Conventional methods for cleaning the exterior of a vehicle—such as pressure washing or handwashing—require gallons and gallons of water, yet you’ll still need separate tools and supplies to clean the interior. With today’s widespread water shortages and the tightening regulations, or if you’re simply running a mobile car wash business and can’t bring hundreds of gallons of water with you to the job, “steam car wash” is quickly becoming the new standard for smart, efficient, and profitable car wash and detailing.
Using “dry” vapor steam produced by the Optima Steamer, a practiced operator can clean the exterior of a typical passenger car with as little as 1 gallon of water and can do it in as little as 15 minutes (obviously, your results may vary).
Not only is steam car wash a way to conserve water and bypass regulations, but because “dry” vapor steam uses a small amount of water to produce big, powerful, sanitizing effects, the Optima Steamer can be used on interiors, too, and can replace tons of the expensive and toxic chemicals you’ve been using. So with the Optima Steamer, you’ll be able to offer exterior and interior cleaning at any mobile location (which means you can offer convenience-based services at a premium), saving time by using a single washing tool (which means saving money on each job performed), reducing your reliance on specialty chemicals and supplies , and delivering results better than you were able to produce without the Optima, allowing you to offer your customers higher level services and making repeat customers out of all of them.
So, what differences are there in using the Optima Steamer in place of traditional washing techniques? How can steam clean a car? What techniques should you use? What should you be cautious of? Below are some insights we’ve collected from our customers who’ve made “Steam Car Wash” a thing and have worked best for most people. This info is not to be viewed as the Steam Car Wash Bible, but merely a starting point. As should be expected with professional, commercial cleaning equipment–especially the Optima Steamer, which produces high-heat, pressurized water–all situations should first be tested to make sure that no damage occurs.