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.
Surprisingly enough, it's not how a car looks that will betray whether or not it needs to be waxed—it's how it sounds. If it squeaks when you run a clean, dry terry cloth over the hood, that's a sure sign it needs a fresh coat. This is the kind of expert advice the Ducky's Car Wash team has accrued across 20 years spent caring for vehicles all around San Francisco. And it's not just cars they care for, they also keep an eye out for the environment by reclaiming, filtering, and reusing around 80% of their water. And, they also collect all the runoff from the biodegradable cleaners and waxes they use into their own underground tanks for eco-friendly disposal.
Further more, those cleaners and waxes are measured precisely using computerized equipment, a process designed to minimize waste during Ducky's soft-cloth washes. Technicians also perform an extensive selection of detailing services, including conditioning leather seats, removing oxidation from exteriors, and shampooing carpets, floor mats, and back seat bear skin rugs.
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.
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.
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.