The team of primp and polish artists at Cityview Car Wash paint vehicles in vivid shades of clean with a reclaimed water system and a never-ending linen closet of soft, smudge-shedding towels. With the Works wash, vehicles are treated to a full-service soft cloth wash, clearcoat polish wax, and undercarriage wash and sealant application to reveal glistening, smooth complexions worthy of car shows and debutante derbies. Mud-crusted tires and rims sprout from their dirt chrysalis after a deluxe wheel cleaning and tire dressing, before an air fragrance ties the entire carwash package with an aromatic and symbolic bow.
For more than 20 years, the staff at LD's Custom Detail has traveled to local homes and offices to care for clients. Although these clients, which range from sports cars to workhorse minivans, hail from different factories and eras, they all end up sharing one thing in common—a squint-inducing exterior.
To produce this signature shine, the staffers hand-wash cars with biodegradable Meguiar's shampoo—paying extra attention to wheels—before hand-drying fenders with paint-friendly chamois and microfiber towels. They also tidy up the interior, de-griming seats and dashes even in their most elementary wash packages. During more comprehensive detailing jobs, they feature premium upgrades, such as an application of upholstery protectant, a tar-removal service, an engine cleaning, and a spraying of post-apocalyptic-biker repellant.
A sort of automotive medspa, Splash N Dash Car Wash emphasizes cosmetics as well as functionality. Vehicles go from grimy to glowing by way of clear coat, tri-foams, and Blue Coral waxes that rain down from the automated wash tunnels. Detailers are on hand to provide a more advanced cleaning, should clients want the insides and exteriors to look like they did when they first emerged from Henry Ford's thought bubble. As far as performance goes, Splash N Dash also keeps mechanics onsite to make sure automobiles run as well as they look, conducting services such as oil changes and transmission flushes. But it isn't just the cars that get treated well. Customers are invited to sink into leather couches in the lounge and watch TV while their cars undergo cleaning and care.
My Detail Guys’ technicians roam Arlington and the surrounding area, cleaning vehicles at their owners’ homes and workplaces. Their detail-oriented hand washes leave exteriors sparkling clean, and their vacuuming and upholstery shampooing strip grime from interiors. To these basics they add services such as high-speed polishes, carnauba waxes, vinyl cleaning, leather conditioning, and paint sealant—which protects the finish from the elements. In addition to cars, they detail boats, RVs, and any spacecraft with a pilot who can pay in dollars.
Established in 1995, Cartique specializes in high-quality auto cleaning executed with the softest of whipped-cream-caressing touches. Customers pulling their grocery haulers into Cartique’s glistening family-owned abode are greeted by an experienced staff of dirt-blasting pros that smell like newly minted dollar bills. Each sedan ($35), SUV ($40), and wagon ($40) will be treated to a thorough Gold Package hand wash that includes a gentle exterior hand wash, chamois hand dry, hand buff, and express wax that scares off pterodactyls with its blindingly lustrous sheen. Interiors are assiduously cleansed of grime with an interior vacuum, window cleaning, dash and console wipe, and raccoon removal. Additionally, weathered tires are cleaned and treated to a luminous tire shine ($1 per tire) that efficiently removes dust, debris, and acne.
Lawman Auto Shine apprehends vehicular grime under the trained eyes of its owner, who served the community as a police officer for more than 20 years. With those analytical credentials ingrained into its mold, the company tracks down dirt with care and attention, making sure to outline each smudge or stain in chalk before scrubbing away the entire scene. They do so using an eco-friendly, waterless process, which gets called upon during basic hand washes or during full detailing services for both cars and SUVs. When they're not buffing rides, Lawman's staff can install snazzy extras, including car stereos and LED lighting.