You may find that maintaining your car wash is a big expense but think of it as a way to protect your investment. Your car wash needs proper maintenance to maintain smooth operations and ultimately, satisfy customers. Without it, your equipment is more prone to damage and breakdown, which can lead to costly repairs or worse, your business shutting down. Here are some tips to properly maintain your car wash to protect your equipment and keep costs down.
Two of the biggest reasons for equipment failures at car washes are improper installation/operation and lack of proper maintenance. Many car wash operators do what’s called reactive maintenance, which means they make repairs when equipment has failed. This isn’t always the best approach because equipment could fail right in the middle of an operation, which means losing your valuable customers. Taking a more proactive approach is usually the best option because you can perform car wash maintenance to prevent certain issues. One important step to more preventative, proactive maintenance is reading the manual for proper prevention protocol.
Create a Maintenance Checklist
From there, you can create a maintenance checklist and take training to carry out certain tasks you need to complete. Be sure to create a maintenance plan that’s well-documented with set schedules, whether that’s daily, weekly, monthly, etc. Sometimes you may need to do maintenance tasks based on car count because the more cars you wash, the more wear you’re putting on your equipment. You might also need to schedule maintenance tasks by time of year such as winter in northern regions or bug prep equipment in the spring.
Maintaining your car wash doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, doing so can make your life easier and operations go much smoother. While it can be time-consuming, it’s often well worth it in the long run.