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Why car washes are saving the environment

If you’re over 30, you probably grew up watching your mother or father outside in the driveway washing the family vehicles, or even having to do it yourself for a chore or if you were lucky, payment:).  Well like many things that we as people do for years until we find out they are killing our environment, washing your car in your driveway is one of them.  Each time you wash your vehicle outside, all of the dirt, greases, oils soaps with hydrofluoric acids, and contaminates your car either emits or picks up from the road are washed away in that soapy water you see running down the driveway and into the storm drain.  From the storm drain it eventually makes its way into our streams, rivers, and lakes.  Now you might think, well, whats the difference if I just wash my one car…well it’s the same exact impact that recycling has done for our planet.  Every little bit adds to the pollution and eventually we turn around and our water is so nasty we can’t take our kids to swim in it!  Anyone that has spent time in certain sections of our own Potomac River knows that feeling already.  But also every little bit saved has a turn for the positive just like the recycling method.  It took quite a while before we all had two cans in our garage to put out on the street but it’s happened, and it’s making a great deal of difference.  And now we’re moving in that same direction in the car washing arena.

Some states and counties are outlawing washing your car in your driveway already.  And this will eventually spread throughout our entire land.  So many vehicles, so much dirt, and like everything else, it’s adding up!  Using a professional car wash is the way you can do your part to help keep our lakes, rivers, and streams to remain clean and let life around them thrive, rather than suffer.  You want to look for car washes that have the “Water Savers” logo anywhere on site or in their info.  These are car washes that have been approved by the International Car Wash Association as meeting the industry’s high standards on water consumption.  Only an operable reclamation system will allow a wash to produce clean cars and stay under a certain “gallons per car” amount.  All of the dirt, grime, grease, oils etc are trapped and saved by the car wash and removed and shipped away in a completely environmentally safe manner.  A very common issue in car washes today is that the reclamation system was put in place but is not being used.  They are expensive systems and require much maintenance and attention to keep them working properly.  More often then not an operator takes the hit on the water bill and lets the reclaim go by the waste side.

For those of you old enough to remember your parents washing their car outside, you most likely remember the old car wash tunnels.  Big large brushes with the same material we now see in our kitchen brooms,  roaring down the side of your vehicle at incredible rpm’s.  Doing what can only be described as more harm than good for the long term care and value of your vehicle and sometimes coming free with a fill up.  Well things have changed quite a bit.  The car wash tunnels of today, like most every kind of technology, are a lot smarter!  The materials have evolved in ways we didn’t see possible back then,  The machinery and computer systems that now run the equipment are as smart as the engineers they designed them.  The soaps are more effective and at the same time completely bio-degradable.  To put it a different way, your car is more safe than ever in a modern car wash tunnel.  And like everything else, it’s only getting better.

So as the days of self washing our cars are passing us by.  Remember that using professional car washes is the right choice for your car, and most importantly our environment that we drive them in!  To find a local Water Savers car wash in your area, are want more information on this subject including many articles and videos, visit www.washwithwatersavers.com

Hand Wax

All cars have a clear coat that is put on when the car is painted, that helps protect the actual paint. A regular wax will put protective coats on top of that. The more coats you have the better it protects the paint.

It’s the wax’s reflective properties that give it the shiny aesthetic appeal that most people love about waxing their vehicles. This is achieved due to the polymers and acrylic sealant ingredients. Car wax also contains a naturally occurring wax, such as beeswax.

One of the underrated benefits of protecting your vehicle with wax is that reflecting the sun’s light is not only responsible for a beautiful shine, but minimizing sun damage to your paint job.

Car wax creates a slippery surface as well, which helps keep dirt from sticking to the surface. This not only looks good, but dirt left on your vehicle’s surface is also more likely to scratch the paint.

There are a few ways to check to see if you are due for a wax. One way is to stop by for Route 3 Carwash to take a look at your vehicle. Another way is to apply water and if the water doesn’t bead up and it just runs off the car it probably is time to have it hand waxed.

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Caring for your car before the next snowfall

before snowfall

The following winter car care issues should be taken care of before the first snowfall of the season:


Give your vehicle a good waxing in the fall to protect the finish. It will also help the snow slide off better for easier cleaning.

Visit your auto technician and have the belts and hoses checked out to see if they need to be replaced. Your belts and hoses should all fit snugly and should not be cracked, glazed or frayed. It may also be a good idea to change your oil to one with a lighter weight for sub-zero temperatures, as this type of oil makes for easier start-ups and less engine wear in the first few minutes.

Keep track of the wear on your tires. Many winter fender-benders are caused by driver error and worn tires. If you are due for new tires, don’t wait until the middle of winter; get them replaced before the snow falls. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and that your spare is in good condition.

Also, check to see if your spark plugs and battery need replacing. You don’t want to have a stalled car in the dead of winter. If your battery is more than two years old, take it to your technician to have the charging system completely checked. Older car batteries are less likely to start in winter temperatures than newer ones.

thawing out

To keep your doors from freezing in the cold weather, spray or smear silicone every fall and spring on all the gaskets between the door and the car’s body. If there is a gasket on each, then coat both. It’s also a good idea to treat the gaskets on the trunk or hatch.


Washing your car at Route 3 Carwash on a regular basis is a good idea in the winter, in order to keep all the salt and grime off your vehicle. But if you do wash the car when it’s very cold outside, the door lock mechanisms may get wet, which may cause your locks to freeze. To prevent this from happening, spray graphite in the key slot and work your key into it several times to get the graphite deep in the slot. Make sure not to get messy graphite on your clothes, and wipe off the key before you stick it back into your pocket. It may be a good idea to have a keyless entry system installed in your car.

Also, keep a container of lock thawing chemicals handy in case the lock still freezes. The inside of the gas cap door is a good place to store it. The chemicals usually wash out the lubricant from the lock mechanism, so shoot more graphite into the lock after you get it open.

lock, stock and replace

There are items you will want to have on hand for the winter. One of these is an aerosol de-icer, which you can use on frozen doors and locks. But remember, the colder it gets, the less pressure the propellant will provide.


A handy item to have in the garage or your shed is windshield washer fluid. Stock up and make sure to fill up your car’s reservoir. If you have been using water instead of washer fluid, make sure it is completely removed before you add the fluid.

Keep a few good scrapers and brushes around just in case you lose any. Have one in your car, one in your garage and one at work. That way, you are covered wherever you are. Use the toothed side of the scraper to break up ice and the smooth side to clear off chunks of ice and snow.

Best Tips to Winterize Your Vehicle

As the cold season rolls around you’re going to need to start winterizing your vehicle. Protecting your vehicle is very important during the winter because of salt, snow, and other weather conditions that could potentially damage your car. Many people don’t really know how to winterize their vehicle. Following these tips can help get your car ready for the cold, winter season. Salt used to de-ice the roads can also de-paint your vehicle if you’re not careful. A quality wax or sealant combined with correct maintenance will get your paint finish through the chilly months. Your best bet for winter paint protection is a paint sealant because they tend to last longer and require less frequent reapplications.


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