Family owned by brothers Mike and Mark Davis, Absolute Best Carpet Care clears the grime from sullied homes with professional, prompt services backed by a written guarantee. For well-trod carpets, expert IICRC-certified rug groomers orchestrate a plan of attack against offending fibers with a full carpet cleaning ($89 for up to two rooms of combined 300 sq. ft.), combining a thorough prevacuuming and stain treatment with hot-water extraction and an optional carpet protector ($0.10/sq. ft.) to ward off future stains. Tile and grout services degunk almost any kind of tile—ceramic, marble, porcelain, or light-up disco dance floor—in kitchens and bathrooms, using cleaning solutions that blast semiporous grime magnets with hot water before suctioning them away. Duct cleaning ($85 for setup plus $10/duct) flushes out the airborne detritus and nesting chimney sweeps that clog your home’s ventilation system, while dryer-vent cleaning ($75) vacuums up years of accumulated lint from inside clothing ovens.
The certified ski techs at Sun and Ski Sports restore spunk to worn snow gliders while outfitting patrons for the slopes with a full range of brand-name ski equipment and apparel. A yearly wax and tune-up preps powder gliders for slippery mountain terrain and midnight heists at a flour mill; professionals stone-grind skis and bevel edges for smooth turns and swift trail runs.
For more than 15 years, the techs behind Express Super Dry have been revivifying carpets and upholstery with a patented carbonated solution that uses less water than steam-cleaning techniques. This in turn avoids the soapy residues and soggy rugs that attract dirt, mildew, and mold. Their nontoxic cleaning solution also subdues pet odors and prevents stains from reappearing. When techs finish purifying fibers, they advise owners to let carpets dry for 60 minutes—rather than the days required by steam cleaning or the weeks required by sprinklers—and back their work with a satisfaction guarantee.
Though it’s difficult to even imagine what one billion square feet of carpeting might look like, Stevens Chem-Dry somehow manages to clean that much every year. To handle such a colossal task, the team employs a hot carbonation-extraction system inspired by club soda's effectiveness in removing stains from shirts and secondhand surgical gowns. Though the unique process ruthlessly attacks carpet-dwelling dirt, it remains on good terms with the environment; its cleaning solution has been green-certified by the FDA and requires only a fraction of the water used by typical steam-cleaning systems. As part of their mission to keep carpets and upholstery free of stains and odors, Stevens Chem-Dry’s certified technicians keep abreast of new technologies with annual training seminars.
Though its services span two states Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, Stand By Flooring Inc. keeps it in the family. In addition to being family owned and operated with 50 years of combined experience, the business shies from subcontractors, employing a uniformed squad of technicians that specializes in hardwood flooring. On visits to residential and commercial lodgings, techs install or restore surfaces to radiate a smooth shine. Household makeovers also encompass tile treatments, carpet cleaning, and custom staircases built as a spiraling homage to pet snails.
ModernRugs.com features a huge variety of artistic accessories and high-quality rugs created by prominent designers and master rug crafters from around the world, such as Calvin Klein, Martha Stewart, and Dakota Jackson. Today’s deal gives floors a reason to stop complaining about being cold with an enormous selection of colorful groundsheets, like the 2’ x 3’ hand-tufted tribal-gray rug ($79), created completely from wool and woven together in China. Designer Thomas Paul gives shoes something to tread softly upon with the 3’ x 5’ coral-cream-orange rug ($189), while a 3’6” x 5’6” Flokati-style Mongolian Shag MG-01 HM Expresso ($162) tickles toes with soft acrylic tresses that are just the right color for spilling brown-colored liquids or hiding chocolate cake. In lieu of rug pursuits, customers can flip through web pages filled with home accessories that include modern lighting options, tableware from the future, and classy furnishings.