While pacing in the light of a pristine glass foyer, a team member from Sparkling Cleaning Service speaks proudly about a recently serviced home. "Mary and her husband," he explains, "they were elderly, and not in the best position to clean their windows. We removed all the dirt, the water spots, and after we finished, Mary calls me and says, 'I can see!'" That's not to say that Mary had been living with false blindness, but as she elatedly explained to an employee, she'd never seen her windows so clean.
This type of phone call is what owners Fernando Moreno and his wife, Sandra Gomez, wanted from their business from the beginning: to have strong personal relationships with clients—relationships built on thorough and fair service. The couple earned their business stripes as daycare owners, but decided to start Sparkling Cleaning Service in order to provide even more working opportunities for others––relatives included.
A family owned and operated business, one day the team of relatives sat down and sorted out the details of the company's vision. They decided to offer gutter cleaning, pressure washing, and window cleaning. They decided that they would use eco-friendly products. The family also decided that the prices should be based on square footage rather than number of windows––because it's more fair. "It's not as easy these days to trust someone to do a service. We want the customers to see that we can be trusted."
Inspired by their twin boys, the family behind Green Heat Services decided to create a company that would improve the energy efficiency and health of their home. They had been in the indoor-heating-and-cooling business for more than a quarter century, and so applied their knowledge toward rounding up a capable crew and streamlining the experience for their patrons. A licensed HVAC technician oversees each team during installations and commands the use of portable negative pressure vacuums. In addition to helping families breathe easier via cleaner indoor air, the business lowers blood pressure by scheduling their visits in three-hour increments, rather than having clients wait all day for crews to arrive.
The home is the biggest purchase people make, with the exception of those who bought limited-edition Beanie Babies in 1997. Because it's such a large investment, it's important to keep it looking its best. That's where interior decorators and the Dream House Company steps in. They meet with home sellers to stage homes, making rooms look their best to attract buyers. They also consult with new owners, or those simply looking for a change, helping them decorate and taking them on shopping trips to use her professional discount at several major homewares retailers.
When Angel Trejo of Angel Cleaners swoops into messy homes, he shows up prepared to go toe-to-toe with grime in many contexts. Armed with green cleaning supplies, Angel scrubs counters, cleans floors, shines tabletops, and wipes the inside of windows. Angel is generally able to tidy houses in about six hours, or the time it takes to recite the Gettysburg Address just 180 times.
When beginning her own cleaning service, the founder of Greenforce Clean Team wanted to do more than simply tidy up living rooms. Cleaning her client's homes had to go hand-in-hand with keeping the environment healthy, both inside the house and out. This standard of eco-responsibility influences every aspect of the team's methods, including their exclusive use of biodegradable, nontoxic products and the purchase of carbon credits to offset their gas usage. Their dedication to eco-friendly cleaning has gained Greenforce the praise of the San Francisco edition of Daily Candy, numerous corporate clients, and squirrels that leave thank-you notes carved in acorns.
The uniformed techs from Lexie's Window Cleaning have been washing windows and focusing on customer service since the late '80s. Each time they step into a home, they protect furniture and floors from splatters and suds. Outside, they ascend ladders to clean upper stories and pressure wash surfaces such as siding and concrete.