Archive for October, 2011

Pros and Cons of the Waterless Car Wash

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By Kate Galbraith

As large parts of the American West continue to experience drought, waterless car washes have been catching on. A new company in Austin, Tex., called WaterSmart, for example, washes cars with a coconut-based soap, according to an article in The Austin American Statesman.

The soap, made in various formulas under a brand called Freedom, for which WaterSmart is the local distributor, is biodegradable, the proprietors say.

“The biggest thing we’re up against is the human brain, which says, ‘That doesn’t make sense,’” said Sarah Morgan, who runs WaterSmart along with her husband, according to the newspaper.

Another waterless car wash — a mobile one called EcoSmart Waterless Auto Care — began operations in the Austin area this year. It brings its services to customers, in office complexes, retail centers and parking garages.

Carwash.com also reports that there have been a “plethora of waterless car-wash and wax products to hit shelves in recent months.”

Back east, the Maryland Department of the Environment, citing 2002 figures from the International Car Wash Association, reports that conveyer-belt car washes can require up to 85 gallons of water. The department’s Web site also offers water-saving tips for do-it-yourself car washers.

For all this, though, some traditional carwash operators are not buying the idea of a waterless wash.

“In my opinion waterless car washing is primarily a gimmick to sell the chemical product used in the process,” Randy Cressall, who owns the Valencia Chevron Auto Spa in Valencia, Calif., and is a past president of the Western Carwash Association, said in an e-mail message.

One problem, according to Mr. Cressall, is that waterless car washes can take twice as much time as regular ones. Also, he said, “I have yet to see a waterless car wash performed properly and safely when it comes to protecting the finish of the car.”

Mr. Cressall added:

There are clearly better options available when considering all the pros and cons. A good professional car wash can perform a wash using not much more water than required to flush a toilet with the proper use of reclaim and re-purification, all the while maintaining proper protection of the automobile finish and in less than half the time and labor required for a waterless car wash.

A consumer can wash a car at home on their lawn or any pervious surface using a bucket and a light finish spray to rinse the car. This method is hands down far safer for the automobile finish.

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Tip o’ the Day: At the Car Wash

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By Amy Stodghill

Washing the car may make your ride nice and shiny, but all that water runoff might make you feel dirty.

When you wash your vehicle on a paved surface such as a driveway or parking lot, all that dirty, soapy water has to go somewhere. Chances are it flows into storm drains, which lead directly to creeks, lakes, and streams harming water quality and wildlife.

Believe it or not, taking your car to a commercial car wash is actually better for the environment than washing it at home. They use less water, and are required by law to send used water through to the sewage system where it will be treated. Many commercial car washes, especially in drought-prone areas, will recycle or reuse their water – but ask just to make sure. And don’t make a special trip to the car wash — stop by on your way to or from somewhere.

When washing your own at home, look for chlorine free and phosphate-free soaps, like Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap, Bi-O-Kleen multipurpose cleaner or a green car cleaner such as Simple Green. Or try a waterless car wash product that you can spray on and wipe off with a cloth.

Use a spray nozzle on your hose, or take some gray water from your house to conserve water.

Park your car on your lawn or grassy area. The ground will serve as a natural filter for the run off.

Make your own car wash kit to redirect dirty water away from the storm drain. The city of Seattle has directions on how to build your own using a pump, a hose and a few other items you can find in your local home improvement store. (This kind of thing might be best for school or church fund raising car washes.)

Amy says: I’ve always preferred taking my car through the car wash, not because it was environmentally safer, but simply because it was easier and always got my car cleaner than I ever could.

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What is Freedom waterless Car Wash?

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June 4, 2009 Holbrook NY, A cost conscious solution that will enhance and streamline traditional cleaning with a range of several unique products that can wash, polish, clean and protect a vehicle, inside and out, without using water, and using proving micro fiber technology.

What does it do to an exterior of a car, boat, RV, motorcycle, or aircraft?

What it does: Cleans, polishes leaves a polymer protective layer on car with UV sun blockers and antistats to repel road dust longer. Takes about 30 minutes per car.

Delivered: Ready to use in trigger spray bottles or in a Super concentrate that lets down as 1 Part Waterless to 9 parts water.3.5 ounces into a 32 ounce trigger spray bottle and use.

What sizes does your product come in?
Several Sizes are 32 oz, 1gal /5gl./55gl, concentrate or Ready to use.

What are the various application methods?
Applications by: Hand Held trigger Spray, airless & air methods, portable atomization sprayer.

What type of surfaces can you use this product on?
Use on: exterior paintwork, glass, mirrors, chrome, rubber, plastics, vinyl, wheels and trim, door jambs to clean and preserve, engine bay detailing, used to safely clean rims, interior plastics, wood, glass, mirrors, and door trim.

What is “micro-fiber” technology?
The Freedom micro fiber technology:

How many regular sized vehicles does this product clean?
Every quart of Waterless car wash will clean 5 full size or 7-8 midsize cars.

What is Water $mart Savings?

Water $mart Savings are as follows: “This is not a trick. The math is real!
A 55 gallon drum of Super concentrate will produce 550 gallons of ready to use. If a quart cleans 5 full size cars then the 550 gallons will clean 11,000 full size cars each in 30-35 minutes once we show you the simple techniques to follow.
Cost is less then 0.39cents per car per car plus the 30 minutes time the person who would be driving the dirty car to the car wash would cost as they now stay and clean.
Less risk of accidents as cars are not driven elsewhere and can usually be cleaned where they arrive. More time efficiency.

What is the technology and how is it used?

The Freedom comparison!

How much water do you use by washing the vehicle at your home? Typical wash with bucket and hose:
Uses 120 gallons per vehicle 120,000 gallons of water (per 1000 cars= 480 washes).

How much water does a car wash utilize?
Typical Car wash:
Uses 60 gallons of water (1000 cars= 240 washes).

How much water does a Toilet bowl use? Toilet Bowl:
Uses 1500 gallons of water per 1000 flushes-1.5 gallons used per flush=7 car washes

What are the benefits of using Freedom Waterless wash?

  • ¼ gallon of water= 1 hand car wash (250 gallons of water =1000 cars)
  • Eco-friendly approach
  • End results = NO WATER DISCHARGE into local drains a sewers
  • NO RUNOFF into local waterways does not kill fish or aquatic wildlife
  • Conservation of use of water
  • Compliant with the Clean Water Act & EPA
  • Positive Public relations
  • Complies with NPDES standards (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination system) with no reclaim or recycling needed of the water
  • Products and bio degradable and non hazardous

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Eco-friendly car wash options and waterless car washing

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By Jennifer

While your car is not technically residing in your home, how you wash your car does affect your home costs related to water. Plus, if you use toxic chemicals to wash your car, those chemicals can run off into your yard.

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How to wash your car at home:

If you wash at home, the biggest issue is water. According to the Washington Post, if you spend just 10 minutes spraying down your car with a typical five-eighths-inch garden hose you can easily use as much water as you would running seven loads in a dishwasher. Yikes. A better option is to do the following:

  1. Spray your car once (fast).
  2. Use a bucket and some soap plus elbow grease and soap up the car completely.
  3. Rinse fast.

It’s that continuous spraying that will drive up your water bill.

Take your car to a car wash:

Another option is to locate an eco-friendly car wash in your neighborhood. Not all areas have them, but they are popping up more and more. Look for a car wash place that uses non-toxic soaps and phosphate-free, biodegradable detergents cleaners plus one that recycles its wash water.

Go waterless:

Some companies have come out with waterless car wash cleaners. The biggest issue with these is the time involved. You’ll spend more time going over your car with a cloth and a waterless cleaner, but you will save water, and these cleaners are typically earth-friendly, although not all, so read the fine print. Some waterless car wash products include:

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