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Inside look into a carwash operation

June 09, 2014
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FENTON, Mich. — There’s a lot more going on inside of a carwash tunnel than one might suspect, according to the

“Your vehicle is taken through two sets of 'mitter' curtains, tire brushes, rocker panel and van brushes, seven cleaning product arches, and when you exit, your car sparkles again,” notes the article. Fenton Kar Wash has $500,000 in scrubbing equipment, the story continues, and the wash is planning on cleaning 2,500 cars in June, some of which will be local police vehicles.

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Fenton is run by Jake Chom, the son of the owner, Bob. He said detail work is most popular in the summer, while exterior washing generates the most sales in winter, when there’s salt and grime to clean off of vehicles.

Wash prices range from $5 to $8, with the most expensive package including three different waxes.

Chom said he does preventative maintenance on the equipment at least weekly, and sometimes daily, according to the story. This keeps operating costs down, he notes.

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