Get ready for a bigger, better Splash Car Wash

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Pictured above is the new wash tunnel, currently under construction. It will be approximately 175-feet long, compared to the current 130-foot tunnel. Once the new tunnel is completed, Splash will be offering a fourth level of wash and wash package tier.

By Ken McEntee

It’s that time of year when you’re likely to find salty, grimy slush droppings splattered beneath your vehicle on your garage floor. If you’ve noticed the dimples and pock marks the salt has created in your concrete over the years, just imagine what it can do to the bottom of your car.

Regular undercarriage flushings can help remove road salt and sludge off your car, and unlimited monthly wash packages from Splash Car Wash make it economical and convenient to protect your investment, says Mike Ciriello, general manager of the bright and flashy wash that lights up locations in Fairlawn and Green.

“Salt and other winter road chemicals are detrimental to your vehicle,” Mike says. “A trip through our high-tech wash tunnel takes just under three minutes—and you don’t even have to get out of your car. We offer a high-pressure wash that rinses out your brakes and all those trim pieces and rubber seals under your car.”

And with unlimited wash packages currently starting as low as $22.99 per month and valid at either Splash location, it’s affordable to clean your ride as often as you want to, says Joe Mallo, owner of Splash Car Wash.

Pictured above L-R: JJ Mallo, concierge, Mike Ciriello, general manager and Joe Mallo, owner.

If you wash your car a minimum of three times per month under the same wash tier, you’re saving time and money versus purchasing three or more regularly priced washes per month. During the wet, snowy winters, you’re likely to be back for a wash a lot more often than that.

Both Splash locations feature high-pressure water nozzles, Neoglide material that’s designed to safely clean all paint types, foamy detergents and protecting agents to clean your vehicle effectively using state-of-the-art car wash technology.

But after three years, the Mallo family is already working on a new and improved facility. A major expansion at the Fairlawn location—already under construction—will result in a brand new and improved, longer wash tunnel, expected to open in July 2019. Construction is planned to start on the new state-of-the-art polishing tunnel upon completion of the new car wash. The original car wash tunnel will then be renovated for transition to the polishing tunnel. An express interior cleaning tunnel is planned for the third phase of the project, to be built parallel to the existing tunnel.

“With all of our brand new, top-of-the-line car wash upgrades, we will bring your wash experience to a whole different level,” Joe insists.

The new wash tunnel will be approximately 175 feet long, compared to the current 130-foot tunnel. The longer tunnel creates more redundancy and an even more thorough cleaning. It will feature completely brand new, premium stainless-steel equipment. Once the new tunnel is completed, Splash will be offering a fourth level of wash and wash package tier.

The grand entrance to the new tunnel will feature a state-of-the-art automated system that preps your vehicle to be washed and an all new belt loading track.

The new tunnel will feature an array of vibrant, bright colors that will make Splash feel more like an amusement park ride than a car wash.

“It creates excitement for the kids. It’s like coming in for a light show,” Mike notes. “Most other car washes are dim and dull, a lot like pulling into a dark garage.”

Regular customers at Splash have expressed to the staff that they’d like to see some type of detailing service offered. In the third phase, Splash’s current plans will bring the latest interior cleaning technology to Fairlawn, Ohio. Once completed, Splash will begin to offer a quick, thorough express interior cleaning service.

The express interior cleaning will include the carpets, seats, dash, center console, windows, door jams and more. Your vehicle will be loaded onto the conveyor belt, where the Splash team will thoroughly clean it as it travels through the tunnel. They’ll hand over your finished product at the end, in approximately 11 minutes from start to finish. The interior cleaning and the polishing tunnel will soon be available as an add-on service.

Last but not least, Splash plans to build a climate-controlled indoor vacuum arena which will be available to clients who choose to clean out their own interiors. Striving to be the leader in creating a new kind of car wash experience, Splash’s indoor vacuum arena will create a higher level of comfort for clients while cleaning their car, since Ohio’s weather can often be unpredictable. This is a unique amenity that Splash is proud to bring to Fairlawn, Ohio, Joe insists.

Splash Car Wash offers a choice of three packages, valid at either location, currently priced as follows:

  • The Splash, for $8 per wash, or $22.99 a month for unlimited washes;
  • The Big Wave, for $12 per wash, or $32.99 per month for unlimited washes;
  • The Tidal Wave, for $16 per wash, or $42.99 per month for unlimited washes.

For the convenience of Fast Pass members, Splash has installed three RFID readers that scan the member’s bar code. Once scanned, the gate will open for easy access.

“The Splash Car Wash locations are two of the Akron area’s premier car washes,” Mike says. “We offer a superior product at a great value.”

Splash Car Wash is located at 130 South Cleveland Massillon Road, just south of Route 18, in Fairlawn. The phone number is 330-576-3940. A second Splash is located at 3405 S Arlington Road, in Green (in front of Lowe’s). The phone number is 330-536-WASH (9274). You can purchase monthly memberships, gift cards, and find more details online at You can be among the first to learn about the latest Splash Car Wash offers by liking them on Facebook @SplashCWFairlawn and @SplashCWGreen.