Tips for Touch-free Automatics: Produce great-looking cars and lower your cost per car!
Michael Ilacqua, Trans-Mate LLC
There are a variety of strategies for cleaning a car in a touch-free car wash that we can utilize to save on water, chemical, and time. In a touch-free carwash, saving time translates into money since it allows us to wash more cars per hour. Unlike a tunnel wash, where the conveyor speeds are set at a constant speed, a touch-free allows you to adjust your chemical variables to save you time while still producing clean, dry, shiny cars.
Increasing detergent concentration can allow you to speed up the detergent application pass and still produce a clean car.
Include different chemicals for different packages, such as dispensing only one pass of concentrated presoak in your inexpensive packages.
Applying triple foam conditioners directly over your last pass of presoak saves you time on a rinse pass, and also gives your presoak extra dwell time.
Increasing the concentration of the drying agent and/or adding a drying agent to your high-pressure rinse pass and speeding up the time in a pass will allow you to wash more cars in less time.
Packages that are given a quality clear coat sealant may not need a drying agent. Quality clear-coat protectants have the ability to dry cars, protect the painted surfaces and enhance gloss at the same time without using separate chemicals to perform all tasks. This enables you to save time and chemical.
Applying the use of conditioners rather than polishes can save time, as you can lay the triple foam directly onto the last detergent application, which increases the dwell time of the pre-soaks and saves yourself a rinse pass.
Utilizing some of these time-saving strategies can help you produce clean cars, lower your cost per car and increase your peak time capacity!