I recently treated myself to a morning at a spa and walked away from it feeling refreshed and looking new and shiny. When i got into my car I realised that my car needed to get the same sort of treatment. It was looking (and smelling) as tired as I had felt before my spa session.
Normally my car is washed once a week by one of the workers at my apartment block, he gets some extra cash and my car stays reasonably clean. Then once a month I take it to a car wash to be properly washed and vacumed. But it was time for more than just a wash, it was time for a valet.
I remember when I was a kid that my parents took their cars to be valeted once in a while and I loved how clean the car looked and smelled for weeks afterwards. It’s weird how you are more appreciative of your car and careful with it when it is clean.
I decided to check out Plush Boutique car wash because they were the closest I could find. They are on Main Road in Greenpoint, in the basement parking of the building with the Vida and Bravado (ex Melissa’s). I went fairly early on a rainy Saturday, so Plush wasn’t busy. My car went straight into the wash bay and one of the owners, Daniel, offered to show me around while my car was being washed.
There is certainly more to washing cars than I realised. I was exposed to the wide array of machines, tools, soaps and waxes that do much more than just clean a car. Light scratches are removed, the colour is restored and the car is covered with a protective coating.
What impressed me about Plush is that they take pride in their work. They seemed as pleased with my shiny looking car as I was. There are cctv cameras dotted around the wash bays and Daniel keeps his eye on the work being done.
The biggest hassle for me when I wash my car is finding something to do while it’s being washed. I normally need to kill at least an hour and there isn’t anywhere decent for me to go. Most washes at Plush entitle you to a complimentary coffee at Vida upstairs, so you could pass some time at Vida with your laptop or reading the paper. By the time I’d had my coffee and been given the grand tour by Daniel, my car was ready.
Wow, I wanted to frame it. I think if you’re wanting to sell your car, definitely get it valeted and it will sell the same day. My car looked great and smelled rad after they had sprayed the freshner of my choice.
I think I’m going to move my monthly wash from the garage to Plush. They have some memberships for regulars which will reduce the cost. I just hope my car won’t develop a complex being parked next to all those Aston Martins, Porsches and Ferraris which frequent plush.
I went for the special they were offering which was a Wash, Engine Clean, Polish, Vac, Leather conditioner, Wheels, all for R300. The price list is quite long, ranging from interior only (it is winter after all) for R50 all the way through to one serious valet for R600.
What’s nice is that they offer quite a few add on services. They can do fallout removal, scratch repair (paint or wheel rim), even smash & grab laminate protection for your windows. You can also arrange to have your car collected and returned.
If you want to treat you car and make it look like new again, visit Plush.
Plush Boutique Car Wash
Basement parking, Portside Centre
Upper Portswood Road, Greenpoint
021 434 5361