Waterless car washing is all the rage now, especially in Cape Town due to the Water restrictions, but are you really saving water?
The City of Cape Town states that: “No washing of vehicles, trailers, caravans or boats with municipal drinking water allowed. They must be washed with non-drinking water or cleaned with waterless products or dry-steam cleaning processes.” This blog will answer 3 frequently asked questions with feedback from people within the industry. Feel free to share this article with your friends and family or post any questions you have in the comment section below.
Question 1 – Does waterless car washing make an impact in our efforts to reduce water consumption?
Yes, it does.
We asked one of our suppliers, Waterless Pro, how much water is saved (per car washed) by using waterless products. The fact is you will save anywhere between 150 and 250 litres of water. Washing your car with water would, therefore, use more than your daily allowance of 87 litres. Now you can get your car-washed every week and be rest assured that you are still contributing to saving water.
Question 2 – How is the dirt removed without using water?
In brief, a solution that comprises wax polymers and nanotechnology (a nanocomposite) is sprayed directly onto the section of the vehicle being cleaned. The solution encapsulates the dirt particles and releases them from the surface of the vehicle. The dirt is then removed using a good quality microfiber cloth folded into a pad, in a single directional wipe. A clean microfibre cloth is then used to buff the residue wax. This process is then repeated until the car is cleaned.
A post wash inspection is done to ensure that no areas have been missed.
MobeeCarWash uses Waterless Pro products.
“Waterless Pro Wash, cannot scratch, its chemical composition uses capillary action to envelop every dust and grit particle down to a size smaller than what the human eye can see and does not allow it to come in contact with the surface again. Waterless Pro Wash lifts the dirt and grit from the surface you are washing as it dries, and suspends it within the compound, gently removing road grime, tar, bird droppings and tree sap.”
Next time you get your car washed pay special attention to the cloths used. Special microfibre cloths are used during the process. www.fuelandfriction.com explains how the type of cloth affects the washing process:
“……..the rag used also greatly affects how waterless car wash works. It is very important to highlight that using only quality microfibre towels is recommended…… A terry cloth towel with a minimum weight of 300GSM that does not have a rough feel to it is a very good choice. Low-quality types of cloths can result in small scratches on your vehicle’s surface….”
Large vehicles such as trucks, planes and boats can also be cleaned with waterless products.
Question 3: Is it eco-friendly?
MobeeCarWash is proudly waterless and endorses the use of quality locally manufactured eco-friendly products. This means that we partner with brands that support our ethics. The products we use are eco-friendly and come from Waterless Pro. Here is a statement we found on: http://waterlesspro.co.za/
“…..products do not contain petroleum or silicone based chemicals. We utilise post-consumer-recycled plastic. All components in our cleaning products are sourced from South Africa. We are committed to designing our products with quality and sustainability in mind.”
– You’ll save anywhere between 150 and 250 litres of water when using waterless products.
– The dirt is removed by polymers that encapsulate dirt particles which are then wiped away with
a microfibre cloth.
– The waterless products we use are eco-friendly