Clean It offers a growing variety of cleaning services, including home cleaning, power washing, and gutter cleaning. Bonded and insured technicians clean each home from head to toe, making sure that windows, kitchens, gutters, and garage floors all sparkle. Technicians wipe both interiors and exteriors of windowpanes with home-safe cleaning products until they are free of dirt and streaks. Climbing their ladders higher, the technicians can also clean out gutters to remove clogs caused by leaves, mud, and stray bowling balls. When focusing on the interiors of homes, the crews clean kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms—wiping down counters and vacuuming floors during one-time deep-cleanings or regularly scheduled visits to keep homes ready for visitors.
The year was 1902, and young Edwin Thomas Meredith was about to get married. His grandfather had a special nuptial gift to give: a handful of $20 coins to buy a controlling interest in the family newspaper, the Farmer's Tribune. Attached to the paper's debt-filled finance sheet was a note that said "Sink or swim," so E.T. Meredith strapped on his proverbial scuba flippers. Just over a decade later, subscriptions for Meredith's debut magazine Successful Farming were up from 500 to more than 500,000. In 1922, the company launched Fruit, Garden and Home—renamed Better Homes and Gardens in 1924—and a publishing powerhouse made its national debut.
More than a century after its founding, Meredith Corporation remains rooted in the old-fashioned ideals that E.T. held to on his wedding day. Their line-up, however, has evolved to suit the times. Alongside Better Homes and Gardens, Meredith publishes the wellness-oriented cooking magazine Eating Well, regionally focused magazines such as Midwest Living and Country Life, and the Spanish-language monthlies Siempre Mujer and Ser Padres. Of course, they stick with the stuff that works, too. Successful Farming is still going strong, and Talkin' Bout Talkies only folded last year when silent pictures made a comeback. Rooted in the past, but always reaching toward the future, Meredith's magazines keep old traditions alive and vibrant.
Dixie's Campus Cleaners frees garments from grime with an arsenal of eco-friendly products and techniques. Locally produced starch from Iowa corn inspires clothes to stand up straight, repel dirt, and grow knee-high by the Fourth of July. Clothes-custodians spruce-up any suit ($12.35), slacks ($6.25), skirt ($8.95), or sweater ($5.80) using nontoxic EcoSolve to ensure optimum freshness. Customers can relieve comforters of drool stains and leftover nightmares with a choice of dry cleaning or traditional laundry washing (a $25 value). Dixie's Campus Cleaners' paper-filtration system helps conserve more than 100,000 gallons of wastewater per year, deepening its commitment to environmentally responsible frock finessing.
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.
Makayla Davis and Seneca Brown, the licensed and insured cleaners behind The Clean Up Women Inc., draw on 20 years of experience as they polish sullied abodes. Shelves sigh with relief as the duo wipes away layers of dust, and floors shine after they mop up stains and muddy footprints. While Makayla squeegees windows and flushes out hordes of dust bunnies from beneath beds, Seneca scours kitchen counters and disinfects bathrooms until they sparkle. When they aren't performing regular cleanings, The Clean Up Women help gussy up homes before parties and tidy up after the last guest has finished playing Pin the Ketchup Packet to the Upholstery.