Truck washing (Soaps, Tips and Tricks)

It’s got to be the region you’re in that’s killing your ability to bring on fleet accounts. I think I remember you posting you were working on some multi family dwellings and maybe some restaurants ??? Are you focusing more on that type of work or you still chasing fleet accounts?

@dperez Nah I don’t even actively market my commercial and residential services. I just have a website and Google reviews and if I get work great if not that’s great too.

Yeah I mean I’m not in a huge logistics hub like Dallas. There’s maybe 5 freight/beverage companies within a 30 mile radius that have 10+ power units. Everything else is either at least an hour drive or an owner/operator. I have one of the biggest clients in the area at 70+ power units but it’s unrealistic for me to get every single client. I think the fact that my area is pretty far from the nearest blue beacon has resulted in most of these places setting up their own wash-bays and it’s pretty hard to convince someone to switch to me when they already have an employee or two who are dedicated washers. Combine that with one or two folks in each of these cities I go to that already wash fleet and there’s not really a whole lot of options.

The next closest place for me to go with a lot of freight is Jackson, MS and that’s like a 5 hour round trip. And at that point (and even for the places where it’s a 2 hour round trip) my options are limited because I have to demand a 10 or 15 or even 20 unit minimum just to make it worth the drive and then just hope that I can keep getting clients in that area so I can spend all day washing.

I just signed a lease here for another year but I’ve been wanting to get out anyway and maybe take the business with me to a bigger city. Maybe Charlotte or Chicago. Except for college and a year abroad I’ve been in this area since I was 3 and it’s definitely not the kind of place I want to end up.

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First time with Hydro-Chem


These bugs sucked! They were easy as hell except for above the cab. We got the ladder out and foamed from a dedicated foamer. We were applying at 2:5 ratio (two parts water to 5 parts chemical), and still had a hard time touching these. Chad at Hydro-Chem said to put it down at 5:1 and for really tough bugs go 1:1. I knew 1:1 was not going to work from previous bug soaps claims is why we went 2:5. Once we get that figured out we’ll be doing great! The bugs on the brush guard, grill, mirrors and glass melted off though. Any suggestions @Hotshot @dperez (besides HF @Hotshot haha)

We’ve been using the bugsoaker thick, SOP @1:1 . (SAFE ON POLISH) ,we let it sit while washing motor,so say 8 minutes or so. Works pretty good. Nothing compares to the hcs 400 degreaser though at 20% ,melts off as you applying it. But it’s super hot. Not good for polished aluminum. Let your soaker sit a spell,even if it dries,I’ve found that the bugs are still wet,and ready to come off. Hope that helps,you can also pretreat with dyna clean and bug soaker on the front of those box trucks above the cab. You gotta 6 foot wand ?

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Lol. That’s an extremely bad case of the buggies. Thanks 4 taking them off the hwy,now my trucks won’t have so many on them. :joy: …Sorry. @GeorgeNicholson

I’m using bug soaker thin, Chad threw in a 5 gallon bucket with my order to try out. It worked great on everything except above the cab. Had to actually work at it for them to come off.

My son and I was just talking about getting a 6 footer. Do they come in dual Lance’s? My old ■■■ needs one of those high speed triggers where the pressure of the machine pushes the gun into your palm, where the trigger is.

You said do it at 15:1 right for both steps? So I shouldn’t even use a proportioner since my injector puylts out at 15:1. How much soap are you using per rig? Or how many per gallon of soap

Yeah,start out at 15:1 on dyna clean and around 25:1 on super sonic and climb from there. I’m at like 30:1 for my weeklys on the Dyna clean, 50:1 on acid. Once you get it figured out ,start using your porporationer tips to use less soap and acid. Once you get them clean and get them on a regular schedule, you can save more time and product

I’m using about 2/3 of a gallon of dyna clean and 1/3 of super sonic

Per truck? That seems like a lot

This is why I may be screwed. I was thinking my second sop should be stronger. So 25:1 on dynaclean and 15:1 on super Sonic. Been doing this ■■■■ backwards all along

I just run mine both equally. I mix to 50 gallons and I pull about 35:1 with my two step gun.

Also your post is a little confusing because 25:1 is weaker than 15:1.

Yep ,but no brushing on a 70 foot big fella rig, done in 85 minutes or sowith engine clean ,get ya $150 and move on,

I know it’s weaker. I thought the second soap was supposed be stronger. Supersonic should be the weaker of the two

I do 25:1,20:1 and 50:1 for acid. But I run 3 different kinds of acid. Hf,PH,Citric. You generally don’t need alot of acid compared to your soap to make the magic happen fellas.

Right so your first step should be weaker mix than your second right?

So we’ll go with supersonic (step 1) and dynaclean (step 2). Supersonic 25:1 and dynaclean 15:1 was what I was thinking

Simply stated. Less acid,more soap. Sorry if I confused ya

Yes. If I were you,go 15:1 across the board,wide open on your DS,then it will get clean for sure,with that holy crap factor. Then start choking it down on acid and soap to start saving $ …The dirtier the truck ,the more product. When you get $2000 saved up ,then the game changes to a 2 step upstreaming ,kinda,process at 2000 psi like @pressureguy has,ya’ll don’t 2 step HF yet,so it’s a little different. It’s challenging for sure, but cuts your time in half,but only do it every 3rd wash or so on paint,I use it on non polished rigs only

I want @pressureguy two step gun set up. But I also want my 3000 psi to blow off debris, and 5th wheels etc for both of my machines, cause I split them up on different jobs.