Should You Wash Your Car Before or After the Rain in Edmonds?

car wash edmondsHave you been planning to go to the car wash, but you keep putting it off because rain is in the forecast? Maybe you just let let the rain water do the cleaning, and have always thought that has been good enough? Here’s what we’ve learned based on our own industry expertise.

To Wash or Not to Wash?

First, we must point out that rain will NOT clean your car. It will actually make your car dirtier. Rain water, as it travels through the atmosphere, collects contaminants. By the time it reaches your car and dries, those contaminants remain in the form of water spots on the paint, windows and headlights.

Wax On Wax Off

Since your car needs to be washed, is it best to do so before or after the rain? Ideally, we believe washing before is the best option. The wash needs to be accompanied by a wax to be effective, because it will repel the rain water off the car’s surface.

If you can’t wash your car before the rain, then it’s best to have it washed right after the rain. This will remove the contaminants, or water marks, before they have time to deeply etch into the paint. If these marks have time to bake into the paint, you’ll need professional vehicle detailing to remove them.

We Recommend a Car Wash Before OR After the Rain in Edmonds

If there’s rain in the forecast, plan to bring your car to Henry’s Auto Detail. We’ll restore your car and eliminate water spots from filthy rain water. Washing your car before or after rain will prevent the appearance of an unkempt vehicle. Contact us today!

Professional Car Wash for Edmonds Drivers

Serving Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Woodway and south Snohomish County

Posted on April 2, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

How to Remove Melted Candy Stains from Car Upholstery in Lynnwood

melted candy stains lynnwoodDo you need help with melted candy stains in your vehicle in Lynnwood? Baskets with sugary bunnies and bright-colored jelly beans have replaced marshmallow hearts and chocolate roses. Some of this stuff might end up melted or smashed on your car seats, carpets and mats, and even on the dash and door panels.  Here are some tips for the removal of sweet treats. These steps can also be used in the home.  

Confection Ejection

  • Using cold water, moisten the candy to dissolve the sugar. Don’t try to remove sticky stuff by just pulling; you may damage the fabric or carpet.
  • Gently scrape the solids with a spoon. Go slowly! If it doesn’t loosen easily, you might need to schedule professional vehicle detailing.
  • Lightly dampen the area with a fabric stain remover and dab with a cloth.
  • White vinegar on a fresh cloth may finish the job nicely.

Dashboard Smorgasbord

  • Have an extension cord handy, and then use your hairdryer to soften the candy. 
  • Again, use a spoon to gently remove solids.
  • Wipe the remaining residue up with warm water, a bit of dish liquid, and a soft cloth.
  • You can also try a little baking soda and a damp cloth.
  • Certain candies have food dyes that are going to need enzyme digesters.  ALWAYS test these products first on an inconspicuous spot  beforehand. 

Sweet Adieu to Melted Candy Stains in Lynnwood! 

After you’ve done what you can, if stains persist, bring your car to Henry’s Auto Detail.  For more than 15 years our happy customers have counted on us for washing, waxing, and restoration. We’ve built a sweet reputation, one customer and one vehicle at a time.

Vehicle Interior Stain Removal, Including Melted Candy Stains, in Lynnwood

Serving Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Woodway and south Snohomish County

Posted on March 5, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

How to Remove a Protein Shake Stain in Snohomish County

protein shake stain snohomish countyTaking charge of your fitness in 2021? You might find yourself drinking more protein shakes in the car, on the way to or from the gym. A protein shake stain in your car requires a specific method for effective cleanup. Here are some quick tips for drivers in Snohomish County.

Protein shakes and other beverages can leave unsightly stains if not dealt with in a timely manner. For starters, it’s a good idea to keep a roll of paper towels in the vehicle.

DOs and DON’Ts for Protein Shake Stain Removal

This multi-step process is acceptable for other protein stains – including dairy products, baby formula, vomit, urine, and sweat.

  • DON’T use spray upholstery cleaner; this can actually make the problem worse.
  • DON’T use hot water!
  • DO use paper towels to remove as much liquid as possible, as soon as possible, and remove stuck solids with a blunt knife.
  • DO use cold water to soak and blot up as much of the stain as you can. For dried stains, use an enzymatic soaking agent.

If possible, remove the fabric and machine wash in cold water with an enzyme-based detergent. Caution: avoid the enzymes if the fabric is silk or wool.

You may not be able to fully remove protein shake stains that have dried.  In this case, a vehicle detailing professional should be contacted.

DO Call Us to Get Those Stains Out!

We are a family-owned and operated business. For more than 15 years we’ve been providing top-notch auto, truck, boat, motorcycle and RV detailing.  You can depend on Henry’s Auto Detail for stain removal, complete interior detail, and exterior wash and wax.

Experts at Protein Shake Stain Removal & Car Interior Detailing in Snohomish County

Serving Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Woodway and South Snohomish County

Posted on February 1, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Three New Year’s Car Resolutions We Recommend in Woodway

new year’s car resolutions woodway

Happy New Year! No doubt your resolutions are firmly established 😉 and 2021 is off to a great start!  Your automobile will also benefit from your resolve.  Here are three ideas for upkeep and improvement to help you with New Year’s car resolutions in Woodway.

Optimize Car Condition

Resolve to get on track this year with basic scheduled maintenance. It only takes a few minutes to check your engine oil and tire pressure on a routine basis. For more in-depth inspections, commit to finding a service station you can count on.  

Optimize Car Appearance

Resolve to keep your car looking it’s best this year.  Detailing is the quickest and easiest way to achieve this. It’s also essential if you’re thinking of selling, trading or if you’re driving a lease. Services like wash and wax for the exterior and restoration of the interior will start your new year off right. 

Optimize Fuel Efficiency

Resolve to investigate ways to save at the pump this year. If it’s time to get a new vehicle, look into a hybrid or an all-electric model. You can save money with Washington state tax incentives, and on car insurance, as many companies are offering discounts and rewards. These cars can also help the environment and are exempt from emissions testing. 

Let Us Help with Your New Year’s Car Resolutions in Woodway

Establish the habit of routine maintenance. Then come see us at Henry’s Auto Detail for your car’s future, and yours too! If you’ve never had your car detailed, let us show you what a difference our expert service can make to your vehicle’s appearance. Contact us today to arrange an appointment, and don’t forget to check out our special offers!

New Year’s Car Resolutions for Maintenance in Woodway

Serving Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Woodway and south Snohomish County

Posted on January 27, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Give A Christmas Car Detailing Gift This Year in Mill Creek!

Christmas car detailing mill creekHaving a hard time deciding on a gift for a loved one in Mill Creek? Here’s a novel idea: How about a Christmas car detailing gift? Many people don’t have their own vehicles detailed, especially around the holidays because they’re too busy or feel they have too many other expenses. A surprise car restoration will surely put a smile on your loved one’s face.

Why is Christmas Car Detailing a Great Gift?

If you’re like the rest of us, it’s hard to come up with original gift ideas year after year. A car detail is something everyone can use, some of us more than others!

How to Do It

Either purchase a gift certificate for a car detail or, if possible, borrow the person’s car and give this gift several days before or after Christmas. Be creative about why you need to borrow their vehicle. Once the car is at the shop, request the full treatment, including an interior detail, wash and wax.

A vehicle detail can also be a supplementary gift to a larger gift. Perhaps you want to install chrome rims or enhance the seating with leather stitching. Check with your auto detail technicial for ideas about ways to enhance your gift.

Treat a Friend or Loved One to a Detailed Car This Holiday Season in Mill Creek

Car owners often neglect car care due to finances or a busy schedule. This giving season provides the perfect opportunity for you to treat someone with a mini-car makeover. Secretly bring the car to Henry’s Auto Detail. We’ll perform a car detail as a Christmas gift; you can cross one person off your holiday shopping list. Contact us today to discuss your holiday shopping list and all your other car needs.

Pre- and Post- Christmas Car Detailing near Mill Creek

Serving Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Woodway and all of South Snohomish & North King Counties

Posted on December 1, 2020 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Boost Windshield Strength with an Auto Glass Ceramic Coating in Edmonds

glass ceramic coating edmondsMost car owners don’t think twice about applying wax to their car’s surface. This is car care 101 for protecting the paint. What about the windshield? This part of the vehicle can benefit from a coating of its own. We suggest an auto glass ceramic coating.

What Is Ceramic Coating?

Glass ceramic coating is a clear coating made from nano-ceramic. After application and curing, the substance becomes a tough yet flexible solid shield. Glass ceramic coating also exists for the paint, though this post focuses on the coating for the windshield. In recent years, auto glass ceramic coating has become a standard in vehicle detailing.

Ceramic Coating Benefits

Why does the windshield need a protective barrier in the first place? The benefits are three-fold.

For one, the coating improves visibility, especially during rainy weather, by repelling raindrops. Second, the coating makes the glass easier to clean. Dirt and grime lightly cling to the surface instead of becoming encrusted into the glass.

Finally, the coating makes the windshield as a whole appear “cleaner.” Have you ever stepped back after cleaning the car and noticed the windshield has streaks or just looks off? A ceramic coating makes this a nonissue; when you apply the coating, the nanostructure fills in any visible imperfections in the glass.

What About DIY Kits?

You can find kits at your local Pep Boys. However, application requires multi-stage preparation, such as buffing, claying, and keeping the surface clean while curing. If any of the steps go wrong, it can hamper the end results.

We Apply Auto Glass Ceramic Coating near Edmonds

Your windshield deserves just as much care as the rest of the vehicle surface. Bring your car to Henry’s Auto Detail for a complete detail. We can apply auto glass ceramic coating as part of the restoration process.

Auto Windshield Care with Glass Ceramic Coating near Edmonds

Serving Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Woodway and south Snohomish County

Posted on November 2, 2020 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

The Benefits of Uber Car Detailing in Lynnwood

Uber car detailing lynnwoodAre you an Uber driver or do you plan to become one? Here’s a special post for you. As a driver making money off your vehicle, you have to keep the car in presentable condition. This is why we recommend detailing your Uber car. We’ll go over how a simple detailing can enhance your ability to earn a living.

Uber Car Detailing Boosts Your Ratings

Passengers rate their Uber driver. Drivers with ratings below a 4.6 are no longer on good terms with the company. Various factors contribute to a good rating, such as professionalism, courtesy, willingness to make small talk, etc. Another factor is the comfort of the ride. Passengers may not feel comfortable if the car interior appears outdated, has shaggy upholstery, or has odors.

Many drivers can attest that the occasional passenger spills a drink or vomits on the upholstery. A vehicle detail can remove stains and traces of passengers’ expelled bodily fluids.

We also recommend a wash and wax to help the vehicle stand out during daylight hours. A shiny and sparkly exterior should earn you a few positive tick marks.

Uber May Reimburse Cleaning Fees

In some cases, Uber covers car cleaning fees for messes caused by the passenger. As soon as the mess occurs, take multiple photos of it and report it to the company. Be sure to keep the cleaning receipt as well. We aren’t in the Uber business, so we suggest speaking to an actual Uber driver or representative to learn more about cleaning reimbursements.

We Detail Uber Cars Inside and Out

The car is the lifeblood of an Uber driver. Bring your vehicle to Henry’s Auto Detail to restore the interior and exterior to acceptable customers’ standards. Detailing an Uber car just might bump up your scores; passengers may even give you a higher-than-usual tip. Contact us today!

Full Uber Car Detailing for Lynnwood

Serving Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Woodway and South Snohomish County

Posted on October 1, 2020 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Remove Bug Splatter from Your Vehicle in Woodway

remove bug splatter WoodwayAccording to insect identification, over 300 known species of bugs exist in the state of Washington. Insects seem to be everywhere in the fall season. If you commute long enough, you’ll eventually end up with bug remnants on your windshield or paint. We’ll explain how to remove bug splatter from your car without damaging the paint or glass.

Acquire a Bug Remover Spray

The first step is to buy a bug remover spray, which you can find at your local automotive store. The conventional WD-40 spray works as a bug remover as well. You can also opt for a homemade remedy by placing a dryer sheet in a spray bottle with water.

Remove the Bug Splatter

You should remove bug splatter when it’s still fresh. Once the guts and gunk harden, you may not be able to remove the remnants without damaging the paint. In this instance, you’ll need to restore the surface at a professional auto detailer.

While the bug splatter is still fresh, spray the bug remover on a towel and place the towel over the splatter for about three minutes. Remove the towel and wipe the stain away using a microfiber material. We recommend a microfiber mesh sponge or squeegee.

We also recommend cleaning the entire car after removing the splatter. This ensures you remove any remaining traces of critter residue. Top this off by waxing the car. Car wax provides a coating that prevents insect splat from bonding with the auto paint.

We Remove Bug Remnants from Woodway Vehicles

You will encounter insects everywhere in the Woodway area during the fall season. Whether the splatter is a common housefly or the rarer blinded sphinx moth, remove the stain ASAP. Bring your vehicle to Henry’s Auto Detail to remove bug splatter and other remnants that bond with the car paint. Contact us today for more information!

Vehicle Paint and Windshield Stain Removal near Woodway

Serving Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Woodway and south Snohomish County

Posted on September 2, 2020 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

How to Remove Brake Dust from Your Hubcaps in Mill Creek

brake dust Mill CreekDirty hubcaps stick out like a sore thumb. As a resident of Mill Creek, do you wonder how do they become so dirty in the first place? The fact that they’re so close to the ground is partially the cause. The primary factor, though, is the brake dust that emanates from the brake pad.

What Is Brake Dust?

Brake dust consists of grayish-black particles that coat the tires and hubcaps. When the iron brake rotor grinds against the brake pads, small shavings of the metal end up on the hubcaps. The dust is essentially a combination of iron and carbon residue. While this residue on your wheels is an eyesore, it is normal and not indicative of anything wrong with the brakes.


Most factory-installed brake pads are made from metal. However, you can upgrade to aftermarket pads made from ceramic. These pads still produce dust, but is light-colored, so it’s almost invisible to the naked eye. You can also reduce this residue by installing dust shields that go on the back of the wheels.

Brake Dust Removal

Brake dust is corrosive and can eat into the clear coating of aluminum alloy surfaces. This is why we highly recommend a vehicle detail that includes a thorough tire cleaning. A full restoration includes the wheels.

Some car owners may try to remove the dust using a hose and bucket with a sponge and liquid soap. This usually suffices, but may not always be effective, depending on the hubcaps’ coating and finish. You may also not be able to fully remove brake dust that has been collecting undisturbed on the surface for a while.

We’ll Restore Your Tires’ Shine Near Mill Creek

At Henry’s Auto Detail, we restore a car in its entirety. This is why we’ve received so many positive testimonials over the years. Don’t let dust ruin the looks of an otherwise shiny vehicle.

We’ll Remove the Brake Dust and Restore Your Vehicle Near Mill Creek

Serving Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek and Woodway

Posted on August 3, 2020 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Removing Tree Sap From Your Car in Edmonds

removing tree sap EdmondsWith summer here, more car owners are parking their vehicles under trees to keep them in the shade. This is a wise strategy; however, the owner often returns to find tree sap on the hood or windshield. We’ll go over the steps for removing tree sap from your car in Edmonds. Improper removal technique can result in paint damage.

Remove Tree Sap the Right Way

Since tree sap is sticky, the natural tendency is to scrape off the gunk using a sharp object like your car keys. This is a mistake. We don’t recommend any scraping, not even with a blunter object like a credit card.

We do recommend washing and waxing your car once in a while. This adds a protective layer that makes it easier to remove sap while minimizing damage.

Step-By-Step Removal Process

1. Wash the sap spot using hot water, car wash soap and a soft brush. The heat from the water will soften the sap.

2. Use hand sanitizer, nail polish remover, mineral spirits, or alcohol wipes to remove the tree sap.

3. Wipe the area clean using a microfiber cloth.

4. Wash the car thoroughly as you normally would to remove all traces of residue.

What If the Sap Has Hardened?

Sometimes, you don’t spot the sap on your car until several days or weeks after it lands on the car’s surface. By then, the sap has hardened, and you may not be able to remove it using the above steps. In this case, bring the car to a professional vehicle detailer.

Removing Tree Sap from Cars in Edmonds

The Edmonds area is home to many sap-producing tree species. This is why sap removal is one of our many specialties. If you spot sap anywhere on your vehicle, bring your car to Henry’s Auto Detail for a full restoration. We remove tree sap from cars no matter how sticky or hardened the residue has become.

Removing Tree Sap and Restoring Your Vehicle in Edmonds

Serving Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Woodway and south Snohomish County

Posted on July 6, 2020 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business