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.
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.
More than 2 million vehicles owe their reflective finishes and sparkling chrome to Autopia Carwash. Since its opening in 1994, the single wash has blossomed in size, scale, and clientele. A tiered menu of wash packages caters to the needs of all cars, from those that need a quick five-minute clean to those that need to buff away the phone number of a cute sedan that stopped calling. Detailing services range from hand wax and paint-sealant applications to carpet cleaning, promising personal attention to cars’ every nook and cranny. Thanks to Autopia Carwash’s rain policy, customers can cruise through the wash for free if it rains within 72 hours of their previous visit.
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.
For nine years, the car buffs at Luxury Detail have maintained local automobiles of all kinds with meticulous detailing, restoration, painting, and repair. After gaining a reputation for its painstaking care and knowledge of luxury and unusual models, the family-owned shop expanded to a second location, now operating two shops in San Carlos and Sacramento. Standard car washes and detailing rely on eco-friendly products and the human touch, which allows for gentler and more precise attention to smudges and grime. Full detailing services even conclude with a q-tip finish to ensure sparkling perfection in the giant metal ears of every car, boat, and motorcycle. Window tinting, paint-less dent removal, and ClearBra paint protection further enhance modes of transit, and complete restoration allows the team to lovingly rescue rare coaches before releasing them back into their natural habitat of the bumper-car rink.
At Millbrae Carwash, attendants guide auto owners into their two-lane car-wash bay for soft-touch exterior or full-service car washes, including higher-tiered options that douse paint jobs and wheels with Rain-X. After their cars exit the wash tunnel, auto owners can watch from under a table umbrella as attendants clean out interiors using vacuums that are studying for their drivers' permits. When road grime reaches severe status, the shop's detailing technicians massage carnauba wax onto paint jobs, shampoo floor mats, and coat surfaces with biodegradable Blue Coral cleaning products.
Carlos Quijada is living proof that the American dream is alive and well. Determined to give his family a better life, he arrived in the country alone and spent his first year moving from job to job, determined to find something that would give him the means to bring his loved ones over. When fate led him to his first detailing job, he knew he had finally found a line of work that could make his hopes a reality. Soon, he and his family were building their own thriving business from soft towels, buffers, and car wax, working all day, everyday to ensure its success.
The hard work paid off. Today, First Class Auto Detailing boasts two locations. Carlos and his team bring foreign and domestic cars, SUVs, and motorcycles to a spotless sheen through a slate of thorough detailing packages. Technicians coax out vehicles' showroom shines with regimens of polish and hand waxes, steam clean engines, and reach for stain-defying shampoos to treat carpets and the hair of dashboard hula dancers. In addition to car-cleaning packages, the team also offers window tinting and mobile sound-system services, and will gladly provide free estimates for all work.