A waterless wash and wax is an eco-friendly and price friendly car cleaning solution that uses little or no water.
It is perfect for the home car detailer and gets in narrow spaces while saving surprising amounts of water.
How does a Waterless Wash and Wax work?
It works like a quick detailer simply spray the surface of the car and then wipe it off. Its best to use a few microfibre cloths and if the vehicle is really dirty remove the worst of it before applying the waterless wash and wax.
A microfibre cloth is used because of high absorbency and softness, which helps to clear up the dirt and grime
If the waterless wash and wax is used correctly, it will not damage or scratch your car’s paint.
Environmental Impact of a Waterless Car Wash
Most commercial car washes use vast quantities of water as they drown the bodywork in water and soap to remove as much dirt as possible (and as fast as possible!).
This is how much water is used to wash a mid-size SUV
A commercial car wash
Most commercial car washes use up to 250 of water per wash. Car washes reclaim most of that water but depending on the chemicals used it does have an impact on the environment without factoring in travel.
A Waterless Wash and Wax
A waterless car wash just requires 4 – 6 oz of waterless car wash formula used per car and (if it is really dirty) a couple of buckets of water.
How to use Waterless Wash and Wax
First of all you’ll need to stock up on some microfibre cloths, they are not expensive and really are the best product to use. You will also need a good quality Waterless Wash and Wax, we recommend Ultimotive Williams Racing Waterless Wash And Wax.
If your car has excessive mud, we recommend a rinse. A waterless wash and wax will not be effective against caked mud.
Follow our step-by-step guide to get your car shining on the driveway
Start by taking a clean microfibre cloth and folding it twice in half to create eight useable sides. Remember that we use a microfibre because it offers high absorbency and softness, which helps to remove that dirt and grime
Mentally split up your car into different sections that you can work on at a time.
The side glass
The bonnet and boot
The side doors (upper half)
The front bumper
The rear bumper
The lower half of the side doors
You will want to use different microfibre clothes for different sections of the car. Stop using a cloth if it becomes too dirty. Incorrectly using a microfibre can lead to scratches on your vehicle. It is best to play safe and get a new cloth and they can always be cleaned reused.
Usually, car detailers start at the top of the car to avoid spilling when using products on the roof.
Simply spray the Waterless Wash and Wax onto one folded cloth and onto a panel of the vehicle, gently wipe and quickly buff using a second clean and dry microfibre cloth.
Wipe lightly in one direction. Wipe the bodywork gently without applying too much pressure. Don’t go in circles or you’ll just end up keeping the dirt on the car. We recommend wiping linearly in the direction of the wind.
When the microfibre gets too dirty, use one of the other clean sides. The idea of using a clean side every time is not to reintroduce contaminants to the car. Repeat this process as you clean the other parts of your vehicle.