Keeping your car wash walls clean isn’t just a matter of pride – it can keep customers there or drive them away.
A clean, bright, welcoming tunnel will entice customers and give them the feeling of being welcome. A dingy, dirty tunnel gives the impression of missed maintenance and lack of care.
These are levels of presentation that can push customers away before they even give your wash a chance. When potential customers see poorly maintained washes – from landscaping and exteriors to the bays, brushes, and machinery – they immediately assume the worst. Some won’t even bother pulling in to give you a chance.
That’s where Kleen-Rite’s Klean-Wall products come in. For tunnel walls and equipment, there’s no better option for keeping your car wash looking great!
Klean-Wall Versus Klean-Wall II
So what’s the difference between the first Kleen-Rite Klean-Wall, and the newer version?
Both formulations work great on your tunnels and equipment. As spray-on/rinse-off cleaners they are easy to use. Simply spray the wall from the bottom up, allow to dwell for up to 5 minutes for effective grime removal, then rinse down using a pressure washer supplying water at 1000 PSI or higher. On a regular cleaning schedule, a single application will remove the majority of dirt and build-up. If it doesn’t? Hit stubborn spots a second time and agitate with a stiff, bristled brush.
Both formulations work across a variety of surfaces. Whether your tunnel is painted cinder block, glazed tile, fiberglass, brick, or metal, both Klean-Wall products attack the grime while leaving surfaces undamaged. That carries over to equipment as well. Fiberglass, metal, and painted equipment are safe with either formulation.
The biggest difference between the two products is that Klean-Wall II features a cleaner, safer formulation that eliminates the use of hydrofluoric acid. While hydrofluoric acid is an exceptionally effective cleaning agent, it also has acute oral, dermal, and inhalation toxicity. Cautions regarding the use of hydrofluoric acid include that it may be cancer-causing and in rare cases can even be fatal in prolonged contact with the skin.
Eliminating hydrogen fluorides from the chemical composition makes Klean-Wall II less poisonous. In turn, this means there are fewer worries for you and your cleaning crew. It still breaks up and loosens scale, oxidation, soap scum, and other deposits just as before!
A great side-effect of the new formulation is that you won’t need to ship it as freight. The original formulation required freight shipment, which can be quite expensive. The removal of the poisonous tag allows Klean-Wall II to ship with a smaller handling fee and not require freight shipping.
What It Means for the User
While the new formulation removes hydrofluoric acid from the mix, we still recommend using the same personal protective equipment (PPE) with either formulation. This means wearing:
- Suitable gloves, impervious clothing, and safety shoes or boots to eliminate skin contact.
- Chemical splash goggles and face shield to avoid mists and vapors coming in contact with the face or eyes.
- Respirator with approved filters to reduce or avoid vapor inhalation.
After all, your safety is not something to take shortcuts on. Just like weddings and the prom, you don’t want to be underdressed when you’re cleaning your tunnels.
What it really means is that you get the proven cleaning power of Klean-Wall with a little more peace of mind about using it, at a better cost thanks to not having to ship freight! So check out Klean-Wall II for yourself if you haven’t yet. It will turn your tunnels into great showpieces that will welcome your customers to a clean, sanitary environment.
Klean-Wall and Klean-Wall II are both available from Kleen-Rite in 5-gallon containers. The original Klean-Wall is also available in 55-gallon drums! You can find all Klean-Wall products, and plenty of other exclusive products, only at kleen-ritecorp.com!