Did you know that professional car washes only use 8 to 80 gallons of water per car depending on the type of car wash? Washing your car at home in the driveway uses up to 100 or more gallons, and also sends the untreated waste water, soaps, oils, and sludge from a home car wash directly into the environment via storm sewers, which are not intended for this type of use. The dirty water at a professional car wash is either treated and reused, piped to water treatment facilities or runs into municipal-approved drainage facilities which are a much better solution for the environment.
How Much Water Do Professional Car Washes Use vs. At-Home Washing
- Self Service Hi-Pressure Wand 8 to 16 gallons per 5 minute cycle
- Regular Tunnel Car Wash 30 to 40 gallons per car
- In-Bay Automatic 45 to 50 gallons per car
- Touchless Tunnel Car Wash 80 to 100 gallons per car
- Washing Your Car at Home 100 or more gallons per wash
Unfortunately, not enough motorists are aware of these facts. Nearly 40 percent of the motoring public washes at home. This is a tragic reflection on how many of us treat the environment. But it doesn't have to be.
If you haven't tried a professional carwash or you haven't been to one lately, there is no time like the present to get your vehicle thoroughly cleaned and conditioned while protecting the environment we all cherish.
Another Environment Hazard - Acid Rain
Did you know that another danger to the environment is acid rain. It's also a danger to your vehicle's finish? You don't have to look any further than your car's finish to see the effects of acid rain. Acid rain damage to automobile finishes is widespread and manifests itself in dull-looking spots that are etched into you car's finish. As a result, the professional carwash industry urges motorists to wash their cars after a rainfall in order to remove acid-containing rainwater produced by emissions from fossil-fuel burning engines or plants that react with your car's paint to form sulfuric and nitric acids. A professional carwash is able to remove this harmful acidity. It is recommended frequent washing (every 7 days) to help eliminate the problems of acid rain and keep your vehicle looking new.
The average passenger car on the road today is nearly eight years old, which means car owners are keeping their cars longer and taking better care of them. Frequent professional carwashing should be an important part of that care.