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Professional Carwashes Are
The Environment’s Best Friends
By taking your vehicle
to one of the many professional carwash facilities
throughout the state of New Jersey,
you are helping to preserve
one of our country’s most valued assets
– the environment.

Some Important Facts

Did you know that professional car washes only use eight to 45 gallons of water per car depending on the type of car wash? Washing your car at home in the driveway sends the untreated waste water and soaps, oils, and sludge from a home car wash directly into the environment via storm sewers, which are not intended for this type of use. The dirty water at a professional car wash is either treated and reused, piped to water treatment facilities or runs into municipal-approved drainage facilities which are a much better solution for the environment.

Unfortunately, not enough motorists are aware of these facts. Nearly 40 percent of the motoring public washes at home. This is a tragic reflection on how many of us treat the environment. But it doesn’t have to be.

If you haven’t tried a professional carwash or you haven’t been to one lately, there is no time like the present to get your vehicle thoroughly cleaned and conditioned while protecting the environment we all cherish.

Another Danger to the Environment
– Acid Rain

Did you know that another danger to the environment is acid rain. It’s also a danger to your vehicle’s finish? You don’t have to look any further than your car’s finish to see the effects of acid rain. Acid rain damage to automobile finishes is widespread and manifests itself in dull-looking spots that are etched into you car’s finish. As a result, the professional carwash industry urges motorists to wash their cars after a rainfall in order to remove acid-containing rainwater produced by emissions from fossil-fuel burning engines or plants that react with your car’s paint to form sulfuric and nitric acids.

A professional carwash is able to remove this harmful acidity. The International Carwash Association (ICA), headquartered in Chicago, IL, recommends frequent washing (every 10 days) to help eliminate the problems of acid rain and keep your vehicle looking new.

  • The average passenger car on the road today is nearly eight years old, which means car owners are keeping their cars longer and taking better care of them. Frequent professional carwashing should be an important part of that care.

Professional carwashes help preserve
the environment while taking
excellent care of the investment
you’ve made in your automobile.
High-pressure nozzles and pumps at professional carwashes are designed to get the most use out of water flow and conserve water. 

Full-service carwashes use 15-32 gallons of water per cycle.


Exterior-only carwashes use 15-28 gallons of water per cycle.


In-bay automatic/rollover carwashes use 24-45 gallons of water per cycle.


Self-serve (coin op) carwashes use 8-12 gallons of water per cycle.


In 60 seconds, a typical five-eighths inch garden hose running at a typical household pressure of 50 psi (pressure per square inch) uses 14 gallons of water.


Many carwashes recycle water or adjust spray nozzles to even further reduce overall water use.