Dry car wash: all the pros and cons
What to do if you really need to wash your car, but there is no possibility to do it at a car wash? In this case, car chemistry comes to the aid of motorists, with the help of which it is possible to put on the marble without using water: the so-called dry car wash. A blurb tells that the method works and is effective, and the main thing is that it is cheaper than usual “car wash”. But do not be flattered and believe everything what they tell marketers.
At one time, this service was offered by enterprising young people in the parking lots of shopping centers. Which, in principle, was quite convenient – while the owner of the car is exploring the galleries of hypermarkets, his car becomes clean in minutes. The method is also used by those who live far away from traditional car washes or simply to save money. But as with everything, washing without water has both pros and cons, which prevail.
Let’s not go into the chemical processes that occur when applying detergent to a dirty body – advertising says something about molecular interactions. But the dirt is really washed off. In addition to everything else, the tool is suitable for cleaning the interior and even the under-hood (before using it, however, it is worth carefully reading the instructions). And after washing, a protective layer is formed on the bodywork, similar to the one that occurs during polishing. However, this is where the advantages of dry cleaning come to an end.
In rainy-snowy season, when roads are muddy and wet, a pretty decent deposit is formed on the body, against which a dry car wash is powerless. And the attempts to take the dirt by brazen force lead to damage of varnish-and-paint covering. And people who are too diligent will be able to prepare a body for painting, using just a microfiber cloth.
It also does not work with bitumen stains. So if you have driven over the repaired section of the road and have stuck them on the body, it is necessary to spend another special means.
But especially intensive dances with tambourine begin when it comes to how to wash the joints of body parts, where traditionally there is an abundance of dirt. The same method of washing doesn’t work here as well. The reason is the inability to wash out the detergent and the amount of dirt that it has collected.
Dry washing is like a crutch – the problem of cleanliness is solved selectively and not always qualitatively. Of course, the method has the right to life, but only if the dirt on the body of your car is not old. For example, on the way to work, the “swallow” was poured with water by a cleaning machine. But even here there is a risk of spoiling the paintwork, for polishing which even at a cheap car wash you will be charged a decent amount of money.