From automatic to tunnel and from self-serve to full-service, car wash operators have one thing in common: identifying which chemicals work best for their environment and car wash type.
Yet, to achieve optimized wash performance, operators must factor in a variety of influences, including water quality, dispensing and application equipment, overall chemistry harmony, revenue goals, and customer expectations, as well as the weather and road elements of a particular geographical region.
For instance, the northeast U.S. sees moderate summer temperatures with winters that may bring a blend of sleet, snow and ice, resulting in road salt that clings to cars long after they’ve driven through it. While warm, rainy downpours are the norm for the southeast, those in the southwest tend to be afflicted by heat-oppressive droughts, and those in the Midwest are susceptible to a mix of storms, wind and heat. With such a variance in climate and environmental elements existing between regions, there’s no one-size-fits-all chemical solution.
While chemical companies commonly represent dramatic differences in their composition, the formulas are not all that different. In fact, some manufacturers often use the same blending processes and/or manufacturing facilities as their competitors to produce similar end products. In addition, as a significant reoccurring expense for operators, cleaning and finishing product ratios must be appropriately equalized and dispensed at the proper phases of the wash cycle to ensure optimal output and increased savings.
Thus, it can be challenging to both identify which soaps and protectants will work best in a specific environment and maintain the right chemical balance to achieve cost-efficient, peak performance with every wash.
That’s where Iron Fox comes in. Our knowledgeable, experienced Chemical Team knows which products work best and where. Using that knowledge, they have provided a quick synopsis of the various chemical formulations used in the carwash industry today.
Although some of the chemicals listed in this category may be considered profit-boosting products (triple foam, protectants), most are a necessity for a friction, tunnel car wash to operate.