In Professional Carwashing & Detailing’s upcoming July issue article, “Winning with water,” Group Editorial Director/Chief Editor Rich DiPaolo discusses the importance of water in carwashing by breaking down the different types of water used: fresh water, filtered water and reclaim water.
DiPaolo then goes on to provide an in-depth analysis of water reclaim systems, including questions you should ask yourself if you’re thinking of purchasing one, and reverse osmosis systems, which filter water for “spot-free rinses” by forcing it through one or more semipermeable membranes.
In the article, DiPaolo writes, “More carwashes today are adopting spot-free water. Using this filtered water, typically achieved with RO, not only eliminates spots, but it also reduces the labor that is needed to deliver excellent final wash results. … In order to maximize performance and the RO membrane’s usable life, experts recommend regular water testing for a variety of reasons. … There are several impurities as well as contaminants that can affect a membrane’s effectiveness. High levels of chlorine, as an example, can degrade the RO’s membrane.”