2013 15/03

Spring Cleaning your car

At least a few times a year, Tim will mention to me that he’d like to get our cars detailed. Which translates into time to empty out all of the stray socks and toys and give it a quick vacuum. Truth be told,  I just couldn’t imagine spending the money to have someone else wipe down the dashboard and vacuum up all the crumbs when I can do that myself. And I actually don’t mind doing it. Also, I have no desire to sit in the waiting room at a detailing place with three kids for an hour or more!

So, when I had a car detailing business contact me last week and ask me if I wanted to try out their services, I was a bit skeptical yet totally willing! Especially when they said they would come pick up my Tahoe and deliver it back to me once finished. The only catch: I would be without a vehicle for the day.

Let me get this right…You’re going to pick up my car, clean it and bring it back to me AND I have an excuse to be a hermit for a day? Oh, twist my arm! Sold!Last Friday, Steve from Crystal Clean Automotive Detailing came to my house (totally forgave the fact that I had just gotten out of the shower because the boy had just puked on me) to take my Tahoe to be cleaned. I warned him, again, that our (bought used) Tahoe is our family vehicle. Any time our family needs to go somewhere together, it’s in the Tahoe. Short trips. Long trips. We all pile in — three kids, the dog, toys, crayons, bags of snacks, and the occasional lunch and/or dinner on the go.


He was going to be cleaning a Tahoe that had made multiple trips to the beach and camping, has been taken off roaring (intentionally and unintentionally), has had a soda or two spilled in it, and has been puked in. But he was sure he was ready for the challenge!

About eight hours later, Steve brought back my Tahoe. Sort of. I say “sort of” because it looked only vaguely like the Tahoe he left with.

I kid you not when I tell you that what they did to that Tahoe is nothing short of a miracle! It was so clean. And pretty. And sparkly. And clean!!!

I was so impressed with the extent Crystal Clean Automotive Detailing goes to when detailing a vehicle. Sure, they got all the finger prints off the windows and took care of all the dirt and grime cluttering up those hard to reach spots in the car, but they used this amazing DrivePur Protection System, an environmentally friendly, water-based solution that not only cleans the interior of your vehicle but it also eliminates odors (Good-Bye dog smell!) and adds a layer of protection against future spills/messes. This is HUGE for a family! With as much time as we spend in the car, I love the idea that this cleaning treatment helps to get rid of and protect against odors, germs and allergens!

They also brought our Tahoe back to a condition that looked better than when we purchased it! They reconditioned our leather seats (they look amazing!) and made our steering wheel look and feel brand new! There have been so many times over the past few years where I’ve just wanted to get rid of the Tahoe because it was just getting so nasty inside. I had no idea that a company could make it look that good. They seriously too years off it! Like a good facelift!

Carpet (left: before, right: after) -- It's hard to see but can you see the stains at the top right of the "before" picture? Those are pop stains that I have never been able to get out. Now, gone!

Carpet (left: before, right: after) — It’s hard to see but can you see the stains at the top right of the “before” picture? Those are pop stains that I have never been able to get out. Now, gone!

Seats (left: before, right: after) -- These look amazing now!

Seats (left: before, right: after) — These look amazing now!

(left: before, right: after)

(left: before, right: after)


Ok, now on to the things the guys will appreciate…they buffed out all those little scratches in the paint, recoated the inside of the wheel wells, buffed up the bumpers and hitch, and cleaned under the hood. Now, while I probably don’t fully appreciate all that stuff the way my husband does, I do appreciate how clean it looks under the hood now! I could probably count on one finger how many times I’ve looked under the hood of our Tahoe but to see the before and after pictures showing the cleaning job they did on that area…amazing!

Front Bumper (left: before, right: after)

Front Bumper (left: before, right: after)

Under the hood (left: before, right: after)

Under the hood (left: before, right: after)


So now I’m a believer! Life long, head over heels believer! Sure, you’ll still find me cleaning out our cars throughout the year. But now I’m all about having our cars detailed at least twice a year — my goal is to do it at the end of the Summer to clean out all our summery-messes and then again at the end of the Winter.

I honestly can’t say enough good things about Crystal Clean Automotive Detailing. It was just so nice to have someone pick up my car, clean it and restore it to a condition beyond my expectations, and then return it to me. Done. And you know they must have done something right when Tim and I are now fighting over who gets to take the Tahoe in the morning!

If you’re in the West Michigan area, you really should check out Crystal Clean Automotive Detailing. Moms, do this for yourself! You know it’s been a long Winter and your car/minivan/SUV is looking a bit rough. It’s a great time to give your vehicle a little Spring Cleaning and Crystal Clean Automotive Detailing is ready to do that for you!

Check out Crystal Clean Automotive Detailing on Facebook and Twitter! And, if you want to see more pictures of our cleaning, check them out on Flickr.

Crystal Clean Automotive Detailing provided me with complimentary detailing. They did not ask me to right this post for them. I just couldn’t imagine keeping this secret to myself. Did you see the pictures? Miracle workers! All opinions are my own, they just happen to do an awesome job!

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  • How did they chose you for the complimentary auto detailing?

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