In 1993, after years as a tech in the carpet cleaning industry, Gregory Cole founded Pro Carpet as a one-stop shop providing the best carpet-cleaning practices he had learned during his career. Gregory's team, which now numbers more than 30 techs, begins each carpet-cleaning service with a thorough walk-through, during which customers can point out specific soiled areas before the techs evaluate carpets for their levels of dirt, stains, and rainbow sprinkles. As they begin to clean, they employ steam-based cleaning and stain-specific products, such as the company's proprietary enzyme-based pet-stain formula, to remove odors and soils.
Pro Carpet's expertise also extends beyond carpeting, tackling upholstery and area rugs with the same thoroughness. They can also be called upon to repair water damage, clean office cubicles, and sweep dust and allergens from inside air ducts with professional-grade tools that improve air quality.
Family-owned Just Quality Cleaners tends to all the clothing entrusted in their care at a central plant, which allows staffers to closely monitor the quality of all cleaning and tailoring services. They dry clean clothes, bedding, and linens with eco-friendly products, offering their clients same-day turnaround, and wet-cleaning services douse garments with water and biodegradable detergent before gently drying them at a stable humidity level. A team of expert tailors and seamstresses stands by, ready to shorten dress straps or remove shoulder pads from otherwise gala-ready football uniforms, and the cleaner’s museum-quality storage boxes can hermetically seal away wedding gowns, protecting them from aging caused by oxidation and exposure to water.
After seven years spent as a banker, Fish Window Cleaning founder Mike Merrick decided to try his hand at something that mattered. He packed up his business acumen, drew up a plan, designed his own uniforms, and finally opened shop in 1978. With his characteristic hands-on approach he grew the small business from one location into a bustling network of 220 franchises spread across 40 states and one lonely lunar outpost. Today, Mike's foundational principle of pairing residents with thorough, uniformed professionals continues to impress organizations, earning accolades from Entrepreneur magazine and a Torch Award from the Better Business Bureau.
Time Used Wisely's team of grime fighters roves the Atlanta area cleaning both domestic and commercial properties. Armed with eco-friendly products from brands such as Seventh Generation and Green Works, they vacuum, mop, and dust entire homes. Beyond basic cleaning, the staff is available for special deep-cleaning treatments for domiciles in dire need of scrub downs. They happily schedule weekly, biweekly, and monthly visits and offer convenient online scheduling, just like Santa Claus.
Seeking to provide customers the speedy brilliance of its name, White Lightning Smiles supplies teeth-whitening pens designed for at-home application. With a 20% hydrogen-peroxide formula, the company boasts an advantage over other pens, which typically use a concentration between 2% and 6%. Users brush the pen's tip—which contains about 30 applications or a month's supply—against their teeth after brushing and flossing, at which point the solution takes to polishing and scaring away stains in a 15-minute session.
With humble beginnings in 1924, Ace Hardware now comprises 4,600 stores in all 50 states and in more than 70 countries, guiding everyone from seasoned do-it-yourselfers to novices through its massive inventory. Enlist the aid of a knowledgeable pro while sifting through tools, lawn and garden supplies, electrical equipment, and outdoor-living accessories that simplify the hosting of backyard barbecues and the hanging of Christmas lights on zoo animals. Holiday accessories such as 100-count lights ($9.99) and portable fireplaces ($29.99) aid and imbue celebrations with seasonal spirit. During any time of year, a hatchet ($18.49–$36.99) helps forest visionaries see the wood for the trees, and a second mailbox ($13.99–$84.99) doubles the amount of fan mail homeowners can expect to receive.