A Guide to Eco-Friendly Car Wash and Detailing
As more consumers seek eco-friendly car care solutions, eco-friendly features at your carwash can not only boost revenue and customer retention but also foster strong customer relationships.
Selecting environmentally-friendly soaps, energy-efficient equipment and water recycling systems will demonstrate to customers your concern for the environment while simultaneously cutting operational costs for your business.
1. Use Biodegradable Soap
Utilizing biodegradable soap is an easy and sustainable way to reduce waste from car washing. Biodegradable soaps break down naturally into water, carbon dioxide and biomass – something EMS offers with its Sea to Summit Wilderness Wash and Dr. Bronner’s all-purpose liquid soap options that are reasonably priced while being free from harmful chemicals, phosphates and foaming agents.
When disposing of biodegradable soap, make sure it’s done away from any body of water in a shallow hole that allows nature to break it down naturally, while decreasing risk that wildlife, like deer or bears, could come across it and get in it.
Traditional car washes release pollutants that can harm aquatic life, while eco friendly car washes use biodegradable cleaning products and advanced filtration systems to filter waste water before it enters the environment.
2. Use Waterless Car Wash
Professional car care providers can reduce water, energy and money waste by switching to waterless car washing systems. Doing this shows customers that your business cares for both the environment and their cars.
Waterless products not only save water but can reduce cleaning supplies like buckets, sponges and brushes to use – often only needing a sprayer and microfiber towels!
Waterless cleaners employ surfactants, lubricants, and emulsifiers in place of just water to break down and lift dirt and grime off surfaces, with polymers leaving behind a protective layer to deter further deposits of grime from sticking. They should always begin at the cleanest panel first to avoid wiping dirty sections over clean ones which could cause micro scratches to form on them.
3. Use Microfiber Towels
Microfiber towels offer an eco-friendly way of cleaning a car’s surface of dirt and debris. Their reusability helps minimize paper towel waste in landfills.
Make sure to wash your microfiber cloths using cool or warm water depending on their care instructions, while avoiding detergents containing fragrances and additives which could coat their tiny fibers and reduce their effectiveness.
As with other laundry items like cotton, microfiber towels must be washed separately so as to not pick up lint from other textiles like cotton. When drying them, avoid using dryer sheets which can clog delicate microfibers; low heat setting or air drying might work better instead. You could also get ahead on your laundry cycle by presoaking heavily soiled towels before starting the cycle itself.
4. Use Reusable Products
Many traditional car washes produce vast quantities of wastewater that can harm the environment and lead to shortages in local communities, but eco friendly car washes can mitigate its harmful impacts with efficient washing systems and efficient waste disposal practices.
These systems help regulate water usage by eliminating extra rinsing needs, saving tens of thousands of gallons per minute and using energy-efficient pumps and motors that minimize energy costs.
Additionally, eco-friendly car washes may use reusable sponges and rags instead of disposable wipes, helping reduce wasteful disposable items that end up in landfills while cutting greenhouse gases emissions and CFCs emissions. Furthermore, many eco-friendly car washes also utilize wind and solar power sources to further lower energy costs.
5. Use Recycled Water
Water recycling is a cornerstone of an eco-friendly car wash. Not only will it significantly lower water consumption costs and waste that might otherwise enter sewers, it will also cut costs down significantly by providing an alternative use for recycled water.
Water reclaim systems filter and disinfect dirty car-wash water before making it suitable for reuse, eliminating foul odors while dramatically decreasing freshwater usage required to wash one vehicle.
Reusing water also helps you sidestep any legal ramifications associated with violating the Clean Water Act – something any car wash business must be wary of doing. While Americans enjoy access to clean water sources, we should never take for granted what access we do have. Switching to an eco-friendly system like those offered by Detail King could save money and protect the environment at once!