The upper and lower parts of your car require different cleaning methods, detergents, applications and strengths.
For instance, the front of the car can collect anything from insects to tar, while the lower parts of the car are more likely to collect dirt, oil and salt. Just as the upper parts of the car are more susceptible to sap, bird droppings, acid rain and general grime.
Unfortunately the detergents used on the lower parts of your car do not discriminate between the removal of dirt and grime, and the waxes and polishes that protect your car’s upper duco.
Therefore it is essential that each contaminant is treated with the right detergent to ensure the entire cleaning process is gentle yet effective.
This means you will leave Blue Planet knowing your car has had the best wash while having minimal impact on the environment
Garden Hose 200 200
Pressure Washer 30 30
Commercial Car Wash:
Automatic 600 0
Auto (80% Recycle) 120 0
Semi Auto Hand Wash 600 0
Hand Wash with Hose 200 0
Hand Wash Pressure 30 0
Hand Wash Pressure 15 0
Blue Planet 5* 0
*Our 100,000 litre rain water storage allows us to operate at 0 litres reticulated water for most of the year. Rain water is very beneficial as it does not leave a salty residue on your duco.
A guide to what your car needs after summer
The summer is over, and it’s time to look at any damage to your car and take action. It was fortunate that the summer was mild and the damage to our vehicles was less than other years.
During summer, our cars are bombarded with radiation from the sun, dry dusty air, salt from the ocean and high temperatures that cook the insides of our cars. South Melbourne, Port Melbourne and Southbank get all these damaging factors in abundance.
A weekly hand car wash is necessary to have your vehicle looking it’s best in ten years time. So the damage may be limited, if not don’t worry bring it in and we’ll discuss what needs to be done.
In most case we want to remove all salt from the body of the car. Even if you live 5 kilometres from the beach, your car will need to be desalted before the wet season. We know that salt in itself is not corrosive to your paintwork, but add some moisture (and its coming) and damage will occur. So it’s best to take care of your car now.
An option is a hot spa hand wash that focuses on all the nooks and crannies where salt crystallises and hangs around, boot jambs, door jambs sun roof cradles and so on. The car is then resealed with our favourite polish /wax carnauba wax, long lasting great shine and protection. Ready for its onslaught with winter.
Summer can also damage vehicles duco with acid rain. Sulphur in the air is leached out by Melbourne’s famous misty rain. It sits on the cars surfaces, windows and body, and etches the glass or the paint work. Hopefully you haven’t fallen victim to this, as it’s quite difficult to correct. We’ll advise you as to the best cause of action if this has happen to your vehicle.
The interior is the same as the exterior if you are a beach go-er as the salt will get into materials and plastics that make up the inside of the vehicle. Steam cleaning will remove the salt plus all the dirt and grime that has built up over the summer. Apart from this most vehicles will need a thorough prolonged vacuuming to remove all sand, camping left overs, fishing bait, rubbish removal, gardening and so on. An interior detail that includes the steam cleaning will be recommended if you have any of these problems.
The big deal with the inside is radiation damage to plastics and de-moisturising of fibre and materials by high temperatures. Sun causes plastics to gobrittle and eventually crack. There are no good sun blocks for car plastics. The materials that we apply on our bodies permeate the plastic and stain it permanently. Do not touch your car’s interior while you have sun block on as its very difficult to get of. As a general rule do not apply moisturisers or creams of any type to the plastics inside your car.
So the only way to limit the damage by radiation is to block the radiation in the first place. Shade at all times particularly during very hot days. This also helps in protecting fibres and materials inside the car.
Shade is beneficial to the whole interior. Leather however is far more affected by increasing temperatures. High temperatures drive out moisture causing the leather to go stiff and brittle, again parking in shade helps enormously. The inside of the car is a glass house and temperatures rise quickly and extremely high when the cabin is sealed. Leaving the windows down a fraction allowing hot air to escape will dramatically keep temperatures down. Re moisturising is essential with all leather before summer and at the end of summer.
So to cap off, the exterior of your car will need a hot spa hand was and a good wax. And the interior will need lots of shade and a steam clean. All of these services and more are provided at Blue Planet. Our team are equipment with the knowledge and skills to give your car the best personal treatment.
Our most precious resource, water, can no longer be taken for granted. Blue Planet’s unique recycled water treatment process, has been designed specifically for the Australian environment.
So what makes blue planet so environmentally friendly?
Our patented molecular water filters, thoroughly remove all chemicals and waste in the water during the cleaning process. This system also allows us to monitor and maintain the optimal pH levels of the water being recycled.
At Blue Planet our aim is to provide you with the best customer service and attention to detail while being the most environmentally friendly car wash in Melbourne, without compromise. We can’t afford to be putting our water second. If you’re looking for quality care to both your car and the planet, you’ve come to the right place.