About Touchless Car Washes

Written by chad hagy
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Touchless car washes are a quick and easy way to clean vehicles without scratching them. Car washes have come such a long way since they began in the 1940s when they were somewhat of a luxury. When using touchless car washes, it is all about the extras that make the experience worthwhile. Besides that, it is also amusing to sit and watch the mechanisms do all the work.

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Function

Touchless car washes were developed because older automatic car washes had one major flaw--the brushes that were made of nylon would leave brush marks on the vehicle's paint. Because of this, the need arose for something different and touchless car washes became the new trend. Touchless car washes function by using high pressured water and cleaning chemicals. Instead of brushes using friction to clean the car, the power of water mixed with chemicals would create its own type of friction. Once the cleaning was done the vehicle was rinsed with a spot-free rinse.

Features

Many chemicals used in touchless car washes are based on mild acids and alkalis which are designed to loosen road dirt and basic grime. Touchless car washes usually offer the same features but vary in quality and certain "bells and whistles." Some offer special laser washing systems, Turtle Wax shining solutions and hyper-concentrated sprays that remove grime. Other special features include solutions that help guard against UV rays, pre-soaks, soft water usage, undercarriage washes, rust-inhibitors, tire and wheel cleaners, a spot-free rinse and a clear coat protectant. Most touchless car washes have packages that you can choose from with different prices depending on the features you want.

Types

There are several different types of touchless car washes available. PDQ is one type of a touchless car wash system that offers customers a special "no-scratch Laser wash system" complete with "Laserdri," its own brand of a drying system. X-Stream uses a premium high pressure pump called a Catpump 3545 which is able to produce water pressure of about 45 gallons per minute at 1000 psi. It also offers Wheel and Rocker Blasters which specifically target your wheels, rims and rockers for an extra clean car.

Benefits

The plus side of using touchless car washes is that it is super easy and doesn't do any damage to a car. Since touchless car washes do not use harmful brushes and other equipment that could damage a car's paint job, they are the preferred cleaning method. They also do not have pieces of equipment that would damage mirrors or break an antenna.

Warnings

The downside of using a touchless car washes is that while road dirt and film can be loosened from the car, it is generally not completely removed. Without actually touching the car, most dirt cannot be removed. Another downside is that touchless car washes need strong water pressure and chemicals in order to be effective. While most companies use eco-friendly chemicals in their touchless car washes, some of them may still harm the environment.

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