All car washes, regardless of where they are located, rely on water in order to keep business running as usual. However, not all water is created equal! Just as some people like to run their water through a filter before they drink it, we make sure to only use the purest water for cleaning your vehicle. This is for a few reasons! First, the water is being used to clean your car. We know you are entrusting us with a very expensive and treasured item of yours, so why would we use anything but the best to clean it? Second, the water purity can actually affect how long our equipment lasts as well as how clean your car ends up getting.
Water can look the same, but it certainly never is. Water hardness, usually comprised of magnesium and calcium, can cause some concerns during the washing process. So too can total dissolved solids (TDS), silica, and the pH level of the water. Water hardness is the biggest concern for most car washes, as this hardness can cause some issues. Is prevents soap from lathering because it causes an insoluble precipitate in the water. While this is bad enough news for your car, it’s also bad news for the car wash. This hardness can cause buildup on the plumbing fixtures and equipment.
Also, water hardness means that more chemicals are needed for a thorough clean, and even after drying, there may be a residue left behind. During the washing process, hard water limits the chemical’s ability to clean, but soft water helps the dirt’s ability to bond with the water. This means that the clean is quicker, easier, and more efficient. Of course, hard water leads to poor effects on the car, but they can also lead to higher equipment maintenance costs, higher soap costs, and more labor needed to really wash cars thoroughly.
Total dissolved solids, or TDS, make the equipment work harder to remove any minerals from your vehicle. The levels of TDS in the water can vary by season, lake levels, and the water. During periods of drought or heat, these levels tend to increase. This is why it is crucial for car washes to purify their water before they use it to clean cars!
How to Fix It
To be honest, car wash owners can make the mistake of not thoroughly testing their water before they get started. When this happens, they lose the ability to stay ahead of the water quality and truly provide their customers with the best clean. However, they can begin a regular testing and maintenance regimen to keep everything clean and running smoothly. By testing the water’s pH onsite, they can have a good idea of how the water is performing during the washes.
Without a water treatment plan, these car washes are the the mercy of the water supply they have access to. To be honest, we believe that water is the most important part of our service. When cleaning is involved, the water quality makes all the difference in the results. Since some car washes pull their water from several sources, the contaminants might be different from each location. This means several treatments may be needed in order to achieve a purified result that will clean as effectively as is needed. Just because your chosen car wash uses a water softener, that doesn’t mean that they check for other contaminants and issues in the water.
The Crazy Clean Car Wash Difference
We don’t risk any of these impurities. Each of our three Odessa locations proudly boasts using water that is purer than Dasani water! That’s right, the water we use is purer than the bottled water you drink. So why not come on by to Crazy Clean Car Wash today to experience the difference for yourself? You can rest assured knowing that the water we use will be gentle on your vehicle while our soaps will be harsh on the dirt you’ve collected on the road. Let’s get you back onto the highway with a clean, radiant vehicle that captures your love of the open road. Stop by one of our three locations today and choose the car wash option that best fits your needs. We look forward to serving you!