Don't Let the Packaging Fool You - Professional Carwashing & Detailing

Don’t Let the Packaging Fool You

With the advancement of car wash chemistry there has been a shift to concentrated chemicals that are packaged in smaller containers.


With the advancement of car wash chemistry there has been a shift to concentrated chemicals that are packaged in smaller containers. With the introduction of concentrated chemicals from many different suppliers, it's often difficult to be able to easily compare them. The comparison of products and price is no longer drum for drum.

Some products that now are available in smaller packaging are considered concentrated, while others are considered ultra concentrated or hyper concentrated. It is important to be knowledgeable of what the supplier is offering and, most importantly, your cost per car with each of these products. The cost per car will provide you with a good comparison between products. Be sure to look into all the other benefits that the product can provide. Look at the amount of car washes that each container can supply. If you continuously have to refill or change a container, you might not be getting what you were looking for both in cost and in handling.

Different products can also provide different operational benefits. Handling, recycling, ease of use, and flexibility are all possible benefits and savings when choosing a chemical. If a new chemical requires more monitoring or handling, it just might not be worth the hassle or extra labor.

It is important that you become knowledgeable of any potential concentrated or ultra concentrated chemical to make sure that it will reduce your overall cost and/or provide the additional benefits that you are looking for in the end.

From the Lustra Team – Keep Shining

For more information go to

You May Also Like

Mentioning the mentors

People who are making an immeasurable impact every day.

Were you lucky enough to have a mentor or role model in life and/or in your career? It might be one person or it may be several people. We’ve certainly learned about several mentors over the past few months in our new content series featuring women in the professional carwashing industry. 

Adapting to price increases

While elevated costs and supply shortages are concerning, the industry has prevailed in the past.

Explaining chemical pH

Ensuring the proper titration and application of chemistry boosts wash performance.

pH, chemicals
Adding a lasting shine with ceramics

How a new generation of formulations provides durable protection to vehicle surfaces.

shine, water, rain, droplets, water retention, beading
Tips for chemical storage and delivery

Best practices in liquid and powdered product storage and setup.

chemical storage, containers, compact, backroom

Other Posts

Description of depreciation

A tax consultant answers some FAQs about depreciation.

Setting realistic goals for your carwash

A market leader suggests not biting off more than you can chew.

Protection against employment practices liability

Five steps to reduce costly workplace claims.

The 2022 Most Valuable Carwasher

Congratulations to Iona Kearney, operations manager for
Speedy Sparkle Car Wash, for being named the 2022 MVC.