Committed to the environment as much as they are to customer satisfaction, the auto bathers at Flagship Carwash coddle dusty vehicles with eco-friendly chemicals and the green LEED-certified water system found at their Herndon location. From eight locations across the Washington, DC, area, they vacuum rugs and wipe down dashboards before cars bask in a high-pressure tunnel wash. Technicians also break out the elbow grease for hands-on detailing services, scraping off splattered bugs and tar, buffing exteriors to remove scratches, or spiffing up interiors to obscure werewolf gashes in leather seats. To restore smooth surfaces, they touch up paint on car bodies and remove small dents by popping the metal back into place.
The world’s first steam-cleaning car-wash franchise, DetailXPerts employs organic cleaning products to reinvigorate vehicles to show-room levels of spotlessness. With the Presidential detail, a team of expert scrubbers travel directly to clients to give four-wheelers the Oval Garage treatment over about two hours, kicking off with a traditional hand wash and dry. After the nebulous power of steam scours rims and wheels, a slathering of tire dressing shines up car shoes and eliminates any evidence of joy rides through tar pits. Detailers thoroughly vacuum and deodorize interiors, purifying seats and vents, conditioning carpet and upholstery, and steam-cleaning floor mats, along with a slew of other down-and-dirty tactics. Proud owners of people-movers can schedule appointments for DetailXPerts’ mobile unit to come meet them whether they’re at home, at work, or out running a car-wash fundraiser.
Even before he had his license to drive, David Hetherington was already busy managing his own car wash business. By the time he was in college, he was spending vacations and weekends detailing the fleets of limo services, auto dealerships, exotic car companies, and nearby battleships, building up plenty of professional experience by the time he opened his own detailing shop in 1989. David works side by side with his employees every day, doing what he loves: taking care of automobiles. Special detailing services preserve and protect a vehicle's shine for weeks to come, with applications of Lexol leather conditioning, sealer wax, or thorough buffing and polishing of chrome and paint jobs.
In addition to recycling 100% of its water, Speedy Green Car Wash incorporates eco-friendly practices into its wash process, including an energy-management system and biodegradable chemicals. As a Meguiar's direct-line detail center, Speedy Green ensures its staff is thoroughly trained in the art of using Meguiar's products to clean cars, whether they want to be cleaned or not. Drivers can go rogue and detail their own vehicles under the guidance of the skilled staffers, or relax as staffers wash cars with a soft cloth, jet wash, and surface protectant. The auto-detailing menu lets drivers pick and choose from à la carte services to add to packages, including an interior super clean, a carpet and mat shampoo, and an orbital buff and wax. Speedy Green's self-serve stations let dogs, bikes, or tricycle-peddling canines get in on the sudsy action.
Tucked back between shops in the Book Hill section of Georgetown, Detailz Fine Auto Cleaning offers the first-class service you’d expect from an establishment in this tony neighborhood. The clean shop and amiable workers can offer a number of detailing packages, prices of which vary depending upon the size of your car and the services you want included. Full-body cleaning, interiors and trim work are all available, with many services available for quick turnaround. A gold-level complete detail package, starting at $299, is like a facelift for many of the upmarket cars that frequent the shop. But with meticulous attention to detail and stellar results, it’s not hard to see why Detailz is so popular.
A complete detail includes a laundry list of luxurious treatments for your vehicle inside and out. Veteran technicians will hand polish, wax, and clean a car’s many surfaces, reviving the new car scent and giving it a shine capable of blinding nearby woodland creatures. On the interior, seats and carpets will be vacuumed, everything will be shampooed, and vinyl and leather will be treated. The exterior receives equal attention with a hand washing, wheel-pressure washing, tar and bug removal, wax, and more. As a testament to their meticulous diligence, the expert staff will even Q-tip and toothbrush the hard-to-reach regions of your ride.