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Washing – Soft Touch or Touchless?

Jack’s Facts Follow us on: Jack Jackson is the President of Awash Systems Corp that provides large vehicle washing systems. “We at Awash, believe we can help everyone in the industry understand the most efficient way to wash their vehicles”.

Washing – Soft Touch or Touchless Questions still continue in the industry on what is the best method to wash a vehicle? Two thoughts prevail; brushes scratch and a touchless wash doesn’t clean the film off vehicles. Both are somewhat true when you are not optimizing the equipment or the proper methods to maximize the results. It is the continuous neglect by owners of the machinery that keep these thoughts alive. Let’s discuss brushes first. Soft touch brushing of vehicles through the proper method in today’s world is not an issue. Brushes have come a long way from the old days. Lamb skin, foam, cruciform polyethelene are a few of the materials today that have taken the old myth out of washing vehicles with brushes. Utilizing a proper brush on an automatic spinning or jigging cylinder will reduce the amount of chemicals required to wash a vehicle. Most people don’t realize the importance of the proper soap to ensure maximum performance. Not only does it assist in the removal of dirt from vehicles, but it actually keeps the brushes clean as well as.

Customer Comments: Melvin L. Ladson Dakota Trailways Spearfish, South Dakota Upon using the EcoPower Brush now for 3 years I wouldn't be without it. We have had no problems with it and we use it continuously every day.

Also most machine brushes must be replaced regularly to ensure the structure and length are correct for the maximum cleaning. Another typical oversight by most operators is allowing worn out brushes to clean vehicles. Once the structure or length of the brush is compromised, there can be issues in cleaning by the brushes. It’s the same as trying to sweep with a worn out broom, there will be streaks and lines of dirt left behind. We have been selling brush machines for 20 years and have heard of every issue there could be in brush problems. It always comes down to the two same issues: worn out brushes and improper use of chemicals/soap. We have been selling both polyethelene and foam brushes for 20 years. To give you an example, our polyethelene brushes will last 20,000 washes and our foam brushes will last 40,000 washes. It is all dependent on what you are washing as well. If you wash flat surfaces, your brushes can last even longer. Using the proper soap will add time to your brushes by increasing the lubricity and removing the grime.

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Awash Systems Corp 1 800 265 7405

Touchless washing of vehicles is much more complicated. There is a reliance on proper spraying of water, temperature, positioning of vehicle, positioning of water nozzles, chemical composition and dwell time to achieve optimum results. Negligence of one of these, in whole or part, will result in poor quality washing.

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Many don’t pay attention to the maintenance of the machinery, use the least amount of chemical or a less expensive chemical to achieve results that are believed to be as good as the original set up from the manufacturer. Many times the wash bay is out of sight, out of mind, and gets little attention until it breaks. That is most unfortunate because these breakdowns are costly on both fronts; the emergency call from the manufacturer to fix the machine and the loss of washing vehicles for the down time period. Visit your wash bay periodically to see what is happening with the machinery. You will be surprised at the results when you ensure that there is proper set up, maintenance and chemicals. Until the day that all vehicles are “flat only” and “exact same size”, it will be impossible to provide the perfect clean in every nook and cranny of the vehicles. To compromise on minor cleaning is acceptable, but to pay for excessive dirt residue left on the vehicle with streaks due to neglect is not. And it is not the way to run a business. Call your expert now and optimize your cleaning. Jack Jackson is President of Awash Systems Corp. “We solve vehicle washing issues where no one else can.” Email: or call 1 800 265 7405. Visit our website .

Customer Comments: Cameron McRae Nye County School District Pahrump, Nevada Procurring the EcoPower Brush was one of the smartest things I have done. The office staff was great to work with, the installation was effortless and extremely professional. The wash jobs on the buses are better than ever. It's a breeze to use. The system is wearing very well even with the number of washes we do per week.

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Volume 4 Article 15 May 2014

The myth; brushes scratch and touchless doesn’t wash well!  

Brush technology has come a long way to improve its performance.