Just before the winter we remind you to keep your products from being exposed to freezing temperatures. Now that we're deep into the summer season, we need to talk about how hot temperatures can damage your car care products.
The ideal storage temperature for car care products is room temperature (60-80° F). At room temperature the product won't break down and they can perform their best while lasting longer. This is especially true for polishes and waxes with their higher content of organic ingredients that can spoil if not properly stored. Stored properly, they have a shelf life of about 2 years.
Besides keeping your products fresher, longer, there's also another reason to keep them out of the heat. Right about the time summer starts, we start to hear from customers who have issues with leaking spray triggers. We didn't know why at first but then discovered all the users had one common factor: they were storing their spray bottles in their cars. As it turns out, the heat caused the products to expand thereby putting pressure on the spray head seals and eventually causing them to fail.
If you think it can't get that hot inside of a car, think again. According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration): “Cars parked in direct sunlight can reach internal temperatures up to 131° F - 172° F (55° C – 78° C) when outside temperatures are 80° F – 100° F (27° C – 38° C).” Even outside temperatures in the 60's can cause a car temperature to rise well above 110° F. When the outside temperature is 83° F, even with the window rolled down 2 inches, the temperature inside the car can reach 109° F in only 15 minutes.”
So what should you do?
Store your products in a cool, shaded place as close to room temperature as possible. This means your car is not the place to store them. Instead, keep them in the garage. Better yet, keep them stored inside your house.
If you store them in your garage, make sure the temperature doesn't get too high over room temperature (or below during the winter).
If you're a mobile detailer, you might not have any other option than to store them in your vehicle. At the least, it's best to have a light colored vehicle to reduce the internal heat and make sure the temperature doesn't get too high for a prolonged period of time.
Keep yourself and your detailing products cool over the summer and you'll get the most out of them. Plus, no leaky spray triggers.
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