Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is Conserve Car Wash part of a major chain or franchise of car washes?
A. No, the Car Wash is owned by the Gillis family of Madison, NH.
Q. Who is that guy I see there all the time?
A. Randy is the manager of the car wash and has been here for many years. Heís
the guy who keeps everything running smoothly and your car coming out clean.
Q. Who are the other people I see working there sometimes?
A. We have had many employees over the course of 24 years and some of them are
family members as well. We have 7 children and they have all worked at the car
wash in some capacity. You might even see Keegan who is only 3 pushing the
buttons in the automatic cloth car wash.
Q. Do you recycle the water in the car wash?
A. Yes and No. We are able to recycle a portion of the water in the automatic Cloth
Car Wash. Due to the fact that the cloth wash process uses so much water this is
the best use for the system. The recycled water is constantly recharged with the
high pressure fresh water from the prep wash guns at a rate of 7 gallons per
minute. The water is filtered through a series of sediment tanks to remove dirt
particles, then soap is added to the water and it is pumped back by a large
centrifugal pump. This process allows us to save more than half the water that
would be used in a home car wash application. The final process of the wash
uses 100% fresh water for wax applications and final rinsing. Itís very much
like washing dishes in a sink with the faucet always running and always rinsing
with fresh water. The Touchless wash uses such high pressure that it reduces
the amount of water used, the process is referred to as HPLV (High Pressure
Low Volume) in this application a car may be washed with as little as 34 gallons
of water so 100% fresh water is used. The electricity required to recycle this
small amount of water would not be environmentally friendly or cost effective.
The same holds true for the Self Service wash, by using high pressure water the
gallons per minute (GPM) used are reduced from 8 GPM to only 3.5 GPM and
the efficiency of the spray becomes more than double that of a standard garden
hose. In short, you get a better wash with less water.
Q. Will my doors freeze up if I wash my car below 32 degrees?
A. Most cars now have been designed to be aerodynamically quiet, this means that
the channels that used to hold water around doors and windows have been
eliminated. If you have a problem with the weatherstrip of the door freezing
simply wipe the rubber portion with a protectant like ArmorAll and the ice
Q. Will the car wash scratch my car?
A. No, scratching is eliminated by washing the grit off with high pressure prior to
applying any friction to the surface. You are more likely to scratch your car with
a garden hose and a sponge. Without high pressure all the damaging grit is still
there waiting to be rubbed around by the sponge. We also use flagged bristle
brushes to prep your car instead of sponges. Using these type of brushes means
That any remaining particles on the painted surface will float up into the space
Between the bristles and pressure is not applied to the abrasive particles, so they
are not rubbed into the finish. During the cloth wash process water is constantly
Being applied to float away dirt particles as they are removed. Low Ph soap is
also applied to act as a cleaning agent as well as a lubricant. On dark colored
cars it is necessary to maintain a good coat of paste wax to avoid hazing which
may occur over time from any type of wash process . A layer of paste wax will
keep contaminates from coming in contact with the painted surface. It is the
removal of these abrasive contaminates that will cause the finish to become dull.
If you donít have a good coat of wax on your dark colored car and would like to
retain that factory shine the Touchless car wash is your best bet.
Q. Will the wax in the car wash cause streaks on my windows?
A. No, the old days of car wash waxes being oil or kerosene based are gone.
The waxes used in the wash now will actually allow you to see better because
they contain polymers, much like RainX or Vision Clear which allow your
windshield wipers to work better, they make water bead and blow off and they
actually reduce the glare from pitting on your windshield.
Q. Do I really get the extra services when I pay for them.
A. Absolutely, in fact if you know what you are looking for you can actually see it
being applied. Things like triple foam polish are obvious, but if you look out
your window while going through the automatic cloth wash you can see the
wheel cleaners being sprayed online. You might see the undercarriage wash or
the rust inhibitor spraying up from the floor just before your car passes over it
or the spray coming out from underneath. The undercarriage wash in the
Touchless wash is so strong you can hear it spraying under your car. The waxes
will show by the beading water just before the dryer cycle and they each have a
unique scent to them. There are always at least 18 separate containers of
cleaners, polishes or waxes online between the 3 washes.