In 1981, lifelong Greenwich residents Mark Curtis and Chris Fisher traded in their business suits for sudsy sponges when they purchased Greenwich Car Wash. 13 years later, they renamed their business Splash to coincide with an innovative idea developed by the duo: wash the cars by hand while also using a conveyor to keep them moving rather than trying to coax them forward with candy. That approach was a huge hit, and soon, Splash began spinning off into additional locations.
Today, more than 15 Splash locations are peppered across the East Coast. What started as a humble two-man operation has grown into a franchise that employs more than 500 people and washes more than a million cars per year. At each location, cars receive the ultimate in pampering thanks to a list of services that includes hand washes, express washes, detailings, and oil changes. Despite such impressive growth, though, Splash remains true to its community-driven roots, working with more than 400 charitable organizations on an annual basis.
Soap, wax, and vacuums fly into action at Fred’s Car Wash, tackling the layers of grime and salt that cling to cars and trucks. Fred’s has been fighting the battle against dirt for more than three decades, watching as the jalopies of yore gave way to the hovercrafts of today, which the car wash’s experts pamper with four levels of express or full washes. This range of services lets clients decide whether their autos need a basic showering and hand drying, or if they could benefit from coats of foam protectant and Rain-X products. The car wash’s technicians also perform detail services, rejuvenating vehicular interiors with leather cleaner and vacuums or shining hulls with paste wax until hoods reflect the clouds and pterodactyls soaring above them.
Not a brush, and not a scratch. At Wired Wash Car Wash & Detailing, state-of-the-art automats and professional detailing crews forego harsh bristles for micro-clean cloths to save paint from scuffing and ticklish hood ornaments from fleeing. Vehicles can pull up to this full-service wash and detail center for a slew of services, from full interior details to swift exterior washes, sponsored by Ecolab products. The shop also treats cars to a range of unique services, including color rejuvenation with beeswax and coconut oil, and the Queen's Treatment, specially designed for imported cars or cars with a superiority complex.
To protect clients' vehicles from scratches and dents, the technicians at Fairfield Hand Wash & Detail Center cleanse cars' exteriors with their hands. Even for the most basic wash package, these technicians will vacuum interiors and clean windows. The center keeps self-service stalls available 24 hours a day for customers who can't make it to the wash's regular operating hours or need a place to change out of their superhero costumes before heading home.
Posh Carwash keeps cars, trucks, and SUVs gleamingly grime-free with a beautifying battery of equipment and specialized products. Suds your street steed with a comprehensive cleaning that includes an exterior wash (by hand in Stratford, by machine in Bridgeport), an underbody wash, an interior vacuuming, and a thorough de-gunking of the windows and dashboard, helping to ensure a hygienic hangout for germ-conscious GPS guides. Like the haute armor worn by foppish knights of the Middle Ages, sealer wax and tri-foam polish deliver a combination of protection and pulchritude, while Wheel Brite rim cleaner and a tire shine combat the kicks of curious car shoppers.
Monroe Car Wash & Detail Center owner John Lilly doesn’t just preach honesty; he practices it. When customer Harold Heiney left his wallet at the car wash, he got a call from Lilly the very next morning. Upon picking up the billfold, a very grateful Heiney found its contents neatly enveloped and rubber banded, lying beside the soggy wallet.
Needless to say, Heiney became a vocal supporter of the car wash, and not just for its Simoniz-trained and certified detail technicians or 100-foot long, computer-controlled wash system. Also the model of integrity, they suds up each auto even if it’s forgotten to bring its rubber ducky, then banishes moisture with a 70 hp, touch-free air dryer before a technician towel dries the exterior by hand. In addition to protecting the environment with biodegradable products, Monroe goes green by recycling all its water—in fact, each wash requires 3 gallons of fresh water. Besides wash packages, customers can take advantage of express detail services or executive full service detail packages.