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Banish Reclaim Pit Odor

Hang around a car wash and it won’t be long before you sniff it out.

The odor, that is. That stink that emanates from the reclaim holding tanks under tunnel car washes. It’s there all the time, but it gets even worse in warmer weather.

It’s a big problem, and not just because of the smell. The smell is caused by the decaying organic material in the reclaim tanks.

So car wash owners try bleach. But it doesn’t work.

They try masking agents, like fragrances. But it doesn’t work because sometimes the odor of the fragrance is worse than the odor of the reclaim tanks, plus the fragrances add to the contaminant loading of the water, which is a problem for reclaim systems.

They try degreasers. But that doesn’t work either.

Why not?

Bleach, fragrances and degreasers don’t break down the organic matter, which is the root of the problem and the cause of the odor. You can’t get rid of the smell without digesting the solids in the tanks.

That’s exactly what Zep’s Reclaim System Odor Control two-part treatment is designed to do – to treat the problem at its root by using bacteria to break down the fats, oils, greases and hydro carbons.

The first step is like “shock treatment.” Twenty (20) quick-release, effervescent bacterial tablets are released into the holding tanks. Each tab contains BILLIONS of hungry bacteria.

The second step is like preventive medicine. It’s a weekly “booster” that keeps the bacteria active and the system in top shape. More bacteria is released by slow-dissolving purple pucks. It’s a one-two punch that delivers a continuous natural bacterial dosage to the reclaim pits.

Zep’s Reclaim System Odor Control treats the odor that inevitably builds up, especially in those warm summer months, and keeps it from ever coming back.

Conserving water and using earth-friendly wash products at Cactus Car Wash

Car wash chain reduces its environmental impact by reusing water, reducing electricity use and choosing Eco-friendly car wash products by Zep.

Car washes are sometimes associated with wasted water and energy, not to mention environmentally questionable chemicals. But some car wash companies are changing that perception with strong sustainability efforts that include eco-friendly wash products. Cactus Car Wash, a company founded in 1996 in South Carolina, addresses environmental concerns in three ways. Read More…

Green Cleaning for Cars

Believe it or not, car washing can be harmful to the environment. Follow these recommendations to make sure you’re cleaning your vehicle in a responsible way.

Washing clean, washing green.

You’re the kind of person who wants to do everything you can to minimize the impact of your automobile on the environment. That’s why you bought that hybrid or electric car, or that gasoline-powered vehicle with the great fuel economy.

Now it’s time to apply that same environmentalism to the care of your car, specifically its cleaning. If you’re not careful, you can waste water and create polluted runoff when washing your vehicle. By following the green cleaning tips outlined below, though, you can be sure that you’re washing your car in the most environmentally friendly way possible.

Don’t try this at home
Washing the car in your driveway may be an enjoyable way to spend a sunny summer afternoon, but environmentally speaking, home washing is not a great way to care for your automobile. First off, it can create polluted water runoff that the flows off your property and into a community’s storm drainage system, which sends it untreated into nearby rivers and streams. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), cleaning a car outside with lots of soap creates runoff that “may contain high amounts of nutrients, metals and hydrocarbons.” Read More…

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