Clean, Dry & Shiny - Every Time! - Professional Carwashing & Detailing

Clean, Dry & Shiny – Every Time!

When out in the field, I often hear the question "How do I get the same clean, dry, shiny car in the winter, that I get in the summer?"

CWC_600x160_TipBanner_201202.jpg

When out in the field, I often hear the question “How do I get the same clean, dry, shiny car in the winter, that I get in the summer?” That is a good question and one that needs to be looked at from many different angles.

There are five factors that contribute to getting a clean, dry and shiny car.

  1. Temperature: The ambient air and surface temperatures of the vehicles.
  2. Mechanical Action: The amount of touches the equipment materials have on the vehicles.
  3. Chemical Concentration: The strength at which the chemicals are being applied to the vehicles.
  4. Time: The amount of time the chemicals & friction materials have to work.
  5. Water Quality: The hardness and pH levels can have an effect on the finished product as well.

If one of the above is compromised, then you necessarily must compensate with the remaining four. For example, up north in the winter, your temperature may easily be reduced by 50-60% from your temperature in the summer. Therefore, you must compensate with the remaining four in order to maintain your high wash quality. If your Water Quality is consistent, & it may not be practical to add seasonal friction equipment to increase your Mechanical Action, you may increase your Chemical Concentration and slow down the conveyor to increase the amount of Time that the vehicle has to make contact with your wash media.

It’s important to consider all of the effects of our changing conditions, whether we are changing them internally or they are being changed by external forces. With this in mind, we can provide our customers with clean, dry, shiny cars all year long!


Bryan Hage has been a guest instructor at CarWash College since its inception in 2006 and is the National Accounts Manager for Sonny’s The CarWash Factory. Prior to joining Sonny’s in 2004, Bryan spent seven years in car wash operations concentrating on recruiting and training for the largest full service car wash chain in the US.Bryan can be reached a [email protected].

For more information about CarWash College certification programs, visit www.carwashcollege.com or call the registrar’s office at 1-866-492-7422.

You May Also Like

Hired up

Amid turnover challenges, Soapy Joe’s finds its “most dedicated employees” in people with disabilities.

Carwash company finds “most dedicated employees” in an unlikely place — PRIDE Industries’ clients. 

Like many carwash businesses, Soapy Joe’s — with 20 locations in San Diego County — has focused on hiring and retaining workers amid the pandemic, the great resignation and racing inflation. The company recently partnered with PRIDE Industries, which is the nation’s leading employer of people with disabilities, and found a reliable pipeline of stellar employees.

Politeness in peril

Tactical tips for constructive conversations in a world struggling with listening.

Mentoring through a changing workforce 

How carwash operators and detailers can overcome a changing workforce with mentoring.

Get the most from your RO membranes

Maintain these critical components to improve performance and lower cost of ownership.

New innovations on display

Operators find virtual solutions at 2023 The Car Wash Show™.

Other Posts

Schaeffler secures partnership to support technical education

FORT MILL, S.C. — The partnership with Automotive Transmission Service Group will offer technicians an array of learning opportunities.

Schaeffler secures partnership to support technical education
Detailing survey results and feedback

Detailers share their thoughts and predictions for the industry and their businesses.

PC&D detailing survey
ASE Education Foundation updates standards for EV training

LEESBURG, Va. — The foundation revised its accreditation standards to address high-voltage systems in collision and truck repair programs.

Autel adds EV Diagnostics and Maintenance to roster of on-site academy classes

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — The 16-hour course will include lectures and hands-on instruction and will give students a thorough understanding of how hybrid and electric vehicles work.

The 16-hour course will include lectures and hands-on instruc-tion and will give students a thorough understanding of how hybrid and electric vehicles work.