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 100 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.
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.
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What began as a one-person startup in Prince Georges county has grown into a 24/7 operation of three impeccably trained pressure-washers and structural cleaners, traveling throughout the Maryland, Northern Virginia, and DC areas to render homes and businesses spotless. ETB Solutions' technicians tackle an enormous range of cleanup and maintenance services, from cleaning carpets and upholstery, to power-washing homes and flushing out air ducts with eco- and pet-friendly products. And the techs can customize regular service programs to fit each home and budget, with scheduled cleanings each day, week, month, or in-law visit. The cleaners also connect with insurers to clean up after disasters such as floods and septic back-ups, and work hand-in-hand with builders during construction projects to ensure buildings are free from mold.
MJ Home Services’ techs cleanse carpets with non-toxic, biodegradable solutions that leave behind no residue and are safe for kids and pets. Wielding high-power steam-cleaning equipment, they tackle carpets bedraggled by stains, soil, and entwined gunk such as gum or wax. They also install new flooring to replace those trampled by kids, pets, and stilts, or show floors love by adding multi-coat finishes. Trained in the latest mold standards and armed with gear such as HEPA air-filtration systems, air-scrubbers, and abrasive media blasters, they also restore homes damaged by flood and mold.
Carpet cleaning is in David's blood. His father started the business when David was just a kid. Now he's at the helm, carrying on the family business. David learned a lot from his dad while growing up, including the ins and outs of removing sticky grime from carpets and the importance of customer satisfaction. He also keeps in step with the latest innovations. Using the Prochem Legend truck-mounted system to steam clean carpets, he restores floor coverings to like-new status. Ensuring optimal results, jobs are executed only by IICRC-certified techs. The importance of family is paramount, too, so David only uses solutions that are safe for children and pets. With the same due diligence and dedication they bring to carpet cleaning, techs also steam clean upholstery, employing a variety of cleaning processes to suit all types of fabrics.