The sight of Empire Auto Detailers' white and orange vans rolling down the street strikes fear into the scratchy, whirring brushes of automatic car washes everywhere. The source of this dread is not the vans' self-sufficient supply of water and electricity, nor is it the onboard supplies and rain-shielding canopy; it is the technicians riding inside.
Empire Auto's dedicated detailing perform fully-loaded service packages that incorporate biodegradable carpet shampoos and steam cleaners, paint sealants that last from three months to one year, and waxes that leave cars with the sleek, wet look of a seal zooming down a Slip 'n' Slide. Ever ready to help autos in need, the technicians lend their careful hands to tint windows, install audio and alarm systems, and repair wheels and rims.
Drawing upon more than a decade of experience, Immaculate Detailing’s automotive caretakers polish vehicles inside and out during in-house and mobile detailing sessions. Armed with pro-quality waxes and cleansers from companies such as Meguiar’s, they restore showroom-ready shine to cars that have suffered through endless commutes, gotten caught in sudden rainstorms, or been parked inside of comically oversized cherry pies. Their fleet washing services keep company vehicles looking proud and polished all at once, preventing the need for multiple trips to the car wash. When techs aren't performing their standard detailing services, they also offer additional treatments including engine steam cleaning, pet hair removal, and clay bar treatments.
The technicians at My Car Wash travel to driveways throughout the Baltimore area, armed with powerful soaps, soft cloths, clay bars, and other detailing tools. The mobile shop's four detailing packages, named for precious metals such as silver and unobtainium, treat cars of all sizes to hand washes, spray wax, leather conditioning, and other spruce-up services. In addition to detailing vehicles, My Car Wash also removes overspray, bumper stickers, pet hair, and odors, and fortifies carpet with antistain protectant.
Trademark Auto Detailers hauls its entire arsenal of VOC compliant, 100% biodegradable cleaning products to clients' homes and businesses. That way, vehicles don't have to waste gas or even change out of their pajamas as technicians hand wash them right in their own driveways, reviving paint and trim with a clay bar, high-speed wax, and chrome polish. For grimy interiors, treatments such as plastic and vinyl dressing and shampoos help cabins and backseats rebound from food spills or muddy shoes. Basic washes can be enhanced with extras from pet-hair removal to headlight restoration, and for an extensive overhaul, technicians can even clean the car's engine or apply a protective finish to interior fabric.
The 1958 Chevrolet Impala’s black paint had seen its fair share of dirt, but then again so had the detailers. They had traveled from driveway to driveway—a method perfected by Louis and Clarke—cleaning all types of vehicles along the way. This day was no different. They hauled their wax, cloths, vacuum, and cleaning products up the driveway and next to the vintage ride. A few hours later, after a hand wash, hand wax, and bug-and-tar-removal treatment, they wiped down the last window and stood back to admire the sparkling finish. They snapped a photo, took one last look, and headed back to Bridges Auto Detailing to await their next mobile assignment.