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Rockford Car Wash

While there are many different types of car washes, most in the US fall into three main categories:

  • Self-service facilities - This allows the customer to wash his/her car themself.
  • In-bay automatics - Have a machine that goes from the front of the vehicle to the back several times as it sprays on different car wash chemicals to clean your vehicle. 
  • Tunnel washes - Carry your vehicle on a conveyor belt that takes the car through each step of the cleaning process.

Car washes that use brushes is a type of car wash that we suggest to avoid due to the risk of damaging the finish. Paint finishes have improved as have car washing processes, however this helps to explain the rise in brushless car washes that you can find at your local gas station.

Today car wash facilities are useing cleaning products that are milder acids and alkalies which are designed to loosen and eliminate dirt and grime off of the dirty vehicle. There has been a strong move in the industry to shift to safer cleaning solutions not only for the environment, but for the longevity of the vehicle.  Most car wash facilities are required by law to treat and/or reuse their water and may be required to maintain waste-water discharge permits.