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Why You Should Detail Your Car This Fall Seaosn | Valley Car Wash

Why You Should Detail Your Car This Fall Season

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Why You Should Detail Your Car This Fall Seaosn | Valley Car WashWinter has the potential to wreak havoc on the interior and exterior of your car, particularly for residents of cold weather states who face the damaging effects of snow, sleet and salt all season. Detailing your vehicle in the beginning of fall is especially important, as it can offer significant protection for your car and even prevent some of winter’s worst damage.

Protecting Your Paint Job

Because your car’s finish is extremely delicate, regularly maintaining its surface is particularly important all year long. The first step is thoroughly washing your vehicle using a cleaner specifically designed for cars, as any other household detergent risks stripping your car’s protective wax.

Once your car’s exterior is clean, apply a high-quality paint sealant to protect its finish from road salts, water and chemicals used on roads in winter weather. High-quality paint sealants typically offer protection for about six months, allowing you to apply the sealant now and be protected all winter.

Safeguarding Your Interior

Detailing the interior of your vehicle in preparation for winter is also necessary, particularly if your car has leather seats. Leather can be dried out by winter’s cold weather and lack of humidity, and unmoisturized leather is prone to cracking.

Moreover, because leather is porous in relatively warm conditions (above 50 degrees Fahrenheit), you must condition your car’s leather seats in fall, before winter weather sets in. If you decide to condition your leather interiors in cold weather, the leather will appear supple but will not have actually absorbed the necessary moisture. Look for a conditioner with lanolin and mink oil for the best results.

Protecting Your Tires

Your tires come into the closest contact with the salt and other chemicals on the road in winter. By making use of a high-quality polish–applied at the beginning of fall and reapplied often after washes–you can ensure that your tires both look good and are protected from the winter elements.

If you live in an area with particularly hard winter weather, you may want to use a silicone-based dressing in your wheel wells. Although silicone-based products should not be used on painted surfaces, applying such a product to your wheel wells can prevent salt, snow and ice build-up.

By detailing your car in the fall, you can ensure that your vehicle makes it through the next 6 months in top condition.

Fall Car Care Tips

By | Car Maintenance, Fall Maintenance

Fall Car Care TipsThe autumn season is approaching, and for most of the country, this means changing tree colors, cooler weather and pumpkin EVERYTHING; but also, it means some necessary fall car care is in order.

With winter just on the horizon, most customers may not feel the need to wash their cars as frequently. However, automotive enthusiast and blogger Scott Huntington says that you should still get your cars washed and waxed. Doing so can help shield them from the detrimental effects of fall debris like leaves, sap, mud, tar and bird droppings.

Here are five additional fall car care tips that will keep your cars looking great all season long:

  • Clear off any debris. Fall can be tough driving weather. It gets cold and dark early, and storms roll through often. You’ll need perfect visibility for these conditions, so it’s always a good idea to brush off any leaves, mud, dirt, etc., when present.
  • Check the wipers. Make sure they can wipe water and grime away quickly and efficiently.
  • Have some cloths and anti-freeze solution nearby. The harsh weather of early winter can take a toll on cars faster than you can say “Jack Frost.” We recommend purchasing cloths and anti-freeze to combat the weather.
  • Vacuum interior areas. Leaves and mud can litter your floor mats, and fingerprints can pile up on the dash. Do yourselves a favor and vacuum and wipe down your interior whenever possible.
  • Keep tabs on the important stuff. Brake pads, tires, the engine and other vital components of the car should be maintained regularly to keep the vehicle operating at optimal performance levels, especially on slippery fall and winter roads.


Tips to Help Boost your Fuel Economy

By | Car Maintenance, Uncategorized

Keeping our vehicles looking nice is just part of the appropriate maintenance. Although, cosmetic care can be just as important as internal, there are useful tips to help boost your fuel economy. Watching for the right signs your car may be putting off, safe driving patterns, and general upkeep all play a part in making your vehicle as energy efficient as it can be. There are a few easy steps that we can all incorporate into our daily routines for a bigger return on our investment.

Fueleconomy.gov provided a great list of gas mileage tips that can help you reduce the amount of gas you use. How does your routine car maintenance and checklist ad up to what they are suggesting?

Tips to Help Boost your Fuel Economy


Drive more efficiently

Keep your car in shape

Plan & combining trips

Choose a more efficient vehicle


Car Maintenance Year Round

By | Car Maintenance, Fall Maintenance

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As we move further into the beautiful fall season, we can admire the changing colors and warm toned scenery all around us. Driving through the countryside on a crisp autumn day is a wonderful sight. BUT, with the change of seasons comes precautions to consider. The biggest concern with our vehicles and autumn weather are the leaves falling off the trees. When left on a car for too long, exposed to the elements, leaves can cause unwanted damage to your car. Decomposing where they land, leaves can release their nature acids and have the potential for ruining the paint finish on your car. In worse case scenarios, when a wet leaf is sitting for some time it can leave an imprint of itself in the paint.

Don’t neglect the importance of car maintenance year round. Summer seems to be the go to season for keeping a nice and shiny, clean car. We can easily overlook the importance of taking a few mins a week to upkeep our car in the cooler season. Keep your vehicle looking nice as long as possible with a few of the following tips.


  1. When a season has ended it’s a good idea to apply a good wax treatment on your vehicle. Adding a layer of protection to the elements will continue to protect your vehicles finish throughout each season.
  2. During the fall months, remove the leaves on your car as you see them, take a few minutes a day and brush them off
  3. Keep your car regularly washed to clean off any unseen debris. Running it through a car wash on a weekly basis is a quick and easy, hands-free way to ensure the pesky seasonal issues are taken care of.

How to Wash Tinted Car Windows

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Tinting our car windows has increasingly become more popular. With a wide variety of variations in tint darkness, colors, effects, and more, the customization possibilities are endless and make it hard to resist. After investing time and money into creating the perfect look for our vehicles, quality care comes hand in hand. Everyone has their own car washing routine that has proven to satisfy their needs. We’ve already discussed the benefits, pros, and cons of comparing home washing to professional, soft cloth vs. touchless, and how to care to the extra special classic cars. That being said it’s all relatively safe for handling the tint on your windows. If applied professionally, window tint should withstand all the elements.


There are a few tips to keep in mind to provide the best care when washing your tinted windows. 

  • Stay away from any window cleaner that contains Ammonia. Ammonia has the tendency to turn your tint film purple in color. Ammonia is typically used to remove tint from windows so it will break it down over time. 
  • Avoid scrubbing near the edges, around your windows. Scrubbing too hard near the edge can cause tearing that will quickly spread over usual wear and tear of your window going up and down. 


Our top of the line equipment and washing agents provide a amazing clean while also being safe for any car detailing you have on your vehicle and wish to last.

Swirl Marks at the Car Wash – What’s Really Going On?

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People LOVE their cars and rightly want to see them taken care of. According to the ICA (International Car Wash Association),  properly understanding the threats to vehicles (both cosmetic and functional) and how to head them off is key to keeping a car running and looking great for decades to come.

Nothing is more infuriating than seeing those circular microscopic imperfections on the surface of your vehicle, also known as swirl marks. But why are they there? Did the car wash put them there? The answer is complicated.

Most cars develop scuffing to one degree or another over their lifespans and they can be resolved with professional treatments. Swirl marks, however, are very rare when you visit a modern car wash.

Car wash materials and cleaning instruments have changed with time, leading to advancements in water filtration, detergent application, high pressure washing, and in the friction cleaning material in particular.

Back in the early days of car washes and up until recent decades, most of the wash power came from scrubbing action rather than chemical or detergent action or wash pressure. When most of the cleaning had to be done with brushes and friction, the degree of friction was ramped up with brushes that took off more of the dirt but had a greater impact on the surface as a result. Older style brushes were more abrasive and often worked with less lubrication, which in combination with single stage paint jobs, made minor scuffing a regular occurrence. (Read more).

Today’s soft cloths have forgone the nylon brushes that were famous for leaving brush marks in the 1970s and 80s and instead rely on a closed cell foam material, meaning that they lack any structure that would capture dirt or grit. Another option? Highly engineered cloth made from densely woven cotton or polyethylene microfibers.

The foam and microfiber are both continually primed with body soap and fresh water, removing any debris and providing much-needed lubrication between the brushes and the body of the vehicle.  They’re safe to use and the overwhelming majority of patrons never have any issues—even after repeated washing.

If you’re getting scuff and swirl marks at the car wash, there are a few theories from the ICA which may explain wy it’s happening:

  • Single stage paint
  • Revealing wear and tear
  • Perception bias
  • Wax layering

Read the full article to learn more about swirl marks at the car wash.

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Soft Cloth Vs. Touchless

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Soft Cloth Vs. Touchless | Valley Car Wash

The great debate continues over ways to wash the exterior of a car. Which method is a better way to clean a vehicle in the case of soft cloth vs. touchless?

Both sides have valid arguments for and against each option. It simply comes down to perception and personal preference.




The Soft Cloth Car Wash (also known as cloth or friction)


  • Soft cloth is an excellent way to lift organic matter (bird droppings, bugs, pollen, dirt, etc.) and inorganic matter (road film, hard water spots, salt, etc.) off a vehicle’s surface.
  • A soft cloth cleans the hard-to-get places (front by license plate, rocker panels and rear of vehicle) most effectively. It also rids the “eyebrow” on upper windshields caused by wiper blades.


  • Soft cloth can exacerbate preexisting conditions. If something on the vehicle was partially broken before, chances are it may be more damaged after the wash.
  • If the surface of a vehicle is not properly sprayed or conditioned before reaching the soft cloth, it can use the soils against the car and cause scratches.

Touchless Car Wash (also known as touch-free or brushless)


  • Nothing touches the vehicle for this wash type, meaning that the chance of car damage is greatly reduced.
  • Sensors can “see” the vehicle and follow the contour of car for a more effective wash.
  • Touchless car washes are able to wash many different vehicle types (oversize. duallys, etc.).


  • If your car is really dirty, touch-free has developed a reputation for not getting the job done efficiently.
  • Touch-free can take longer, resulting in extended wait times.
  • Touch-free is heavily reliant on chemicals for cleaning. If not correctly monitored, improper chemical ratios can cause staining on a vehicle’s paint.


Time, quality and even environmental concerns all come into consideration when choosing which wash to go with. Ultimately, it’s a matter of preference for you, the vehicle owner. After all, you have many different choices when it comes to selecting a wash type that works best for your needs.

Professional VS Home Car Washing

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Professional VS Home Car WashingThere’s no doubt that in terms of quality, professional car washing wins in the Professional VS Home Car Washing debate.

Professional Car Washes

Going to a professional car wash gives a customer the assurance that his or her car is being touched by state-of-the-art materials such as hoses with a high-pressure nozzle, foam guns, microfiber cloths, car shampoos and conditioners, clay bars and polishers and waxes. Plus, professional car washes offer solutions for cleaning a vehicle’s undercarriage,the most important (and most forgotten) area to wash.

Home Car Washes

Cleaning the car at home using a water hose, sponge and dishwashing detergent not only gives less-than-satisfying results but can also drastically damage a car’s finish. Low-quality sponges and brushes can lead to th development of scratch marks. Additionally, too much exposure to sunlight may result in a car losing its original smoothness and may even burn spots in the paint.

Aside from the undeniably high-quality service is the convenience professional car washes provide to their customers. Car maintenance can be time-consuming and is better left in the hands of the professionals, if car owners are willing to pay the price.

How to Safely Wash Your Classic Car

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How to Safely Wash Your Classic CarMost owners of classic cars pamper them regularly. But taking care of your classic car is a hobby which can take up a large amount of time, including the regular wash and wax.

It must be mentioned that as much as we love seeing classic cars come through our wash, some makes and models are just not suited to automated car washes. For instance, some vintage models have roofs that are naturally leaky.

The last thing we want is for your vintage interior to have water damage, so we’ve come up with the following guidelines so that you can safely wash your classic car.

1. Use Foam Spray Machines & Eco-Friendly Soaps

Today, a great deal of professional car washes use foam spray machines and softer water in order to prevent damage. There are also quite a few car washes that use eco-friendly soaps that help keep the environment clean as they are washing cars. This is great for not only modern cars, but also for classic and collectible cars.

2. Go For Touchless

If someone spends inordinate amounts of money to restore a vehicle and have it re-painted to showroom classic standard, the last thing they will ever do is put it through a bottom-dollar car wash. To avoid car wash damage, consider using a touchless car wash.

3. Dry It Off

After the car has been fully washed, it is very important for a classic car to be completely dried before it leaves the car wash parking lot. Since water contains small minerals, it will dry and leave mineral marks on the paint of a car, so it’s very important to completely dry your vehicle after washing.

Experts recommend using a soft leather chamois or a soft microfiber towel instead of regular hand towel and drying your car from top to bottom. Always be sure to dry every tiny crevice of the car, as rust is prone to set up in classic cars.


Letting dirt, grease, grime or other marks stay on a classic car without a proper washing can really ruin a good paint job and cause the value of a car to drop rapidly. To ensure that this does not happen, it is always a great idea to make sure a wash is scheduled weekly to get the car clean. If you store your classic or keep it under a tarp or in a garage, a weekly wash may not be necessary.

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It’s Almost Back to School Time!

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back to school car maintenanceIt’s almost time for the kids to return to school, and nothing makes parents more nervous (or excited) to have their children head off for their first day! Now is the perfect time to make sure your car is at the top of its class.

If your children are too young to drive themselves, back-to-school time means more time spent in your vehicle. All that time waiting in the drop-off line at the school, driving from school to soccer practice and back home again can really take a toll on your vehicle.

Below, I have listed a few tips for keeping your car in great condition during this busy time!

  • Make sure to complete simple maintenance tasks like oil changes and tire rotations.
  • Check all the fluid levels and top them off if necessary including brake fluid, transmission fluid and coolant.
  • If you can’t remember the last time you changed your wiper blades, you might want to invest in some now before rain’s fall takes its toll.

While these are simple, minimal maintenance items, they will extend the life of your vehicle and keep it functioning properly. If your child has a vehicle of their own, make sure to stress the importance of regular maintenance before sending them off and make sure their vehicle has been washed and detailed.  No one wants to be the kid pulling into school with the dirty ride!