Tips for Winter Washing
Cold weather brings new challenges to the car wash industry, and being prepared will keep your wash running smoothly and profitably all season long!
Check the following areas to stay ahead of the cold-weather game:
- Check Weep Operations
- Verify de-ice (floor heat) is functioning properly
- Replace worn nozzles and clean plugged ones for effective cleaning and rinse pressures.
- Don't forget Pro Pak™ boilers need annual maintenance kits
- Closely monitor your pumps and hydrominders for continued working order.
- Ensure water pressures are consistent to maintain the correct chemical ratios.
|Check overhead door oilers and make sure condensate drains are maintained
Winter also brings harsh materials used to salt and de-ice the roadways. To accommodate your customers, you need to adjust your wash’s settings in a way that will give your customers the best clean for their vehicle. It is important to investigate the methods being utilized in your area to combat ice and snow build-up.
Normal road salts should pose no threat to cleaning vehicles. However, problems arise when road crews use unconventional de-icing methods:
- For example, the removal of liquid salts requires high pH products and hot water. Some sites have found it useful to utilize two passes of the high pH product in addition to raising water temperatures by 10 to 15 degrees.
- Similarly, some communities are using coal dust or other options as salt alternatives. This material can require additional rinsing or extra care to the vehicle's surface in order to remove.
The winter months bring more vehicle traffic, so being prepared is important. Be ready for your customers and prepared to meet the complex needs that come with the cold weather season. Harrell's Car Wash Systems is available to consult with you on your specific needs this season!