Carwashing chat and more…
Carwashing chat and more…
From chemicals to containers and wash practices, there are many ways to be environmentally friendly.
Since we only have one planet, everyone has a stake in protecting the environment. Certainly, Nemo Car and Dog Wash is no exception. Admittedly, we enjoy an advantage in the industry in that our suppliers are well versed. Australias’ environmental standards are considerably more stringent than ever so environmental stewardship — from chemicals to equipment — is a significant focus for Nemo Car and Dog Wash.
Nemo Car and Dog Wash have taken huge steps to ensure that we are using products that are not harmful to the environment and sustainable. For example, some carwash formulations still contain a chemical that cleans well but is very hard on equipment and poses a risk to employees, operators and the public.
Of course, chemicals are only one aspect of our efforts to be good stewards of our environment. Our carwash equipment is engineered to minimize the consumption of water and electricity.
Protecting the environment we share is everyone’s concern, and Nemo Car and Dog Wash is doing its part. We will strive to make our chemicals and equipment more eco-friendly while looking ahead and planning for an even greener future.
Eleven steps to cleaning a car engine safely.
The engine is the heart of the car. Keeping it clean means giving a car the power to perform smoothly.
Typically, people who live in urban areas with paved roads and experience little or no debris should clean their engines twice a year.
However, those who live in the country or do a lot of off-road driving — where they encounter a lot of dust, grime and debris — should clean their engines every three months. The same applies to those who live in areas that experience extensive snowfall and rain.
Cleaning a car’s engine has numerous benefits, but it’s vital to do it safely to avoid making mistakes that can cause malfunctions.
For example, engine sensors and wires should not be exposed to water. They can cause short circuits, leading to a faulty engine which can be very expensive to repair.
Ideally, opt for a warm day. Warmer weather, which is low in humidity, will help the car engine to dry faster.
To effectively clean a car’s engine, you will need some equipment and products, including;
If the car was running, switch it off and flip open the hood to allow the hot engine to cool off for a few hours before cleaning it. In fact, it’s advisable to clean the engine in the morning since the car would have cooled down overnight.
Tightly seal the brake fluid, power steering fluid, coolant and other liquid reservoir caps. Please press down the dipstick to ensure it is adequately sealed.
Doing this prevents the water from getting into the fluids, thus preventing chemical reactions and degradation, that can damage the engine.
First, disconnect both battery terminals and, if possible, remove the whole battery to enable you to clean that area comfortably. Disconnecting the terminals ensures you protect them from getting wet and damaged.
Cover up the sensitive electrical components using a plastic bag and seal them tightly with electrical tape. Protect features like engine control units, ignition wires, distributor caps, spark plugs, coil packs, alternators and other filters.
Protecting these compartments from getting wet will ensure you thoroughly clean the engine without the fear of damaging anything.
Agitate the surface grime and dust using a brush with synthetic bristles, and vacuum it up. After scrubbing off the dirt, wet the engine bay using warm water to help in removing loose grime and dirt. Then, spray the degreaser throughout the engine compartments, and allow it to soak for 10 minutes.
Rinse out the engine bay using a weak stream of pressure sprayer. Avoid using a high-pressure sprayer, since it may leak water onto the covered areas, causing problems. Start rinsing from the back, going to the front.
After rinsing it, wait for the water to evaporate, and then wipe the engine using a soft microfiber cloth. Alternatively, you can use a compressor to blast in the air to the nooks and crannies, thus removing excess water.
After wicking up the water, remove the plastic and electrical tape from the covered areas. Dispose of them correctly. Leave the engine with the hood up for about an hour or until everything completely dries out.
Reinstall the battery terminals and reconnect the battery.
Once the engine is completely dry, start the car and allow it to run the usual way until it reaches its operating temperature; you can drive it or switch it off.
Don’t be too quick to take the car’s components out; you might misplace them or put them back improperly. It’s advisable to take a picture of any part you want to remove.
Don’t go crazy with the cleaning chemicals. Some engine cleaners can leave residue on an engine, leading to corrosion.
Make it a habit to advertise the need to clean a car’s engine regularly using the above steps. That way, it becomes easy to keep the engine looking good and also be able to identify and resolve any emerging engine problems while ensuring safety.
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