Whether tending to a lime-green Lamborghini Murciélago, a sleek Harley Davidson, or a family minivan, the technicians at Metropolitan Auto Detailing begin each scrub down the same way: with a 55-point inspection. Based on their assessment, the techs send their microfiber chamois on search-and-destroy missions that eradicate dirt through basic exterior hand washes or detailed shampoo and clay-bar treatments. They break out the vacuums and machine polishers as drivers take in TV and Wi-Fi in the waiting room, or pack up their gear and sojourn to homes, saving cars the trouble of climbing out of their owners’ bed.
But the crew's cleanliness mission doesn't stop at bumpers and wheel wells; they keep an eye on the local water supply by mainly using biodegradable cleansers and products from Griot's Garage, Meguiar's, and 3M that eschew the silicones and petroleum distillates of other cleaners.
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.
As a certified green business, DetailXPerts emphasizes eco-friendly and sustainable practices by abstaining from chemicals and detergents that pollute the environment. Using only one pint of distilled water during each three- to four-hour Ultimate Eco Wash, DetailXPerts harnesses steam technology to expel dirt and save resources. During one- to two-hour organic exterior steam cleanings, technicians hand wash and dry outer walls and steam clean wheels before dressing tires, buffing rims, and high-fiving wing mirrors. Each two- to three-hour organic interior steam cleaning purges grime from carpets, upholstery, and dashboards before staffers condition leather seats and rout out bacterial and odiferous stowaways.
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.
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.
The Auto Spa lavishes ordinary rides with the careful attention normally reserved for celebrity coupes and supermodel Ts. Your Ultimate Works Wash begins with a thorough, environmentally friendly wash, applied with soft cloths to prevent scratches, while an underbody flush rinses dirt and debris from your car’s sensitive underbelly. Wheels will be left looking shiny and new after a wheel blaster service and tire dressing, while a triple foam polish, spot-free rinse, and towel drying rid besmirched auto bodies of dirt and water spots, and also protect against unjust road-pirate mutiny. After locking in your car’s newfound radiance with a protective layer of sealer wax, the careful technician will then move inside, wiping down the dashboard, door jambs, and glass, before vacuuming all floor carpets, floor mats, and upholstery to rid them of dirt, dust, and hibernating marmots.
This holiday season, gift yourself or someone you care about with the chance to have their sled spicked-and-spanned by the experienced elves at Detailz Fine Auto Cleaning in Georgetown. This $79 Groupon is good for the Exterior Detail Supreme Package, a fender-to-fender overhaul that turns beaters into blenders using elbow grease and holiday cheer (up to $135 value, depending on car size). You can also convert today’s deal into an official Detailz gift certificate for stuffing holiday hosiery—just email the owner, Mike, with your name, address, and Groupon number and he’ll send a $135 gift certificate your way. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.