Motorcycle Wet Wipes

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DuduiT is a brand that probably you and even us here at www.amazon.co.uk hadn’t heard of, until a press release about the product arrived in our email earlier this year.
To our surprise DuduiT is already a well established brand throughout Europe width Amazon, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and America but not currently in the UK, but we think once people get to hear about and use this product it will be popular here to.
DuduiT was developed in 2006 and this patented product quickly won a French innovation award when it first arrived on the market.So what is DuduiT? Well as our review title suggests these are “wet wipes” for your bike.
They are designed to be a multi purpose cleaning wipe that can deal with most of the muck that normally finds its way on to your motorcycle or scooter, including the dreaded baked on road tar or the splatted insect life that sticks like super-glue to your bike; as well as the general muck and grime that your bike attracts.

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Motorcycle Wash DuduiT Wipes

Vulcanet WipesMrs G has a habit of cleaning the ENTIRE house using wet wipes. And I mean that literally. She has a collection of different wipes which she uses to clean floors, counter tops, basins and even the keyboard I’m typing on right now. Up until now I’ve always felt that some gentle ridicule was warranted but I may have to change my tune now that I’ve discovered Duduit wipes – essentially wet wipes for your car or bike (or anything else if Mrs G were to get her hands on them).

When it comes to cleaning, be it a car or a motorcycle, I believe we fall into three categories. Those who, after the initial excitement has worn off, don’t bother. Those who spend more time cleaning than actually riding, and those that sit somewhere in-between. I’m definitely in the in-between camp. I didn’t buy a bike to spend hours poking it with a specially marked toothbrush. I bought it to ride, and since it’s a GS Adventure and I ride in any weather, I don’t expect it to be spotless. So if I can get away with giving the bike a good wipedown once in a while to get rid of the inevitable crud and keep the chrome bits shiny and corrosion free, then I’m a happy man and DuduiT wipes are just the ticket.

So what exactly are DuduiT wipes?

The wipes themselves are made from a honeycomb weave material designed to capture dirt without scratching or streaking. Each wipe is impregnated with 15 non-abrasive eco-friendly cleaning agents which do everything from remove tar and insects to clean metal, glass, plastics and even leather – all without needing a drop of water. The patented formula also includes a water repellent and polish which means that a quick buff with the supplied microfibre cloth brings out a lustrous shine and leaves a dirt-resistant film.

Do DuduiT wipes work?

In a word, yes, as the photos below show. Each wipe is surprisingly wet which makes wiping very easy and you’ll be amazed at how easily stubborn dirt comes off, particularly the stuff that bakes itself to your shiny chrome pipes. The built in de-greasing agent clearly works.

DuduiT comes in a manly-sized tub which contains 80 wipes together with a microfibre cloth and retails in the UK for £30.99. Unless your bike is really dirty, expect to use about 5 wipes per clean which means a tub will give you 16 washes at £2.50 a pop. You can read more about DuduiT wipes on the  DuduiT  website where you’ll also find details of UK retailers.

The Importance Of Micro Fiber Towels

Such an important part of keeping your paint in tip top shape. They are available in pretty much every store. Unfortunately not all Micro Fiber Towels are the same. It is very important to be aware about the quality of your towels. Especially the once that you use on the paint. While I haven’t tried every towel out there, I feel comfortable in saying, that if you purchase from an online vendor, you will get quality towels. However if you go to your local store to pick some up, you have to be very careful. If you must, by all means get some towels, but be very careful wiping your paint with them. You do not want to scratch the paint.As always, the marring will be more noticeable on darker color cars, but you can mess up the paint just as easy, even if the paint is white. Imperfections, such as swirls, scratches happen only when you physically  touch the paint. That is, when you wash your car, when you dry your car and in between washes, like when you try to wipe dust off of the surface. Wiping off wax or sealants is another time where you are in contact with the paint. It is crucial that you take great care of your paint otherwise you will end up with a paint that will not look up to par. I know of many cases, where someone would spend a whole weekend detailing their car only to realize that after polishing the paint for hours, they marred it, because the towels came from the local store and ended up inducing light swirling. Don’t make the same mistake, order quality detailing towels. I don’t mean to suggest to spend a fortune on detailing towels, but there is a nice medium between $16.00 for 30 some yellow towels vs $10.00 a towel. You want to make sure that the towels are 70%/30% and not 80%/20%. The latter is fine for interior work or for your wheels, windows, door jambs etc.. But try not to use them on painted surfaces. They “can” scratch.

Once you used the towels, you need to make sure to care for them the proper way. Always wash your Micro Fiber Towels that are for paint only, separately. Never contaminate them with dirty towels that you use on your interior or on your engine, wheels etc…
Until very recently, I used regular laundry detergents without any fabric softener. They worked fine, but  looking back now, I don’t think that they did a very good job. I mean they looked clean but somehow, the towels weren’t completely free of those polishes and waxes. However, now that I use a dedicated cleaner for Micro Fiber Towels, my towels are back to “like new” every time I wash them. They are also fluffier and softer. The towels also work better.  I am so happy that I gave Towel Kleen a try.

Here is the product that will really clean your detailing towels.
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Pros and Cons of the Waterless Car Wash

WaterlessWaterSmartWaterSmart, a company in Austin, Tex., markets coconut-based soap for washing cars.

As large parts of the American West continue to experience drought, waterless car washes have been catching on. A new company in Austin, Tex., called WaterSmart, for example, washes cars with a coconut-based soap, according to an article in The Austin American Statesman.

The soap, made in various formulas under a brand called Freedom, for whichWaterSmart is the local distributor, is biodegradable, the proprietors say.

“The biggest thing we’re up against is the human brain, which says, ‘That doesn’t make sense,’” said Sarah Morgan, who runs WaterSmart along with her husband, according to the newspaper.

Another waterless car wash — a mobile one called EcoSmart Waterless Auto Care — began operations in the Austin area this year. It brings its services to customers, in office complexes, retail centers and parking garages.

Carwash.com also reports that there have been a “plethora of waterless car-wash and wax products to hit shelves in recent months.”

Back east, the Maryland Department of the Environment, citing 2002 figures from the International Car Wash Association, reports that conveyer-belt car washes can require up to 85 gallons of water. The department’s Web site also offers water-saving tips for do-it-yourself car washers.

For all this, though, some traditional carwash operators are not buying the idea of a waterless wash.

 

“In my opinion waterless car washing is primarily a gimmick to sell the chemical product used in the process,” Randy Cressall, who owns the Valencia Chevron Auto Spa in Valencia, Calif., and is a past president of theWestern Carwash Association, said in an e-mail message.

One problem, according to Mr. Cressall, is that waterless car washes can take twice as much time as regular ones. Also, he said, “I have yet to see a waterless car wash performed properly and safely when it comes to protecting the finish of the car.”

Mr. Cressall added:

There are clearly better options available when considering all the pros and cons. A good professional car wash can perform a wash using not much more water than required to flush a toilet with the proper use of reclaim and re-purification, all the while maintaining proper protection of the automobile finish and in less than half the time and labor required for a waterless car wash.

A consumer can wash a car at home on their lawn or any pervious surface using a bucket and a light finish spray to rinse the car. This method is hands down far safer for the automobile finish.