“Wash racks” are not new, but they’re not a household term either. However, with every passing federal, state and local clean water regulations, wash racks are becoming a must have for most commercial vehicle and industrial operation. Wash rack, wash pad, wash bay: all industry terms that refer to a partially enclosed platform or concrete area for washing dirt, grime, contaminants, chemicals, and invasive species off vehicles and vehicle parts. Cars, trucks, boats, construction and maintenance equipment, and even aircraft can take advantage of the benefits of wash racks.

Wash racks can be made of plastic, but metal is the standard (steel is preferred). They are often referred to as containment racks or containment pads because the object is to contain not only the solids but also the wash water and prevent it from spilling out onto the ground floor. Typically, ‘containment pads’ refer to permanent concrete areas but that is not exclusive.


Across the country and around the world, the need for washing vehicles correctly is becoming an important factor in everyone’s environmental compliance. Wash bays keep mud and sludge, harmful chemicals, noxious weed seeds, invasive species and other nasty stuff from draining off in the ground or sewer, polluting our rivers and streams or spreading harmful vegetation. Read about compliance throughout this site.

Wash bays should do a lot more than create a safe zone for vehicle washing. They need to be equipped with powerful water or foam spray systems, including under carriage nozzles, that wash off damaging grime. They should filter and contain that harmful run-off, and then reuse the filtered wash (waste) water. When it comes to rugged equipment, there are two types of wash racks: semi-permanent steel or permanent concrete. Each option is specifically tailored to the kind of equipment and particular needs of your company or organization.

Outline Your Vehicle Washing Plan

What Are My Clean Water Compliance Issues?

Am I Using Any Solvents With My Wash Water?

Do I Need Permanent or Movable?

Will I Be Recycling The Wash Water?

What Equipment Will I Be Washing, How Often?

What Size Area Do I Have For My Washing

Wash Rack. Wash Pad. Containment Pad. Wash Bay. Different Names – Same Goal: Compliance.

industrial wash rack


Oil, mud, grease, heavy metals, soaps, detergents, and other chemicals and particulate matter are all substances that build up on industrial vehicles, trucks and worksites. It’s important to have a system in place that cleans equipment and disposes of wash water and debris properly to prevent these substances from becoming pollutants. BUT YOU’LL ALSO SAVE MONEY on chemical and solvent use, with a more controlled bath.

Industrial wash racks should feature water treatment and filtration systems to clean the water recycling systems ensure an eco-friendly operation. These closed-loop systems offer 100% water reclamation systems designed for industrial users who want to clean and degrease parts, large tools and equipment on their shop floor or manufacturing plant.  Look for a low profile 5” high rack with full width ramp for easy and safe access for even unsteady equipment like forklifts, man lifts, dollies and maintenance equipment. You’re really addressing two issues: creating a movable and enclosed washing area, while also assuring effluent can be assure proper discharge for sustainable, compliant operations.


  • The above ground wash racks are ideal in places where the operator must meet track-out requirements without acquiring leasehold improvements.
  • The right wash rack will reduce your material and labor costs to keep your equipment clean.
  • On site wash racks eliminate the need to use commercial car or truck washes.
  • Wash water recycling cuts water usage, detergent and solvent
  • Eliminate fines and stop work orders: comply with local, state and federal regulations on proper wash water disposal.
  • Concrete containment pads are designed for heavy or medium mud loads often associated with trenchers, garbage trucks, street sweepers, dump trucks and many other pieces of equipment.
  • No construction required. Above ground wash racks are ideal on properties in which a semi-permanent installation is preferred.


Steel wash racks offer more control over containment during routine maintenance of construction, oil and gas, and mining equipment. The containment rack can support heavy loads without deflection. Wastewater is collected from the drain port to a wash water tank or sump area. These racks are designed to bear the load of heavy-duty trucks. Customized to any length, width and handling capacity, steel wash racks wash off and contain damaging debris from upstream operations, keeping contaminants where they belong… on the job site and off the roads. The above ground steel wash racks collect dirty wash water and solids from vehicle and equipment washing, channeling solids for proper disposal. Semi-permanent for short or long term use, above ground racks are ideal for oil and gas exploration, where wash water needs to be contained on field operations. Unlike concrete pads, steel wash racks can be relocated, expanded and often fitted with certain filtration systems. For heavy or medium mud loads, concrete containment pads are the way to go. These are often used for trenchers, garbage trucks, street sweepers, dump trucks and many other pieces of equipment.

Your New Wash Rack Should Be:

  • Transportable Above-ground racks are portable and can be easily moved with a forklift.
  • Built For Heavy Use  Don’t trade ‘quick to install’ for durability; you will need a string deck for larger payloads.
  • Have Safety Features Check for racks with racks have solid, diamond-tread plate decks coated with grit-impregnated epoxy paint, to ensure traction, even when water and soap are involved.
  • Modular Design For Adaptive Use This bolt-together system allows for exact sizing to your requirements and can be installed in a matter of hours.
  • Customizable Your company’s needs are probably not cookie cutter. Choose a wash rack and company that understands your particular problem or unique requirements to obtain a system that fits perfectly.
  • Proven Performance Wash racks don’t have to stick out like a sore thumb…choose a low-profile option if you prefer the rack to better blend in.
  • Backed by Service  Eco-friendly racks are built to contain potentially harmful wash water, rather than letting it seep into sewer systems, streams, ponds and lakes.
  • Made In America  Installing environmentally compliant wash racks will demonstrate a commitment to the health of your workers and your surrounding community.