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  • Writer's pictureCWPD Marketing Team

Keeping Your Express Exterior Car Wash Clean

Most car wash owners make the mistake of not even thinking about the cleanliness of the inside of their wash tunnel. After all, they imagine that because the only thing being done in the tunnel is cleaning that the equipment itself should stay nice and clean. However, you have to remember that the goal of the equipment is to clean the car. All of that dirt and grime has to go somewhere. And the water and cleaning agents are being sprayed toward the vehicles, not your equipment.

If you want to get the most from your investment, keeping everything in good working order is a must. If mold and mildew are allowed to build up, your equipment could fail prematurely, or you may struggle to get cars as clean as you once did. Therefore, your staff needs to prioritize cleaning as a part of the normal maintenance program. Here are a few quick tips:

  • Focus on areas with the most customer contact – Hopefully, your wash is completely touch-free and automated. However, if the point-of-sale system requires contact from drivers, you need to clean it regularly, especially right now due to the pandemic.

  • Use a pro cleaning service – Some elements of your wash need to be cleaned by pros who know what they are doing. You don’t want the equipment to be damaged during the cleaning process.

  • Focus on equipment operations – Focus your cleaning and maintenance on things that will ensure the greatest uptime for your car wash. Anything you can do to avoid a service call is going to save you time and money in the long run.

  • Have a regular schedule – There are some things that need to be done every day. Other things can be cleaned once per week, month, or even longer. Have a maintenance and cleaning schedule so that you know which projects are due, and assign your staff to the projects they can handle without calling in additional support.

A clean wash will provide maximum uptime for years to come. That will keep your customers happy and will lead to a good reputation in the community.

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