The Professional Car Wash vs. The Home Car Wash

Every car wash owner knows how important it is that customers use their facility for their car cleaning needs. When customers stay at home and wash their vehicles in the drive way it is not only impacting the car’s finish but also our environment.

Many people who wash their vehicles at home normally reuse their tools such as sponges and towels. These tools can be a hide-out for dirt, grit, and other things that can scratch the paint. Research done by a Technological University associated with Mercedes-Benz showed that after 25 washes with the home tools (garden hose, bucket, sponges, towels, detergents, etc) it actually causes microscopic crisscross patterns in the finish.  This pattern, called the sandpaper effect penetrated as far as 10% into the finish.
It takes approximately 30-45 minutes to completely wash and dry a car at home. At a professional wash it can take 5-15 minutes depending on the wash chosen and whether it’s self-serve or automatic. It also ensures a safer, more thorough cleaning by using specifically engineered cleaning agents and equipment.

At home, using household detergents which are usually diluted inaccurately cause driveway-washers to leave a soap residue on their car. This is also because the garden hose probably being used does not supply nearly enough water pressure to remove the detergents.  Garden hoses can waste up to 140 gallons of water per wash at home whereas a professional wash typical use anywhere from 8-45 gallons per cycle.

With so many industries going green these days, it’s important to know where the storm drains lead to in your community. To this day, many people are still uniformed concerning the difference between storm drains and the sewer drains.  Storm drains are located on streets and travel directly into local rivers and streams. These are NOT treated and this a major factor in pollution of surrounding bodies of water. Sewer drains run from your home (kitchen, bathroom, etc) and travel to the local sewage treatment plant. So it is plain to see that when cars are washed in the drive way the dirt, detergents, and other chemicals can easily pollute water. When you allow chemicals and dirt to run into the storm drains it’s impacting the bodies of water surrounding us by killing aquatic life and throwing off the natural balance of water in which all species survive.

Therefore it is crucial that we, the car wash community, convey the importance of washing vehicles at a professional car wash to friends, customers and our local communities.

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