Premier Car Wash's The Works full-service package ($24.95 at Forest Park, $26.95 at Arlington Heights) gives the most mobile member of the family a thorough scrub-down and sort-out. Both sides of each of the car's windows will be cleaned, while the vehicle's interior will see its dashboard, cup holders, console, and floor mats vacuumed, brushed, washed, and flossed as needed. Exterior-wise, the car's shell will receive a soft cloth wash and a fluffy towel dry, and Premier Car Wash's squad of horseless-carriage whisperers will apply brake-dust remover, paint conditioner, a clear coat sealant, and body gloss. Tires will be shined and rust inhibitor will be added to the car's undercarriage, with an air freshener leaving your car with minty-fresh breath.
Most car-wash lounges don't give customers a hotel-lobby vibe. However, the one at Tempus Auto Spa gets pretty close, surrounding guests with marble countertops, exposed-brick walls, and large windows that cast sunlight onto posh furniture. As they wait here for their vehicle, visitors can sip gourmet coffee or browse the Internet at computer stations. The designer bathrooms' warm colors add to the ambiance?even they are part of the venue's mission to pamper cars and people simultaneously.
CS magazine_ highlighted Tempus Auto Spa as one business that "make[s] daily duties super swanky." As its waiting area charms clients with all that's chic, so its services indulge vehicles with careful cleaning and detailing. The technicians rely on their own meticulousness instead of traditional car-wash machinery and giant car dunk tanks, even refusing to use mitts and towels for more than a single hand wash. The same manual attention goes into their most comprehensive treatments?the Spankin New Look complete exterior and interior detail, for example, includes an engine cleaning, which technicians can do with steam or by hand.
At Falcon Car Wash, a team of collision-repair and color-matching specialists restores a show-room glow to dinged and grubby rides. Technicians in the shop, which is a member of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists, return foreign and domestic automobiles to pre-accident conditions with a Chief Genesis Velocity system, which looks for kinks in the body. Water hisses merrily against sleek finishes, removing harmful impurities before buffing and waxing lock in vehicular sheen in the 10,000-square-foot garage. As tow trucks hum past at all hours to scoop up stranded drivers, interior treatments let vacuums and shampoo feast upon grime, purifying carpets and upholstery and eliminating the constant need to give rainstorms rides home from the mall.
Offering four wash levels, Spirit of America Car Wash's automatic wash tunnels groom vehicles for shiny driving 24 hours a day, 365 days per year with Green Line Solutions products. They scour cars with Formula 575, a two-step cleaner that protects the environment with a low pH level and a dearth of harmful ingredients while safeguarding noses with a fresh citrus scent. A proud member of the Chicagoland Carwash Association and the International Carwash Association, Spirit of America scrubs mobile habitats and sturdy parade floats across the greater Chicagoland area with six locations.
The technicians at Strictly By Hand Car Wash and Detailing pamper their clients' cars as if they are brand-new babies. All detail services begin with their most luxe wash, which is done by hand from start to finish. Detail sessions can include polishing and wax on the exterior, and shampoo and conditioning on the interior. Three wash lanes and four detail bays keep waiting to a minimum. Meanwhile, customers sit out the treatments in a comfortable lounge stocked with snacks and drinks. There, they keep an eye on their rides through windows that look directly into the wash area, and they can pick up brand new floor mats or air fresheners to reward their cars for taking a bath without throwing a tantrum.
Equipped with hoses, velveteen cloths, and waxes, Superior Hand Car Wash’s detailers stand guard in airy bays, awaiting sullied rides’ arrivals. Services such as the Superior wash restore cars with bouts of hand scrubbing, spray wax, and tire shines, which perk up treads with a lustrous solution squeezed from the Michelin Man's pompadour. Technicians also step inside for interior details, shampooing carpets, conditioning leather, and clearing errant leaves and dirt from trunks. Each location’s waiting room invites drivers to settle into cozy sofas and watch flat-screen televisions, or peruse racks of air fresheners, steering-wheel covers, novelty floor mats, and other accessories.