Steam or waterlesswashingyourcar?

Automotive cleaning has undergone major changes over time, fromwashingwith water to steamcleaning and washingwithout water.
But whatexactly are the advantages and disadvantages of each of thesetechniques?

Traditional water washing, whichislosingmomentum

You are all familiarwith the traditional water-basedcleaningmethod, whichconsists of spraying the vehicle and thenusing a cleaningproduct to remove the dirtbefore a thoroughrinse. This methodisless and lesspopular at a time whenenvironmentalconcerns are at the heart of debates.

Car cleaningstillrepresents 6% of the averageconsumption of drinking water in France, or 35 billion litres of water per year. In addition, the disposal of waste water is a problem in itsown right, sinceit must in principlebetreated by a wastewatertreatment plant.

It iseasy to understandwhy alternative cleaningmethods have developed, such as waterlesswashing and steamcleaning. What are their respective strengths and weaknesses?

Waterlesswashing, efficient but long-lasting

Waterlesswashingisbased on biodegradable or polymer-basedcleaningproductsthatmake car pre-washingunnecessary. Theiroperationis simple and theirefficiencyundeniable:polymers trap dirtparticles and thenremovethem by simplywipingthem off with a soft cloth.

However, washingwithout water is not withoutconstraints. First, dirtfrom the car quicklyaccumulates on the ragsyou use, requiringfrequent replacement. Then, if the vehicleisverydirty, cleaningis long and tedious.... especiallybecause a car has many areas that are difficult to maintain (wheels, rims, etc.). Finally, despiteitseffectiveness, waterlesswashingisstill more aggressivethansteamcleaning: as such, itis not free of micro-scratches.

Steam cleaning of the car:asaving of time and efficiency

Steam car cleaning has the advantage of being able to becarried out both on the inside and outside of the vehicle. Thanks to the projection of dry steam at high temperature (170°C on average), iteliminatesstubbornstains and unpleasantodoursfrom textiles but can alsobeused on dashboards, bodywork, rims or tires... It thereforemakesit possible to maintain a car in a non-abrasive way to protect the most sensitive surfaces, but also to clean in depth the mostdifficult to access areas.

On the other hand, itiseconomical:you can reduce water consumption by up to 90% compared to a high-pressure cleaner; the cleaning time beingreduced (up to 40% shorter), youalsosaveelectricity. The cost to the end customerisalsotwo to three times lowerthanthat of washingwithout water.

A car steamcleaner can beused in addition to a cleaningproduct for more carefulfinishing.

It thusoffers a robust alternative to traditionalmethods for efficient professionalcleaning.

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