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Mr. Clean Car Wash: Common Terms Glossary

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

We at Mr. Clean Car Wash, wanted to make sure that when you hear us say one of these common car terms, you understand what we are talking about.

  1. Detailing– A detail is a specific procedure that deep cleans a specific area. There are usually two main types of detailing, internal and external. External detailing generally includes washing, waxing, and polishing the vehicle. It also includes headlight restoration, clay bar to remove paint contaminants or External Vinyl Conditioning that dresses the black vinyl trim many vehicles have today. Internal detailing includes when a technician shampoos carpets or cloth seats, cleans and conditions leather seats or interior plastic and vinyl surfaces. Both of these types of detailing are important because deep cleaning helps to keep a vehicle in top shape and reduces the effects of weather and other elements that keeps up its appearance and helps to maintain value for resale.
  2. Oil Change The replacement of dirty oil and oil filter to clean oil and a new oil filter in a vehicle’s engine. It is recommended for a vehicle to get its oil changed every 3 months or 3,000-5,000 miles depending on the make and model as specified by the manufacturer’s recommendation. Oil changes are important for the longevity of a vehicle. The key to a great car is a great engine, and an oil change helps maintain a great engine.
  3. Clay Bar– A compound used to smooth the painted surfaces on a vehicle and remove any contaminants. Can be used on multiple surfaces, such as glass, metal and paint. This detailing process is important to clean microscopic contamination from painted surfaces to give a smooth cleaning to paint before waxing.
  4. Express Wash An express car wash is great for a quick run through when a customer is short on time and wants a quick exterior cleaning. It is an exterior only tunnel only wash that does not include a technician drying the vehicle or doing any other finishing process. In many cases, customers that get an express wash will dry and vacuum their car themselves in the self service vacuum area of the carwash.
  5. Full Service Wash Best described as wash that includes interior and exterior cleaning. A full service wash includes interior cleaning such as vacuuming, windows, wiping dash and console by a carwash associate after being washed by the carwash tunnel. Mr. Clean Carwash has several levels of full service washes that add additional tunnel applied features to the wash without adding any time.
  6. Throttle plate A valve that controls the amount of air flow allowed in the engine of a vehicle. It is important to keep a throttle plate clean in order to keep a vehicle from breaking down and running the way that it should.
  7. Emissions Test A test that is required by most states that checks the amount of exhaust waste that a vehicle transmits into the air. The test is usually required once a year and can include a check of other safety features including brakes. Without an emissions test a car owner will not be able to get their vehicle registration renewed as well as get insurance in some cases.

Read more in depth definitions of any unfamiliar terms on Mr. Clean Car Wash’s blog.

Dirt Can Hurt More than a Clean Car

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

People Notice a Clean Car and Dirt

Everyone notices a clean car—and everyone notices a dirty one. Those cars that have “wash me” written on the side or back window always catch a driver or rider’s attention. No one wants to be the driver with the common saying in obvious neglect. However, what seems like a childish lark, can actually be harmful to those inside the vehicle and the car’s body on the outside.

Dirt is Tricky Inside and out

Dirt has many negative effects on paint. Not only does it make the car look old, but writing in dirt on the vehicle can cause scratches and other permanent damage. Also, dirt that mixes with rain can create an acidic compound that can weaken metal, and show noticeable damage on the surface. Keeping the outside of the vehicle clean can also help with the resale value if a car owner plans to sell the vehicle later.

However just because the outside is clean doesn’t mean that the harm to the vehicle (or its passengers) is gone. Dirt is a carrier of bacteria, meaning that there can be a silent danger right in the middle of a common necessity that people use every day. Car owners trust their vehicles with their families, and even the safest drivers cannot protect those they love from the diseases found in the dirt in their car.

Dirt Impacts More than Appearance

Some soil-related diseases include wound infections, gastroenteritis, and specific respiratory syndromes, according to Dennis J. Baumgardner, MD on Many of these health related symptoms are acquired simply by ingesting dust, or dirt, containing the bacteria. When dirt settles in a vehicle, the likelihood of someone ingesting some harmful bacteria increases significantly.

Also, dirt inside the vehicle can affect the way that a driver feels in the long run. mentions that when the inside of a car is clean the driver and passengers feel better about themselves and the time they spend in the vehicle. Taking the extra step to get a vehicle detailed could be the thing that changes a bad mood into a great one.

Don’t let dirt impact the mood or the health of a car’s passengers. Let the trained technicians at Mr. Clean Car Wash remove the dirt from the inside and the outside with a full service Signature Shine. Right now customers can get $5 off any single detail service as well.

Why Rain Is Not a Substitute for a Car Wash

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Is all water created equal? Not when it comes to a car wash.

Why All Water is NOT the Same

Rainy weekends may seem like the solution to a car owner’s car wash troubles—however, rain can actually be what stops a vehicle from getting clean. In fact, wind, rain, and other storm related weather makes cars dirtier in most cases. Wind can pick up particles from the ground and transfer them onto the metal of a vehicle. This can cause scratches and other damage—not to mention an unsightly exterior. Also, rain can react with the dirt on the vehicle. This reaction can result in things like chipping paint and corrosion. Dirt can also weaken paint—which not only makes the vehicle look old and worn, but can also hurt resale value later.

Acidic Water Can Cause Damage

Another fact about rain is that it can be acidic, especially in and around large cities. According to the Environmental Protecting Agency of the United States, normal rain is “slightly acidic” due to the levels of carbon dioxide that dissolve in the liquid and form “weak carbonic acid.” Even if a car owner is outside a city, rain by nature is more acidic than water used at a professional car wash. Imagine how acid rain can impact a vehicle over time. The damage is often permanent and costly to repair. The good news is that there is an easy way to prevent weather related damage.

High Water Pressure Is the Key

A car owner should always take their vehicle to a professional car wash. High water pressure is extremely important while cleaning a car because it helps prevent scratches and other damage. Rain simply cannot provide the right amount of pressure needed to clean a car properly. In addition, high water pressure allows the dirt to be removed safely, so the car is left in the best possible condition.

Another factor to consider while looking into getting a professional wash is soap. Water alone cannot leave a vehicle in prime condition. A vehicle needs the proper products in order to look like new. Letting the rain do the washing will eliminate soap (one of the necessary products needed to protect the vehicle) altogether.

Don’t leave it to the rain, bring the car to Mr. Clean Car Wash. With a host of wash packages ranging from a quick shine to an all over detail, there’s a Mr. Clean Car Wash package for everyone. Right now get $5 off a Signature Shine.