The concept of a dry car wash goes completely counter to mainstream . As society we live under the natural thinking that more is better.
When it comes to washing our cars I don't know anyone who doesn't naturally follow the suggestion that the more water and soap they use, the cleaner their car will be; somehow it just feels right when we see our car getting bathed in gallons of water and mounds of smell-good suds!
But the idea of waterless car washing and the recent products now on the market fly's in the face of traditional thinking. The interesting thing for me personally is that I have been employing these same methods for over ten years in my professional detail business.
Dry car wash is referring to not just about process or technique, but products used for this process. Most "experts" will make the quick assumption that waterless car washing (dry car wash) was introduced as a way to conserve water; I personally think this is simply how the industry rationalizes it. Experience dictates that the more water and car wash used the safer the process is, and the cleaner your car will be. Washing your car without water goes completely counter to what most people consider to be the "right" way. I knew it was inevitable as I see the dry car wash technique simply as a way to get more of what we want as people:
Less work, more results!
First thing we need to remember when it comes to the waterless washing process is common sense. Waterless, or dry car washing is just that; washing a car without water. You use a minimal amount of dry car wash product, or waterless wash product in replacement of any water. With that said, excessively dirty and soiled cars do not make good candidates for this process. Like many areas of life, we need to keep things real and we need to respond in appropriate ways. If your car has not been washed in months, or is soiled from heavy rain and snow, you definitely want to resort back to the traditional car washing methods. As far as manufacturers recommend, you follow these basics instructions:
Yes. But like every other area of life this can (and is) forever debated. Because this goes completely counter to what seems logical, it is easy to find yourself debated the merits and safety of this process. Most would argue that you will be scratching the paint during the process. I have an opinion on this very topic that can also be applied to many other areas of car care and detailing.
Within the world of advanced chemical engineering, you are filled with almost limitless choices; this represents both the good news and the bad news.
The good news is that you could almost grab for any top rated waterless product like the one's below, and you will have a sure thing. The bad news is that you might find yourself reading endless reviews trying to find the "perfect" dry wash product, but all you end up with is more frustration and you still have a dirty car!
Any of the following products will produce excellent results and if I had to pick a single product as my recommendation I would go with the Griot's Garage as it is a quality product and also comes with the cloths!
Meguiar's Ultimate Wash/Wax Anywhere
Detailer's Pro Waterless
Pinnacle Liquid Crystal Waterless
Griot's Garage Waterless
Once you have picked out the waterless car wash product, you will need the right "tool" for the job so you can produce both safe and professional grade results.
And by "tool", I mean true professional level micro-fiber cloths that are ideally suited for dry wash methods due to their thick naps.
Chemical Guys Micro-Fiber
Cobra Deluxe Micro-Fiber
Darren's Professional Tips:
As I said at the beginning, I have been employing waterless washing techniques for over a decade. This was of course long before we had any "official" dry wash products that exist today. Looking back, the progression can be seen:
People, enthusiasts, and detailers scoffed at this from the beginning. Now as more and more people experience the benefits and superior products fist hand, they become loyal fans.
I have yet to see a person go back to traditional methods once they give it an honest shot themselves. I had a neighbor to one of my clients who used to observe me many years ago doing this method. He was completely intrigued to the point where he eventually came across the street one day while I was working and inquired. I explained the unconventional process to him where he commented that I need to market the idea myself. Well, clearly I didn't get around to it but this obviously doesn't prevent you from enjoying the benefits yourself firsthand.