From the road, Mammoth Car Wash & Detail Salon’s red-brick building looks like an independent coffee shop, complete with a charming outdoor patio. Guests lounge at wrought-iron tables, shaded from the midday sun by deck umbrellas and a copse of trees, but it’s their cars that are getting pampered. In the garage, detailers specializing in hand washes battle dirt with soap, wax additives, and war cries before drying vehicles off with a gentle chamois. For more in-depth details, the team waxes exteriors to lend glimmer to paint jobs and revitalizes interiors, extracting crumbs and grime with a vacuuming and shampoo. With convenience as one of its pillars, Mammoth takes appointments online so that customers can avoid long waits. Free WiFi fills an onsite café where customers can enjoy refreshments or host their vehicle's next birthday party.
For more than a decade, Presidential Wash and Detailing's auto-cleaning technicians have honed their generous slate of hand-wash and wax packages. Rising above traditional tire dressing and interior vacuuming, their repertoire encompasses specialty services such as buffing, deep conditioning and shampooing, and engine cleaning. If none of these packages fit the bill, the technicians will work with customers to create personalized service plans that accommodate cars with two or three trunks or glove-compartment wormholes. The techs hone their scrubbing techniques at their Marietta location or on the road, traveling to meet dirty cars on location for quick, spotless cleaning sessions.
The clean, modern exteriors encasing Wash Barn, LLC's freshly built or remodeled car-wash locations match the sparkling autos emerging from the wash tunnels' gauntlet of foam polishes, clear coats, and Rain-X protectants. Following a thorough exterior cleaning, complimentary self-serve vacuums slurp up deep-seated floor-mat grime from more than a dozen detailing stations. Wash services at all locations come in à la carte exterior varieties and expand to include ancillary services, such as triple-foam polishes, Simoniz services, and a foam beard for each car.
Because they travel to vehicles parked at homes or offices, the detailers from Payless Automobile Detailing are able to hand wash, wax, and buff exteriors while cars stretch their tires on familiar pavement. The clean team also shampoos seats, repairs dents, refinishes paints, and installs window tints that enhance cars’ privacy and aesthetic value. When they’re not performing work by hand, the technicians call upon the high-pressure cleaning power of EPA-certified sprayers, which blast grit and grime off of sidewalks, driveways, decks, and other broad surfaces such as home exteriors and whale smiles.
At Luxury Wash, the first thing cars will catch in their headlamps is a hand outstretched and ready as the detailer waits, prepared to lather cars up with gobs of soap. Proudly sporting a letter of commendation from President Obama, Bentley Brandon used to be one of those detailers when he started working at the wash at age 12, sudsing up cars himself until he climbed through the ranks of management to become the current owner. Today, most of the wash’s cleaning, waxing, and detailing services are still done by hand. With painstaking precision, the staff of detailers performs interior and exterior deep cleans—protecting paints with stage-one and stage-two protective waxes, flushing out upholstery stains with shampoo, and cleaning engines with painstaking meticulousness. The company also dispatches its technicians and cleaning products to clean cars on location, whether vehicles are resting in their driveway or marching in a picket line in protest of dwindling parking-space dimensions.
The technicians at Xtreme Detailing and Auto Spa outstrip automated car washes with detailing and wash services performed by hand. They eschew bucket water in favor of spray-foam guns that coat cars entirely, loosening dirt, debris, and shrink-rayed children still clinging to exteriors, before polishing paint without leaving behind swirls or oxidation. Besides washes and more in-depth detailing measures—such as clay bar treatments and carpet shampoos—the crew also restores headlights by resurfacing lenses to remove damaged areas. While their rides receive interior and exterior makeovers, guests can relax in Xtreme's waiting area , which comes equipped with free WiFi, a television, and a children's play area.