Friday, December 30, 2011

Optimum Car Wash Review w/ Optimum Opti-Mitt


Where does this product sit in Optimum's product line considering that Optimum No-Rinse is positioned as a rinse-less car wash. What benefit's, if any, does the Optimum Car Wash offer over the extremely convenient, easy to use and rinse-less Optimum No-Rinse?

The unique selling point of ONR is that there is no rinsing required before or after washing. Just simply mix a bucket of ONR, wipe clean and wipe dry.

However, there are still those that prefer a more traditional type of car wash and this is where the Optimum Car Wash comes in.

Optimum Car Wash comes in a deeper blue color compared with ONR and has a pleasant aroma. As the Optimum Opti-Mitt was specifically designed to be used with ONR and Optimum Car Wash it was also used in this review.

Does it work?

Click on the link below for the full review:

How do you test a car shampoo?

Find a suitably dirty surface, preferably in white color where any dirt residue can easily be seen. Check!

Unlike ONR where you just mix the ONR in a bucket, wipe clean and wipe dry, Optimum Car Wash is a conventional car wash which requires the surface to be rinsed before washing.

A capful of Optimum Car Wash is mixed in approximately 1 gal of water. The Optimum Car Wash produces a nice thick head of foam and has a very pleasant aroma.

The Optimum Opti-Mitt was soaked into the Optimum Car Wash solution and simply wiped across the surface. Unlike a normal MF towel, the Opti-Mitt holds onto the wash solution and gradually releases it with pressure allowing a more even distribution of the car wash throughout the entire surface area.

The Optimum Car Wash felt buttery smooth with plenty of lubrication to protect the paint against scratching while at the same time packing plenty of cleaning power.

After washing 50/50.

Rinsing off the Optimum Car Wash.

Nice beading on the newly cleaned surface.

After drying.

The Optimum Car Wash did a great job with removing most of the surface contamination. I was surprised how easy and quickly it was to get a clean surface.

However, as the Optimum Car Wash is meant to be a maintenance car wash which does not strip off any existing protection on the paint, there are limits to its cleaning ability and there were some more stubborn stains which were not able to be removed.

More cleaning power was required!!!

Optimum Power Clean was used and easily removed even the most stubborn stains.

OPC effortlessly removes even the most stubborn stains while still remaining safe for the paint.

After cleaning the entire vehicle, Optimum Opti-Seal was applied to the glass surfaces and Optimum Car Wax was applied to protect the paint.

Nice and clean.... and WHITE!!!

Some nice beading in the ensuing thunderstorm...

One white car not convincing enough? How about another... even more dirty!!!

You can see where the neighborhood cat went...

Optimum Car Wash on one side of the hood. Note the generous amount of foam after cleaning.

Quite impressive!!!

Not convinced? How about one more...

Special two-tone paint. White on top and dirt color on the bottom.

All done and protected with Opti-Seal on the glass and Optimum Car Wax on the paint.


Optimum Car Wash is certainly a great product and it worked fabulously well. I have not used a conventional car wash for years and it was certainly a pleasant surprise to use a normal car wash instead of ONR.

ONR is still great for regular maintenance car washes but there is certainly a place for the Optimum Car Wash if some more cleaning power is required or if the surface is very dirty.


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