Supplies and Intended uses:
Using the materials properly is critical to getting a quick, quality wash and ensuring you don’t damage the vehicles.
Fabric microfiber towels are for one thing and one thing only: Drying a clean car. NEVER use on a dirty car. If you use on a dirty car, you are essentially turning your towel into sandpaper and rubbing it against the paint. The result is swirls, scratches and hazing that looks terrible. It’s also important to note that you might not immediately notice the swirls. These things build up over time, and with how much we wash the vehicles, it doesn’t take long before a car looks like swirled mess.
ONE Exception: Micro Fibers can be used to wipe down the jambs, but major dirt and dust should be removed first. See wash instructions below for further information.
IF you do use a towel for something else, or worse drop it on the ground, you should IMMEDIATELY place it in the dirty rag bin, that is labeled “Dirty Rags.” It doesn’t take much to forget what gross thing you’ve done with a rag before immediately wiping up a wet spot on the paint, and causing swirls as described above.
White, Rough Towels
These are for tough, dirty jobs and should NEVER be used on paint!! Great for rubbing down dusty carpets, getting goup out of the cup holder, dusting the dashboard (with a CLEAN one), etc.
Paper towels should NEVER touch a painted surface, ever. Paper Towels are great for cleaning wheels, because you throw the paper towel away when you are done. They can work fine and leave less lint than a microfiber when cleaning glass. Brake dust is one of the most abrasive substances known to man. NEVER use a microfiber towel for cleaning wheels.
These are the ONLY THING that should be used for washing a vehicle, and that is their ONLY purpose. Don’t use them for
For drying a CLEAN car only. that is it.
The White and Red Bucket should both have a “grit guard.” They are blue inserts that should have a foam element that goes underneath, pushed to the bottom of the bucket. Rub the mitt against it to get the grit off the mitt and out of the wash water
Black= only for water, brushes, etc. used for wheels and tires
Red= rinse bucket
White= Soap suds bucket
When washing a car, put clean, rinsed Mitt in soap suds bucket, wash half of a panel (half a hood or so) then rinse now dirty mitt in the red rinse bucket before then going to the white bucket for more suds. Repeat process until car is clean.
Use should be obvious in use. Just be aware that the suck tube is quite rough, and it’s easy to scrape the paint on the door sills if you aren’t careful. Put away when finished, wrapped up properly.
If a car is clean but just a little bit dusty, this can be a great quick option. Move across the paint LIGHTLY, occasionally shaking it out.
Car Wash Soap
Car wash soap is for washing only! Do NOT use to mop!
Wheel and Tire Cleaner-
Two varieties- one for chrome wheels and one for alloys- USE THE RIGHT ONE! Chrome cleaner can take the finish off an alloy wheel and vice versa.
Use ONLY on a clean, dry tire. If you apply to a wet, dirty tire, it will “sling” getting goop all over the side of the car. Should be applied with an applicator and do not use too much.
Wheel and Tire scrub brush
Used for these things ONLY!
TIMING FOR COMPLETE EXTERIOR WASH
To be a cost effective alternative to sending the cars through the car wash on the corner, we need to hold to the following time frames for each vehicle. Let us know if there are questions on this or if you think the times are too difficult to meet.
- Sedan - 35 minutes
- SUV - 45 minutes
- 14 Passenger - 1 hour
- 24 Passenger - 1.25 hours
- 32 Passenger - 1.25 hours
- Vintage Car - 1 hour
Exterior Wash Steps-
Rinse the Car down. Hit every spot, and try to soak it down. If in the direct sun, you might have to rinse multiple times as you are washing to keep the car wet.
Wash the car using the two bucket method described above. Keep rinsing as you are washing. It helps keep the soap from drying out on the paint.
Dry the vehicle. This should be done with either microfiber cloths or a shammy.
Once every exterior panel is washed and rinsed and dried, do the door jambs. To do this, use the nearly dry (slightly damp and soapy is good) wash mitt to wipe down jambs quickly. After this, use a damp microfiber towel to follow up and clean up any suds, etc. If any drying is needed, a dry microfiber and be used.
Wheels and tires are next. Spray the proper wheel cleaner (see above) onto each tire wheel and let soak momentarily. Using a combination of wheel brushes and paper towels, gently scrub wheels and tires clean. Get the tires fairly dry with paper towel.
Apply Tire Shine using the applicator sponge to the dry tire. USE AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE! Otherwise it will sling all over the car.
Check for any missed spots, rewash as necessary using the above steps.
TO BE FINALIZED
Carpets need to look spotless in the rear passenger cabin. Shake mats or vacuum as needed. Damp cloth should be used on upholstery first. Then detergent if stain is deeper. Damp cloth on vinyl when muddy or sticky.
Never let dirty things touch Paint!
Try to avoid letting soap dry on a car. If working in direct sunlight, wash then rinse one panel at a time. Ok if some rinse water dries, but soap is tough to get off.
Brake dust is the devil’s black heart in powder form!
Winter Practices For Car Cleaning -
The hose inside at night? Only way to keep from freezing. The Long hose over to the other side of the building will freeze up, possibly cracking pipes and breaking the connectors on the hoses themselves. Not Good. We should use the closer outlet in wintertime, then put hose away.