Car Wash & Detail FAQ's
Is car washing safe for the environment?
Absolutely! At Somerville Car Wash all of our soaps and waxes are biodegradable, non-toxic, and environmentally friendly. In fact, it is much safer for the environment to wash your car at a professional car wash than in your driveway. Because we control the flow rate and the water pressure, we use far less water per car than washing at home. Our water is also sent directly to a water treatment plant, unlike washing in the driveway, where the waste water goes down the storm drain and can end up as run off in local rivers, lakes or stream.
What is the best way to protect my car from salt and rust?
By washing not only the top of the car but also the bottom. We recommend an under carriage wash along with an application of a rust inhibitor at least every other week. The under carriage wash is a high-pressure rinse that flushes all of the salt and road grime form the under body of your car. The rust inhibitor is a specially designed chemical that actually inhibits oxidation on all surfaces of your vehicle. It will help prevent rust from beginning or spreading.
How often do I need to wash my car?
Many variables contribute to the frequency of washing of a car: road conditions, weather, where you are driving, and personal preference all play a role. In general, we recommend washing about twice a month and more frequently during the winter, with an application of a wax and undercarriage at least every other wash. This will add a protective shine to your car’s finish and keep it looking like new.
Will an application of spray wax actually make a difference?
YES! All spray wax application provide a buffer between the painted surface and the elements. Different applications provide better protection. If you demand the BEST, ask for our RAIN X Complete surface protectant. RAIN X Complete gives your vehicle increased shine, the best surface protection and water repellency for safer driving in poor weather. RAIN X Complete is engineered to create a water repellent layer that chemically bonds to all exterior vehicle surfaces, including glass, paint, trim and plastics. A treatment of Rain X Complete helps level out the microscopic surface irregularities on the surfaces of your vehicle to enhance shine and water beading.
A few things to know about detailing
Many people assume, they do not need to wax the car's paint. That is not true at all. Your car has to endure the New England elements: snow, sand, acid rain, bird droppings and constant UV rays beaming down on your car's finish. All of these elements will damage the paint if it is not protected.
Oxidation: Paint becomes dull and has no luster. Oxidation occurs because the paint is not protected. A good comparison is your skin. Just as keeping your skin moisturized to avoid drying out and peeling, waxing your car will keep the finish from fading.
Surface scratches: A good gauge to find if a scratch is too deep to be buffed out is to run your fingernail over the scratch. If you can feel the scratch then most likely it will not come out. Most surface scratches can be removed with a high speed buffing which also removes any wax, so a new application of wax must be applied.
High speed buffing: Using a high speed buffing machine can help remove light oxidation, light surface scratches and light paint defects by using compounds.
Upholstery stains: Once the fiber on the carpet, mat or door panel has been stained, it is very difficult to get it back to the original color. This is why we cannot guarantee to remove the stain, but we will guarantee to get the dirt out and try everything possible to get the stain out.
How do our GUARANTEED wash packages work?
It is an unconditional guarantee, NO QUESTIONS ASKED! Just bring that car (license plate numbers are recorded on the receipt) and the original receipt back to the same location it was purchased within the correct amount of days and hand it to the attendant. You will have a choice of either a FREE car wash or pay an additional $ 5.00 and receive the same service for that wash.
What is Ozone?
Ozone sometimes called "activated oxygen," contains three atoms of oxygen rather than the two atoms we normally breathe. Ozone is the second most powerful sterilant in the world and can be used to destroy bacteria, viruses and odors.
How does ozone work?
The third oxygen atom of ozone makes it extremely reactive. This atom readily attaches itself to other odor molecules. When contaminants such as odors, bacteria or viruses make contact with ozone, their chemical structure is changed to less odorous compounds. As more ozone attacks the remaining compounds, the odor is eventually destroyed. This process is called oxidation. Ozone essentially reverts back to oxygen after it is used. This makes it a very environmentally friendly oxidant.