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Car Wash Businesses Say Pollen Is Pumping Up Revenue As Spring Reluctantly Arrives

(Photo: Flickr/Jeff Covey)

(Photo: Flickr/Jeff Covey)

If you’re not a car wash, it’s been a relentless assault. Nature first unleashed one of the worst winters in recent memory for cold and precipitation, drowning the northern (and southern) United States in snow and road salt. The minute that let up, the springtime menace, pollen, zeroed in on the sinuses and eyeballs of the allergy prone.

Will it ever stop?

If you’re a car wash business owner, the question might be more like: Does it have to stop?

For Bebo’s Car Wash in Mobile, Ala., spring means cars covered in pollen. Operations Manager Paul TolerĀ told a local TV station that revenue bumps up this time of year by 15-20 percent. “Cars come in dirty, they leave clean. An hour later they’re dirty again,” Toler says.

It’s the same story in Albany, Ga., where Goo-Goo Express Car Wash workers told their local TV outlet they’d washed 600 cars last Friday.

Pollen may seem like an annoyance, but it can actually cause damage to a car’s paint. The grains of pollen latch onto the pores in the paint job, and, over time, when it rains their presence can speed up oxidation causing rust to form. Car wash businesses recommend washing the pollen off as soon as possible.

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