One big mistake many car wash owners make is figuring out their costs. For example…if you can buy 5 gallons of a concentrated window cleaner for $36 and then you can buy another one for $82…it “appears” that the $36 is the better deal. But if you look at the numbers a little closer, you’ll find something completely different. The water to cleaner ratio for the $36 cleaner is 3 to 1….but or the $82 cleaner, it is 60 to 1. What does this mean? It means that 1 gallon of $36 concentrate makes 3 gallons of ready-to-use window cleaner, where as 1 gallon of $82 concentrate makes 60 gallons of ready-to-use cleaner!
Factoring in the cost it looks something like this:
$36 concentrate makes 15 gallons of ready-to-use cleaner, costing effectively $2.40 a gallon.
$82 concentrate makes 300 gallons of ready-to-use cleaner, costing effectively $0.27 a gallon.
What seems like the better deal now???