Whereas most cave dwellers hide out in dark places, those at Cave Dwellers Dry Cleaners pull people into the public eye with clean, fresh clothing. Dry-cleaning services remove stains and odors without water, restoring aquaphobic textiles and clowders to cleanliness. Laundry services cleanse fabrics in precise temperatures using computer-controlled washing machines. Expert fitters at each location properly hem pants, fit shirts, and alter garments so that each hugs appendages at just the right place. Cleaners also tend to leather and suede, clean comforters and drapery, and repair shoes.
MaidPro specializes in whipping grimy households into gleaming shape. Over the course of three hours, the staff of dirt-busting cleanliness-experts will scrub your home according to a 49-point checklist that tackles bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms, hallways, and cupboards under the stairs. Trash cans will be emptied of shucked corn husks, incriminating fingerprints removed from cookie jars, equally-incriminating trails of cookie crumbs vacuumed away, and feral packs of baby gorillas ushered quietly into the night. If you spot a spot within 24 hours of cleaning and notify the company, MaidPro's maid-pros will re-clean the area free of charge.
When Nina Emory lost her job more than 10 years ago, she vowed never to work for someone else again. So, drawing on a background in business management, she found a bucket, bought a few cleaning supplies, and set to work building her own business. Now, she employs a full crew of bonded and insured cleaners who have served more than 500 clients under the name of A Diamond in the Rough Cleaning Service.
Just as polishing can reveal a diamond's sparkle, the technicians' customized cleanings aim to reveal a space's distinct personality. For residential and commercial cleanings, they carefully employ nontoxic cleaners, as well as cloths, mops, and dusters that are sanitized before storage to avoid cross-contamination. Clients can also solicit a tech for a gutter or window cleaning.
The Reliable Power Washing Guy wields powerful pressure washers that remove deep-set dirt and mold from vinyl siding, brick, roofs, and concrete. Its technicians apply a safe amount of pressure through to prevent damage to homes and mix the water with wet wax to keep homes clean longer. Expanding their cleaning to the whole house, techs can also restore wooden decks with pressure washers and contractor-grade sealers.
It’s not uncommon for people to remove dirt their carpets only to leave an equally obnoxious residue from the cleaner they’ve used. To avoid this, Sears Carpet and Upholstery Care uses a two-step process: first, a solution loosens grime from soft surfaces; then, an extraction paired with a heated pH-balancing steam rinse flushes out any trace of the cleanser. Sears’ technicians can also handle hard surfaces.
Like many good ideas, the one for this business came from Dan Rather. A group of friends interested in starting a business venture together were watching CBS Evening News one night when a report on the high costs of dry cleaning drew their attention to the profession. With an entrepreneurial spirit, the founders scoped out local dry cleaners and developed a business model that allowed them to clean all garments for a fee that’s as flat as the planet we walk on. Today they clean more than 1,200 items each day and continue to grow, thanks to their onsite, environmentally friendly equipment that cleans consciences as well as garments.