Truck Washing: Why Shouldn’t You Do It at Home
March 30, 2015
DIY truck washing seems to be the best solution when you don’t have the time to take your vehicle to a professional truck washing service, not to mention that you can save some cash from detailer’s fees. But is DIY really the way to go?
3 Reasons Why Truck Washing Is Not a DIY Job
It Uses Huge Amounts of Water
Statistics show that washing an average-sized truck at home can consume more than 400 gallons of water. That’s more water than what an American family of four members can consume in a day! With the water crisis looming over our heads like a glistening Damocles’ sword, spending that much of this soon-to-be precious resource is indeed, something that warrants serious consideration.
It Causes Soil and Water Pollution
Due to the nature of their function, trucks are exposed to the harshest of elements – salt, mud, tar and so on. To save time and effort, some DIYer’s use harsh chemicals that promise fast results and spray them off with gallons upon gallons of water. The resulting wastewater seeps through the ground, flows into storm drains and worse, into surface waters. Studies have proven that harmful chemicals can kill existing marine organisms and even damage their natural habitat.
It Can Damage Your Truck
Even if you have the right tools and materials, detailing a truck on your own is a gigantic and painstaking task. For a totally clean interior, you’ll need to remove seats and carpets, steam clean them one by one. Then you’ll have to scrub every inch of the walls and floors to ensure that no odor lingers on. Do you have that much time? Cleaning the exterior is no joke, either. Wrong selection of brushes plus wrong srubbing patterns is a formula for premature paint chipping. Are you aware of how much body shops charge for repainting trucks?
If DIY truck washing uses huge amounts of water, pollutes the soil and water and can even damage your truck, what then, can you do to keep your truck clean? What options do you have?
What Are the Available Alternatives for You?
There are several ways to minimize the above mentioned hazards of truck washing at home. For instance, you can use a bucket to wash your truck, instead of using a hose to reduce the amount of water used. Also, wash your truck on a lawn or on gravel instead of washing it in your driveway. Check for storm drains near your home before washing your truck. Always opt for organic truck detailing supplies to prevent the accumulation of toxic waste water. They are also better for your truck and your health.
The best option of course is to schedule an appointment with a reputable truck washing service. Their detailers are highly skilled and well-experienced in all aspects of truck washing and detailing. They are also very adept at using their tools and materials. Choose a truck washing business that uses steam cleaning to ensure superior quality without damaging your truck or the environment.
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