How much does this chemical product cost?

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How much product do you have left in your 15, 30 or 55 gallon drum?

Measure from the bottom of the drum to the top of the product using a ruler, yardstick or tape measure.

(Note: Calculations based on containers purchased for VTL products. Containers from other suppliers may vary slightly.)

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How much chemical is being used per car?

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What is the cost of chemicals for a wash option?

(You’ll need to know product cost per gallon and ounces of product used per car)

Use this tool to calculate the total chemical cost per car for any wash option. Select the product types, enter the cost per gallon of the product, how many ounces is used per car. The tool will calculate the sum of all products used in a wash option. To add more products to a wash option, select the ADD ROW button.

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Top things to do everyday to ensure optimal performance of your chemicals.

  • Turn on all equipment in a dry environment to check for hydraulic leaks.
  • Do a Wet Down to get any cloth lubricated.
  • Run a “ghost car” and observe the applications for
    • proper foam profile
    • clogged nozzles
    • dispensing issues
    • timing
  • Run a live car to monitor applications
  • Walk through the backroom:
    • pull chains of hydrominders to ensure they are drawing properly and check valves are working
    • check hydraflex boards for proper drawing of chemicals
    • check water softener for adequate salt supply
    • check water heater
    • check air compressor
    • check spot free rinse is working properly
    • check if you have sufficient inventory of chemicals or if you need to order soon

Checking TDS (total dissolved solids) in your spot free rinse.

Car wash owner/operators should monitor the TDS values of their spot free rinse at least weekly.

  • TDS value is less than 5: Your RO system is functioning well.
  • TDS value is 6 – 19: Your RO system is still functioning within normal limits.
  • TDS value is 20 – 40: You should be monitoring the condition of the membranes in your RO system
  • TDS value is over 40: Your RO system needs attention.

Unit Conversion Calculator

How many more cars can I wash?

(Is it time to reorder more product?)

How do I fix a reclaim system that smells bad?

Reclaim systems that are using NON-RECLAIM COMPATIBLE products can smell bad and operate poorly.

Reclaim compatible Ver-tech Labs products will clean up the stink of your reclaim system – no need for additional ‘odor control’ products. Are you wondering if the chemicals you use are reclaim compatible?

We have a simple test kit available from your Ver-tech Labs chemical representative.

How do you know the level of water hardness in your car wash and what does it mean?

Ver-tech Labs chemical representatives use a water hardness test kit to measure water hardness. The result is a hardness level in number of grains/gallon. Based upon the number of grains per gallon, you may need to adjust your chemical usage.

You have soft water. Chemicals clean more effectively in soft water. Verify with your chemical representative that you are not using more chemical than needed.

You have slightly hard water. Ver-tech Labs products are formulated with water conditioners to help inactivate hard water ions at this level. Verify with your chemical representative that you are using the correct amount of chemical needed.

You have moderately hard water. The majority of Ver-tech Labs products are formulated with water conditioners to help inactivate hard water ions at this level. Verify with your chemical representative that you are using the correct amount of chemical needed.

You have hard water. At this level you may need to use approximately 10% more product to get the same level of cleanliness as 0 gpg. Another option is to supplement with a water conditioning product to help inactive hard water ions. Talk with a chemical representative to optimize your cleaning and water hardness control.

You have very hard water. At this level, you will have difficulty getting cars clean and if left untreated, water hardness can lead to deposits and build-up that cause plugged pipes and nozzles. Talk with a chemical representative to help select products best suited for these conditions.