What is a Waterless Car Wash?
When we say Waterless Car Wash, we are referring to a method of cleaning the interior and exterior of a vehicle that dramatically reduces fresh water use by 90% or more over traditional cleaning methods. In our case, we use an advanced Waterless Car Wash solution in combination with a high-power vapor steamer / wet steamer. We are open to any new technology that may in the future help save even more of our precious water resources. An exterior wash utilizes as little as 24 ounces of water!
How the Waterless Car Wash Works
The waterless car wash system we use is Chemical Guys’ Eco-Smart™. Eco-Smart™ was formulated from the ground up as the first waterless detailing system of its kind. As shown in the graphic below, once sprayed onto the vehicle (Image 1), the unique formula lifts and separates dirt from the surface (Image 2), suspending it in a unique blend of hyper-surfactants, natural carnauba wax, and slick lubricating agents.
Once suspended, the various contaminants that covered your vehicle’s beautiful finish can be safely and easily wiped away with a soft microfiber towel (Image 3). If no further polishing is required, the carnauba wax remaining is quickly hand-buffed to a beautiful shine (Image 4). This can used on metal and glass as well. The bonus is the anti-static properties of the wax/sealant combination. You'll see see dirt and dust collect on your vehicle slower than ever before.
What about bugs, tars and tree sap?
EcoSmart™ does a great job removing bugs, bird waste, road tars and sap. If these are a little too much, we utilize a small amount of Chemical Guys’ Butter Wet Wax™ (also known as Smart Wax™). Containing no petroleum products or other harsh chemicals, this carnauba-based formula can be used on paint, chrome, or glass. Butter Wet Wax contains a small amount of clay which has a light polishing effect and, combined with the protective polymers that are part of the formula, removes tree sap, water spots, environmental fallout and fine paint defects.
What is a “vapor steamer?”
Steam is produced by heating water beyond 300 degrees - well beyond the boing point. What our equipment produces is a “dry” steam that consists of only 5% water. It exits the tip of the steamer hose at 210 - 240 degrees and rapidly cools as distance increases. It is safe to use on interior electronics, hard plastic and upholstered surfaces, engine electronics, etc. because this dry vapor does its job, then evaporates, leaving at worst case a damp surface while interior components remain dry. This allows us to clean faster and use less chemical agents in most cases. But there is more:
Typical vapor steam systems, if used by a detailer, produce only 5.5 to 7 bar pressure (80 - 100 psi). While that is generally effective, we selected a system, the 230v Vapor Rino™ that produces a peak pressure of 10 bar or 145 psi! Using 230 volts, the unit heats in ½ the time of 120v steamers and can maintain sustained output of 100 PSI. This means never having to wait for the unit to reheat, allowing us to get the job done faster. Also there is the difference in power - the ability to get dirt, brake dust, grease, etc. to dissolve and release from a surface - is amazing. Further, we can elect to inject boiling water, natural degreaser or other detergent to create a “wet steam.” This can help rinse a surface clean after the steam breaks up grease and dirt. This is invaluable for cleaning rims, wheels, wheel wells and even engines.
We do our best to keep it green…
Not only do we strive to stay away from environmentally harsh chemicals, our waterless unit uses a dual-fuel generator that can run on gasoline or clean burning propane. Propane burns so efficiently it is considered a zero-emissions fuel.