleaning sticks-swabs shown earlier would be one tool to use. Or what I've done is use disposable Q-Tips and a mild cleaner. Such could be a variety of household APC's, a Glass Cleaner, or an approved Interior Cleaner. The Blackfire Cleaner works very nice and is safe.

    The Q-Tips again can be utilized if one wishes to go to the extent of also placing a protectant on the Louvers-etc, and giving them a dressed finished appearance. I'd stick with something that is water based, and again, the Blackfire Multi-Use Protectant would be one that would get my vote, very nice product I've found.

    I like the use of simple Q-Tips, they get dirty, you toss them, and simply reach for another.

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    Re: Clean air vents

    Quote Originally Posted by Eldorado2k View Post
    IMO using a steamer to clean vents is not a good idea because all you’re really doing is introducing a bunch of moisture inside the dash. There’s no cleaning or disinfecting going on when you steam into the vents.

    If you take your steamer and hold it several inches from your hand you’ll just wind up with a wet hand and nothing else, and the same thing happens when you steam into your vents.

    The most effective way to easily clean dirty vents is to use foam swabs sprayed with your choice of cleaner.

    where do you get those swabs?

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    Q-tips and small brushes. Canned compressed air would be your friend here too.
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