Karen Peters took an unexpected foray into natural soaps during a summer psychology internship in the bush of Cameroon, where she noticed that the botanical-heavy lifestyle gave the native women impeccable skin and low blood pressure. Unsatisfied with the hassles of large-scale soap distribution, Karen focused on building a community presence with hands-on soap-making classes at her studio. With the advent of fruiting citrus, Karen plans to infuse her upcoming batches with grapefruit, tangerine, and whatever other scents strike her fancy.
As techs re-fluff your carpets and your vacuum weeps in envy, learn how they work their magic with Groupon's guide to steam cleaning.
Although steam can be an effective cleaning tool, when pros talk about steam-cleaning a carpet, they're usually talking about a process technically known as hot-water extraction. That's because steam?which occurs when water reaches 212 degrees Fahrenheit under normal conditions?is simply too powerful for many residential jobs, posing a risk of damage or shrinkage to some kinds of carpet fibers. Fortunately, water usually only needs to be heated to around 140 degrees to kill most of the microorganisms that can live in a carpet and cause odors. A skilled technician will know what range of temperatures is ideal for any given fiber.
Whether it's a rolling model or a massive van-mounted machine, a carpet cleaner has three important elements: a heating device, water jets, and vacuum suction. As the water is heated, it will sometimes be mixed with detergent, but one of the benefits of steam cleaning is the fact that soap isn?t necessarily a must?pressurized jets can reach deep into fibers to get at grime. A vacuum hose then pulls most of the liquid back into the machine, though some dampness will linger in the carpet. Generally, after about three or four hours a carpet will be ready for you to walk on and set all your little army guys back in position.
With 28 years in the business, the expert personnel of National Carpet Care, Inc. know how to rid floors of lingering dust, dirt, and dander. Specializing in cleaning and sealing ceramic tile and grout, National Carpet Care does the heavy work of scrubbing away the dirt and other contaminates that become trapped below tile and out of site, except for a tell-tale discoloration. The eight-step process includes a final inspection to ensure floors in both residential and commercial spaces meet client satisfaction.
Dedicated to environmentally safe practices, the crew also tidies up carpets with safe formulas that won't damage the fibers or the sensitive noses of dust bunnies. The staffers' special focus on eliminating pet odors leaves domiciles with a fresh aroma, and their quick-drying products, 24-hour emergency services, and corrective cleanings for heavily soiled carpets make them the go-to choice for both quality and convenience. In addition to carpet services, the company also offers carpet, tile, and upholstery cleaning.
After John Gartner graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor's degree in microbiology, he was bound for the floor. As a professional floor cleaner, that is. Gartner uses his microbiology expertise to bust stains and grime with Major Floor Care, a more-than-40-year-old company. Before taking on a new client, Gartner comes over for a complimentary consultation, during which he checks out carpets to determine the right treatment plan and products. He then uses a special hot-water-extraction method gentle enough to use on all carpet types but strong enough to take on an open-mouthed bearskin rug. Gartner is certified by the IICRC, an institute that regulates and improves carpet-cleaning standards and provides educational materials so its members can stay up to date on the latest cleaning technology.
"You should call somebody to fix that."
This declaration of resignation, as Greg Bell's aunt pointed out back when he founded his business in 2000, was the common denominator among homeowners who were never able to find time to complete their lists of home improvements and repairs. As it happened, this group of time-thwarted homeowners was just Greg's target market, so he dropped his business's original name, "Greg Bell, Handyman," in favor of the cleverly anonymous, Mr. Somebody. Nowadays, supported by a team of handpicked handymen, Greg undertakes a range of remodeling and repair services. However, his success means that he can no longer hide behind the blank moniker, as his customers often refer to him glowingly by name on the consumer review aggregator Angie's List, where he also won a Super Service Award in 2011.