There are many options to choose from when you need to rid your car of dirt and grime in order to maintain that new car finish. But which one is right for you?

Keep reading to learn the difference between regular versus waterless car washes.

Water Resources

Expect to use between 80 and 140 gallons of water each time you wash your car at home with a spray hose and bucket of soapy water. If you take your vehicle to a traditional car wish, they use about 45 gallons of water.

Contrary to popular belief, a waterless car wash doesn’t mean that there is no water involved, but rather that considerably less of the precious resource is wasted. At Fresh Car Detailing, we’ve determined that 40-60 ounces of water/product (less than half a gallon) is the ideal amount needed to properly clean the entire exterior of a car. In addition, there will be absolutely no water runoff into nearby storm drains as with regular car washing in your driveway.


There are a number of tips to keep in mind if you want to get the results you need with regular car washing. For example, most resources recommend that you avoid washing your car in direct sunlight since it can lead to water spots which in turn results in damage to your paint job, if left unattended.

Proper technique is also key when using the low water car wash method especially as it relates to using the right combination of product to water as described above and ensuring that you have a soft microfiber towel handy.

At this point it is important to make a distinction between waterless car wash and a spray on car wash. Some auto detailers recommend a spray on car wash as a quick fix for cars that only have a light layer of dirt or dust. However, because waterless car sprays are not diluted with water, using this methodology can be quite risky as it can create swirls in the paint or cause light scratching.

The good news is that with a waterless car wash from Fresh Car Detailing, a technician will fully saturate your vehicle with the polymer and water mixture so that every panel is completely covered. Then, he or she will use clean microfiber towels to hand wash the entire car to restore its natural shine.

Time Investment

Both regular and waterless car washes involve a time commitment. And in some cases, waterless car washing can take longer than a regular car wash because it is done by hand. However, in our book, that’s not always a bad thing because it places the focus on quality.

That being said, most people don’t have hours to devote to hand washing their car with every other week. If you want save time and get a high-quality hand wash while you are at work or even while you are asleep, then request your personalized car wash service from Fresh Car Detailing today.

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If you are at Surrey Hills, below is the best way to visit us.

Fresh Car Detailing – Mobile Car Wash Melbourne

18 Cumberland Chase

Hampton Park VIC 3976

(03) 9999 7553

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Waterless Car Wash vs. Regular Which One Should You Choose