Self-service power or jet washing is offered by mechanical wash equipment that is operated by the motorists themselves. The equipment typically comprises a ‘lance’ used to spray chemicals and water at high pressure onto the vehicle surface and also a brush which is made from very fine & strong strands to massage the chemicals over the paintwork and scrub away the dirt deposits.
Use of this type of equipment is usually offered either by purchasing a ticket for a pre-set program or by ‘buying time’ by adding coins or tokens into a slot close to the machine. On pre-programmed machines, the system will sequence through a series of actions that will progressively allow the motorist to clean their car, Usually a siren will sound before each program step is finished to help the motorist finish in time. On ‘buy time’ machines, the motorist is usually free to select the wash functions by themselves, knowing that they can pump additional coins/tokens into the machine to prolong the operation, if required.
Such equipment is generally found at either petrol forecourts or in professional wash centres.
Self-service power or jet washing equipment is frequently found on forecourts or in wash centre and as such you have the use of the full forecourt or wash center services.
This type of equipment is customarily very safe; however it is always advisable to rinse the brush head before use to ensure that the previous user has not left dirt or grit in the head.