A waterless car wash is an alternative to the lengthy, water guzzling traditional method of washing your vehicle. Using this method, it possible to clean the exterior of your car virtually anywhere, simply by spraying on product, then wiping the car clean with a microfiber towel.
- Advantages are:
- Can be done in a garage, when the weather is too cold outside to wash your car with a bucket of soapy water and a hose.
- Can be used if you live in an apartment or condo and have no access to an outdoor water spigot.
- It cleans your car when water is restricted, as during a drought.
- The finish actually protects your vehicle, as a wax.
- The anti-static properties keep the car from attracting dust, thus keeping it clean longer.
- Perfect for car shows when your car needs to look its best but may have accumulated some dust, or fingerprints from passersby.
- You can wash your convertible without having to put the top up.
- No need to repeatedly dump quarters into a car wash machine, only to run out before your car is clean.
- Normally, using a towel to wipe a dirty car without plenty of water causes scratches from the dust, grime, or granular substances (like bird droppings) being removed. But the waterless car washes have plenty of lubricants which prevent this from happening.
- The microfiber towel is the softest possible touch for your vehicle’s finish. Just think – you also use one for your electronics, and glasstop stove too, don’t you?
- It is easy on the environment, made to biodegrade.
- It is easier on the environment, by far, when you save more than 100 gallons of water each time, which is what you would likely have used with a bucket and hose.
What you need
- Spray bottle
- Microfiber towels
When is a waterless car wash probably not the best idea?
- This type of car wash is best for those who keep up with their vehicles on a regular basis. An extremely dirty car would be a challenge to get clean with this method. As well, a vehicle coated with salt, calcium, or oily deicers used by some highway departments during wintertime need pressure washing or a lengthy hand wash with a soapy mitt, rather than just waterless washing.
- Sometimes, there is a real need for a pressure washer to clean the undercarriage of your car. In dry, dusty conditions, brake dust builds up in your calipers and on the wheels, requiring more traditional washing methods.
What’s the difference between waterless and rinse less car washes?
- With a waterless car wash, you are only using the product sprayed on your car to be wiped off with a microfiber towel.
- With the rinse less car wash, you dip a microfiber wash mitt into a bucket of water and wash concentrate, washing one panel at a time. The panel is then wiped with a microfiber towel, then needs no rinsing.