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Cleaning Up as Car Wash Industry Turns 100

From bucket brigade to high-tech automation.

by on Apr.03, 2014

Just how effective was this early "car wash" system?

Last winter’s record snow was a tough obstacle for many retailers and put the big chill on the travel business. But at least one industry finds itself cleaning up as the weather begins to warm up and motorists try to cope with the build-up of corrosive salt and grim.

No better way for the car wash industry to celebrate its 100th anniversary. More precisely, it’s the centennial of the “production line” car wash, an event brought 5,600 industry professionals to Chicago for the annual International Carwash Association convention.

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That’s actually a small representation of an industry that now operates an estimated 150,000 retail car wash locations around the world.  But the trade group has gone high-tech for its big anniversary, setting up a special carwash page on Facebook, among other things, allowing members to share vintage photos and stories – as well as modern tips of the trade.


Instant Car Wash?

Above ground rack adds water recycling to meet regulations.

by on Sep.29, 2009

No permits, no construction, and no run off.

No permits, no construction, and no run off.

Hydro Engineering Incorporated has packaged its Hydropad above ground wash rack with water recycling and a pressure washer to provide an instant car wash.

The company claims this is a breakthrough in “green” water technology.

The car wash requires electric power and water for operation, and can be placed on any surface. It does not require a connection to a sewer. All the collected wash water is recycled through the “Hydrokleen” filtration system, where it is then processed back to the Hydroblaster pressure washer. One touted advantage of the car wash system is that it can be either permanent or allow for a mobile wash– it can be moved with no construction required.

Here is how the instant car wash system works:

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The vehicle or equipment is driven up onto the wash rack. The recycled water is sent to a wash brush used for cleaning. A pressure washer connected to fresh water is used to rinse the recycled water from the car. This adds water to the systems that is lost in the wash process due to evaporation.