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.
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.
As a full-service car wash, gas station, and detailer, Tower keeps automobiles looking and feeling their best by employing environmentally friendly practices and the latest mud-loathing equipment. Treat cars to a relaxing sponge bath with a super wash, during which a team of savvy scrubbers hand washes vehicles from bug shield to bumper sticker. After a rinse, a clear-coat protectant is applied, followed by an anti-aging rust inhibitor to prevent crow's feet from forming around the headlights. The process can have a sullied sedan in and out in 20 minutes, cleaning it more thoroughly than a collision with a neighbor’s above-ground pool. As an eco-friendly washery, Tower collects used water and filters it for oil and chemicals before disposal.
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.