The need to maintain the beauty and extend the life and functionality of a car are the primary reasons why car washing has progressed through the years. The neighborhood drive-through car wash, due to its low rates and speedy services is preferred by most car owners today. But as with anything else, there are drive-through car washes to use and those that should be avoided.
There are basically two types of drive-through car washes: the automatic car wash, which uses cloths and brushes and the touchless car wash, which uses lasers for cleaning cars.
The automatic drive-through car wash has been in existence for decades and can be seen in most gas stations or independent car washes. You simply choose the type of wash you want, drive your car towards the entrance and set it to neutral. Then, your car is pulled inside the tunnel, where an assortment of giant brushes, sponges, cloths and hoses work on your car. Towards the end, your car will be dried either manually or with huge blowers.
Speed and economy are the advantages offered by a drive-through car wash. However, due to the number of cars that it has to clean every single day, the brushes, sponges and other equipment can get filthy and may transfer contaminants from one car to the next. Some car owners say that drive-through car washes do not do a thorough cleaning job and may even cause paint swirls and scratches.
A laser car wash, on the other hand, does not need those gigantic cleaning implements. All it needs is water and cleaning substances. The water is guided by lasers specifically aimed at different parts of the vehicle – roof, windows, doors, tires, etc.
As with the drive-through car wash, a laser car wash features cheap and fast cleaning. The same disadvantages are reported by some car owners – swirls, scratches and inefficient removal of dust, dirt and contaminants.
Before using the services of a drive-through car wash, it is recommended that you check the following:
As detailers who use hand car wash and steam cleaning, swirls, scratches, toughened dirt and grime are the most common issues we have to face on a daily basis. Sadly, these are usually the result of contaminated cleaning materials, harsh chemicals and improper cleaning methods. So, if you ask us which to use – touchless or automatic? Between the two, the touchless car wash is better. But if you really want to maintain the appearance of your car, give hand car wash and steam cleaning a try. Steam has enough power to dissolve tough dirt and grime, so there’s virtually no need for brushes.
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