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A conveyor of suds: Four seasons car wash installs Minnesota's first-ever dual conveyor belt wash

Derek Parks, General Manager of the Four Seasons Car wash, stands at the new entrance of the new Premium car wash. Kaysey Price / Tribune1 / 3
The new wash at Four Seasons is the first of its kind in Minnesota. Kaysey Price / Tribune2 / 3
In addition to being top-of-the-line, the new premium wash at Four Seasons Car Wash even saves water by reusing some of the water during the pre-rinse phase of the wash. Kaysey Price / Tribune3 / 3

The Four Seasons Car Wash in Detroit Lakes upgraded its wash this September, going above and beyond and installing a premium car wash experience with a dual conveyor belt, the first-ever to be installed in the state.

A little smoother, a little slicker than other conveyor belts that latch onto a vehicle's tire, this wash begins with an attendant pre-rinsing the vehicle, power washing off bugs and other hard-to-remove debris.

When it's time to head through the suds, the attendant instructs the driver to pull forward and place the car in neutral. The wash takes it from there, thanks to the dual conveyor belt, which pulls the vehicle through the wash without needing to latch onto anything.

Derek Parks, general manager at the Four Seasons, says there's not chance the wash will damage a vehicle's rims because of the fact that it doesn't latch.

And, in addition to being a little more eco-friendly, saving water by reusing some of the water for the pre-rinse, the wash is also a lot faster.

In the past, waiting behind five or six cars meant about a 30-minute wait. Now, with the new conveyor system, which only takes a few minutes, Four Seasons can clean up to 100 cars in as little as an hour.

"A lot of people love it because it's quick," said Parks.

In those few minutes, the wash manages to get off the stuck-on grime, as well as treating cars with a salt shield and rust rust inhibitors.

Soft cloth brushes take off the dirt, a little more thoroughly than the touchless car washes.

"People are sometimes worried about brushes," said Parks. "The brushes back in the day were thick and hard—these are cloth; they're soft."

Not to mention, they self-clean during every wash, so they're not just smearing around dirt.

At the end of the conveyor, numerous dryers (even a couple heated ones for the winter) blast vehicles dry.

"This wash has more dryers at the end than before," added Parks. "That will bow out and completely dry off the vehicle, which is important in the winter."

Packages come in Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum and, if interested, car owners can ask to purchase a membership, which allows them to wash their car every day, if they wanted. (Part of the profits from membership purchases go towards the Detroit Lakes Booster Club. Customers can ask the attendant for sign-up info.)

Members and car wash-goers should watch the weather, though. The well below-zero temperatures may affect the hours of operation, since the wash can't run when it's too cold.

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