The team of primp and polish artists at Cityview Car Wash paint vehicles in vivid shades of clean with a reclaimed water system and a never-ending linen closet of soft, smudge-shedding towels. With the Works wash, vehicles are treated to a full-service soft cloth wash, clearcoat polish wax, and undercarriage wash and sealant application to reveal glistening, smooth complexions worthy of car shows and debutante derbies. Mud-crusted tires and rims sprout from their dirt chrysalis after a deluxe wheel cleaning and tire dressing, before an air fragrance ties the entire carwash package with an aromatic and symbolic bow.
For more than 20 years, the staff at LD's Custom Detail has traveled to local homes and offices to care for clients. Although these clients, which range from sports cars to workhorse minivans, hail from different factories and eras, they all end up sharing one thing in common—a squint-inducing exterior.
To produce this signature shine, the staffers hand-wash cars with biodegradable Meguiar's shampoo—paying extra attention to wheels—before hand-drying fenders with paint-friendly chamois and microfiber towels. They also tidy up the interior, de-griming seats and dashes even in their most elementary wash packages. During more comprehensive detailing jobs, they feature premium upgrades, such as an application of upholstery protectant, a tar-removal service, an engine cleaning, and a spraying of post-apocalyptic-biker repellant.
A sort of automotive medspa, Splash N Dash Car Wash emphasizes cosmetics as well as functionality. Vehicles go from grimy to glowing by way of clear coat, tri-foams, and Blue Coral waxes that rain down from the automated wash tunnels. Detailers are on hand to provide a more advanced cleaning, should clients want the insides and exteriors to look like they did when they first emerged from Henry Ford's thought bubble. As far as performance goes, Splash N Dash also keeps mechanics onsite to make sure automobiles run as well as they look, conducting services such as oil changes and transmission flushes. But it isn't just the cars that get treated well. Customers are invited to sink into leather couches in the lounge and watch TV while their cars undergo cleaning and care.
My Detail Guys’ technicians roam Arlington and the surrounding area, cleaning vehicles at their owners’ homes and workplaces. Their detail-oriented hand washes leave exteriors sparkling clean, and their vacuuming and upholstery shampooing strip grime from interiors. To these basics they add services such as high-speed polishes, carnauba waxes, vinyl cleaning, leather conditioning, and paint sealant—which protects the finish from the elements. In addition to cars, they detail boats, RVs, and any spacecraft with a pilot who can pay in dollars.
The cleaning staff at Shine Express Carwash grooms begrimed autos with a full-service car wash, which eases autos through the bathing tunnel before the staff vacuums away lingering internal debris, cleans out cup holders, and performs an interpretive hand waxing. During the Platinum Works detail package, cleaners slip into their most meticulous personas while tending to both interiors and exteriors. Unkempt carpets regain their fluffy disposition with a sudsy shampooing, and a hand wax leaves hoods as shiny and reflective as a freshly minted introspective penny.
In 1945, R.D. Beck, a small-town gas-station owner, started scrubbing patrons’ cars with his son, Lamar. At first, the service was a way to score a little extra business, but before long, throngs of eager customers circled the tiny shop. Unable to meet the demand, they built a conveyor-belt system that washed cars just as well as they could. As their business grew, they purchased a Columbus, Georgia, car wash with a strange but memorable moniker: GooGoo. Though the name stems from a famous duck on a 1930s radio show, it now stands for the goo-goo eyes that Lamar makes when a clean, shiny car drives by.
GooGoo’s also short for GooGoo 3 Minute Express Wash, the modern incarnation of the Beck family business. Here, staffers dressed in bright-red ties prep cars for baths and guide drivers to the washing tunnel’s conveyor belt. Drivers kick back as gentle machines scrub their autos with Neoglide foam and microfiber cloths as soft as a baby chick wearing a lamb's-wool sweater. Biodegradable soaps and house-label waxes imbue exteriors with shine and sparkle, and a stable of free-to-use vacuums helps drivers extract dirt and debris from seats, mats, and floors.