Did you know that hand washing your car at home is extremely harmful to its finish? In fact, tests conducted by the University of Texas found that a single home hand-wash can produce scratches that penetrate as deep as 1/10 of the total thickness of a vehicle’s paint. This study also found that cars washed by professional car washes did not have any surface damage, such as scratches or shine quality.
It’s true. When you wash your vehicle at home everything that runs off your car flows into the storm drains and is eventually carried into nearby waterways. This toxic, dirty water, concocted of cleaning chemicals, gasoline, oil, tar and the residue of exhaust fumes can poison wildlife and severely damage the delicate ecosystems of local lakes, rivers, streams, creeks and wetlands.
According to the Nature Conservatory, the world’s leading conservation organization, not only is choosing to use a commercial car wash a more environmentally friendly option in terms of disposal, washing a car at home may use between 80 to 140 gallons of water, while a commercial car wash averages less than 45 gallons per car.
For more information on how you can take greener care of your vehicle by using commercial car washes, stop by Don’s Car Wash today at 3700 Ryan Street or 4050 Nelson Road in Lake Charles.