Many people don’t know that there are nine different types of carpet fibers or more than 30 different ways to remove the stains embedded in them. This means that what may oust discoloration from one carpet may set stains in another, leaving a permanent reminder of the time the Kool-Aid Man took a nap on the floor. Clean Factor’s IICRC-certified technicians have been well trained to differentiate between carpet types, and they employ earth-friendly products to lift dirt and debris whenever possible. The techs use the same investigative techniques to determine the best ways to clean upholstery, as well as tile and grout.
One sunny day, Rob Kelley's kids did something characteristically adorable: they decided to make juice from berries they'd picked in the fields. Not so adorably, they spilled the pitcher of just-smashed berries all over one of his dining-room chairs, and the dark purple juice spread across the upholstery. Luckily for the kids, their father owns Sweet's Chem-Dry, and after a session with the company's hot carbonating extraction system, all evidence of the accident disappeared. Kelley documented his success in a small Facebook album.
His team employs the same carbonation system, along with a green, nontoxic cleanser, to lift dirt and debris from carpets, area rugs, and car interiors. Propelled by a truck-mounted machine, the system's microscopic bubbles delve deep into fibers to push grime to the surface, where hot-water extraction flushes it away. Since this system does not leave residue the way cleaning a carpet traditionally or just letting the birds have at it does, carpets stay clean longer. Fabrics dry in up to two hours, and optional protectant shields carpets and upholstery from future stains.
For the teams from MaidPerfectPDX, cleaning a home doesn't simply mean wiping away all of the dust and grime. It also means finishing the job by using as many eco-friendly products as possible. Occasionally, the staff members even make their own cleaning solutions using the same method Cinderella used to make her perfume: by mixing a base of pure water and vinegar and adding a splash of essential oils?such as lavender, vanilla, or almond?for fragrance. Armed with these hypoallergenic, family-friendly products, they thoroughly scour nooks and crannies throughout the home. The teams can dust reachable surfaces, scrub kitchen sinks, vacuum rugs, and wipe down mirrors, leaving abodes spotless without ever having to resort to toxic chemicals.
Happy Hippo All-Vehicle Wash is part of the Washman family of facilities that's cleaned nearly 14.5 million vehicles, its name a playful reference to its ability to accommodate oversized rides such as RVs and buses. Of course, smaller cars are welcome, too, and all vehicles are de-grimed using a combination of eco-friendly cleansers, computer-controlled sprays?instead of brushes?recycled, filtered water, and soft cloths. Happy Hippo's touchless dryers ensure a spot-free finish, and, much like a visit to the DMV in a dream, the entire process often takes only three minutes or less.
A member of the International Window Cleaning Association and Master Window Cleaners of America, ViewRenew revamps abodes and commercial spaces with a slew of services, from gutter cleaning to bird-deterrent installation. In 2011 alone, the seasoned cleaners washed more than 7,632 panes of glass, cleared more than 15,430 feet of gutters, and rushed for a total of 1,356 yards. They blast siding with soft-pressure washers, splash three-story windows with deionized water from water-fed poles, and clean roof tiles with coats of 12% sodium hypochlorite and commercial-strength zinc sulfate. They also spare clients the hassle of replacing shower panes by treating nicks and cloudy areas on glass surfaces. ViewRenew's Streak Free guarantee covers full refunds on projects of up to $1,000.
Highline Customs' red Mustang embodies everything the shop’s certified technicians can do. For instance, the snazzy muscle car sports tinted windows—the same kind customers can expect when they ask the techs to install SunTek’s Carbon and Carbon XP Series window films, which block out 99% of UV light. The Mustang also features a flawless paint job, which is no surprise given the shop cuts 3M, SunTek, and VentureShield paint protection films by hand. Additionally, the techs perform paintless dent removal treatments and apply vinyl graphics of business logos or the owner's name and address in case the car ever tries to run away.