Dust storm blows work for car wash
KATHY Edwards struggled to keep up with business this week as locals rushed to clean their cars after Wednesday's dust storm.
The Tweed Heads Ecowash Mobile business owner had extra cars booked and the phone ringing non-stop.
“I normally have steady business with eight to 10 cars a day, but I have 15 cars booked at the moment,” Ms Edwards said.
Ms Edwards said some cars had as much as two to three millimetres of dust on them because of the storm.
“The dirt would be harder to get off next week than it is now.”
Ms Edwards and co-owner Robyn Thomas bought the waterless car wash business three years ago, and regular client Tracie Rogers had her dusty car washed yesterday.
Mrs Rogers said she was the first-ever client three years ago and thought of them immediately when she saw the dust on her car.
RACQ vehicle technologies manager Steve Spalding said residents would not have damaged cars as one day of airborne dust would not be a problem for the majority of cars.
“Cars caught in yesterday's storm might need a good hose-down, but apart from that motorists should not be worried,” Mr Spalding said.
Southern Cross University environmental sustainability officer Kirsty Howton said residents should bucket wash cars on the lawn and only wash clothes in cold water and a full load to reduce environmental impact.Send your best dust pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org