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.
Even before he had his license to drive, David Hetherington was already busy managing his own car wash business. By the time he was in college, he was spending vacations and weekends detailing the fleets of limo services, auto dealerships, exotic car companies, and nearby battleships, building up plenty of professional experience by the time he opened his own detailing shop in 1989. David works side by side with his employees every day, doing what he loves: taking care of automobiles. Special detailing services preserve and protect a vehicle's shine for weeks to come, with applications of Lexol leather conditioning, sealer wax, or thorough buffing and polishing of chrome and paint jobs.
Tucked back between shops in the Book Hill section of Georgetown, Detailz Fine Auto Cleaning offers the first-class service you’d expect from an establishment in this tony neighborhood. The clean shop and amiable workers can offer a number of detailing packages, prices of which vary depending upon the size of your car and the services you want included. Full-body cleaning, interiors and trim work are all available, with many services available for quick turnaround. A gold-level complete detail package, starting at $299, is like a facelift for many of the upmarket cars that frequent the shop. But with meticulous attention to detail and stellar results, it’s not hard to see why Detailz is so popular.
Prior to 1997, car wash technology was limited to a hard-touch method: battering the car with a golf club, soaking it in a vat of rubbing alcohol, and a two-step drying process using hammers, then jack hammers. After Consumer Reports released a condemning study on the effects of hard-touch washes on a car's finish, the American public boycotted car washes and reverted to disposing of their vehicles when they became dirty. But when auto-landfills and auto-barges quickly filled up, the president prayed for a messiah to save us. That messiah has arrived, and its name is the Xpress Wash at Sonic Soft Car Wash, which just so happens to be available at a 51% discount today on Groupon!
Horse racing has been apart of the Rust family for centuries. The family celebrates their lineage at White Horse Auto Wash with an equestrian theme that is present throughout their whole establishment, from the White Horse name—an homage to the legend of the Shenandoah River fishing rock—to the horse-racing terms used to describe each car-wash package. But despite the richness of the Rust family history, it is their modern approach to cleaning cars that garners the most attention.
Below concrete floors, thousands of gallons of recycled water churns through White Horse's reclamation system, sending it to the surface through low-flow nozzles to cleanse vehicles. To complement this eco-friendly system, White Horse's team give each car, truck, and SUV a glossy shine using biodegradable products, from a triple-foam polish to Rain-X and a carnauba-based wax applied with an orbital buffer.