"Touch-less" versus Our Technology - Not created equal
You may have observed the film of dirt residue left on your car's wheels and painted surfaces after experiencing a touch-less wash process. The reason is, touch-less washes lack that most important friction element needed to loosen up and remove the stubborn layer of film.
Touch-less washes use harsh detergents and dangerous acids combined with extremely high-pressure jets of water to try and compensate for the lack of "touch". These chemicals are harmful to the cars finish on the molecular level. The extreme high-pressure water blasts can also create an etching effect on the car's glass.
At THE CLEAN MACHINE Car Wash we use precisely calibrated water pressure combined with lubricating shampoos and polishes to create a lubrication barrier between the cars finish and the Neoglide (Neoprene) cleaning material used. When this non-porous neoprene material massages the foamy lubricating layer of non-acidic environmentally friendly shampoos, the combination creates the gentlest and most effective residue and scratch free cleaning system known in the industry.
Hand Washing: Cleaning your car? ...or just scratching the surface?
A landmark study by the Technological University of Munich (Germany), in association with Mercedes-Benz, showed automatic car washing methods are far superior to driveway hand washing for preserving automotive finishes. Subsequent tests by the University of Texas Construction Research Center confirmed these findings.
University Studies Confirm-hand washing harms vehicle finishes.
In "Reflective Retention" tests conducted by Texas University, it was demonstrated that automatic washing methods retain 300% to 700% more of the factory paint's original lustre than by hand washing, which severely degraded the shine.
The "Sandpaper Effect" of Hand Washing.
In the Mercedes-Benz tests, 25 were conducted on identical new model sedans with pristine factory finish paint. Before each test the vehicles were coated with a mixture of street dirt, under-fender accumulation, oily water and thawing salt residue.
For the tests the scientists used electron microscopes able to record the density and depth of abrasions down to 0.27 of 1,000th of a millimeter. After 25 hand washings, microphotography revealed a dense crisscross pattern of scratches on the vehicle finish penetrating as far as 10% into the paint thickness. Under high magnification these scratches formed sandpaper patterns attributable to the action of tiny dirt particles trapped in the pores of the rags and sponges used.