Car Paint Protection Kedron & pH netural products
If you’ve bought a new car recently, it’s likely that the dealer advised you to make sure that you only use pH neutral soaps and products when it comes to washing it. But what exactly does that mean?
What is ‘pH’?
The official definition is a measure of acidity or alkalinity of water soluble substances. pH stands for ‘potential of Hydrogen’. Acidic and basic are antipodes that describe chemicals, much the same as fast and slow describe variants of speed. Whether a substance is pH neutral or not is determined by where it sits on the pH scale. (The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14. A pH of 7 is neutral. A pH less than 7 is acidic. A pH greater than 7 is basic.)
Why it is important to use pH neutral products on your car
Let’s face it: For the average car owner, finding the time to regularly wash it isn’t something one’s schedule is willing to abide and is therefore usually only done out of a matter of dire urgency. As a result, a lot of people will use whatever is on hand i.e. shampoo or dish washing detergent. Dish washing detergent, for example, is a highly concentrated, coarse soap with an average pH level of 12.5. Specifically formulated to cut through thick layers of grease and baked-on food, it is consequently considered to be an abrasive detergent which, if applied to automotive paintwork, eats through any protective wax-coatings and paint protection systems. Consistent use can even thin the clear coat layer and expedite oxidization. House hold cleaning agents like dish washing detergent and laundry liquid should also be avoided for the reason that they do not lubricate as well as car washing soaps which causes the media (sponge/cloth) to drag as opposed to glide over the paint which can effect swirl-marking. (see article)
At Eco Blue Car Wash Kedron, you can feel confident knowing that your car is professionally cleaned using only industry-standard, pH neutral soaps and products. Call us today!