Removing the dirt: Ayo-Oluwa Salawu gives a car a “shampoo shower” at Budget-Jet Car Wash & Valet Services on North Shore Road, Pembroke (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Removing the dirt: Ayo-Oluwa Salawu gives a car a “shampoo shower” at Budget-Jet Car Wash & Valet Services on North Shore Road, Pembroke (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

A Bermuda couple is being credited with starting the island’s first touchless car wash. It’s a concept that they came up with only after struggling to find work in their home country. David and Tracy Salawu returned to Bermuda after 20 years of overseas missionary work.

When they returned home, The Royal Gazette reports they had trouble finding jobs. They decided to pilot a hands-free car wash near their mission base in Nigeria. When that worked, they spent the next six months working on a version in Bermuda. They finally welcomed their first customers this summer and so far, feedback has been positive.

The touchless wash uses jet-wash appliances, blowers and vacuums to avoid the markings and smudges sometimes left behind at traditional hand car washes. The wash begins with a waxed shine shampoo and ends with a power dry treatment. Services start at $35.

“We are proud of our service, and we use 100 per cent biodegradable and environmentally-friendly products,” Mrs Salawu said.
The grand opening was Sept. 12.