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The Straight Soap

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Editor Phillip Lawless isn’t afraid to tell it like it is and give you the straight soap on what he sees and hears in the world of carwashing.

Deja vu all over again

Tapping professionals, trainers and equipment manufacturers, the assignment still included reporting on best practices and improved techniques that would drive business results and success.


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Blog: Thank you and goodnight

I've learned a lot over the past two years in the carwash industry.
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Blog: A second Veterans Day?

As news has started to trickle in on various Earth Day events and carwash specials, it appears that the holiday may be a perfect fit for carwash owners.
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Blog: A collection of wacky commercials

My latest blog is a rundown of some impressive, and not so impressive, carwash commercials.
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Blog: Carwashing is a land of opportunity

I am always happy to see the car care industry get creative when it comes to training and hiring new employees.
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Blog: ‘Yea or nay’ on raising minimum wage?

NEW YORK — A state senator says an increase would have an overall positive effect on the economy.
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Blog: Oh no! Not the Harlem Shake!

A look back at the the unfortunate dance crazes of the past few years ... in video form ... at carwashes.
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Blog: I need winter weather inspiration

A newspaper profiled Destry Lee, a carwash manager who regularly runs a carwash operation in dead-cold Muncie, IN.
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Blog: NASA performs ‘carwash’ on Mars

MARS — The mysterious methods used to clean different NASA rovers on Mars give a whole new meaning to waterless washing.
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Carwashing comes to TV (again)

It was a bit surprising to see a carwash owning dad pop up on a teen-centered television drama.
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