Q & A....Car Washes

By Mt. Battie Car Care | Sep 22, 2010

 

Q. Why Mt. Battie Car Wash?


A. Simple. Mt. Battie Car Wash utilizes a Mark VII Touch-Free Rollover System Car Wash. This state of the art machine washes your vehicle without a cloth or brush ever touching your car. The cloth used at a typical car wash along with sponges and mechanical brushes may scratch your vehicle's paint as abrasive dirt and sand may be ground into your vehicle's finish.

 

Q. Why is it important to keep my car clean?


A. Having a clean car obviously keeps your car looking newer longer. But there are other more technical reasons to keep your car clean. Dust, sand, salt in the winter -- all of these are miniscule, abrasive particles that attach themselves to your paint and finish. If your car is not washed on a regular basis, these particles can literally scratch the finish of your car. Some substances such as bird droppings or tree sap can even eat through your clear coat, leaving your finish unprotected and vulnerable to additional wear and tear.

 

Q. How often should I wash my car?


A. Ideally, your car should be washed once a week. This will ensure that your vehicle's surface is being cared for properly.

 

Q. It just rained (or snowed). Do I still need to wash my car?


A. Yes. This is a critical time to protect your vehicle's finish. Pollutants such as sulfuric acid and nitric acids from automobile, truck an factory exhaust become trapped in the rain drops or snow flakes that settle on your vehicle. The sun will evaporate the water and leave behind concentrated acid that can damage your vehicle's finish over time.

 

Q. I have a protective coating on my undercarriage. Do I still need to have the undercarriage washed?


A. Yes. Our undercarriage wash helps to remove salt, sand, and other road contaminants that are present year round. The undercarriage of your car also takes tremendous punishment from small stones that are kicked up by your tires. These stones bombard the undercarriage and nick your undercarriage's protection and may expose bare metal.

 

Q. Is washing my car at home a viable alternative?


A. No. Tests conducted at the University of Texas proved that single car home wash can produce scratches as deep as 1/10 of a car paint's total thickness. The study also showed that home washing produced so many marks on a car's finish that they could not even be counted.

 

The Technical University of Munich, Germany reached similar conclusions, finding that significant damage was done when using home detergents, low water volume, buckets of water, sponges and towels commonly used to wash a car at home.

 

Q. Which was uses more water, a Professional Car Wash or a home wash?


A.  A home wash may use more water. Studies have shown that professional car washes on average use 35-45 gallons of water per vehicle depending on the type of wash. Washing your car at home may use anywhere from 70 to 145 gallons of water depending on whether you turn the water off when not in use, water pressure, hose size, and washing time.

 

Q. Is a Professional Car Wash considered environmentally friendly?


A. Yes. The Clean Water Act of 1972 mandated that water from a professional car wash must be piped to treatment facilities. Driveway car washing at home puts the soaps, road grime (oil, tar, salt, sand and dirt) into the storm drains which may lead to ponds, streams and lakes.

 

We hope you find this information helpful and we look forward to serving you.

 

Mt. Battie Car Wash * 98 Washington Street * Camden, ME * 207-701-9964

 

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