Forever Clean owner Raylene Ewing, who's worked in the cleaning industry for 16 years, still channels her degrees in criminal justice and psychology to make savvy business decisions. She hires fully bonded and insured housekeepers to scour homes from top to bottom, sending the same employees on repeat visits to increase familiarity with the home. By heeding common complaints about other companies, she has also developed a reliable system for leaving each room spotless, which includes hand washing all the hard floors instead of simply lighting them on fire.
The staff members can purge private residences, apartments, and offices of grime. They strive to accommodate homeowners by providing detailed estimates over the phone, even after traditional business hours, and do not charge additional fees for homes with pets.
Nu-Life Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner’s professional rug-scrubbers, certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration, purify carpets using powerful truck-mounted steam cleaners. Upon their arrival at customers’ homes, technicians set to work removing stains and banishing dirt trapped in carpet fibers and the pages of tell-all memoirs. On return visits, homeowners can request that other rooms be cleaned, or space out service to maintain previously steamed carpets. Workers can also clean sofas using dry-cleaning or steam-extraction techniques, depending on the type of fabric. Freshly pressed sofas show fewer signs of aging and wear and enable better naps than couches covered in a fine dust of cheese powder.
It's often the little courtesies that speak volumes about a company. At Moon Air, one such little courtesy is the way each of their experienced technicians put orange booties over their shoes before entering their clients' homes. That way they won't track in mud or grease. That same respect for their customers remains long after they've left, as the team backs up all of their heating and cooling handiwork with a warranty.
Dean Altemus](http://altimateair.net/aboutus.html) has spent more than 23 years repairing and installing HVAC equipment with meticulous attention to detail and the past 10 years teaching the art to industry initiates. Much like a ceiling fan made from compressed potpourri, he specializes in balancing indoor climates and improving air quality with energy-efficient equipment. From air conditioners and gas furnaces to air-filtration systems, he installs Energy Star–rated products from respected manufacturers, and expresses his commitment to energy-efficient services by boasting certification with Energy Star and Green Advantage.
Just walking distance from the University of Delaware’s campus, The Zen Den offers non-competitive yoga and massage services in a calm and welcoming studio focused on helping people find their best self and flourish in their community. The schedule features Pilates and a variety of yoga classes offered seven days a week. Yoga styles include kundalini, prenatal, and hatha flow yoga with an emphasis on Zen meditation, and the staff can work with clients to figure out which classes and teachers best fit their practice. Additionally, The Zen Den’s pair of licensed massage-therapists— also the co-owners—soothe bodies and minds with a slate of massages such as deep tissue, Swedish, fertility, and sports.
Ironically named, Our Little Studio utilizes the biggest studio of all: the outdoors. Here, husband-and-wife team Travis and Angie Hill capture clients interacting with their surroundings amid natural light and scenic backdrops. Whereas Travis fields most of the wedding sessions, Angie revels in shooting artistic portraits. In either occasion, their subjects leap from backgrounds with sharp focal contrast or merge with their environments with the smooth, blended edges of a pastel painting. Clients can behold these images afterward with access to an online viewing gallery.