Washing Amazon delivery trucks effectively involves a combination of methods and considerations to maintain the vehicles’ cleanliness and appearance while also being time efficient and convenient for drivers and fleet operators. Here are steps and tips to help you wash Amazon delivery trucks:
To wash by hand:
- Gather Necessary Supplies & equipment:
- Water source and hose
- Bucket(s) with soap solution
- Soft bristle brushes or microfiber mitts
- Non-abrasive cleaning agents (preferably eco-friendly)
- Squeegee or microfiber towels for drying
- Access to a water supply for rinsing
- Pre-Rinse: Start by rinsing the entire truck with water to remove loose dirt, dust, and debris. Use a hose with moderate water pressure to cover the vehicle’s exterior thoroughly.
- Wash the Exterior:
- Fill a bucket with a soap solution that’s appropriate for vehicles (avoid using dish soap).
- Use soft bristle brushes or microfiber mitts to gently scrub the truck’s surface, starting from the top and working your way down. This helps prevent dirt and debris from being dragged across the paint, which could cause scratches.
- Pay extra attention to areas with stubborn dirt or road grime, such as the front grille and wheels.
- Avoid aggressive scrubbing, especially on decals, logos, and other delicate areas.
- Rinse Thoroughly:
- After washing each section, rinse it thoroughly with clean water to remove soap and dirt.
- Make sure to rinse the brushes or mitts in a separate bucket to avoid reintroducing dirt to the clean water.
- Dry the Surface:
- To avoid water spots, use a squeegee or microfiber towels to dry the surface of the truck.
- Focus on windows, mirrors, and other areas that tend to show water spots.
- Clean Windows and Mirrors:
- Use a glass cleaner and microfiber cloth to clean the windows and mirrors both inside and outside.
- Tire and Wheel Cleaning:
- Use a separate brush and cleaning solution for tires and wheels.
- Scrub tires and wheels to remove brake dust and road grime.
- Rinse thoroughly after cleaning.
- Inspect for Spot-Cleaning:
- Check for any remaining stubborn spots or areas that might need additional attention. Gently clean these areas using appropriate tools and cleaning agents.
- Regular Maintenance:
- Implement a regular cleaning schedule to prevent excessive dirt buildup and make the cleaning process more efficient.
- Environmentally-Friendly Practices:
- Consider using eco-friendly cleaning agents and follow local regulations for proper disposal of cleaning wastewater.
To automate Amazon Delivery Truck washing to increase speed, lower cost and add convenience and quality, consider:
- Touchless (Automatic) Wash System: Touchless wash systems use high-pressure water jets and specialized cleaning agents to remove dirt and grime from vehicles without physical contact. This can be effective for vehicles with sensitive surfaces or complex shapes. Touchless systems are automated and can be efficient for high-volume washing, especially when utilizing specially formulated pre-soak chemicals to reduce the surface tension of adhered dirt and road grime.
- Brush (Automatic) Wash System: Brush wash systems use rotating brushes with soft bristles to scrub vehicles and remove dirt. They are effective for removing heavy dirt and debris but may not be suitable for vehicles with delicate surfaces.
- Roller (In-Bay) Wash System: In-bay wash systems involve a vehicle being stationary while a series of rotating brushes or soft cloth strips move along the vehicle to clean it. These systems are often found at gas stations and car wash facilities.
- Fleet Washing Services: Instead of investing in your own wash system, you might consider outsourcing to fleet washing services to a professional fleet washing company or negotiating a per wash payment system with a guaranteed number of monthly washes. These services typically use mobile units to come to your location and clean your vehicles. If you have enough monthly washes, you might entice a wash company to install a fixed wash unit at your location and allow you to pay by the wash. This can be a convenient option for large fleets.
- Manual Wash Bays: Some commercial vehicle operators prefer to have manual wash bays where they can use pressure washers or single brush portable wash units with cleaning agents to clean their vehicles themselves. This gives operators and drivers more control over the cleaning process.
- Water Recycling Systems: Consider wash systems that incorporate water recycling to reduce water usage and environmental impact.
When choosing the best wash system for Amazon delivery trucks, consider these factors:
- Vehicle Size and Type: Some systems might be better suited for specific vehicle sizes or types (trucks, buses, vans, etc.).
- Cleaning Needs: Consider the level of dirt, grime, and contaminants your vehicles typically accumulate. Regular wash policy may greatly impact this issue.
- Speed and Efficiency: How quickly do you need to wash your vehicles? High-volume operations might benefit from faster automated systems.
- Space Availability: Do you have enough space for the wash system you’re considering?
- Cost: The initial investment, operating costs, and potential return on investment are important factors.
- Maintenance and Support: Regular maintenance, chemicals, detergents and access to technical support are crucial for keeping your wash system running smoothly.
- Environmental Considerations: Look for systems that use eco-friendly cleaning agents and consider water recycling systems.
Remember that Amazon delivery trucks are used for commercial purposes, and maintaining their cleanliness contributes to the company’s image and professionalism. While washing trucks manually can be effective, some Amazon delivery centers might also have automated truck wash facilities to handle the cleaning of their extensive fleets efficiently.