Empire Auto Detailers' skilled technicians strike fear into the scratchy, whirring brushes of automatic car washes everywhere. These dedicated detailing experts roam the DC area ready to perform fully loaded service packages that incorporate biodegradable carpet shampoos and steam cleaners, paint sealants that last from three months to one year, and waxes that leave cars with the sleek, wet look of a seal zooming down a Slip 'n' Slide. Ever ready to help autos in need, the technicians lend their careful hands to tint windows. Meanwhile, waiting customers can enjoy the shop's free Wi-Fi, watch cable on a flat-screen TV, and sip on complimentary coffee and tea.
The nautical-themed Pirates Car Wash substitutes the rough seas for delicate wash tunnels whose ebb and flow of soft cloths, eco-friendly cleaning solutions, and microfiber towels bring land vessels to a pampered state of cleanliness. The long reaches of brushless towels and sheets of soap leave underbodies flushed of harmful residue, windows gilded by Rain-X repellants, and chrome as polished as a card shark's lucky cheat mirror. For cars that require more attentive grooming, detailers stand at the ready to dip into the latticework of grills, vents, and panels with waxes and steam cleaners. Pirates Car Wash also offers unlimited wash plans and runs fundraising referral programs that send proceeds to nonprofit organizations.
Most Popular Service: Detailing
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Brands Used: Meguiar's
Pro Tip: Our clients can use our complimentary Wi-Fi while waiting for their vehicles to be completed.
Q&A with Damond, Owner
What's one tip for first-time customers that will make them feel like regulars?
They should bring a laptop, e-reader, or any other device to help pass the time.
We have complimentary Wi-Fi and cable television, but it's always good to have your personal entertainment.
What aspect of your job, or the services you offer, most often surprises people?
We include a lot of services in our packages that most companies offer with a surcharge, such as engine cleaning.
It's included our Basic and Total Detail packages.
Also, we offer mobile and in-shop services.
This is especially a beneficial for stay-at-home parents or telecommuters who like to multitask by having their vehicles serviced at home.
Committed to the environment as much as they are to customer satisfaction, the auto bathers at Flagship Carwash coddle dusty vehicles with eco-friendly chemicals and the green LEED-certified water system found at their Herndon location. From eight locations across the Washington, DC, area, they vacuum rugs and wipe down dashboards before cars bask in a high-pressure tunnel wash. Technicians also break out the elbow grease for hands-on detailing services, scraping off splattered bugs and tar, buffing exteriors to remove scratches, or spiffing up interiors to obscure werewolf gashes in leather seats. To restore smooth surfaces, they touch up paint on car bodies and remove small dents by popping the metal back into place.
The smooth metal body of a car shows every ding ground into it. AutoCity Dents' crew smoothes these blemishes with paint-less dent removal, massaging the dents from the inside until they flatten out, or spray-less scratch repair. The technicians' paint jobs remove deep scratches and chips with wet sand, compound, and polish on the paint, before finishing with a machined swirl-mark free glaze coat polish and hand wax.
They can repair any vehicle surface ,including plastic bumpers, aluminum, fiber glass, and wood, or replace whole a windshield that picked a fight with the wrong insect.
Eco Detail, LLC's founder wanted a car cleaning service that delivered results while addressing his ecological concerns. Since he couldn't find such a business, he started it. Now he uses steam-cleaning technology on both interiors and exteriors, pairing the water vapor with natural, biodegradable products. He points out that, while not entirely waterless, steam cleaning uses less than a gallon of water to clean an entire vehicle, without producing water waste or run-off. Moreover, the technology is compact and easily transported, meaning that cleaning crews roam freely to wash dirty cars wherever they may park, be it in a driveway, at the office, or atop a runaway parking train.