Many people don’t know that there are nine different types of carpet fibers or more than 30 different ways to remove the stains embedded in them. This means that what may oust discoloration from one carpet may set stains in another, leaving a permanent reminder of the time the Kool-Aid Man took a nap on the floor. Clean Factor’s IICRC-certified technicians have been well trained to differentiate between carpet types, and they employ earth-friendly products to lift dirt and debris whenever possible. The techs use the same investigative techniques to determine the best ways to clean upholstery, as well as tile and grout.
One sunny day, Rob Kelley's kids did something characteristically adorable: they decided to make juice from berries they'd picked in the fields. Not so adorably, they spilled the pitcher of just-smashed berries all over one of his dining-room chairs, and the dark purple juice spread across the upholstery. Luckily for the kids, their father owns Sweet's Chem-Dry, and after a session with the company's hot carbonating extraction system, all evidence of the accident disappeared. Kelley documented his success in a small Facebook album.
His team employs the same carbonation system, along with a green, nontoxic cleanser, to lift dirt and debris from carpets, area rugs, and car interiors. Propelled by a truck-mounted machine, the system's microscopic bubbles delve deep into fibers to push grime to the surface, where hot-water extraction flushes it away. Since this system does not leave residue the way cleaning a carpet traditionally or just letting the birds have at it does, carpets stay clean longer. Fabrics dry in up to two hours, and optional protectant shields carpets and upholstery from future stains.
A team of expert dirt annihilators will arrive at your home and finish off carpet filth at $0.30–$0.39 per square foot; $150 covers approximately 500 square feet (typically three bedrooms and a hallway or a living room, dining room, and hall). The Winkel team can also restretch carpet and remove stains and pet odor. Or hire Winkel's brigade of bacteria busters to clean tile and grout ($1 per square foot) or launder upholstery. Sudsing a sofa is typically $120; a sectional can cost up to $200, and a love seat is $80. Prices vary depending on furniture size.
One Clean Decision Maid Service doesn't just rid homes of dirt and debris?they also help free up space in utility closets and under sinks. The trained cleaners bring all their own cleaning supplies with them, saving homeowners the trouble of buying and storing specialty solvents and sprays. Available for biweekly, weekly, or monthly services, the crew can ensure homes remain clean and tidy long-term. Or, they can come in once for a post-party cleanup or spring cleaning, or to get a new house ready for move-in day. What's more, the team will make every effort to accommodate special requests, whether it's for a favorite brand of window cleaner or vacuums that play "Freebird".
A member of the International Window Cleaning Association and Master Window Cleaners of America, ViewRenew revamps abodes and commercial spaces with a slew of services, from gutter cleaning to bird-deterrent installation. In 2011 alone, the seasoned cleaners washed more than 7,632 panes of glass, cleared more than 15,430 feet of gutters, and rushed for a total of 1,356 yards. They blast siding with soft-pressure washers, splash three-story windows with deionized water from water-fed poles, and clean roof tiles with coats of 12% sodium hypochlorite and commercial-strength zinc sulfate. They also spare clients the hassle of replacing shower panes by treating nicks and cloudy areas on glass surfaces. ViewRenew's Streak Free guarantee covers full refunds on projects of up to $1,000.
Highline Customs' red Mustang embodies everything the shop’s certified technicians can do. For instance, the snazzy muscle car sports tinted windows—the same kind customers can expect when they ask the techs to install SunTek’s Carbon and Carbon XP Series window films, which block out 99% of UV light. The Mustang also features a flawless paint job, which is no surprise given the shop cuts 3M, SunTek, and VentureShield paint protection films by hand. Additionally, the techs perform paintless dent removal treatments and apply vinyl graphics of business logos or the owner's name and address in case the car ever tries to run away.