Looking for aircraft cleaning tips? Look no further than here! Below you’ll find some general cleaning tips to help keep your plane looking great year around! If you have any questions, feel free to Contact Us anytime!
GENERAL CLEANING TIPS
- Leather Seat Stains: If you’re struggling to remove an ink stain or (worse) a wine spill, you know that keeping your aircraft’s leather looking great can be a tough job. To be prepared for these accidents, be ready with a small “fly-away” kit with an approved leather cleaner and spot cleaner. Your seat’s manufacturer should tell you which cleaners are safe for your leather types and may even provide one free of charge! However, if your leather seats are looking worn out, it may be time for a full cleaning and reconditioning to restore the look and feel of them.
- Window Cleaning: Your aircraft’s windows are surprisingly one of the easiest places to damage if cleaned incorrectly. To keep from damaging them, NEVER use ammonia-based cleaners or paper towels to clean them. Instead, stick with an approved aviation window cleaner (based on your windscreen’s type), and utilize only high-quality microfiber or cotton terrycloth towels.
- Metal Brightwork Care: If your aircraft is equipped with metal brightwork, it’s very important to remember these areas need specialized treatment to keep their appearance. Although many systems exist to hand polish these metals, we always recommend that you hire professionals to do this service. If done incorrectly, you can permanently damage these surfaces which may end in needing them replaced! When done correctly, brightwork polishing removes oxidation, watermarks, and small scratches while enhancing the appearance of the aircraft.
- Aircraft Paint Care: After a few years, it’s no secret that even the best-kept aircraft paint starts to become oxidized and dull in appearance. Soaps and chemical degreasers often are the cause of these issues; however, you can reduce (and nearly eliminate) these issues with your aircraft’s paint by applying for an approved sealant yearly. We always recommend a professional does this process since it usually involves the use of high-speed buffers to remove oxidation; however, the end result is a paint with a like-new appearance with protection from UV Rays and oxidation. In addition, the sealant can reduce parasitic drag and may even result in fuel savings!
- Protecting Carpet: Protecting your aircraft’s carpets from Mother Nature is as simple as providing a way for entering passengers and crew members to wipe their feet. Although many FBO’s roll out the red carpet on arrival, by having an additional carpet on board, people entering the cabin can wipe off any last-minute debris thus saving your carpet from accumulating these items.