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"Does It Work?" - 6/14/05

Mr. Clean Auto Dry Car Wash: "Does It Work?"

Looking to save some time next time you wash your car? We may have a new idea for you. Mr. Clean, the bald guy you've known for years, is now in the car washing business and has a new product he claims will make it easier than ever to wash your car. He's even taken a whole step out of the process. But, "Does It Work?"

Never dry your car again. Mr. Clean Auto Dry Car Wash promises a spot-free clean and shine, with no need to hand dry. They even offer a "spot-free guarantee."

The Mr. Clean Starter Kit comes with what they call a dry rinse polymer soap, which aids in drying. More on that in a moment. You also get a special water filter made by Pur. The filter's really the biggest thing that's supposed to set this product apart from other car washing systems. And you get the special spray gun. The water filter goes in a special compartment at the back of the gun. And there's a place for the special polymer soap. The starter kit gives you just enough to fill it one time... enough for about 3 car washes.

We connect the hose to the gun and we're almost set. There's a switch on the gun to turn the water flow on and off. And there are three settings on the mode selection dial... "soap", "rinse" and "auto-dry rinse". The last mode forces the water through the special filter we installed.

We got started washing the car by turning the mode selection dial to the regular rinse mode. Once the car was wet, we turned the selection dial to "soap". So far, not much different than any other car wash... but it was very nice having the soap in the gun. However, the sponge and elbow grease is, unfortunately, still a requirement. Next, we turn the dial back to "rinse" and the soap comes off... but only part of the soap. Mr. Clean wants you to know he's leaving behind a thin sheet of polymer. It is the first step to creating a spot-free shine.

Finally, the dial goes to the "auto-dry rinse" setting. When the water's turned on, it's now going through that fancy water filter. Here's what's supposed to be happening. Minerals and impurities that cause water to gather together in beads, are being removed. Water that's not beading or grouping together, evaporates spot-free. And because the water is also being de-ionized, it just slides off that polymer coating we applied with the special soap. What is left behind is supposed to evaporate quickly, leaving spot-free results.

Minutes later... less than the time it would take to towel dry, it's time for inspection. And we are impressed. No noticeable spots, except on the side view mirrors where we did not apply the "auto-dry" filtered water.

"Does It Work?" We give the Mr. Clean Auto Dry Car Wash... a "yes".

The refills for the car wash kit are reasonably priced. 5 dollars for the soap. 5 dollars for the filter. These two combined are good for about 10 car washes. So, you're looking at one dollar per wash.

The starter kit itself is just under 20 dollars.

Joe Terrell, reporting.


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