Today's Groupon gets you an old-fashioned hand wash, wax, and interior cleaning at We'll Clean, the "auto spa" that pampers cars with the tender care most people reserve for friends, pets, and lonely mail carriers. We'll Clean is the car-cleaning destination on the North Side with two Groupon-accepting locations: 1520 N. Halsted St. and 2261 N. Clybourn Ave. People have been going there since 1984.
We'll Clean knows how to clean yachts, airplanes, and rockets, but cars are its forte. You get a thorough exterior wash that scrubs the bugs off the grill, gets the grime off the wheels and wheel wells, and rubs the muck off the underside of the bumper. The interior cleaning squeegies away peanut butter smears on the window, wipes off peanut butter on the dashboard, cleans the peanut butter out of the center console and door jams, vacuums up globs of peanut butter embedded in the carpet of the trunk and car, and spoons old peanut butter out the ashtray to make a sandwich (a $24 value). We'll Clean's detail-devotees will also slather your ride with a thick coat of wax and buff it until it gleams brighter than burning oil drums (a $73 value). They'll even get rid of excess water around side mirrors, door liners, and the gas tank is elimated with We'll Clean's high pressure air hose and give your car a final wipe down with cloth baby diapers (their special service).
The entire service takes about three hours, and you get a $10 coupon for your next visit in a thank you gift package. Note: You must call to schedule an appointment.
Yelpers give We'll Clean's Halsted location a 3.5-star average. Reviews are polarized, but here's what some clean-car car owners say:
- I love the way my car looks after they wash it. They always do a fantastic job. – Michelle P.
- I took my car to We'll Clean and it's like new again (phew!) They always do a great job. It's well worth the wait -- every time I've been there they've spent a lot of time making sure my car is cleaned to perfection. – pent W.
We'll Clean's closest car-wash rival, You'll Clean, approaches the car-wash business in an entirely different way. With a slogan that boldly states, "Clean It or Don't, We Really Don't Care," You'll Clean simply provides car owners with a designated wash area and cleaning tools. You'll Clean has struggled so far, but hopes to boost business with an expensive radio advertisement:
- You want a cleaner car? Yea, me too, buddy. I ain't cleaning your car and I definitely am not letting you touch my car. It's a 1966 Ford Fairlane. What I will do is let you use all these cleaning implements I got. You wanna pay, you can use the stuff. And come in now for our Christmas in August Yule Clean special offer. That's Yule spelled Y-U-L-E and You'll spelled Y-O-U…anyway, whatever.
We’ll Clean auto spa, awarded Best Car Wash by the Chicago Reader in 2010, mollycoddles cars inside a spacious warehouse garage with exposed beams and a skylight. The team behind We’ll Clean has been revivifying jalopies and hot rods since 1984, culminating in a 29-year anniversary party on January 20. They combine attention to detail with a concern for the environment, an awareness of patrons' busy lives, and a mindfulness of dusty dashboards' sensitive feelings.
2261 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60614Get Directions