As early as 1921, Horrigan Cleaners established a reputation for restoring sullied shirts and pantsuits to store-fresh conditions; nearly a century later, the skilled technicians continue to purge dirt and stains from delicate clothing. Garments of all shapes and sizes pose little challenge to the cleaning staff, who can also handle household textiles such as comforters, area rugs, and quilts made from tea cozies. The team traverses to homes to clean carpeting and upholstery and protects the environment as well as wardrobes with green and organic cleaning solutions.
Persistent ear infections were once a big problem for Lewis, VioClean owner Trung Nguyen's dog. Despite following the vet's advice, Lewis's eardrum blew out—a complication that led to a surgery with no explanation for the cause. At first, it didn't occur to Trung that the cause could be related to his carpets. After all, he worked for a carpet-cleaning company while in college, cleaned his own carpets regularly, and flossed them every night before bed. What could the explanation be?
Eventually, Trung looked to the environment inside his house for the answers, which led him to seek out natural cleaning products. Soon after making that change, he was inspired to leave his accounting career and start a carpet cleaning company using only non-toxic products. Now he and his techs offer cleaning services that range from floor cleaning to indoor environmental testing and mold remediation. Their Green Seal-certified products don't leave sticky residue behind, dry quickly, and are safe for children and pets.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
D’Lanes Painting's insured technicians do more than cover homes in even coats of paint—they cover all of their bases. For instance, they consult with every customer to discuss the gloss level, color, and brand of paint that the client prefers. They include surface preparation, priming, finish coats, and cleanup in every contract, leaving no step overlooked. And all of their contracts, which are covered by a two-year limited warranty against peeling and blistering, are managed by the owner, Junior Lanes, rather than being outsourced to an independent contractor or a bunch of kids with paintball guns. Besides improving homes’ aesthetic and resale value with painting, the technicians stain decks and power wash wood, vinyl, and aluminum surfaces.
For more than a decade, the insured technicians at Sampaio Services Company have waged a war on the grime that accumulates on windows, roofs, and siding. They arm themselves with power washers and biodegradable cleaning products before launching their attack, rendering skylight panes transparent and evicting the mold that keeps shingles from ever getting a beautiful suntan. The experts’ attention to detail returns chandeliers to their sparkling glory, and their knack for organization helps tidy garages and attics after dusting and sweeping them. Customers can call the professionals for nearly any kind of cleaning project or trash removal.
The bonded and insured cleaners from Shine Star Cleaning Services understand that they are guests in their clients’ homes. That’s why they act responsibly by only employing Green Seal–certified products and taking care to clean each room to homeowners’ detailed specifications. To help build a trusting relationship with each and every wall sconce, the business deploys the same cleaner or cleaners for every visit, ensuring that someone who knows all of your home’s favorite dirt-hoarding spots will clean it.