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The evolution of pet washes

Pet washes have come far over the last few years.


It is certain to say we live in an interesting time. Technological advancements abound all around us. Today, we swipe, scan and voice-activate our way through life. So much good comes from these things, but sometimes you just need to set the technology aside and live a bit more simply. What better way to enjoy a breath of technology-free air than with man’s best friend?

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Emergence of the pet wash

Today, carwash professionals everywhere are capitalizing on this beloved friendship. Pet washes are becoming more and more commonplace. However, consumers and carwash owners alike often have questions centered around pet wash cleanliness and the well-being of pets and pet owners.

The pet wash industry has certainly come far in the past five years. Gone are the days that a porous wood floor and a single wash basin suffice as a pet wash. Nowadays, pet washes are constructed with cleanliness in mind.

Many pet washes are fabricated using water-impervious materials, such as aluminum, glass and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). These materials allow for easy maintenance for the pet wash owner and patron. Pet- and environmentally friendly soaps provide a wide array of services, from flea and tick repellent to soothing oatmeal rinses.

Safety first

The collection of pet wash models on the market today all have a singular purpose: to provide a service that helps keep the pet and pet owners safe.

Many models today include a slightly sloped floor and tub, which allows for the timely draining of water. Slip-free mats, as well as vacuums and dryers, are standard in many of the industry’s top manufacturers’ models. Less standing water means less opportunity for spills.


Pet washes compliant with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) are popping up again and again. This means that pet washes are compact enough to have everything within reach, allowing for more control over the pet throughout the pet washing experience. Built-in leash holds and secure doors in non-walk-up applications further promote the control and safety of the pet.

The pet wash industry has been an interesting ride over the past decade, and it is sure to keep surprising us. One thing we are confident of is that it will continually evolve with the usefulness for and safety of those beloved best friends in mind.

Heather Steines is the executive vice president of All Paws Pet Wash. Since 2009, All Paws Pet Wash has been the leading manufacturer of modular pet wash units. All Paws Pet Wash strives to be on the cutting edge of the self-serve pet wash industry. Here’s to a Tail Waggin’ Good Time!© Learn more at or call (800) 537-8231.

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