Washing with cold water becomes hot
With energy prices in Europe at an all-time high, the latest cold water wash chemistry by WashTec comes as a blessing. Getting good results in a self-service car wash without hot water? You better believe it.
For a long time, hot water was the standard solution in self-service car washes. Temperature control proved quite important in order to obtain the right mixing ratio with soap in the wash water. But since gas and electricity-prices have exploded in large parts of Europe, many car wash owners are seriously worried about their business model.
Enter German car wash supplier WashTec, who long had their AUWA-range of wash and care series that can cope with cold water. Recently, the group has added the special label “Also suitable for cold water” to its online store. This means car washes which don’t use hot water can now be equipped with the appropriate chemical products. Or you simply close the hot water tap and convert.
Converting from hot to cold
At the Treffen car wash in Villach, Austria, they already shifted to cold water last summer. Treffen-owner Horst Ball, thus reacted in a particularly timely manner to the escalation in energy prices. “I am glad that WashTec approached me with this innovative solution right at the beginning of the energy crisis. I reacted quickly and had my self-service wash station converted to cold water operation immediately. This has already saved me many euros since then – while colleagues anxiously follow the prices, I can concentrate fully on the business again.”
According to WashTec, the conversion is possible for new installations as well as older ones by using a conversion kit that interrupts the hot water circuit. This is a quick and cost-effective solution for existing WashTec SB systems, the company said to Carwashpro.de.
With a one-time investment of around 1,200 euros, self-service system operators could secure the profitability and business continuity of their company within a very short time.
The company cites an example calculation for this, based on the energy prices of August 2022. According to this, a 2-place SB plant would be able to achieve €1,624 in savings on gas or €2,072 in savings on heating oil per year.