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Old 01-12-2009, 01:23 AM   #1
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Best christmas gift ever from the wife...

From someone who lives south of Fresno in the country and has some hard well water (i.e. if you let the water dry on your car in the summer after a wash, it might look worse than when you started), I got a CR spotless deionized water filter from Costco.com and their electric power sprayer from one of the warehouses here in town. I've never had an easier time washing my car. Of course it's not summer yet, but I can't wait to see how it goes. Anyone else try this thing or something similar? The filter itself is a little pricey, but if it saves me from having to wait until 12 midnight to start my washing cycle in the summer it's worth it. The manufacturer claims you can allow the car to air dry and not worry about water spots or even use a low powered electric leaf blower to dry the car off. This also seems to be true as I left my car in my garage wet and could not find any water spots the next morning. I need to get a real chamois next. I usually use large microfiber towels I got from Griots but I must be doing something wrong in the care of the towels as they seem to be getting rougher with each wash. Was thinking about getting some of their microfiber towel care solution, someone told me to use a little fabric softener, I don't know about this. Seems like it wouldn't dry as well and might leave a residue. Any suggestions?
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Old 01-14-2009, 06:05 AM   #2
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I thought about getting one of those. I've read somewhere that you should use MF towels on your car that have been treated with softener. how long have you had the towels? might just be time for some new ones
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Old 01-15-2009, 12:30 AM   #3
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Yeah after a little bit of reading (about 3 hours on here), sounds like it is time for some new towels. I am planning to go to detailed image and get a package deal and some of their towels, seems like they have some good stuff.
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Old 01-15-2009, 03:18 AM   #4
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YOu can still save you microfibers. Boil them for 10 minutes to release all the chemicals and possible contamination. Rinse with White Vinegar as well. Softener will just coat the fibers and you will drastically reduce the usage of microfibers.

Never use crystals in the wash, no other textiles, use less detergent, no ironing, no softeners of any sort, and line dry!
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Old 01-15-2009, 10:42 PM   #5
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Sounds like a great gift there. I agree that you should be able to salvage the MF towels. Definitely do NOT use any fabric softener when washing. My favorite waffle weave drying towl is the one from Griot's. I've tried a few others and for some reason they just don't wipe the water away as streak free as the Griot's towel.

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Old 01-16-2009, 07:28 PM   #6
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if you line dry doesn't it get all hard and stiff? I heard you have to tumble dry in the machine to get the static on the micro fibre to activate, and prevent from stiffening up.
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Old 01-21-2009, 01:03 AM   #7
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I wonder if the sanitize cycle on our washing machine gets hot enough, going to have to read up how hot it gets.
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