The fastest way to clean a car (with about 1 gallon of water)!
A New Way of Cleaning
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.
Cleaning the Exterior
Cleaning the Interior
Steam is safe on all parts of the interior of a vehicle as well. Steam lifts dirt out of carpets, upholstery and leather, all while revitalizing these delicate materials in the process.
As with exterior cleaning, you’re going to continue working in sections. When using a standard nozzle, keep the nozzle 1 to 2 inches* from the surface of the carpeted material. Keep the nozzle moving at an even pace, slowing down on spots to target more stubborn stains and grime build-up.
* As synthetic materials found in carpet and upholstery vary by vehicle manufacturer, please test on a discrete area of the interior to find the ideal distance to keep the nozzle tip from the cleaning surface.
Recommended interior cleaning accessories:
Again, the methods outlined here were achieved with accessories that come in every Optima Steamer package. While each package is designed to give you everything that you would need to start your new “steam-centric business,” we do offer a wide array of additional accessories that make all of these tasks even easier. Should you have any further questions about the methods covered here, please call Steamericas’ main office at 1-844-US-STEAM (1-844-877-8326).
These are the Authorized Methods for Cleaning a Vehicle with Steam from Steamericas, Inc.
The information found here is a collection of insights we’ve picked up from car wash and detailing professionals. Keep in mind, these insights may not be the latest techniques, nor are they intended to work for all situations and on all vehicles. Always proceed with caution and test materials and surfaces at a distance. Ultimately, the responsibility of how to most safely and effectively clean surfaces is yours and Steamericas, Inc bears no responsibility for damage, injury or loss using our product for car wash, detailing or any job. Use caution when attempting to use your product in the manner described below and always be conservative when attempting new services and techniques. We can recommend is to get connected with other users, so that you can learn from each other. The Optima Steamer Owners Facebook Group is one such example.