Winter is drawing in slowly, with mucky roads and lots of rain. Car washes should now be getting a lot busier. So in order for all of you car wash operators to maximise your car wash income, its time to take a few simple steps to keep your wash running in tip top condition. Firstly, get cleaning. Your wash bay is probably covered in leaves, your wash might be covered in dirt and algae so get it cleaned. If you live in a hard water area, then make sure all sensors and displays are de-scaled with a lime-scale remover. Now is also a good time to get your wash serviced!

Vacuums.

Clean out any waste bins in the vac and get the filters cleaned. If your filters are dirty, you will have greatly reduced suction, plus the motors will eventually wear out. So get a brush and get em clean! Also check the nozzle and hose for any blockages. Replace any broken or worn crevice tools (nozzles)

Jet washes.

Check your hoses for wear and tear, if they are showing signs of rubbing of the ground, you can just reverse the hose to make it last longer. A bit of hose guard will also help the hose from bursting prematurely too! Check the oil in the pump, if it looks cloudy then get it changed. Its also a good time to check your brush, if you have only 2 inches of brush left on the brush or less then get it changed. Customers wont use a car wash with a worn brush! Lastly how are your chemicals? Make sure your wax is ok, foam is nice and foamy and that your detergent is strong enough to handle the extra road dirt!

Brush washes.

Firstly how are your brushes looking? If there is a large archway formed in the centre of your top brush then this is going to cause problems with cleaning and car damage, so get them replaced! Clean all of the sensors on the machine with a light descaler (cillit bang works a treat) and inspect all drive bearings for signs of collapsing! Make sure the bay floor is kept clean as foil or metallic items will cause the machine to stop in the wrong place! Grease any chains and spray all belts with a bit of wd40. Check your chemicals are looking good and foamy. How does the wax look? It needs to cause the water to break off the vehicle when the dryer passes! If you get poor quality drying then contact your car wash supplier! Lastly drain your compressor. Water tends to build up in the compressor which will end up in your car wash valves and other air operated parts, this causes corrosion and will end up costing you money!

Touch-less Car washes

Make sure your bay is kept clean of leaves and metallic items. Titrate your chemicals to ensure the pre-soak is at the right strength. You may need to add a second pass of pre-soak at this time of year to ensure you get clean cars. Descale any sensors and displays if you are in a hard water area. Lastly watch cars going through  the wash. Is the pre-soak heating all parts of the car? Is the boom arm contouring and operating correctly. If things don't look right then arrange a technician to give a pre winter service! Lastly drain your compressor. Water tends to build up in the compressor which will end up in your car wash valves and other air operated parts, this causes corrosion and will end up costing you money!

 

Happy Car washing.

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