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How To Wash Your Car At A Self Service Car Wash

Updated: Jul 12, 2021

Do you love cleaning your car but don’t have the space, supplies and professional cleaning equipment to do the job? A self-service car wash might just be the best option for you.

Most car washes have two ways you can wash your car - either with an automated laser wash or a manual high pressure hose system. The self-service car wash is a cheap, effective way to give your car a thorough clean.

You won’t need to bother about buying or storing supplies. All you need to do is to just drive in and park your car, spray with a powerful water stream, wash with soapy water, rinse it and then dry it. After that, you can apply protective car wax or polish as needed.

Benefits of Using a Self Service Car Wash Bay

  • Gives you access to professional equipment and top-quality cleaning products.

  • High pressure hoses mean reduced water usage, which is better for the environment.

  • Correctly set up drainage at a car wash keeps dirty water and chemicals out of rainwater drains, also making this a far better option for the environment.

  • You have control over the entire process.

  • You get all the satisfaction of a job well done.

  • Can be performed quickly if you're in a rush.

Top Tip:

If your floor mats are made of rubber or plastic, take them out of the car and set them against the wall so that you can clean them with the spray wand.

Skip this step if your mats are made of carpet, or if you'd rather not clean them.

Self Service Wash Tips

We see so many people skipping different features depending on what sort of self service car wash they're using. Serial offenders will always skip the engine/wheel wash feature and the pre-soap feature. You cannot always blast dirt or grime off your car with a high pressure hose.

Make sure you rinse the car completely with water to get rid of any loose dirt and dust accumulated on the surface. The purpose of rinsing before washing is to remove contaminants so they do not scratch the paint as they slide off the vehicle.

Start washing the car from the top and working your way to the bottom. Also remember to wash down the vehicle as opposed to front to back. Make a few overlapping passes too.

Wanting to achieve that new vehicle feel with shiny rims? Spray your tires and engine down with our engine and tire cleaner. It is recommended to focus on one area at a time, so that the cleaner does not dry. After the cleaner has soaked for a few minutes, use our strong jet hose to rinse the entire area clean.

Finish with a spot free rinse! Wash 'n' Go Brisbane uses purified tap water that has all the minerals removed to avoid scratches and ensure that residual water won’t leave any spots.


For your convenience our self-serve wash bays are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year! You choose the type of wash you want during the cycle, special soaps, wax, protectant and high pressure, spot-free rinse. Choose options such as pre-soak and tire cleaner to customize your wash.

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