When the cleaners are finished, you?ll be able to breathe easier. Increase your satisfaction with a look at one thing they?ve banished: dust.
Whether you're resting in a mountain cabin, traveling through a city, or being vented out an airlock into outer space, dust is all around you. Microscopic particles?usually a combination of soil, pollen, skin cells, and minerals?can pile up quickly indoors. The problem is exacerbated by tiny creatures called dust mites, which gather in groups of up to 500 per gram of dust to devour flakes of human skin while multiplying in number, excreting waste, and probably chittering away. No matter where you are on Earth, a mote of dust is presently traveling straight toward your eye, thanks to the persistent creation of dust in almost any climate humans inhabit.
Even beyond our planet, dust is ubiquitous: astronomers face the universe's untidiness every time they peer through a telescope and find formations of cosmic dust, which absorb the visible light around them. Although it comes from exploding stars rather than flaky humans, space dust isn't so different from the domestic variety: a 2007 paper published in IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science explored the similarities between the formation of dust bunnies under beds and the coagulation of space dust into planets.
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.
Maids on the Run's soap-and-suds savants unleash their cleaning expertise on sullied rooms during three hours of customized house-cleansing services. The company deploys one skilled grime buster to focus dirt-demolishing efforts on filth havens pointed out by the homeowner, wielding an arsenal of nontoxic cleaning supplies to scrub down greasy kitchens, moldy bathrooms, and Nutella-strewn rec rooms. The cleansing process can also descend to foot-level, fetching dust off of tile, wood, laminate, and vinyl floors with a deep steam cleaning. In addition to typical clean-up jobs such as vacuuming, wiping windowsills, and clearing raccoons out of towel closets, a friendly staff member also helps clients with other tasks including making beds, folding laundry, and washing linens. Maids on the Run provides service from Monday through Friday and Saturday cleanings are available by request. The team recommends scheduling appointments seven days before desired service date.
While fashions change with the seasons, there will always be clothes that need dry cleaning. The artisans at Wise Cleaners have managed to master this skill, shunning the use of water as they vanquish stains from shirts, pants, and formal suits of armor. They're also able to handle blazers, dresses, and other tricky-to-clean items such as comforters.
Guided by a commitment to health, safety, and environmental preservation, EcoMaids of Des Moines dispatches crews armed with Green Seal–certified cleaning products and HEPA–filtered vacuums. During their extensive training, tidying pros learn to prevent cross-contamination by following a cleaning process that trades harsh chemicals for microfiber tools, which use less water and grab more grime than traditional mops and sponges. After attacking dust bunnies and more rare dust dodo birds with dry cloths, the cleaners sanitize counters, sinks, and other germ-prone surfaces with EPA–recognized disinfectants. Equipped with a multilevel filtration system, the staff's vacuums evict pent-up dirt from carpets while keeping air safe for clients with asthma and allergies. Cleaning-crew members also shrink their carbon footprint by recycling paper, glass, and plastic and by washing their laundry in high-efficiency washing machines instead of burning their clothing after every use.
It's a fair assumption that the cleaning professionals at Squeegee Squad can handle a squeegee with precision. It's also one that sells them short: Jack Ruegsegger and his brother Joe founded the company in 1999 as an exclusively window-washing enterprise, but soon recognized that the seasonality of the business necessitated a more rounded service offering. Gutter cleaning, power washing, and snow plowing were added to the mix in short order, and today the company even handles window washing of high-rise commercial office buildings and apartments.
Even with their energy diverted into these different arenas, the team still applies its professional touch to residential window washing, the service that started it all. The team employs a five-step process to render each pane spic and span, using only mild, nontoxic solutions that won't leave behind unsightly streaks.