There are few activities in life that Time to Shine owner Laurence Brooks enjoys more than making dirty things clean. In 1999, he turned that compulsion into a business, which has grown from a small basement-located operation to a fully staffed crew of cleaning technicians. The team deploys professional-grade solutions, steam cleaners, and vacuums, ousting dirt and stains from shag carpeting as well as upholstery and pet Chewbaccas.
Formerly Electrolux, Aerus maintains the same standards it’s kept since 1924 in keeping area homes as clean as possible. Its air-purification services can help eliminate allergens and mold from interior air, and by using biodegradable products its techs can keep odors at bay while keeping air clean and free of chemicals.
The Youth Rally Committee creates a community for young people with rare medical conditions to bond over shared experiences, learn about symptom management, and find relief from the sense of alienation that accompanies these rare conditions. Kids aged 11–17 with bowel and bladder disorders such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and cancers of the bowel or bladder come together once a year for a weeklong rally on a college campus. During their stay, they take part in outdoor games and off-campus trips to local museums, and learn how to manage their conditions with activities overseen by nurses and counselors who also have similar conditions. Counselor skits and a camp dances relieve stress in the evenings, while off-campus events promote medical self-management in a public setting.
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Sanitize 4 Serenity's mission is to oust dust mites, and allergens from the home using only natural cleaning products that are safe for children and pets. To sanitize mattresses, upholstery, stuffed toys, and carpets, techs shine germicidal UV lamps to kill bacteria, or employ black lights to reveal any stains or jellyfish hiding in couch cushions. From there, they spray natural solutions rich with enzymes that eat and destroy any remaining bacteria, and may finish some jobs with machine extraction. A low-moisture extraction method follows vacuuming, prespray, and carpet raking during each carpet-cleaning treatment, allowing freshened fibers to dry quickly. To keep wood floors at their shiniest, they also buff planks with natural solutions that won't warp the wood and finish with a lamb's wool bonnet to leave it looking lustrous and new.