For more than a decade, August's Mobile Detail owner Jake August has funneled his passion for all things wheeled into precision mobile-detailing services for residential customers and dealerships. August's staff revamps vehicles with a complete detail that coddles horseless carriages for up to five hours at its Kirkland location or on-site at your home, office, or backyard Autobahn. A fleet of tidying technicians hand-washes exterior plastics, metals, and windows, thoroughly degunking paint with a Griot's clay bar. Wheels gleam after a detailed tire dressing, and trunks keep groceries from escaping after jambs are wiped clean. Following a swirl-free polish and protective wax, hand-dried sedans welcome an interior overhaul, which shampoos and vacuums carpets and cleans seats and dashes to remove dirt, debris, and memories of carpools past.
Most 16-year olds spend their time driving cars; few prefer to spend their time cleaning them. The owner of MDS - Mobile Detail Specialist is an exception: since he was 16, he loved detailing automobiles, reveling in the pride he felt when he gazed upon his finished product—a ribbon of polished chrome, a sparkling headlight, or a glossy car hood throwing reflections from its spotless finish. Working at car dealerships in his formative years only strengthened his passion, leading him to open his own detailing business and produce the same spotless automobiles that entranced his younger self.
From their self-contained mobile unit, complete with its own water supply and an arsenal of biodegradable cleaning solutions, technicians from MDS - Mobile Detail Specialist scrub, shampoo, and polish vehicles at customers’ homes or offices. They offer a tiered menu of detailing packages for cars in all states of filth, from those that need a simple scrub down to those whose air vents are stuffed with Cretaceous fossils. A la carte services, such as leather reconditioning and scratch removal, lead vehicles further down the path of showroom beauty.
Nyeisha Teague, owner of Orchid Salon, draws on a decade of professional expertise as she teaches clients to develop healthy hair habits. In addition to treating hair to natural care techniques, she softens frizzy strands with relaxers, tints tresses, and lengthens manes with weaving and extensions. When she isn't snipping new looks, she waxes unwanted fuzz, leaving skin as smooth as James Bond playing a saxophone solo.
Ace Limousine & Services, Inc.’s luxury stretch limos, SUVs, and sedans ferry passengers to their destinations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The company’s chauffeurs escort groups of revelers to wineries located in Napa Valley and Sonoma, showing off some of the area’s more than 300 grape-growing establishments on custom limo tours. They also whisk travelers to the airport, saving them the hassle of building a plane to fly there.
Armed with biodegradable products safe for children and pets, White's Mobile Detail's team of experts carefully cleanses vehicles at patrons' parking spots or at its Pleasanton facility. Staffers treat autos to weekly, bi-monthly, and monthly check-ins, or dole out one-time deals with a range of detailing packages. They hand wash and dry exteriors, preserve paint’s luster with Meguiar’s wax, and dress tires to protect them from dirt and the sniffles. Indoors, the team releases snarling vacuum hoses to suck debris from the cabins and trunk, and massages carpets and upholstery with shampoo and leather and vinyl surfaces with conditioners. White’s Mobile Detail treats vehicles of all sizes, from cars to extra-large SUVs, and totes all its equipment to off-site locations.
Water sings against vehicle bodies at AutoCouture Motor Car Company, slipping off in curlicues of foam. The crews there wield concentrated shampoo, swirl-free synthetic polish, tire dressing, and the same leather conditioner used by cowboys to make their hats taste so good. Steam pours into carpets during detailing sessions in the lot, which is also full of vehicles for sale.