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Decorating the Car without Damage

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Fall is upon us and time to show team spirit. It’s time to start decorating the car to support your team on game day! Yet, not at the expense of a vehicle’s paint. Here are a few ways to keep a car safe from damage, but still be decked out for the home team.

The first thing is to make sure that the car is squeaky clean. A great wash can reduce the residue that can cause scratches when temporary decorative materials are applied to your car. Microscopic dirt on the painted services can cause scratching when a magnetic decoration is applied over the dirt. The dirt can get caught in a paint pen causing scratches when used on painted surfaces. We suggest only using a temporary paint pen or window chalk designed decorate your cars glasses surfaces.

Then after the big win, make sure to remove all of the paint and applied decorations as not to set the material into the paint job. Immediate, or close to it, removal provides the least possible damage to the vehicle.

Other things to think about when it comes to a car’s paint and game day, are logo stickers. While displaying a team’s brand is a must, sticky adhesives that clings to paint can be a problem if not applied and removed properly. Try putting magnets on the back of the sticker instead for easy removal, so the cleanup is easy and damage free. Adhesives can be bad news when it comes to damage. They can be difficult to remove, and can stay on a car for long periods of time before they come completely off. Having a clean car to apply the logo is the best option to prevent scratching the paint.

Some ‘damage free’ alternatives are a window flag, license plate frames and even state issued personalized license plates with your team logo (when available).

Other ways that a die hard fan can show support with their vehicle without the damage is music. By playing a fight song or other musical representation of the team is an alternative to adding decor. Window cling decals can be a cleaner option to window paint because they can be used over and over again.

After the game, no matter the outcome, get the car ready for the next one with $5 off a Signature Shine for a limited time.

Clean Car Wash Towels Are the Secrets to Success

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Clean car wash towels can be what makes or breaks a car wash. Dirt and grime from one part of the car can easily be transferred to another area, causing scratches or unsightly smudges. Smudges can be fixed, but the scratches may be permanent.

The best solution to this issue is to use clean towels. Every time. Car owners should have one stack of towels for interior use and another stack for exterior use. They should always remember to keep them separated. A color-coded system may be the most effective way to avoid costly mistakes.

Interior towels can pick up sand particles, crumbs, liquid spills, and sandy slush. Depending on the geographic location, and time of year, these towels can also expose salty residues from the roads. Exterior towels often pick up sand and salt, but also reveal air pollutants, as well as bird and insect droppings. In addition, exterior towels come in contact with waxes and sealants. These products, while desired for the paint job, can transfer unwanted smudges or shine to the interior of the car, making it difficult to remove later. Proper attention is essential.

The act of washing and drying towels is no different. It may be easier to dump all the towels into one machine, load the soap, and press start. In reality, this may transfer residues from one type of cloth to another. Laundry detergent can only do so much. The rest depends on the care taken to separate exterior towels from interior towels, and indeed materials such as terrycloth from microfiber, too.

Terrycloth usually creates lint when washed and dried. This lint will stick to microfiber material and create uneven surfaces. High heat is also detrimental to microfiber. The fibers will melt, stick to one another, and block proper absorption.

Suffice it to say, cars travel through some messy situations, and they can pick up grime quickly. They can also transport germs and bacteria, especially when in urban areas. Using a clean towel for your car makes sense—just like using a clean towel for yourself after you shower makes sense. Scratches, grime, and missed residues are much less likely to detract from shine if clean car wash towels are separated by their intended type of application. Matte finishes on cars are also making waves. These finishes are different from the clear top coat on most cars, and they can be damaged very easily. Microfiber towels are the safest cloth to use.

Proper care and attention will ensure a clean car without the damage. Mr. Clean Car Wash’s car washes get the clean you need without the hassle. Visit the nearest location today, and don’t forget your coupons!

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It’s Your Car, Protect It With: Paint Maintenance

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

A new car owner loves to show off a new purchase the first chance they get—but are they still showing it off months or years down the road? Should they be? How can a car owner protect the initial shine so it lasts? When a car owner comes to get a car detailing, it important they understand that a detailing means more than just getting the outside to shine. Specifically, an auto detail can help protect the paint so the “wow factor” does not fade. Here are 5 simple tips to protect a car’s exterior paint:

1. Get regular professional car washes! Not only do regular car washes help reduce scratches, they also almost instantly improve the appearance of the exterior.

2. Wax! Waxing is not just for muscle cars. Mr. Clean Car Wash’s Express Wax keeps the paint protected for up to 3 months.

3. Use the right product! Demand the highest quality products. Not just any product will do when it comes to maintaining the quality of a vehicle. Make sure you’re using the Professional Series of products offered by Mothers Polishes Waxes and Cleaners.

4. Hire the right technicians! Make sure the technicians that do the work are properly certified. Nothing can jeopardize a paint job more than the hands that are being hired to protect it.

5. Keep the car clean! Get a Super Shine Detail from Mr. Clean Car Wash. There is no better way to protect a vehicle than to get a full clean inside and out. Car detailing can seem like a hassle, but overall the health and wealth of a vehicle depends on lasting quality and care.

It’s Your Car, Protect It With: Car Detail, Oil Changes & Car Washes

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

A new car is a big investment. It’s a purchase that most car owners spend 5-7 years paying for—so why not take care of it? Even the vehicle is older than most—a car detail, oil change and car wash are just a few things that can be done to keep the car looking and running like it did on day one. One of the first things most do when they buy a car is get car insurance. Why? They want to protect their investment. However, it takes more than insurance to keep a car protected—it also takes maintenance.

The Car’s Exterior

A vehicle’s initial “wow” factor is its exterior: the paint job, the specific rims and trim selected according to the owner’s individual taste, as well as the overall shine of the body. Sometimes it seems impossible to keep a vehicle in “straight off the lot condition,” but in reality it is not as difficult as it would appear.


Keeping Cars in Shape To whip a car into shape, make sure the car receives regular full service car washes from the professionals at Mr. Clean Car Wash. A professional car wash not only protects the paint on the vehicle from looking dull, but also reduces scratches from at-home car washes. Also, full service car washes can include a car detail. Car detailing can drastically improve the upholstery of any vehicle, which keeps it looking, and smelling, like new. Next, getting regular oil changes every 3,000 keeps a car’s engine in tune.

Many people think regular oil changes can be a huge cost, but they also help catch any other issues before they become a problem—saving the car owner money in the long run. An owner can also protect the engine and transmission from the extreme weather changes with Mr. Clean Car Wash’s radiator or transmission service. Protecting a vehicle inside and out becomes most crucial when it comes time to trade in or sell the vehicle. A well maintained car can get a higher resell value and a higher Kelly Blue Book score. Whether a car needs an oil change, detailing, a full service car wash or all of the above, Mr. Clean Car Wash is dedicated to vehicle maintenance. In the long run, it only benefits the owner to maintain one of their greatest investments.