Andhra Pradesh

Now, steam-wash your car

A member of Shankara Steam Cleaners using steam to clean a car in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. —Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

A member of Shankara Steam Cleaners using steam to clean a car in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. —Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

tart-ups are the in-thing for young graduates. While some think of starting a manufacturing unit, many think of exploring the software sector.

But here is an engineering graduate from Visakhapatnam who has chosen the service sector.

Ch. Jagadeesh Kumar, who has completed his ECE from SMK Fomra Institute of Technology, Chennai, has started Shankara Steam Cleaners, a venture through which he cleans cars on the doorstep of customers using an innovative technique.

“Doorstep car wash exists in big cities such as Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Delhi. But they use water while I use steam,” says Jagadeesh. The young engineer got the idea about a year ago when he saw such a unit in Delhi. After quite a bit of research on the Net to find a new way, he zeroed in on a South Korean firm that manufactures portable machines for steam cleaning.

He imported the machinery from South Korea and mounted it on a van after making minor modifications. Apart from the steam machine, he carries a portable generator for power, a high-end vacuum cleaner, and all polishing material.

On why he preferred cleaning by steam to water, he said, “Water is a common thing. I scouted for something unique. Steam is a good and a new technique. Moreover, as cleaning is done with just three litres of water, I save a lot of the precious liquid,” he says.

In normal car wash, at least 15 to 20 litres of water is used. I complete the work with just three litres of water. And the water used is also of zero hardness, he adds.

Steam is released at 180 degree Celsius and the pressure used is about 8 kg per sq cm.

According to him, the paint has a longer life if the car is steam washed. Along with the outer cleaning, he undertakes interior cleaning and engine polishing.

His basic package starts at Rs. 500, and he covers all ranges of cars.

Jagadeesh has also employed four youths and he intends to employ more unemployed youth by expanding his business.

Along with the start-up, he also works for a leading IT firm as IT Recruiter.

For details, call 9346688288.

A lot of water can be saved as cleaning is done with just three litres of the precious liquid.

A young engineering grad chooses the services sector to launch a start-up


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