How does a Car Wash work?

Anyone who has a car or truck know that they enjoy driving it the most when it is shiny clean. Some people hand wash their cars, but let’s face it, the convenience and low cost of a Car Wash is hard to beat.

It is important to know what exactly your car is doing on its journey from beginning to end through the Car Wash. The first step is placing your car on the conveyor track. The correlator is the device with wheels and rollers that help align the car with the conveyor when it first rolls on.

Once the car has been turned off and put into neutral small rollers pop up behind the wheel, which causes the car to roll forward into the tunnel. Once your car enters the tunnel it passes through an infrared tunnel called eyes, which measures the length of your car for the washing and adjusts the system accordingly.

Immediately after the “eyes” comes the pre-soak. This special solution wets down the car and begins loosening the dirt off your car, and begins removing the brake dust. Next comes the mitter curtain. This cloth runs horizontal across the hood of your car and cleans the hood, roof and trunk.

 Now in comes the foam cleaner and the scrubbers. The scrubbers are very soft and are regularly cleaned and remove the dirt the pre- soak and foam has formed. They clean the front, back and sides of your car. In comes the water blast, which ensures that every inch of the car is washed off. The spray comes in a circular pattern and uses up to 400 gallons to wash off each car. Of course, the water is recycled back to the pressure tank after each use.

In the final stages the car goes through the final rinse arch to make sure all the residue is gone after the water blast. Just when you think the car is done the final rinse arch comes through with un-recycled water and makes sure all the residue is removed completely from the surface of the car.

At this stage the wax arch applies the wax if you wanted it. After the waxing, or if you decided to skip it, the dryer comes in to dry your car. Your car will not dry completely so the attendants can hand dry and fully detail it fully after leaving the tunnel.

Hope this helped you better understand a day in the life of your car.

The benefits of waxing your car

Many people don’t see how important it is to keep your car waxed. By waxing your car regularly, you ensure that the car is protected by anything that pops up on it.

You can compare car wax to sunscreen at the beach. You wouldn’t want to go out to the beach without sunscreen to protect your skin, just like you wouldn’t want to take your car out on the road without a layer of wax on it to protect it.

In order to ensure that your paint doesn’t chip fade or crack, make sure to get your car over to Towne lake’s Carwash and detail to keep your car looking brand new. A good indicator of when it is time for a car wash is when your car looks dirtier after a rain shower. A well waxed car will repel the rain off it and keep it looking the same after the rain as it did before.

Waxing is not necessarily about the brand of wax or even the technique. The key to waxing you car is consistency. Having your car properly washed at Towne lake’s Carwash and detail, will delay the peeling and discoloration of your car and increase the sale value.

All in all, keeping your car waxed is the best way to protect it and keep it looking like it did the first day you bought it.


Prepping Your Car for Hurricane Season Safety

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Traditionally, our culture considers the Spring season to be the wet and rainy months of the year.  Almost a year ago, we were preparing for monsoon type rains due to tropical storms and hurricanes.  Unlike the coast of Georgia, Woodstock, GA never gets hit with those hard winds from the storms.  We do however, end up with a whole lot of rain.

The majority of us are expected to get to work, regardless of the rain.  We have a put together a few tips for you to remember before the season hits.

  1. Tires:  Check the tread on your tires to see if they pose a risk for hydroplaning.  Simply put, the more shallow your tread, the longer water is allowed to stay beneath the tire.  Go over these steps in “Staying Safe in the Wet” from to check the safety of your tires.
  2. Windshield Treatment:  Nothing is worse than being caught in a storm with a dirty windshield.  You know what I’m talking about.  It’s oily, the water doesn’t quite slush off from the wiper blades like they should, and it just sits on your windshield.  That’s exactly why we use Rain-X for many of our carwash and detail services.  If you have ever driven in the rain after having Rain-X applied, you would agree that it dramatically improves your visibility when driving in the rain.
  3. Brakes:  According to Edmunds, the first few hours of a storm can be the most dangerous due to engine oil build up on the roads.  The oil mixed with the rain creates very slick driving conditions.  We recommend breaking sooner, with less force than you would usually do in dry weather conditions.

Have you ever had a close call in wet weather conditions?  Leave a comment and let us know what helped!

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