Before the water from Tower Car Wash's car wash sessions can be released into the sewer system, onsite filters pull out the oil, chemicals, and dirty solids in order to protect the environment. This is just one way in which the staff at Tower Car Wash, which has been serving the Bay Area since 1996, protects the world around them. To protect automotive paint jobs, though, they perform every car wash by hand and discourage students from winning bumper stickers at school. The technicians also draw on a massive armory of air fresheners, tire dressing, carpet shampoo, and waxes to protect rides and leave them gleaming. While customers wait for their cars to emerge from wash or detail sessions, they sip hot coffee and slice into crepes and sandwiches at the adjoining cafe.
A gleaming Rolls-Royce parked front and center is not an uncommon occurrence at Keatley Detail, long the most trusted South of Market operation for an automotive deep clean. Interiors and exteriors alike emerge looking factory-fresh after one of their detailing treatments. Unlike the typical brushless car wash, Keatley offers a membership program of a few details per month, to keep that paint job shiny and maximize the resale value, should you ever look to sell your ride. Even waiting for your car to be cleaned is an upscale experience, with a waiting room that offers free WiFi, coffee and water. For fine-toothed detailing or to buff away the latest scratch and scrape that inevitably comes from parking on the street, Keatley Detail is the place to go.
Hesperian 100% Hand Carwash rejects cleaning done by machines in favor of the human touch, which is sensitive enough to meticulously preserve the beauty of automobiles and the health of the environment. A crew of 25 detailers scours every crevice with biodegradeable cleaners and microfiber towels and maintains paint jobs with Clay Magic bars and wax buffed in with a lot of sustainably grown elbow grease. The center earned its Blue Coral Beyond Green certification because of the eco-friendly products and also because it recycles 85% of the water used for cleaning. To facilitate communication between clients and the handy staff, managers Michael and Sean are always onsite.
When you leave San Leandro Arco & Car Wash, you can do so with a clean, fueled-up car. That's because the gas-station franchise has onsite car-wash services. Best of all, in an effort to give services a more personal touch than a car-wash tunnel or a pond, the staff applies the soap by hand.
Mill Valley Car Wash's full-service facility, a certified Bay Area green business, curates squeaky-clean rides with hand washes, meticulous detailing, and ? la carte and seasonal services. Technicians buff away roadway grime with five levels of wash packages, recondition upholstery with steam and conditioner, and seal in shine with tri-color wax protection. Tire shine restores sparkle to rubbery rollers, and an undercarriage wash blasts away below-level dirt easier than driving over an open fire hydrant.
Every car-cleaning package at Hayward Carwash—from an exterior car wash to an advanced detail—begins with a 100% hand wash. This way, the painted finish is in no danger of being damaged by machines, and the car’s exterior is thoroughly cased for smudges and specks of dirt before the staff dresses it in Rain-X water repellent, Blue Coral wax, and paint sealant. During washes and details, cars shake off their filth as the staff scrubs them down with earth-friendly soaps and solutions to help them shine as brightly as the day they cartwheeled off the assembly line.
Hayward Carwash features an onsite gift shop that stocks auto accessories, beverages, complimentary coffee, and free popcorn that customers and their cars can share later that night at the drive-in movies.