Owner Craig Martin views a yard as a living canvas. He and his team maintain and cultivate grounds with landscaping services such as lawn mowing, gardening, and gnome shoeshines. They also care for the nonliving parts such as decks, fences, and walkways with pressure washing treatments.
In their white vans and red polo shirts, the technicians behind Augusta Carpet Cleaning travel to homes and businesses to clean carpets, rugs, and upholstery. Before they dig in, though, they throw open the back doors of their trucks to reveal HydraMaster equipment. They use its silver nozzles, attached to long blue tubes, to expunge odors, allergens, and stains with steam-cleaning techniques and distribute Scotchgard to protect carpets from future splotches. When they aren't purifying fibers, they purge tile and grout, clean air ducts, and restore abodes that have been flooded—they ask the resident, however, to fish out any trout beforehand.
Princess Home Solutions, LLC maintains a staff that can cater to nearly any home or family need, from a maid service that offers intensive cleaning sessions to a nanny service with live-in and part-time nannies to pet-sitting for when your leave town. The company also organizes senior-care specialists who can help with meal planning, medicine, and companionship for homeowners who need a little extra help.
"We use the best soaps, solvents and equipment available to the industry. We do not take short cuts," Tripp Penninger told Columbia Metropolitan in 2011, one year after the magazine's readers voted Tripp's Fine Cleaners as the best dry cleaners in Columbia. Grandson of the couple that founded the business in 1987, Tripp and his staff of nearly 100 employees have earned their prestige; as Sanitone-certified master dry cleaners, they've carefully cleaned thousands of garments and have been trusted with preserving the wedding gowns of brides in South Carolina and beyond.
They clean regular laundry with low-temperature water, ensuring that nothing shrinks or becomes misshapen, and they use special procedures for high-end garments, making sure to wine and dine Chanel suits before removing wine or dinner stains. Tripp’s seamstresses are on hand to remedy ill-fitting garments, usually returning alterations in about three days. The staff picks up and drops off items free of charge in specified areas and offers complimentary seasonal storage with the purchase of cleaning.
When Redic Earl Robinson started making house calls in 1919, he visited his customers by bicycle. Each family knew him as "Mister Ed," and they bundled their laundry for him to take back to the shop on Gervais Street. Meanwhile, Myrtle Beckham Robinson, Mister Ed's wife, warmed an iron with a coal-fire stove as she awaited the shipment. Together, they soaked the garments in buckets and worked stains out on scrub boards.
Today, Redic Earl Robinson Jr. carries on the family tradition with modern equipment. Twice weekly, his team travels by motorized horse to pick up laundry and make deliveries. They utilize custom cleaning solutions for specific fabrics and offer specialty services for leather, suede, quilts, and comforters. In addition to stain removal, Ed Robinson Cleaners offers alteration services at its 2551 Forest Dr. location.
In business for more than 28 years, Carolina Kleeners favors low-pressure washing and the strategic use of chemicals to expunge dirt from façades. Carolina Kleeners' professionally trained team daubs domiciles with carefully selected chemicals to remove mold, dirt, and other contaminants, revealing every home's hidden Dwight D. Eisenhower fan mural. A low-pressure hose-down completes the cleaning regimen without the potentially erosive effects of high-pressure power washing, leaving siding spotless and windows gleaming.