Whether they’ve just taken a bath in the soft cloth wash tunnel or flung open their doors for a full detail, cars leaving Arlington Car Wash and Detail hit the street with a sparkling clean look. The facility’s tiered car wash packages run the gamut from full service washes to the works double wash, which applies a suite of products such as Rain-X surface protection and Simoniz triple conditioners and tire dressing. Detailers comb through vehicles that need extra attention, coaxing shiny colors from the finish with polish and wax as well as shampooing the seats and carpets until they’re clean enough to build a chemistry lab on top of. Motorists may truck through the wash seven days a week, and can swing by on their birthday and be the beneficiaries of a free platinum wash.
It all began with a 1998 BMW 328i. As lifelong car enthusiast Ivan Rajic learned how to care for his prized vehicle, he discovered that proper auto maintenance involves much more than a simple wash and wax. His research and experimentation with detailing products and techniques led him to found LUSTR Auto Detail in 2007. He emphasizes quality over quantity, spending up to a full day perfecting each vehicle from the inside out. Whether he is preparing a Ferrari for an auto show with concours-level services or treating a well-traveled minivan to a basic exterior detail, Rajic approaches each vehicle with care and respect. He employs only pH-balanced shampoos, nonacidic wheel cleaners, and soft-sheepskin wash mitts to leave cars clean enough to host high tea during rush hour.
Royal Car Wash’s detail-oriented workers spruce up vehicles with a mix of hands-on and mechanized cleaning techniques, ensuring exterior spotlessness and interior freshness. A full-service car wash (a $10.50 value) restores vehicles to squeaky cleanliness in 15 to 20 minutes, treating the car’s exterior to a gentle soft-cloth hand wash to purge paint jobs of rain spots, mud, and unsightly June bug jelly.
Ultimate Car Wash & Express Lube’s automated car wash batters away grime and dirt from automotive panels and windows before staffers clean up interiors by hand. Deluxe wash customers’ cars will experience an approximately fifteen- to twenty-minute transformation, beginning with an automated wash and ending with a personality test for their newly sentient car. A bristling array of soft flappers whips away dusty residue and mud globules, foaming up the hull and underbody with a soapy mix before water jets blast it clean and a clear-coat protectant seals in the renewed shine. On the other side of the purification tunnel, Ultimate Car Wash will assign a staff member to hand-dry the dripping chassis and windows with a towel before opening up the doors for an interior cleaning. With vacuum in hand, the car companion will liberate crumbs and velcro-covered pennies caught in the carpet.