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Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2003 10:00 pm

John and Melissa Manguso have started a business that is really on the move.

The local husband and wife team recently opened a mobile car wash business called In Your Space that is redefining how people clean their cars.

Always in motion, John Manguso recently left a job with a car wash on Cherokee Lane to go out on his own. With his wife Melissa joining in the cleansing enterprise, Manguso hopes to establish a more convenient automotive trend.

Rather than forcing motorists to drive to a car wash and wait for a crew to finish the job, the Mangusos are bringing the car wash to the customer.

With the aid of a fully loaded, custom-built car-washing trailer, the Mangusos wash cars in parking lots while their owners remain at work.

The businesses fee scale is simple: $25 for cars and $30 for vans and SUVs.

It typically takes between 20 minutes and half an hour to wash each car depending on how dirty they are, he said.

The Mangusos regularly wash a black Jaguar convertible and a white Jaguar sedan owned by local insurance agent Karen Peters.

"They are the best; I wouldn't go to anyone else," said Peters while admiring the glossy shine of her newly washed Jags.

Amazingly, the couple had washed two cars with high pressure sprayers, but managed to stay virtually bone dry.

For a professional car washer, it takes more than a bucket of soapy water and a sponge to get the job done.

The Mangusos have an array of cleansing contraptions packed in their 10 foot water wagon.

There are pressure sprayers the squirt out a fine mist of water at 2,100 pounds per square inch, foaming soap dispensers and shammy ringers that squeeze the water out of used towels. And with a 100 gallon water tank mounted on the back of the trailer, there is no need to hook up to a garden hose.

For soap, a bottle of Dawn simply won't do. The Mangusos employ specific soaps for specific jobs - from bug dissolving soap to tire rim soap or even a special rinsing blend that smells like banana. With such high-tech chemicals, the need for scrubbing is virtually eliminated.

In his nearly 20-year car washing career, John Manguso has washed nearly everything on four wheels - from an old station wagon to a Ferrari 308 GTS. In fact, probably the only two cars he hasn't washed are a Lamborghini and a Bentley, he said.

Car owners can schedule weekly service or simply call whenever their car gets dirty.

For more information call 333-3793.


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