Looking to clean your 18-wheeler without so much physical labor? While it might be satisfying to take your power washer and clean your big rig, there’s a better way to wash your fleet without involving so much wasted time and physical effort.
As a fleet manager dealing with the old-school way of washing your fleet, you're probably familiar with the struggles - drivers resisting the task, long and labor-intensive cleaning sessions, and let's not forget those inconsistent cleaning results. We feel your pain!
So what’s the solution (pun intended) to washing your fleet in a fraction of the time while removing dirt, grime, and road film? Read on and we'll show you how to wash your semi truck fleet efficiently, saving you time and effort while achieving top-notch results
Why is it Important to Keep Your Truck Clean?
Keeping your fleet sparkling clean isn't just about appearances. It's a branding statement of professionalism. Besides, a well-maintained fleet means happier drivers, reduced corrosion risks, and better resale value for your vehicles. It's a win-win!
The Problem with Traditional Washing Methods for Most Tractor Trailer Fleets:
Going to a Commercial Truck Wash Facility: Sending your trucks to commercial truck wash facilities may seem convenient, but it can be costly in the long run. The cost of the wash is typically pretty expensive, and that’s not even taking into consideration the cost of downtime while your drivers wait in line.
In-House or On-Site Cleaning: In-house cleaning is a common approach, but it can have downsides as well. Choosing to clean your truck internally can lead to several frustrating circumstances, some are listed below:
- Driver Resistance: Convincing drivers to wash their own trucks can be like pulling teeth, leading to inconsistent cleanliness across your fleet.
- Labor-Intensive and Time-Consuming: Manual washing demands serious time and effort. Whether it’s drivers washing their own rigs, or a dedicated employee, the time it takes to wash a vehicle can greatly impact the time the truck is available for use on the road.
- Micro Scratches from Brushing: If your fleet washing method of choice is brushing, the brushes themselves can leave behind micro scratches and swirls that not only look bad and decrease resale value, but they are hard to repair and can lead to paint degradation and accelerated wear.
- Ignoring Road Film: If brushes aren’t used, and a touchless 1-Step method is used instead, road film will continue to build up on the vehicle, making it more difficult to clean over time.
- Company Liability: Having your own employees wash your fleet can lead to more insurance costs due to an increased risk of injury.
- Cost: You will need to hire and pay these employees to wash your fleet. In today's world, it's challenging to find quality help, especially when washing your own vehicles.
A Different Way to Clean Your Semi Trailer Trucks: The Touchless 2-Step Method
Say hello to the brushless 2-Step method - your ticket to efficient and effective fleet washing!
This 2-Step washing process utilizes the chemical reaction of a low pH pre-soak, followed by a high pH detergent applied right over the low pH pre-soak to help remove road film, oxidation, minerals, and other carbon based soils. After a quick rinse from bottom to top, your tractor and trailer are cleaner than they could have ever gotten from a touchless 1-Step method, and washed much faster than brushing.
The 2-Step cleaning method will help you preserve the paint and finishes of the vehicles, reducing the risk of damage that can be caused by using brushes or only high alkaline 1-Step products.
You can use the 2-Step method with your manual washing equipment, or combine it with an automated wash system to clean your fleet up much faster than doing it by hand. Using an automatic wash system can take only minutes per truck, saving you time and labor, giving you consistent results, and offering greater control and flexibility when washing your entire fleet.
Tips for Efficiency:
Whether you’re brushing, using a 1-Step or 2-Step touchless cleaning process, consider implementing the following tips to make the fleet washing process even more efficient:
- Implement a Regular Cleaning Schedule: Set up a regular cleaning schedule based on your fleet's usage patterns, so you keep your fleet maintained while minimizing downtime.
- Maintain and Monitor Your Equipment: Keep your equipment in tip-top shape! Regular maintenance for both your manual washing equipment or your automated wash system ensures a smooth operation and prolongs the lifespan of your equipment.
- Working with an Outside Contractor: An outside mobile fleet washing company will have the experience and skill to properly clean your fleet without taking up your drivers’ time. In addition, they often can schedule their cleaning services around your downtime, offering weekend or night cleaning.
- Use a Specialty Product for Difficult Cleaning: Have your chemicals do the heavy lifting - a quick use of a pump up sprayer with Bug Soaker on the grill can save immense time instead of manually scrubbing, or a spray wax product like Hydro-Sheen acts as a rinse-aid to help reduce water streaks and spots while increasing gloss and shine.
And there you have it, your guide to washing semis like a pro! Embrace the touchless 2-step method and consider unleashing the power of automation for a cleaner, more efficient fleet. Remember, a clean fleet not only turns heads but also keeps your business running smoothly.
Everyone’s fleet is different but no matter the climate or conditions you drive through, the 2-Step cleaning process can help you achieve consistent results while minimizing stress and fleet washing headaches. If you want to know exactly what your unique fleet needs, our experts can guide you towards cleaner fleets and more efficient operations. Contact us or click below for a free wash review to find the best fit for your fleet.