Owner Wayne Sombric's eco-friendly water purification system allows for an aggressive window cleaning without the use of harmful detergents or chemicals. The company's technicians are also trained to perform other high-up services such as polishing chandeliers, cleaning gutters, and removing fingerprint smudges from the ozone layer.
To say that Renewal by Andersen has high standards for its window installers might be an understatement. For the chance to even apply for the position, an installer must have replaced at least 5,000 windows. And when this prospective technician is considered for employment, there's still only a one in three chance he or she will even be hired. Once they finally make the cut, that lucky third of installers are EPA certified in lead safety, and they refresh their skills with another 40 training hours each year.
When homeowners put out their broken-or-ugly-window distress signal, the technicians respond with a varied selection of window and door options. They do so swiftly—each Andersen crew averages 1,000 replacements per year. And the installers' meticulous nature and attention to detail don't end when they pop in that final pane. After they've replaced the window, they clean up with an industrial vacuum estimated to be 47% more efficient than a typical home vac. Only when a homeowner goes through a 10-point inspection checklist with the team leader, and signs off on the cleanup, does Andersen consider its job done.
Dutch Shine Window Cleaning founder and Amsterdam native Will van der Meer has been scrubbing grime from domestic glass since 1994. During a standard window-washing ($4–$7/window; extra $1/pane for French windows), his staff of lintel whisperers carefully cleans each pane inside and out, wipes tracks, and rinses screens, rendering windows invisible to even bifocaled birds. Alternately, power-washing ($75/hr) can absterge decks, siding, and outdoor pizza-ovens with its highly focused spray, and gutter cleaning ($1.20/foot) transforms gunked-up gutters and downspouts into glitzy aquatic thoroughfares. After a visit from Dutch Shine, homes' twig-, smudge-, and mildew-free surfaces cast a radiant glow, impressing neighbors and causing nearby squirrels to don tiny aviator sunglasses.
Since it was founded in 1978, Fish Window Cleaning has expanded from a small business into a powerhouse that cleans commercial and residential windows nationwide. Its licensed and insured techs not only scrub glass, but perch atop ladders to unclog gutters, dust ceiling fans, and coax scared ghosts hiding inside chandeliers. Fish Window Cleaning's streak-free results have garnered attention from numerous media outlets.
Though Breeze Concierge's goal is singular—to make life easier for its clients—it manifests in multiple ways. The staff touches on the personal, professional, and recreational facets of life, thereby making all of them more manageable and freeing up time for the more important things, like spending time with the kids or composing calligraphic lists of what the more important things in life are.
There's the concierge service, which connects clients with personal assistants that attend to a variety of tasks; these can include paying bills, running errands, coordinating schedules, and cooking meals. They even plan a child's birthday party or organize a vacation itinerary that accounts for both the logistical—think plane and hotel arrangements—and the enjoyable, such as sightseeing. Housecleaning is another way the business make life easier for their clients. Licensed and insured cleaners tackle tasks in the home with environmentally friendly cleaning solutions. They scrub bathtubs and sinks, dust and vacuum, make beds, change linens, and do laundry. They also offer cleaning for offices, real estate companies, and other commercial accounts.