WINTER. RELOADING SELF-SERVICE CAR WASH

November 2021
WINTER COMES EVERY YEAR, SO YOU SHOULD PREPARE YOUR CAR WASH A LITTLE EARLIER THAN THE FIRST SNOW FALLS AND FROSTS STRIKE.

Preparation

First of all, think about how you or your operators will clean up snow at the self-service car wash? Will you use the Fiskars shovels or a nimble minitractor? It is necessary to get rid of snow immediately, otherwise ice hummocks will occur at the entrance to the post and snowdrifts at the exit.

Perform a routine maintenance of the equipment according to the checklist before the start of the winter season:

  • underfloor heating (check their smooth operation);
  • antifrost — spillage in guns — minimum pressure is 2.5 bars per 1 pistol. By the way, even the diameter / type of fastener / length of the quiver affect the ice fouling inside;
  • gate opening mechanisms and lighting at the posts (both are important for the comfort of customers in the cold and dark season);
  • you should insulate the highways/ sew them into a box if there are severe frosts in your region.

THE MOST WINTER SERVICES

The seasonal dynamics of traffic to self-service car washes is obvious. In winter, people don’t like to use self-washing services. But our practice shows that fans of self-service are ready to wash in the cold, and are willing to pay more than in the summer.

Therefore, in order not to lose revenue even in winter, give people the most useful things: warm water, a turbo dryer, air program. The windscreen washer liquid, selected according to the season, can significantly increase the average check.

We recommend thinking about mandatory services such as a washbasin and a toilet — customers will be grateful. Or, for example, a vending machine with hot drinks, which you can warm up after washing.

We advise you to take care of the operators separately. Warm uniforms and comfortable conditions in the workplace encourage employees of the self-service car wash to go out to customers, help and train them to use the equipment, and not to sleep in a technical room in an embrace with underfloor heating pipes. As a result, you will not have to spend money on repairing foam guns, when some people grab them at a temperature of -20.

AND HOW TO WASH PROPERLY IN WINTER?

* A reminder for those operators and customers

  • It is most comfortable to wash in a closed warm car wash or in closed boxes with an adjustable temperature inside and no wind.
  • Check the triggers on the guns. They must be wrung out! If the trigger is frozen and clamped, the pressure will simply throw it out of the quiver directly onto the car when any program is turned on.
  • Use warm water. It is served on all chemistry programs at the ALLES car washes. Chemistry dissolves better in heated water and acts more effectively.
  • Do not use a foam gun. Foam does not work in frosts! It will simply freeze to the car, and will not drain along with the dirt. Wash with shampoo. The only acceptable option is “Brush + Foam”. The brush will clean off strong dirt and plaque from the body and discs well, so they were lathered with intense movements and immediately washed off.
  • Turbo pressure (up to 180 bar) will easily knock the ice off the wheel arches, saving you from picking with a stick or kicking ice stones with your feet.
  • Programs “Air” and “Turbodrying” will remove moisture from the car body and from hard-to-reach places. It is convenient to dry the body with a turbodrying, and with air — the air intake slots in the cabin, the door rubber bands and the gas tank hatch.
  • Do not neglect the Wax program — after applying it, the water will drain faster from the body, and the car will not freeze in the cold.
  • Do not forget to additionally treat the rubber seals of the doors with special tools. For example, silicone grease.

If you operate the car in winter, you still need to wash it at least once or twice a month to wash off ice, dirt, reagents from the body and wheels and protect it from corrosion.