Family owned and operated since 1924, Detroit Hardware Co. bolsters do-it-yourself home projects with an inventory of hardware, tools, and landscaping supplies. Handy men and women circulate tool-lined thoroughfares, picking up new garden tools ($2.99–$125) to beautify landscapes or new hammers ($4.99+) to pound nails or lumpy pancakes. Cast-iron cookware ($12.99+) heats heavy-duty meals, just as roasters ($12.99+) and bake ware ($4.99–$18.99) simmer savory dishes for holiday dining. As patrons tackle weekend to-do lists, friendly keysmiths stand by ready to replicate keys ($1–$4) for new roommates or encrypted computer files.
Before they even cross the threshold of a client's house, the first job for new employees of It's a Cleaning Company is in the owner's own home, where, with three kids, safety is the utmost priority. The staff cleans homes with the same amount of care that goes into hiring new employees. They do a walkthrough with the homeowners before the first cleaning session, which gives them a good idea of how the homeowners want their place cleaned. Then, after the first session, they seek feedback, which can include, "I don't like how that cleaning solution smells" to "Please write my name in lipstick on the mirror when you leave," so they can tweak upcoming visits. Besides their most popular service, regular maintenance cleaning, they also perform spring cleaning, move-in/move-out cleaning, and commercial cleaning.
The chimney specialists at Detroit City Sweep unclog flues of soot and other buildup that might be preventing proper ventilation and posing a safety risk. After laying down a protective barrier to prevent damage to carpeting or interior surfaces, the sweep sets about brushing the chimney from top to bottom. Over the course of the visit, which can last up to 45 minutes, he also performs a 26-point safety inspection and, once finished, informs the homeowner when the fireplace is again safe for use. In keeping with the unclogging theme, the team also performs dryer vent cleanings and gutter cleaning, wherein they remove sticks, leaves, and other detritus from the gutter so that rainwater might run off unimpeded. Detroit City Sweep also offers masonry repair services.
Mission Duct Cleaning's technicians take a methodical, thorough approach to every job. Ducts provide a lot of nooks and crannies for debris to hide in, but the Mission Duct team hunts it all down tactically. They start with the central air unit, be it furnace or air conditioner and vacuum it out thoroughly. Then, they remove and clean all grills and vent covers, unlocking passages into the house's inner labyrinth of vents. That's when they bust out the really specialized equipment: powerful air duct cleaning vaccuums and brushes, mounted on hoses longer that an anaconda snake and far less likely to gobble up any livestock.
The staffers at Ward's Cleaning Solutions boast a versatile resume, possessing the skills and tools to do everything from removing carpet stains and power-washing houses to gingerly cleaning neon lights and sprucing up construction sites. Before making their way to homes or businesses, they load up eco-friendly cleaning supplies designed to safely de-grime countertops, floors, upholstery, and backyard coal plants. Before they're allowed to don Ward's Cleaning Solutions' proud uniforms, the team members must yield a spotless background check and make their way through a thorough training regimen.