As summer storms roll around and humidity rises, every person who owns a vehicle with a soft-top is wondering how to keep the material safe and their car in pristine condition.

Here are few tips to protecting your open-air car and ensuring that it doesn’t get damaged during the coming months:

 

Brush off dirt and debris

Before hand washing the soft-top, you’ll want to remove anything that has fallen on or collected in the material. Professional Carwashing recommends using a softer vacuum brush or a soft bristle brush to avoid damaging the cloth.

 

Hand wash

To effectively hand wash your convertible, Your Mechanic suggests using the following items:

  • Car shampoo
  • Convertible top cleaner
  • Fabric guard
  • Plastic car product
  • Protectant
  • Soft brush

When hand washing it, we recommend using a gentle shampoo as well as a softer brush. Apply convertible top spray next to break down grease and grime that has built up on the cloth.

After you’ve thoroughly cleaned, sprayed, and brushed the top, rinse your car and keep the top up so it can air dry. Folding down the soft-top while still damp can slow the drying process and cause your car to smell.

 

Clean the windows and beltline

Even though the cloth and vinyl are now clean , don’t forget about the windows and beltline.

If the windows are discolored, you can use a plastic care product to get them back to normal. Your Mechanic mentions Diamondite Plasti-Care, but other plastic care products work as well.

To clean the beltline, open the convertible top partly and then clean the exposed areas. This method allows more access to where to dirt and stains may be hiding.

We hope these steps help you quickly and effectively clean your convertible soft-top. If you have any questions or would like more insights, please reach out to us! We’re here for all of your car washing needs.

We’re excited to announce that we’re building a new Flagstop Car Wash in Ashland, VA! As a business dedicated to growing and providing car wash services to customers all over Virginia, we’ll continue to expand for your convenience.

 

Renovations are officially underway at our Chester Express location! We are working diligently to give all of our loyal customers the most up-to-date car wash equipment there is to offer.

We are extremely excited about these renovations and cannot wait to share the results with you all. An announcement about our Grand Re-Opening will be made in the near future.

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renovations at chester express car wash

While this location is being renovated, please note that our RVA Wash Club members can always visit any one of our locations! For a full list of locations, please visit the locations page of our website.

Congratulations to Amy Quinby and Frank Costa for each winning $500 in Puritan Cleaners services and $50 in Flagstop Car Washes! Thank you to everyone who bought raffle tickets to support FeedMore!

Even though it’s already mid-May, pollen is still at very high levels, and it’s affecting not only people’s health, but also everyone’s cars.

At this point in spring, enough pollen has probably gathered on your car that you can run a finger down the side and find it streaked with yellow dust. Although it may seem harmless, pollen can actually harm your car’s air filters, paint, and interior.

To help your vehicle get safely through the pollen season, we recommend these three things:

 

Replace your air filters

Pollen can clog and damage air filters, so it’s crucial to get these replaced regularly during pollen season to avoid your air conditioning being negatively affecting as well as the car’s functionality in general.

 

Clean your car’s interior

Whenever you open a window or car door, pollen can collect inside which can decrease the value of your car and cause it to break down faster.

Reach out to us anytime or swing by any location to have the interior of your car professionally cleaned!

 

Wash the exterior of your vehicle

Because pollen can wear down your vehicle’s paint, it’s also important to wash the outside of your car as well.

Whether it’s a full service car wash, express car wash, or self-service car wash, we have every option and can cover any of your needs.

 

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or would like to know how we approach cleaning off pollen!

You’ve heard of our RVA Wash Club, but you’re not quite convinced that it’s worth signing up for. Whether you’re a current member or know nothing about this Car Wash Club, keep reading.

In this blog, we’ll break down what the RVA Wash Club includes and why it’s a deal you shouldn’t pass up.

 

Unlimited car washes

Some memberships seem like they include unlimited resources but then it turns out that you only receive a certain number of services or products a month.

When you join the RVA Wash Club, you truly get the whole nine yards — unlimited car washes for just a low monthly fee. We’ll even keep your card on file and deduct it straight from your credit or debit card, so you don’t have to worry about paying on time.

 

No joining fees or membership cards

Other than the monthly fee charged to your credit or debit card, you won’t be required to pay anything to become a member.

Not only do you avoid membership fees, you also don’t have to carry around a membership card when you come in for a car wash. Simply attach the RFID tag that we’ll provide to your car and you’ll be good to go!

 

Choose from the Exterior or Full Service Club

Since different customers have different needs, we actually have two variations of clubs to choose from. Both include unlimited washes, but the breakdowns of what each club include are a little different.

For example, our Exterior Club is $20 per month and comes with unlimited Clean Getaway Washes at any full service location and unlimited Fire and Ice Express Washes at any express wash location.

You can also upgrade to Flagstop Complete for only $10 per visit at any full service location.

Our other option is the Full Service Club, which is $40 per month and includes unlimited Flagstop Complete Washes ($34.99) at any full service location and unlimited Fire and Ice Express ($15) Washes at any express wash location.

As the RVA Wash Club sub-page describes, “Each vehicle requires its own subscription, but you may have as many vehicles on your account as you wish.”

 

If you want to know more about Flagstop’s RVA Wash Club or are ready to become a member, reach out to us today! Also, check out our YouTube video that explains the club in a creative way.

Flagstop Partners with Puritan Cleaners to Feed our Neighbors!

Flagstop Car Wash has teamed up with Puritan Cleaners to help feed our neighbors in the community who need support. Buying just one raffle ticket for $5 will provide 20 meals to a neighbor in need. Also, when you purchase a raffle ticket at any of the Puritan Cleaner stores, you’ll be entered to win $500 in FREE dry cleaning and a $50 Flagstop Car Wash gift card!

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We at Flagstop Car Wash would like to thank Nancy Holowecky and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post #637. We are extremely honored to have received the Patriotic Citizen Award at our Hopewell Express location.

For many years, Flagstop Car Wash has been proud to fly the colors of the United States of America at each and every one of our locations. We graciously accept this honor, and we will continue to honor the brave men and women who serve the United States Armed Forces.

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Even though it’s mid-March, we’re still somehow getting snowstorms throughout Virginia. As much as we’d like to ignore this harsh weather and pine for spring, it’s crucial to still take care of your vehicle.

One of the reasons snowstorms can be so bad for your car is because of all the salt that gets dumped on the roads to clear them.

According to the DMV, “a salt and sand mixture is frequently spread over roads before or after a snow or ice storm. Salt lowers water’s freezing point, causing any ice already formed to melt even though the air temperature remains well below freezing.”

This mixture most negatively affects the body and undercarriage of a car unless it’s properly prepped and cleaned. Because the undercarriage is exposed, it’s most vulnerable to being damaged, including parts like the brake system, coil springs, muffler, and exhaust system.

The chemicals that cause film and eventually rust are usually sodium chloride, calcium chloride, potassium acetate, magnesium chloride, and calcium magnesium acetate, according to JBS Industries.

Prevention methods to avoid rust can be beneficial, but once that storm hits, there’s no dodging salt buildup, so take your vehicle to a car wash as soon as possible. Make sure they can clean the undercarriage or use a hand spray yourself.

Clean car after snowstorm, richmond va

Getting the rust off your car will not only keep your vehicle looking fresh, it will also increase its lifespan. Selling a car with rust can be difficult because it lowers its value.

Also, it’s important to remember that rust damage to critical parts like the brake systems can put you and others at risk. Cleaning your car after a storm isn’t just about projecting your car — it’s about protecting yourself.

 

If you see a brake warning light when you turn on your car, don’t drive it and immediately have a professional look at it.

In general, it’s a good principle to always winterize your vehicle before snow comes, but if your area suddenly gets slammed by an unexpected snowstorm, visit any of our locations in the Greater Richmond Area to prevent rust from affecting your car.

 

From full service car washes, express washes, self-service bays, and wash clubs to professional detailing and pet washes, we’d love to help you with any of your car wash needs!