We have covered in our earlier blogs explaining the appropriate way of washing your vehicle – The Two Bucket Wash Method. Without a doubt, that wash method is still considered to be the best. However, with changing times, it became necessary to adopt some alternative wash methods that could be Eco-friendly, convenient, time-saving, and at the same time, being as effective as a regular wash.
And this is the reason why water-less or rinse-less wash has gained so much popularity in the last few years. It is a method where a spray bottle filled with a cleaning fluid is used to wash any affected area on your vehicle. The cleaning method is similar to how we all clean windows with a window cleaning spray at our home, office, etc.
Rinse-less wash does not mean you can use any soapy liquid to wash your car. The fluid should be lubricating enough to prevent any possible damage to the finish of your vehicle. A good quality spray fluid is extremely slippery that prevents scratches, usually caused while wiping off road grime. The spray needs to be complemented with a high-quality microfiber cloth or towel to minimize the chances of grit scratching the car paint.
How To Make Your Rinse-Less Car Wash Effective?
Here are some valuable tips to make your water-less washing effective.
- Spray cleaning is not recommended for very dirty vehicles. The spray bottle solution is not enough to clean the car surface with dried, thick mud.
- As mentioned above, use good quality microfiber towels for better results. Scratches can be prevented if you are using the spray cleaner to clean and a microfiber towel to wipe off the dirt.
- Scratches can be kept at bay if you clean your microfiber towel frequently, rotate the towel to a clean section, or switch to a fresh towel while wiping off.
- It is best to use the cleaner and wipe off the dirt in straight lines. Circular motions usually cause swirls on the clear coat.
- Do not put too much pressure while wiping away the dirt as that may cause scratches.
While purchasing a rinse-less wash spray, make sure that it is a concentrate with carnauba wax. A composition of 5 ml concentrate with 500 ml of water is enough to clean and wax a sedan sized car. The spray should contain High-Performance Active Agents (HPAA). HPAA lifts dirt and grime from pores of the surface, condenses them, and provide lubrication. This helps in dislodging the dirt that prevents any possible damage while cleaning.
Such a spray can be used to clean exterior and interior paint, glass, rubber, metal, vinyl, plastics (dashboard, doors), wheels, tyres, etc. Do not use it on fabric. The spray solution makes the surface slick, hydrophobic, and abrasion-resistant.
A mix of 5 ml of the concentrate with 500 ml of water is good enough to be used within a week. While cleaning, always start from the roof. Once you spray on any panel, wait for a few seconds so that the dirt loosens up, and then wipe the dirt off gently with a microfiber towel in a single direction. You may use another microfiber towel to buff lightly once the panel dries up. Just ensure that the second towel is never mixed with the other towel and is always kept dry.
Benefits of Rinse-Less Wash
1. Save Water
Imagine the amount of water you can save using liquid through a spray as compared to running water or even in a bucket. Preserving water is a global need today. An estimated 38 liter of water are used to wash a single car. As per the car wash industry, nearly 8 million vehicles are washed at car washes globally in a day. By this calculation, approximately 304 million liter of water are used for car washes in a single day across the globe.
Rinse-less wash is Eco-friendly and gives you a satisfaction that you keep your car clean without wasting water.
2. Wash With Ease
Isn’t it so convenient to simply grab a spray bottle and a microfiber cloth to start cleaning? This can be done anytime and anywhere. You don’t need access to a pressure washer or water hose.
3. Simple Process
Rinse-less wash does not require any expertise. As explained above, it is as simple as cleaning a window at your home. The process includes spraying, letting the formula saturate for a few seconds, and then wiping the dirt off using a microfiber towel. The process is not only very simple to follow but also very cost-effective.
4. Safe Wash
The spray fluid used in water-less cleaning contains lubricants and other cleaning agents. These ingredients help you clean the car surface without leaving any scratches behind.
5. Time-Saving Wash Technique
The two bucket wash method requires a good amount of time of yours to give a complete wash to your car. Even taking your car for an automatic wash needs a lot of planning. Rinse-less wash lets you clean your car by following three simple steps that eventually help you save a lot of time. Even 30 minutes of your time is enough to clean the affected areas.
6. Remove Dirt and More
The rinse-less cleaning spray is not just useful to remove dust. You can use it to remove bug splatter, tree sap, bird droppings, road tar, and other mess up marks. And the best thing is, you can clean these contaminants as and when they occur. You don’t need to worry about waiting for the next washing schedule to remove unwanted residues on your car surface.
7. Environment Friendly
Have you ever calculated the amount of harmful waste that ends up in our lakes, rivers, and even seas because of washing through running water? Along with the amount of water that gets wasted, contaminants that flows out after washing is polluting our water bodies. Ecologically, we are doing no good because the water that drains out comprises of harsh chemicals from the cleansing detergents, oil, gas, and other residues. Through water-less washing, we can substantially decrease the adverse impact on our environment.
8. Be Assured of a Long-Lasting Shine & Protection
A high-quality water-less cleaning solution guarantees a durable sparkle in your car. In addition to the shine, such a solution protects the vehicle from tar, catalytic converter discharges, salt, bug splatter, roadway grime, and bird droppings.
It is always good to keep yourself informed about certain limitations of rinse-less wash along with its benefits.
Not Suited for Very Dirty Cars & Heavy Vehicles
Cars that are very dirty would require regular wash as the rinse-less wash is not feasible for such cars. Rinse-less wash works best when a vehicle is little or moderately dirty or when you want to give your car a bit of freshening up. Washing vehicles that are very dirty or bigger vehicles like trucks would need a large amount of spray cleaner to work effectively.
Use of microfiber towels also plays an important part in getting effective rinse-less cleaning. Frequent cleaning of microfiber towels will be required if you are trying to wash a heavy vehicle or a vehicle that is very dirty. If frequent cleaning is not possible, you will have to be prepared with more number of microfiber towels. This means you would end up spending more money than usually required for a rinse-less washing.
Rinse-less car wash is a great option to clean your vehicle between the regular wash schedules. It can be ideal when the vehicle isn’t too filthy. This method of car wash is best as far as conserving water is concerned. It can be very handy when a pressure washer or a hose isn’t practical or available.
Ask your detailing expert about the most effective rinse-less spray brand that you can keep with you. Make sure you also keep good quality large microfiber towels with you.