Full Service Car Wash: Frequently Asked Questions
General Customer Service
Stop back in the car wash with the vehicle you washed and with your paid receipt as soon as it is convenient for you and ask to speak with a manager. If that’s not an option, reach out to us via our contact page. We have a clean car guarantee, and will do whatever practical to ensure your service is up to your standards as well as ours after your service.
Stop in and ask to speak with the manager, we can help you get it back! If that’s not an option, reach out to us via our contact page.
I called 262-CAR-WASH and was put in contact with a call center, how do I speak to the manager on site?
Our site managers are very busy helping our customers on site as well as working with their staff to produce quality service for our customers. The car wash is a loud, wet, and fast paced environment; so typically, managers are not available to take phone calls. To speak with a manager, visit one of our facilities and ask for the manager on duty. If that’s not an option, reach out to us via our contact page.
It’s easy! Just text the message “FSCW” to the number 71441 on your cell phone. Make sure you respond to the first message we send to you with a “yes”. If you don’t get a response, check with your mobile service carrier.
It’s just as easy as signing up! On the phone we send our texts to, text the message “stop” to the number 71441.
Car Wash Process
FSCW is a soft touch car wash. Touchless car washes use harsh chemicals to “burn” the dirt off your car, then high pressure to blast it away; neither are safe for your vehicle’s finish! They also don’t do a good job removing all the surface contaminants. FSCW only uses closed cell foam on our state-of-the-art equipment combined with the latest technology in safe car washing chemicals to safely remove soils from your vehicle without any worries of damaging or scratching your vehicles finish. Check out this article we wrote on our Tunnel Talk Blog, “Soft Touch vs. Touchless Car Washing.” FSCW has been a family owned and operated business in Milwaukee for over 30 years, and we have been voted Milwaukee’s best car wash since 2002 by Milwaukee Magazine. Your dealership is great at selling cars, we are the experts in keeping them clean. 😉
FSCW cannot “guarantee” any aftermarket parts added to your car, including vinyl wraps. However, any professionally installed wrap should be just fine. We do not use high pressure over the whole car, nor do we use harsh chemicals, something that will hurt a wrap.
Whenever it’s dirty, or at a minimum once a month for a regularly driven vehicle. This way you are keeping all surface contaminants from sitting on your vehicle for a length of time and applying a coat of wax on your car. There is no such thing as washing your car too often. For more information on this, check out our Tunnel Talk blog post “How Often Should I Wash My Car?”
You close in the winter time, right? It’s not safe to wash your car in the winter time when it’s below freezing.
Winter is our busiest season! Modern vehicles do not have freezing issues like they did 50 years ago. Since FSCW uses a low-pressure washing process, and we towel dry your car in our heated facilities. This means your car leaves the car wash clean and dry before it freezes!
Nope! Come on in!
Absolutely not! Quite the opposite actually! Professional car washes use far less water, environmentally safe chemicals, and sanitary sewer drainage to safely clean your car (unlike washing your car at home.) Check out our Tunnel Talk Blog Post about “Car Washing and The Environment.”
Absolutely. Ceramic coatings are tough (that’s why you got it right?) and a car wash will not hurt it or remove it.
Unfortunately, duallys do not fit; but we can hand wash your dually for you!
While FSCW does offer hand washing services, we recommend against it (provided your vehicle can fit through the car wash safely.) This is because hand washing your car with a mit or sponge traps the dirt you are cleaning in and underneath it while you rub the surface of your car, causing very fine scratches in your paint. When you get a car wash at FSCW, we do a hand prep where our experts remove dirt and grime without scratching the paint. This prep work ensures all the crud is removed and that the wash process is even across the surface of the vehicle, making for a perfectly shiny car.
My dealership applied a premium surface protectant that I paid hundreds or even thousands of dollars for and told me I do not need to ever wax my car.
While the coating you had put on your car was a good, its little more than a decent wax that lasts little more than 6 months. The extra money you paid for was the warrantee that you got with the product incase your clear coat were to become defect. All vehicles benefit from the wax applied to your car in the car wash or in our detail shop. There is no chance of damage, voiding your vehicle’s warrantee, or negatively altering your vehicle’s finish. The wax protects your finish, keeps your car cleaner for longer, and visibly enhances its shine.
Car Wash Packages
Our Better Wash includes hand prep, soft touch wash, triple foam conditioner, underbody flush, polyshine max, clear coat wax, and hand towel dry. This service costs $14.00 including tax.
Our Best Wash includes hand prep, soft touch wash, triple foam conditioner, underbody flush, machine applied wheel cleaner, polyshine max, weather guard, clear coat wax, machine applied tire shine, and hand towel dry. It also includes a free five day rewash ($8.00 value) that can be used on any vehicle. This service costs $18.00 including tax.
Our economy wash includes a soft touch car wash, and air blow dry. We do not hand prep, or hand towel dry the car. This service costs $5.00 including tax.
Car Wash Services
The Clear Coat Wax is a sealer and drying agent that seals and protects your vehicle as well as helps it come dry at the end of the car wash. This service is included with the Basic, Better, and Best car washes.
We hand towel dry the exterior of your vehicle with commercial grade 100% cotton terry towels. This service is included with the Basic, Better, and Best car washes. Freshly washed towels are used on every car. This means our towels are washed after each car they touch or if they become contaminated by touching the ground or get too wet/dirty while drying a car.
Poly Shine Max is a premium wax consisted of 3 engineered and bonded compounds, which is formulated to produce a long-lasting showroom shine. This service is included with the Better and Best car washes.
The machine applied rim and tire cleaner is a powerful cleaner that emulsifies manmade soils such as break dust and road tar. This service is included with the Best car wash.
A high foaming conditioner that helps adjust the pH level of your vehicle’s surface, allowing it to better accept and retain the wax and sealers applied at the end of the automatic car wash. This service is included with the Better and Best car washes.
A low pressure, clear water rise designed to remove light soils and debris such as sand and salt. This service is included with the Better and Best car washes.
Weather Guard is a silicone fortified micro-coating with UV protection that offers extended water repellency and helps combat the effects of sun, acid rain, salt, and dirt on your vehicle’s surface. This service is included with the Best car wash.
Hand prep is what we do by hand before your vehicle goes through the car wash. We remove all bugs and excessive dirt in the summer and remove all snow and ice in the winter. It’s important to get these debris off before the automatic car washing process. This service is included with the Basic, Better, and Best car washes.
The presoak soap is a gentle foaming soap containing a citrus solvent. Emulsifies road film and oils for bright chrome and clean auto glass. This service is included with the Economy, Basic, Better, and Best car washes.
The brushes are made from a closed cell foam called Envirosoft. This foam does not hold on to dirt or water and is constantly flushed with a lubricating soap and water solution that safely helps the brush clean your car.
The Tire Shine is a high-quality water-based tire shine that’s easy on your tires, as well as on the environment. It is mechanically applied in the automatic car washing process. This service is included with the Best car wash.
Wash Add On Products and Services
This service is a quick interior cleaning that consists of a light passenger area vacuuming, quickly blowing out the center console with compressed air, cleaning interior passenger area windows, dusting of the dashboard, dusting of the steering column, and drying the door jambs. This is not a detailing service, and is designed to maintain a regularly cleaned car. This is an Add On service that is not included in any exterior car wash package, and must be added on to any package. This service costs $9.99 including tax.
In this service we remove the floormats from the vehicle. The mats are pressure washed, extracted with a wet vac, and returned to the vehicle. This service requires additional dry time for the floor mats as they will be damp after they are washed. This service costs $4.00 per mat including tax.
Passenger Area Vacuuming is a light vacuuming of the interior of the vehicle anywhere people can sit. This service is designed to maintain a regularly cleaned vehicle. This is not a detailing service; pet hair will not be removed with this service. This service is included in the Interior Touch Up add on.
Light interior dusting is a fast and efficient service designed to dust your dashboard, steering column, and door panels. This service is included in the Interior Touch Up.
Cargo Vacuuming is the light vacuuming of the trunk or cargo space of the vehicle. This area of cleaning is separate from the passenger area vacuuming included in the Interior Touch up add on. Cargo vacuuming costs $4.00 including tax.
This service is a quick “air dusting” of your console using compressed air. This removes loose debris from cup holders and console. This service is included in the Interior Touch Up.
This service is a hand touch up of cleaning and dressing of the rims and tires that is preformed at the end of the wash process. This service is handy if your wheels have excess break dust or soil on them. This service will not remove corrosion or tarnish from rims. This is an Add On service that is not included in any exterior car wash package, and must be added on to any package. This service costs $6.00 including tax.
Full Detailing / Express Detailing
A carpet shampoo is a dealing service that you can add to any wash package. After your car wash, we move your vehicle into our detail shop, and shampoo the carpets of the passenger area of your car. We remove most stains, dirt, and salt build up. All your floormats are also cleaned with this package. This service takes about an hour to complete, costs $45 with the purchase of any wash package, and requires additional drying time after the service is performed.
An engine compartment clean and dress is a detailing service that you can add to any wash package. After your car wash, we move your vehicle into our detail shop and apply a degreaser to the surface of your engine and components under the hood of your vehicle. We then pressure wash the engine compartment and apply a water-based dressing afterward. This service takes about an hour to complete and costs $45 with the purchase of any wash package.
An express interior detail is a detailing service that you can add to any wash package. After your car wash, we move your vehicle into our detail shop and use compressed air to clean the cracks and crevices of the inside of your vehicle. We vacuum your car with a crevice tool and wipe down all the hard surfaces. This service takes about an hour to complete and costs $45 with the purchase of any wash package.
A hand wax is a detailing service that you can add to any wash package. After your car wash, we move your vehicle into our detail shop, reclean the exterior of the car (removing anything the car wash could not), and apply a carnauba paste wax to the exterior of the vehicle. After the wax cures, we remove the excess with a microfiber towel leaving a protective carnauba wax shell on the exterior of your car. This service takes about an hour to complete and costs $45 with the purchase of any wash package.
Headlight restoration is a detailing service that you can add to any wash package. After your car wash, we move your vehicle into our detail shop and machine polish the lenses of your headlights, removing any oxidation or contaminants from the exterior of the lenses. This service takes about an hour to complete and costs $45 with the purchase of any wash package.
A seat shampoo is a dealing service that you can add to any wash package. After your car wash, we move your vehicle into our detail shop, and shampoo the seats of your car. We remove most stains, dirt, and salt build up. If you have leather seats, they will be cleaned and conditioned. This service takes about an hour to complete, costs $45 with the purchase of any wash package, and requires additional drying time after the service is performed.
My car was shampooed a few days ago, and there is a mildew like smell in it now. How can I fix this?
Bring your vehicle back in to us, we can fix the issue for you. It is likely that the drying instructions were not followed correctly or completely.
Absolutely! Check out our Full Interior Detailing Service and add a Wipe Out Odor Eliminator service.
To make a detailing appointment, either stop in a FSCW location, call 262-CAR-WASH, or visit our website, www.FSCW.us.
It really depends on the level of cleaning and availability in our detail shop. For a time estimate, check with the manager of the site at drop off.
It’s important to follow the drying instructions to prevent a mildew like smell from forming in your car. The most critical thing to do is make sure your mats are out of your vehicle, and leave the windows cracked open to allow the wet interior to “breath.” (floormats can be placed outside in the sun during summer months or in your home during winter months.) This process may work well on hot dry days or may not work well on cold wet days. To expedite this process, keep your mats out of your car, leave the windows slightly open (about 1”) and let the car idle with the heat running on full. The hot dry air from your car’s heater will bake any moisture out of your car. WARNING: It is important to make sure your vehicle is idling in a well ventilated, safe space to prevent carbon monoxide poising or an unwanted person to operate your vehicle. We can even preform this step for you.
While you do not need an appointment for an express detail, it doesn’t hurt to make one in order to get a time that works for you. Occasionally our detail shops get too busy to accommodate an express detail immediately, and there could be a wait. We complete express detailing on a first come first served basis. Full detailing requires an appointment in most cases, but you can always stop in to see if there is an immediate opening.
The manager on duty should have given you an estimated pick-up time at drop off, and they will be calling you as soon as your vehicle is ready. At this time, we are still working on your vehicle and do not have a guaranteed time for its completion. If you would like a better estimate, stop in the location you dropped your vehicle off at, and you can speak to the manager directly.
I purchased a monthly membership and want to know if my monthly dues have been taken out of my account, so can I see if my membership is still active?
Stop in any FSCW location and ask to speak with a manager to see if your membership is still active. You can also check your credit card statement to confirm your dues have been deducted. We charge your account on the anniversary date of your subscription (the day of the month that you signed up.)
Do you keep my credit card on file with my club membership, and can you see my credit card information?
While FSCW does keep your credit card on file in our system, it is highly encrypted, and cannot be seen by us. We keep it on file, so we can bill your club membership and you can use it for paying for services and upgrades to your wash. FSCW is 100% PCI compliant with your credit card information.
To cancel a club membership, simply visit the location you purchased it at, and ask to speak to the manager.
Yes! We offer six-month memberships that do not have auto billing.
My vehicle or credit card information has changed, and I have a monthly car wash membership, how do I update this information with FSCW?
To update club membership information, simply visit any FSCW site and ask to speak with a manager.
Prepaid Car Wash Package (Book)
Prepaid car wash books are redeemed with the barcode on the receipt that you get after purchasing or redeeming a prepaid wash book. All we need is the code on that receipt to redeem a wash book from your account!
I have a prepaid car wash package (book), how do I find out how many washes I have left on my account?
To check the status of your prepaid car wash package, visit any FSCW location and ask to speak to the manager.