Three Tips to Keep Your Car Windows from Fogging

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 6.55.34 AMThe science behind a foggy car window is actually quite simple. When there is a difference between the outside and interior air temperature, moisture gets deposited on your car windows. That’s why during winter months when the temperature drops, you’ll notice more condensation on the inside of your car. Conversely, when it’s hot and humid outside and you put on the air conditioner, you’ll notice that the exterior windows fog up. Annoying? Yes. But thankfully there are ways to combat it and get your windows back in the clear. 

Put the Wet Stuff in the Trunk
Sweaty Gym Clothes. Umbrellas. Ski Boots. What do all of these items have in common? They carry a lot of moisture with them that will make your car windows fog up. If possible, put these items in the trunk before driving. Also, if you’re coming into your car from the snow, give your feet a few claps together before entering the vehicle to clear away any excess.

Keep Your Car Mats Dry
Another culprit to foggy windows are your car mats. Inevitably they will get wet during rainy days, but do your best to limit the amount of moisture they take in. This is especially true if you’ve recently detailed or cleaned your car. If there is any residual water or chemical formula on the mats still you may encounter a bit of fogging as they dry out inside your vehicle.

Keep Your Windows Cleaned and Protected
Contaminants such as streaks, smudges and dirt give moisture droplets an easier base to settle on. Make sure you keep your glass

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Keeping your car’s windows clean helps prevent moisture from sticking to the surface.

cleaned and protected to minimize fogging. Car window cleaning products come in many different varieties. Try selecting one such as Eco Touch window clear which is free of ammonia or alcohol. Next, add a layer of protection which will help keep moisture from settling on the surface. We suggest Eco Touch Quick Wax since it safe for all glass and window surfaces. Use sparingly and buff with a dry microfiber towel for best results.

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How to Detail Your Car’s Interior

Let’s face it, the interior of your car gets little attention when it comes to detailing. Kids, pets, food and other contaminants all can take their toll on your car’s interior. While it’s easy to neglect the interior of your car, the long-term affects will soon become apparent. Interior car cleaning can take as little as 15 minutes, so why not get started today?

Tools Required: 
Vacuum
Scrub Brush
Microfiber Towels
Eco Touch Carpet + Upholstery Cleaner
Eco Touch All Purpose
Eco Touch Window Clear
Eco Touch Dashboard Protect
Eco Touch Leather Care (optional if you have leather)

1) Remove all loose debris from the car including trash, car seats, car mats and coins. You want the interior of your car to be stripped of as much as possible to enable you to get into every nook and cranny.

2) Thoroughly vacuum the vehicle’s seating and carpeting. Many vacuums come with special attachments for those hard-to-reach places such as in between the seat and center console. Remember to move your seats to the full forward and backward position so you can cover ever inch of carpeting on the floor.

3) Now that the car has been vacuumed, you may notice there are still spots on the vehicle’s interior from liquid spills. You’ll want to grab your bottle of Eco Touch Carpet + Upholstery and scrub brush. Apply Eco Touch Carpet + Upholstery onto the spot and let sit for 30 seconds. Next, agitate with the brush to activate the formula, you should start to notice foaming. Finally blot dry with a microfiber cloth.

4) Next it’s time to take on the vinyl and trim pieces of the vehicle. If they’ve been heavily neglected and contain built-up grime you need to do a deep cleaning. Grab your bottle of Eco Touch All Purpose and get to work. Spray on the vinyl/trim and let set for about 10 seconds before wiping with a dry microfiber cloth. Letting the formula set on the surface allows the cleaning agents to penetrate in vinyl material and lift out contaminants.

Once the vinyl has been cleaned you want to add a protective layer to help fend off UV rays or future contaminants. Eco Touch Dashboard Protect is a low-gloss protectant which is enhanced with carnauba wax. Apply once section at a time and thoroughly work into the surface. It is not glossy and will leave very little residue behind.

5) If you have leather, continue reading. If not, skip to step 6. Leather seats, much like our skin, require constant nourishment. Over time leather can dry and crack, so you’ll want to add moisture back to the surface. However, you may also notice that the leather has also accumulated its fair share of dirt and debris. You’ll want to brush away any visible contaminants before applying a formula on the surface. Once the surface is clear, grab your bottle of Eco Touch Leather Care and get to work. Work one section at a time with a soft microfiber cloth. This is a 2-in-1 cleaner and protectant designed specifically for leather surfaces.

6) The next step in completing your interior detail is the windows. While many people think “window cleaning, piece of cake”, they soon find they are left with streaks and smudge marks after using their favorite cleaner. You see, there is a science to window cleaning. The right product + the right cleaning cloth = great results. Many people think that they can grab their household glass cleaner, a roll of paper towels, and the job in done. Unfortunately when driving (especially at night) we can see every missed spot.

Start by taking Eco Touch Window Clear and our proprietary glass cleaning cloth. Spray lightly one section at a time and buff clean. As the towel become more saturated with formula, switch to a new side. It’s really that easy. If you’re unsure you’ve cleaned without streaking, hold up a light to the glass and look at it from different angles. You’ll soon see whether or not you’ve missed a spot.

7) The final step in your interior cleaning routine is to thoroughly clean all the floor mats before putting them back in your car. One important tip: if you’ve laid the mats down on the ground or a dirty floor, be sure to also clean the BACK of the mat before putting it in the car. Otherwise you’ll find you’ve dragged along dirt and grime right back onto the carpets.

Eco Touch manufactures and formulates a wide range of interior car cleaning products for both DIY consumers and professionals. Be sure to check them out and let us know if you have any questions!

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What’s the Difference Between a Quick Detailer and Waterless Car Wash?

One of the most common misconceptions in the car care industry is equating a Quick Detailer/Spray Detailer with a Waterless Car Wash. Let’s be clear, these are two completely different products with two different functions in the detailing world.

Quick Detailers were created to give users a fast and effective way to restore a car’s gloss without the hassle of a paste or liquid wax. These products are mainly used on cars that are in ‘showroom’ condition with no visible contaminants on the surface of the paint. They have excellent gloss, protection and lubricity, but lack the cleaning power to go beyond cleaning fingerprints or dust.

Waterless Car Wash products are intended to replace a hose and bucket wash. They do share many of the same characteristics of a Quick Detailer, but also are formulated with cleaning agents (surfactants) that can more safely and effectively emulsify contaminants on the surface of the paint. Waterless Car Wash products such as Eco Touch, are safe to use on light-moderately soiled vehicles. Heavy mud, salt or sand needs to be addressed with a pre-rinse before using this method.

In summary, here’s a quick comparison between the two products:

Quick Detailer
Cleaning Ability – Fingerprints or dust only
Gloss – Excellent
Protection – Good

Waterless Car Wash
Cleaning Ability – Daily driving road grime.
Gloss – Good
Protection – Good

Eco Touch Waterless Car Wash is excellent for cleaning light to moderately soiled vehicles.

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The Basics of Performing a Waterless Car Wash

Let’s start by being clear about something - using a waterless wash product is not hard. I know, it can sound intimidating at the start. Where’s the hose? Where are the suds? But trust me, after cleaning just a few panels you’ll be hooked on the process. The speed at which you are able to simultaneously clean and protect your car in one simple step is quite amazing. To help anyone just getting into this method of washing, we’ve assembled a list of best practices.

1. Work from the top of the car down. 

Car’s naturally accumulate dirt along the lower body panels and you’ll want to tackle these areas last. Start with the roof->hood->door panels->trunk->lower body panels. Be sure to pay extra attention near wheel wells where heavy debris t.

Cleaning Sequence

2. Use quality microfiber towels. 

Outside of the waterless product you use, make sure you have a good stock of high quality microfiber towels. We suggest towels with a 300 GSM rating, as they offer the best combination of cleaning and polishing. While many people think that using a higher GSM towel is better, it can surprisingly work against you. We’ve found that those fluffy 400+ GSM  towels do not clean as effectively as their lower 300 GSM counterparts.

3. Fold your towel in half and half again.

You’ll want to maximize the number of sides on your towel. By folding in half twice, you’ll effectively get eight sides to work with. Use at least one side per panel depending on how dirty the vehicle is.

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4. Work in small sections. 

Start with a 2ft x 2ft area for applying and buffing off the waterless formula. If your car is completely cool and relatively clean you may be able to work in larger sections.

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5. Wipe in one direction. 

Follow the contours of the car’s body and wipe in the direction of normal airflow over the panel. This will help prevent re-soiling the areas of the car you’ve already cleaned. You should not use a circular buffing motion as if you were using a wax.

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6. Apply light pressure on first stroke to remove contaminants. 

You’ll want to apply light pressure on your first pass over the panel. We suggest using the wipe and ‘lift’ technique where you are simultaneously rotating the towel while wiping across the surface.

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7. Keep your buffing towel separate, clean and dry.

Pick one set of towels for the cleaning and one for buffing. For best results you want to have your buffing towels near 100% dry. Many times we’ve seen detailers use two towel colors so it’s easy to remember which is which.

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Eco Touch manufactures a complete line of professional detailing supplies in Dover, NH. We are a family owned and operated company since 2007. Have any other questions? Call us today at 888.375.7970.

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Five Questions To Ask Before Hiring a Detailing Company

1) Are you insured?

Any competent detailing company will carry what’s known as ‘garage keepers’ insurance. Like in any industry, accidents do unfortunately happen from time to time. Whether it’s from the detailing process itself such as damage to the paint or while moving your vehicle in and out of the shop, it’s important for any professional detailing company to have themselves (and you) covered. 

2) What chemicals/products do you use?

We spend an amazing amount of time in our cars these days. Whether you’re just commuting to work or moving the kids around, it’s important to know what chemicals have been used during the detailing process. Many traditional detailing products contain cheap ingredients which can lead to health problems with prolonged exposure. Make sure you ask your detailer for MSDS sheets so you can confirm for yourself what’s being used around you and your family.

3) Do you have any customer referrals?

Here you could simply start by asking the company directly for customers who’ve received a similar service. Of course, the detailing company will likely just refer you out to satisfied clients, so you may want to go on the web and check out websites such as yelp.com or bbb.org to get a more realistic picture of company’s rating.

4) How long should I expect the protectants and coatings to last?

Depending on the service level you select, most detailing companies will apply sealants and protectants to your vehicle. Get a clear understanding and expectation of how long these should last. Be wary of any company that claims a protectant/sealant will last for 6+ months as the majority of products on the market today will begin to degrade after 2 – 3 months from application.

5) What is included/not included with my service package?

Make sure you fully understand what you’re paying for. Many times a company will have you bring your vehicle to the shop first for a walkthrough to address any areas which will take extra time and incur additional fees. Excessive pet hair, odors, stains, damaged/scratched paint will certainly be addressed prior to starting the work so you’re not left with a surprise bill at the end of your detail.

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Hands-on with Eco Touch Wheel Cleaner

Keeping your car’s wheels clean isn’t just about looks, it also prevents damage from taking place. Every time you drive your vehicle brake dust is created from the friction between the brake pad and the rotor. If left untreated, these tiny particles will accumulate and slowly eat away at the coating and eventually pit your wheels.

Eco Touch Wheel Cleaner was designed to quickly and safely remove all types of brake dust from your wheels. Traditionally, car enthusiasts and detailers would rely on harsh acids (hydrofluoric and sulfuric) to do the job. While these products are effective they have serious health concerns and when used improperly they can actually do more damage to the wheel itself. Eco Touch Wheel Cleaner uses a proprietary mix of plant-based cleaning agents and natural citric acid to effectively clean car wheels. For 2013 we also changed out the sprayer head which creates a generous amount of foam when the product is applied.

Dirty Wheel

Start by spraying down the wheel completely and letting it dwell on the surface for a minimum of 30 seconds. You can also use Wheel Cleaner on the rubber tire if it needs cleaned.Wheel Cleaner Spray

After the product has been allowed to work on the surface, take a towel (microfiber or terry) and wipe clean. Quick tip – some detailers prefer using a soft wheel brush as this aids the cleaning process and removes heavily soiled areas more effectively.

While many traditional products state the wheel should be ‘rinsed’ clean, we do not recommend this practice! The highly toxic brake-dust mixture is a complete hazard for the environment and should never be directly released. Alternatively, we suggest wiping the wheel clean and laundering as normal.IMG_4038

That’s it, you’re done with the cleaning process! If you wish to add a protectant to help prevent future build-up, we suggest applying either Eco Touch Waterless Car Wash or Quick Wax. Both contain polymers that are safe for wheel finishes and will give a nice shine.

Eco Touch makes a full range of wheel cleaning products available in 24 oz. and 1-gallon re-fills. Purchase online at ecotouch.net.
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Is a Waterless Car Wash Right for Your Detailing Business?

While waterless car washing has been taking off in recent years, many detailers (both veteran and newcomers) are not always certain if it is the right fit for their business. The following is a list of ways to know if using this exciting new technology is a good fit for your business.

1. Municipal regulations restrict detailers from openly discharing water into storm drains. 

This is a big one many new detailers forget about. It’s vital you check with your local/state government to see what regulations are in-place regarding water run-off. We’ve received numerous calls from detailers who have been levied hefty fines from environmental agencies. Many states on the West Coast (California, Oregon, Washington) have implemented strict guidelines which prohibit detailers from washing cars and openly discharing soapy wastewater.

2. Keeping startup costs low.

Traditional pressure washing businesses require a large investment in equipment such as: truck/van, trailer, water tank, pressure washer and reclaim mat. You can literally spend thousands of dollars before you detail your first vehicle. We’ve broken down below what a theoretical detailing business would cost using traditional methods:

Van – $15,000 – $25,000
Detailing Trailer (pressure washer and tank) – $2,000 – $5,000
Reclaim System – $1,500 – $3,000
Chemicals – $50 – $500
Drying Towels – $50

Total Investment Using Traditional Methods- $18,600 – $33,600

Alternatively, starting up a detailing business with a waterless car wash product can cost less than $100. Seriously. The fact that you don’t need to haul around a large water tank immediately opens up possibilities. Live in an urban area? You wouldn’t even need a vehicle to haul around all that water.

2 x Waterless Car Wash 16 oz Concentrate – $40
24 x Microfiber Towels – $40
3 x Empty Spray Bottles – $11.25

Total Investment Using Waterless Car Washing – $91.25

3. Meeting consumer demands for green products.

When ‘green’ automotive products first came on the scene in 2007 many traditionalists in the automotive industry immediately wrote them off. “Oh it’s just a fad, wait a few years and it will go away”. Well, here we are in 2013 and we continue to see strong demand from consumers for these types of products. Consumers want to feel that they are making a difference, whether that’s in the products they buy or the services they offer. They key here is not making them pay more for it. When we get asked “how much should I price my detailing services at” we always suggest looking at local competition and doing a quick survey of potential consumers. Many times you’ll find that consumers expect to pay the same as what a traditional detail would cost.

These are just a few ways you’ll know whether using a Waterless Car Wash is right for your business. Have some other ideas? Let us know!

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Starting a Mobile Detailing Business? Check out Eco Touch’s new Detailer’s Starter Kit!

For anyone just getting started in the detailing business, you’ll quickly realize just how many different products are on the market today. While it’s great to have a variety of choices, it can become overwhelming and frustrating trying to figure out exactly what you need to get up and running quickly and efficiently.

Since Eco Touch launched back in 2007, we’ve spoken with thousands of new detailers getting into the business and helped them select just the right amount of product they need to begin operations. Based on our experience, we are pleased to announce the Eco Touch Detailer’s Starter Kit!

Detailer’s Starter Kit – Level 1
This kit was designed for a fixed or mobile detailer who wants to get into the industry, without committing to a large inventory of product. We’ve included enough Eco Touch to perform upwards of 250 waterless car washes. In addition, you’ll have product for waxing, protecting, cleaning and degreasing every other part of the vehicle’s exterior and interior surfaces.

The Detailer’s Starter Kit retails for $499 with FREE Shipping throughout the continental United States. This is an incredible savings of over $70 versus buying each product individually!

Click here to learn more about our Detailer’s Starter Kit. 

What’s included:

Exterior
1 x Waterless Car Wash Concentrate 1-gallon
1 x All Purpose 1-gallon
1 x Tire Shine 1-gallon
1 x Quick Wax 1-gallon
1 x Wheel Cleaner 1-gallon
1 x Window Clear 1-gallon 

Interior
1 x Carpet + Upholstery 1-gallon
1 x Dashboard Protect 1-gallon
1 x Leather Care 1-gallon
1 x Odor Eliminator 1-gallon

Accessories
1 x Microfiber Towel 12-pack
1 x Glass Towel 12-pack
3 x Tire Dressing Applicators
7 x Empty Spray Bottles 24 oz.
2 x Empty Spray Bottles 16 oz.
1 x Empty Spray Bottle 8 oz.

Detailer's Starter Kit by Eco Touch

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Detailer Showcase – Eco Green Mobile Detailing, Tulsa, OK

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One thing we enjoy here at Eco Touch is seeing how companies use our products and achieve professional results. Since 2011 we have worked with Eco Green Mobile Detailing in Tulsa, OK. DJ Patterson owns and operates Eco Green and does some incredible work using the Eco Touch line. Not only does he use them on his client’s cars, but he is also an authorized dealer for us.

As a detailer, what’s been your experience so far working with the Eco Touch product line?

Over the past 4 years I’ve become a very “green” detailer so I’m extremely cautious of the methods and products that I use. I have tested countless other car care products that claimed to be eco friendly and safe but I was never completely satisfied. When I ran across Eco Touch from a web search I requested samples of each product. After using them I could not believe that I hadn’t found them sooner. These products are phenomenal! Read more about our experience with the Eco Touch line in my blog post, “Eco Touch Premium Car Care”. http://www.ecogreenmobiledetailing.blogspot.com/2012/07/eco-touch-premium-car-care.html

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Have your clients embraced the Waterless Car Wash concept? Why or why not?

Absolutely, humbly, I am the pioneer of Waterless Car Washing in Oklahoma. My clients are completely sold on the Waterless concept. Not just because it cleans better than conventional car washes but because I take the time to demonstrate and educate. Education is crucial when introducing a “new” method of anything. I’ve made believers out of some of the biggest skeptics.

What’s the dirtiest car you’ve ever detailed?

Oh man, any detailer that has been in the industry for a long time knows that eventually all of the cars you clean become a blur. If I had to think of one, it would be a Nissan Murano we tackled late last year. It literally looked like a murder scene! There is no way that it had been cleaned since the day he drove it off the show room floor in ’05. There were dark red stains covering half of headliner, 75% of the interior was dark but was originally a light color and the exterior looked as if someone took a scratch pad to the entire thing. It was horrible!

Are there are particular cars/brands you enjoy cleaning more than others?

I am a huge fan of Ferrari. My favorite is the 599 GTB that happens to owned by one of my clients which I have the pleasure of maintaining weekly. It’s by far the “sexiest” car I clean. I’ve got my eye on the F12berlinetta though!

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Ferrari Interior

Ferrari ExteriorWhere do you see the detailing/car wash industry heading in the next 5 years?

With the help of companies like Eco Touch and green detailing companies like my own, spreading the word of the benefits of waterless washing, I believe that the industry will become more eco conscious. Droughts are becoming more prevalent in America and our water supply isn’t endless. Also, people are becoming busier so convenience is extremely important. We will see a lot more “mobile- based car wash/detailing” operations using the Waterless Car Wash methods catering to office buildings, shopping malls, hospitals etc.

To learn more about Eco Green Mobile Detailing, visit them at:
http://ecogreenmobiledetailing.com/

Interested in having your business featured on our blog? If you’re a detailer using Eco Touch products be sure to contact us!

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