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ABOUT US

Phone: 508.212.5785

Address: 6 Laurier St. Worcester, MA 01603

Monday thru Saturday: 9AM to 6PM
Closed Sundays

Open by appointment upon request

Wi-Fi and cable TV available in our comfortable waiting room.

FAQ

What size is my car? Enter the make and model below to find out.

How long does a standard detailing take?

Because we are a hand car wash, we do admit that we take a little longer than automatic washes. And since we stress quality over quantity, our goal has never been to be the fastest wash.

With that said,Our standard interior/exterior wash usually takes about 3 hours. Extra services mean more time, so if you need a little extra scrubbing, be sure to plan accordingly. You can always leave your car with us while you grab lunch, a workout, or get a little shopping done. We have a lockbox for convenient drop off. We are also located near several restaurants.

What makes clean cars different from other auto detailers?

First and foremost, we focus on providing the best quality service we can, using the best products available. We don't have the capacity to do as many cars as some of our competitors can, but we're okay with that!

Clean Cars is unique in lots of ways, but one thing that makes us really special is that we use only freshly washed scratch-free mitts and microfiber towels on your car. Some other car washes reuse their mitts and towels. This is bad because dirt, grit and rocks can get trapped with repeated use, which can scratch the finish of your car.

We also use a pH-balanced soap that is sprayed directly on your car with a foamer. Instead of the reused soap you see in buckets at some other car washes, using a foamer ensures a new and clean lather all over your car.

Comfort is key when you're waiting for your car, so we have a comfortable waiting area with free Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV, coffee and reading materials.

Is car washing safe for the environment?
Absolutely! At Clean Cars 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.

What are the benefits of engine cleaning?
Oil and dirt deposits can deteriorate rubber hoses. Keeping your engine clean prevents build and dirt deposits on rubber pipes. Any build up on high voltage parts can cause arcing and tracking. Dirt can also be drawn into inlet manifolds and cause internal engine damage.

Regular engine cleaning can prevent all of these problems and keep your vehicle looking and driving well, extending its life and resale value.


What is headlight restoration?
Plastic surfaces are great for giving vehicles lightweight, durable components – from plastic headlight lenses to motorcycle windshields, plastic tail lights, trailers and more. But these plastic components can yellow and haze with weather, sun and sand, limiting visibility and diminishing the appearance and value of the vehicle. While the impact on a vehicle's value varies, the dangers in terms of limited visibility are clear: It is a factor in 2.8 million accidents, 23,000 fatal crashes and 2,300 pedestrian deaths each year, according to the Motor Vehicle Lighting Council. Dim headlight bulbs and hazy plastic headlight lenses or surfaces may lead to this reduced visibility, putting you, your passengers and other cars at risk. The AAIA Car Care Council found that 26 percent of the cars it inspected had issues with their lighting system. Millions of cars on the road today have plastic headlight lenses. The problem increases with the age of the lens, and with the average age of cars on the road about 10 years old, the problem is growing. Yet there is something you can do about it.

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.


What is a clay bar treatment?
A car clay bar is an essential car detailing tool that targets the common enemy of every car finish: pollution that causes automotive paint contamination. It relentlessly pursues your car from the second it leaves the factory until your car meets its ultimate demise. It's in the air we breathe, it's on the roads we drive, and it attaches to your car's paint, where it bonds and begins a process of oxidation.

Surface contamination, as shown by this diagram, is difficult to clean or polish off, yet paint cleaning clay removes it with ease.


When contaminants get a solid grip on your car's paint, washing alone may not be enough to remove them. Pre-wax cleaners also may not be able to exfoliate large particles. In this case, you have two choices: use a polishing compound, which removes a lot of paint material, or use a clay bar. A clay bar isn't a polish or a compound, it is a surface preparation bar that smoothes the paint and exfoliates contaminants.

USES FOR CLAY

Clay is not a cure-all or a replacement for polishing. It's a tool for quickly and easily removing surface contamination.

One of the many reasons for using a clay bar is the removal of brake dust. Brake dust contamination, which attaches to painted rear bumpers and adjoining surfaces, is a metallic surface contaminant that can be removed safely and effectively by using clay.

Pinnacle offers the most gentle detailing clay available on the market today. Pinnacle Ultra Poly Clay removes light to moderate contamination with very little effort. Its very low abrasive content reduce the chances of scuffing even the softest paint finishes. Customers report using this car clay as often as monthly with fantastic results.

Clay is also very effective on paint over-spray. If the over-spray is particularly heavy, you may want to seek the assistance of a professional. Tree sap and tar specks can also be safely removed with a clay bar. A heavier grade clay bar, like Four Star Ultimate Detailing Clay, may be more suitable for heavy overspray.

Recently, I have also started using clay on my windows (exterior) to remove heavy road film, bug deposits and water spots. It works very well, and seems to outperform even the best window cleaners.

HOW DOES DETAILING CLAY WORK?

Clay removes above-surface bonded contamination through the mechanical action of the clay bar rubbing against the vehicle surface. Detailing clay abrades the contamination, wearing it down in some cases, as a result of this mechanical action. However, detailing clay is not abrasive to the paint. The use of an approved clay lubricant prevents marring of the paint. The removed contamination sticks to the clay and is removed from the paint.

 

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.

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.