Car Wash Equipment for Cleaning Interiors and Exteriors of Cars

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Courtesy of Daimer Industries Inc.

When shopping for car wash equipment, you should keep in mind car washing requires at least two sets of equipment. For cleaning the outer surface of cars, you should use a powerful commercial pressure washer, while interior detailing requires carpet cleaners and steam cleaners.

Washing Car External Surfaces
Car wash equipment such as pressure washers, offer varied pressure levels and temperature levels among other features. These machines are known for their fast and effective cleaning. A pressure washer should have high pressure levels, not exceeding 1500 psi if you are washing cars and trucks. While regular car wash equipment has flow rates of 2-3 GPM, if you have a mobile car wash business, it is better to invest in a machine with low flow rates. Low flow car wash equipment has flow rates as low as 0.5 GPM. They emit very hot steam at high pressure (1000-1500 psi) to clean vehicles without using too much water.

There is car wash machines specifically designed for car washes. These machines have, in addition to low flow rates, several advantages such as ability to melt snow and ice on engines and car exteriors, clean greasy engines, and remove bugs, plant sap, road dust, and other dirt from cars.

Steam Cleaners
Auto detailing businesses should never use a steam cleaner for cleaning the exterior of a vehicle. Steam cleaners, for one, do not have the high pressure levels of pressure washers and are therefore not adequate for degreasing engines, trucks, and car surfaces. Also, these machines use dry vapor along with brushes, which forces the user to wipe the car constantly through the cleaning process, resulting in scratches to the painted surface.

However, steam cleaners are great for removing dirt, mold, pollen, pet hair, and food crumbs from car interiors. A portable steam cleaner can be easily wheeled around and it cleans dashboards, windows, seats and door handles perfectly. A portable steam cleaner often has temperatures as high as 386°F. At such high temperatures, spot cleaning carpets is easy and the accumulated mold and grime on various surfaces can be quickly dissolved and wiped off with a towel or removed with detailing tools. A portable steam cleaner is a great machine for a mobile car wash and is easily portable around different areas.

Carpet Cleaners
A steam cleaner cannot clean the entire upholstery and carpets inside a car. This is why auto detailing businesses use carpet cleaners. These machines may have temperatures as high as 210°F. Carpet cleaning machines meant for car washing should ideally have wands that are shorter than those found in regular carpet cleaners.

It is recommended you purchase a low flow machine, as they consume less water and make the cleaning process eco-friendly as well as efficient. Low flow machines enable carpets to dry faster, decreasing the likelihood of mold growth on carpets.

When using carpet cleaners, use an ecofriendly detergent. These detergents are non toxic, cost effective, and do not cause fires and fumes. Because they are plant based, they are easily biodegradable.

The right car wash system result in greater savings, enhanced productivity, and higher customer satisfaction.

Source: http://daimerindustries.typepad.com/blog/2011/10/car-wash-equipment-for-cleaning-interiors-and-exteriors-of-cars.html

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