What to Expect at Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail

Towne Lake's Car Wash and Detail's Entrance to our waiting room

Are you new to Woodstock, relocating to Towne Lake, or perhaps hunting for a more reliable carwash service? Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail has won the hearts of thousands of Towne Lake’s residents with our comfortable waiting room, community-focus, and unsurpassed eye for detail when cleaning and waxing cars in Woodstock. Here’s what to expect when you visit our carwash.

Menu of Services

Did you know that getting a professional carwash conserves water, reduces stress, and extend the life of your vehicle? We have a full menu of carwash services customized for any type of vehicle. Choose an Exterior Hand Dry to remove organic residue, an interior wash (Super, Carpet Express, or Ultimate) to clean dirt off your seats, an auto wax to protect your car’s finish for the upcoming season, or a little bit of everything.

Book a Carwash Before You Come

Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail makes booking an appointment easier than ever. Simply reserve your slot and arrive on time! We’ll even donate $2 of your carwash service to the community group of your choice at no extra cost to you. Just pick a time and wait to see that shine!

FAQ

  • How long does a carwash take? A quick wash takes 20-30 minutes (times may vary based on car size and how long it’s been since your last wash). Small auto details take roughly 45 minutes, and you should set aside 2-3 hours for a full auto detail.
  • What do I do if it rains? We offer a complimentary rain check for 72 hours after your carwash. If the skies open up, simply wait for the sun and we’ll give you a free touch up service.
  • Do you close due to weather? We do close our carwash if the weather interferes with our ability to wash and wax your car. If the temperature drops below freezing or we get precipitation, Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail will close.

Stop feeling embarrassed about the state of your car. Stop by Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail for a quick, easy clean and shine.

Tips for a Greener Home Carwash

The weather’s heating up, and with the spring heat comes a season of gleaming car exteriors and finely detailed interiors. But before you join the ranks of neighbors washing cars in their driveways, answer this: Did you know that washing your car at home wastes around 90 gallons of water per wash?

home water runoffMany people would be shocked to discover that their “eco-friendly” home option isn’t so eco-friendly after all. DIY carwashes waste more water to get cars less clean than at a commercial carwash. If a DIY carwash is your only option, here are a few suggestions to limit the ecological impact.

3 Tips for a Greener Home Carwash

  1. Go green. Limit water runoff by washing your car in the grass instead of on the driveway. If the water from your driveway runs off into the garden instead of a street drain, it’s ok to wash your car on the pavement.
  2. Get messy. Before breaking out the soap and buckets, use specialty cleaners to scrub bugs off the grill, remove bird dropping from the windshield, and get sap residue off your car.
  3. Go natural. Feeling guilty about all that wasted water? Use organic cleaning solutions, whether you snag them from the most expensive aisle at the organic grocery store or mix them in your own kitchen.

Professional carwashes have mastered the science of water conservation. At Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail, we capture runoff water from carwashes, store it, transfer it to a purification facility to filter out dirt and contaminates, and recycle it for reuse. If we can save almost 100 gallons of water per carwash, imagine how much water we conserve in a year! For an easy, earth-friendly carwash option, schedule an appointment at Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail.

Carwash Image from Flickr

Everything You Need to Know about Carwash Fundraisers

Carwash fundraisers epitomize the phrase “it seemed like a good idea at the time.” Schools, churches, and community organizations spend months planning every last detail, only to watch everything go down the drain. Parking disasters, insufficient supplies, and impromptu water fights are only a few of the trials most DIY carwashes face. But there’s no denying they’re a great way to earn cash for your organization.

What to do?

Carwash Fundraiser Partnerships

cheerleader carwash fundraiserThe problem with most carwash fundraisers isn’t in idea, but execution. Soap, buckets, and wash rags don’t equip kids to give cars that professional, fresh-off-the-lot shine. Home carwashes waste over 90 gallons of water per wash; carwash fundraisers, if anything, waste more water than home washes. But there is a way to clean cars, raise funds, and minimize water use: partner with a professional carwash service.

At Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail, we clean, polish, and hand detail cars like we were born to. We collect discarded water and treat it for reuse, significantly reducing water waste for each carwash. We’re also committed to bettering the Woodstock community. Over the last five years, we’ve donated countless dollars to local organizations through fundraiser partnerships and our Community Returns Program. In fact, when you book a carwash online, $2 of the profits goes to the community program of your choice. We’re proud to support the Anna Crawford Children’s Center, Cherokee County Humane Society, Etowah High School Band, Little Greens, and Kleven Boston Elementary PTA, in addition to other public organizations, private groups, and families in need.

Want to learn more about partnering for fundraisers with a professional carwash? Call Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail.

Carwash Fundraiser Image from Flickr

Staying Safe on the Streets

Summer is just around the corner, and school kids aren’t the only ones anticipating the vacation. Commuters everywhere rejoice the 10 minutes that will soon be shaved off their morning commute. But summer also means long road trips, insane heat, and one too many items on your weekly to-do list. And sometimes a missed car checkup or too-hot afternoon can mean a breakdown on the side of the road.

How to Prevent a Car Breakdown

Woodstock drivers can minimize the risk of a car breakdown with these basic car maintenance tips:

  • Schedule car maintenance visits at least twice a year
  • Make a habit of checking basic car functionality (tires, lights, fluids, and windshield wipers) at home
  • Make sure you know what your vehicle’s dashboard alerts mean
  • Always keep a spare phone charger and list of emergency phone numbers in your car
  • Pack a stocked emergency roadside kit (including flares, jumper cables, a first aid kit, and water) in the trunk

What to Do If Your Car Breaks Down

If you’re stuck on 575 (or, yikes! 285) when your car breaks down, it’s good to know how to handle the situation.

  • car trouble at nightRemain alert. Assess the situation, monitor nearby vehicles, and determine how quickly you need to get off the road. If possible, find a safe place to pull onto the shoulder. If your car has limited functionality, turn on your emergency flashers to alert other drivers.
  • Take precautions. Once you’re safely pulled over, turn on emergency flashers if you’ve not already done so. Raise your hood to indicate maintenance issues to other drivers. If you have a bright colored or white cloth on hand, tie it somewhere visible on your car’s exterior. Take care when exiting the vehicle; other drivers will be moving at a high rate of speed and may not be paying close attention.
  • Wait for assistance. Call emergency services and notify them of your breakdown. Even if you believe you’ve fixed the problem, wait for law enforcement or roadside assistance to arrive before reentering traffic. If a friendly motorist offers assistance, ask them to show identification as a precaution. If you leave your vehicle for any reason, leave a note in the car stating where you’re going, who you’re with, and when you hope to return to your vehicle.

Stopping by Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail for your seasonal auto wax? Check out the “just in case” gear in our auto accessory shop. Stay safe, Woodstock!

Car Breakdown Image from Flickr

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Carwash

It’s easy to convince yourself that a heavy rainfall is essentially a free carwash. After all, rain storms are free, eco-friendly, and don’t involve manual labor. Unfortunately, that mindset is false. Rain doesn’t just not clean your car, it usually makes it dirtier. Over time, rain deteriorates the protective coating on your paint, making your car look dirty, dingy, and worn. A good carwash restores that freshly manufactured aesthetic, removing dirt and contaminates and extending the life of your car.

How Rain Damages Cars

rain spots on sports carRain does one thing and one thing only: wet your car. Choosing a “rain carwash” instead of a professional carwash service removes the proactive elements of cleaning your car: using cleaning solutions, paying special attention to problem areas, drying water spots off the car, and adding a protective wax sealant. In addition to being a subpar way to wash cars, rainwater carries contaminants, especially so close to a major city like Atlanta. Rain collects dust and dirt, road residue like oil and automotive chemicals, and other contaminants that damage car paint. It may not look like it, but your car is actually less clean after a sudden storm.

A Cleaner Alternative

Instead of taking the easy way out, choose another simple alternative: Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail. We’re a quick service carwash in Woodstock that offers a full range of services with no extra effort. Sit in our cozy waiting room while your automobile gets a 15 minute quick wash. Want to protect your car from future rainstorms? Get a full service carwash and auto wax. We offer a 72 hour rain check on all carwashes, so you can guarantee a clean car no matter what the forecast predicts.

Treat yourself to a car that looks great, even years after you drive it off the lot. Keep your car clean and protected with regular carwashes in Towne Lake.

photo from FreeDigitalPhotos

Great Gifts for Woodstock Grads

tossing caps - graduationMother’s Day isn’t the only holiday this May. Kids everywhere are receiving caps and gowns for their high school and college graduations. Graduation gifts are a challenge. What do you get for your neighbor’s kid? You’ve spent years saying “hey,” and they deserve more than a simple card. How do you give a gift without winding up with that book-about-the-future cliche?

Whoever you have on your to-gift list this year, Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail has you covered.

Graduation Gifts for Everyone on Your List

  • A close acquaintance. Whether it’s a kid you’ve taught at church, a helpful teen at your community volunteer center, or the new intern at work, some impending graduates deserve more than just a quick congratulations. Pick up a funny card at Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail. Grab a gift bag and buy a useful-but-inexpensive gift like a dashboard Sticky Pad (teens have endless gadgets!), a spot cleaner for fabric seats, or a handful of Yankee Candle car air fresheners.
  • Your teen’s lifelong BFF. You know firsthand (well, secondhand) how hard high school is in 2015. Say “congratulations!” without adding “have fun panicking about your future.” Instead of a self-help book about the next step for high school and college grads, buy something that will actually help them map out the future. Make a goodie basket with a few local road maps (for when their GPS systems go on the fritz), backup car phone chargers, and a carwash gift card to help them make a great impression on the first day of college.
  • Family. Is your favorite niece graduating? Has your cousin finally finished his 5 year college plan? Show them you’re proud without getting them a frivolous gift. Welcome them to the real world with a useful gift like weather-proof vinyl car mats or a full auto detail. After half a dozen gifts “for the new apartment” they’ll appreciate a gift they can actually use.

No matter who you’re buying for, it’s hard to go wrong with the gift of a carwash for graduation. Stop by Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail for the best auto wash in Woodstock.

photo from FreeDigitalPhotos

A Mess-Free Mother’s Day

A mother’s car is not her own. It’s home to a handful of kids, friends, team members, and classmates. In a single day it can withstand anything from streaked windows from food-stained fingers to clumps of mud from baseball cleats. It’s no wonder that so many moms have messy cars. That’s why a full service carwash is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day.

3 Ways to Give a Mother’s Day Carwash

  1. Surprise her. Moms are used to nasty surprises: spills, cuts, and dirt, to name a few. Why not surprise her with something positive? Get your kids involved by having them distract your wife while you slip off to the carwash. Then have them make the grand reveal after you sneak the car back into the garage, smelling clean and looking brand new.
  2. mom and daughter in carPamper her. Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail is within easy walking distance of a number of excellent restaurants. Create a fantastic Mother’s Day outing by dropping your wife off at her favorite eatery’s front door, taking the car across the street for a full auto detail, and walking back to the restaurant for a few hours of quality time with the woman who sacrifices so much for your family.
  3. Make it on her terms. Is your wife an honorary chauffeur for the school baseball team? Are her weekends (and weekdays) filled with dropping kids off, picking kids up, and hoping to find a few moments to grab groceries? Give her a carwash at her leisure. Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail offers gift cards with any denomination. Pay for an interior vacuum, an exterior carwash and wax, or an interior/exterior carwash with a little extra to spend on Yankee Candle air fresheners in our auto accessory store.

Surprise mom with a spiffed and polished car this Mother’s Day. Stop by Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail for a quick wash, full service auto detail, or carwash gift card.

photo from FreeDigitalPhotos

Clearing the View

A clean windshield isn’t just about looking good on the road. It’s also about driving safety, especially as spring rainstorms, pollen dust, and other visibility hazards reach a seasonal high. Keep your car looking great and your passengers safe with these tips for keeping your windshield clean.

Keeping a Car Windshield Clean

driving with a clean windshieldTo properly clean your windshield, pick a day that’s not too hot or humid. This will give you plenty of time to work without soap stains or water spots drying on the glass. Choose a gentle cleaner and a microfiber towel. Carefully clean the entire window, using small, circular motions on tough stains and sweeping, back-and-forth motions to remove any lingering streaks. To stop the spread of dirt, get a fresh microfiber towel for cleaning the back windshield, windows, and car mirrors.

Cleaning Stains off a Car Windshield

Dealing with bird droppings instead of dirt? The key to keeping contaminants off your windshield is to attack the problem ASAP. For stubborn stains like bug splatter, bird droppings, or tree sap, pack an emergency cleaning kit to remove the stain immediately. Many car cleansers will remove organic reside, but Coke works in a pinch. Just make sure not to get it on your finish; Coke contains corrosive elements that will damage your car’s paint.

Watch Your Wipers

Streaky windshield wipers are one of the leading causes of low visibility when driving. Auto experts recommend changing your wiper blades every six months for optimal safety. To keep your wiper blades in top form, gently wipe them down with a soft cloth every few weeks. Not only will you wash away any contaminates clinging to the rubber, you may also extend the life of your windshield wipers.

Is your car ready for it’s springtime detail? Leave it to the professionals! When you book an auto wash and wax at Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail, we’ll have your car looking like new in no time.

photo from flickr

Clearing the Smoke

There’s nothing worse than being a non-smoker with a vehicle that smells like ashes. Maybe your car was a hand-me-down from an aunt with a smoking habit. Maybe you bought it used from a redneck chainsmoker. Maybe you have a friend who continually lights up in the car, no matter how many times you ask him not to. Cleaning smoke out of vehicles is a challenge, it’s true. Luckily, Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail is here to help you out.

4 Tips for Cleaning Smoke Out of a Car

  1. cigarette ashRemove the evidence. Did someone leave cigarettes in your ashtray? Did you find butts buried beneath the seats? The first step in clearing the smoke is getting rid of old cigarettes. Clean out ashtrays with a fresh, citrus-scented cleaner.
  2. Worst first. To clear the smoky smell out of a car, start with the seats. Ground up ashes often survive in car upholstery, in the creases between seats, and even in the carpet. Scents also linger in fabrics; your seats probably contain the worst of the smoky smell.
  3. Clean the glass. You may not know it, but scents cling to the glass in your car. Clear the smell (and the view) by using a powerful cleaner to clean and deodorize your windshield, windows, and mirrors.
  4. Clean remaining surfaces thoroughly. Use a foaming cleaner on the carpet and seats, clean the dashboard, steering column, and center console, and use a toothbrush to brush any leftover ash out of those hard-to-reach crevices.
  5. Freshen up. After you clean your car, buy an air freshener to eradicate any remaining scent of smoke.
  6. Ask a professional. Is your car just not clean enough? Don’t have time to go over your vehicle with a fine-toothed comb? At Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail we offer a variety of auto detailing services, from carpets-only to a full interior/exterior detail with auto waxing. Visit your Woodstock carwash and say “so long” to a smoky cab.

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Sloughing Off Spring Pollen

Allergy sufferers aren’t the only ones who wince when spring pollen tumbles from trees and flowers. Everyone across the state of Georgia has a coat of bright, yellow dust on their vehicles. Many people consider pollen no more than a yearly inconvenience, but, when left unchecked, pollen can seriously damage the worth of your car. Learn how to avoid permanent damage to your car by washing away the pollen, inside and out.

Wash Pollen Off Your Car’s Exterior

car covered in pollenCleaning spring pollen off car paint prevents permanent damage to your finish. Simply waiting for the next rainfall won’t help; it may clear away the visible signs of this annual blight on shiny cars, but the contaminates still work beneath the surface to damage your vehicle. To fully remove pollen from your car’s paint, wash your car. Make certain to clean door jams, hidden areas around the hood, and your car’s wheels. When you’re finished, apply a fresh coat of wax to protect your vehicle from further damage.

Cleaning Your Car’s Interior in Spring

Pollen isn’t just a problem for car exteriors. If you get pollen in your car’s interior, you may see the stains for years to come. Fix the problem right when it happens with these tips for cleaning pollen off of carpet:

  • Vacuum first. Use a powerful setting and avoid digging with the hose, which grinds pollen dust into the carpet.
  • Lift away any stubborn loose granules by pressing tape into the stain and gently lifting them away.
  • Using an old cloth, gently blot a small amount of rubbing alcohol into the carpet. Contain the stain by blotting from the outside in.
  • For stubborn stains, clean with a small amount of shaving cream and an old toothbrush.
  • After the stain is gone, rinse the carpet with clean water and blot dry.

Don’t want to deal with this year’s pollen crisis? Stop by Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail for a thorough, inexpensive auto wash and spring wax.

photo from flickr