Run by a migratory manager who road-trips to DC from his Colorado farm every spring, Dr. Glass Window Washing scrubs scum from panes with persnickety precision. Its business model, featured in such publications as USA Today and Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, keeps the company small so customers work directly with owners when they call to set up an appointment.
With more than a decade of experience, Damian Ford Cleaning Services, Inc. knows cleaning and offers everything from floor cleaning and housecleaning to restroom sanitation and estate cleaning. The company's fully insured technicians use traditional or ecofriendly products to rid carpets of grime or restore linoleum with a layer of specialty wax. Homeowners may also solicit the company's housecleaning services for routine cleanings or a one-time cleanup after a birthday celebration, anniversary gathering, or tomato-smashing party.
Elite Cleaning Services’ staffers spend between two and three hours scrubbing each DC-metro-area home they visit during their convenient Monday–Saturday workweek. Professional grime eradicators descend on cluttered homes at appointed times between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., dusting knickknacks and sweeping, mopping, or vacuuming floors besmirched by foot traffic or one to three Stooge houseguests. Workers take special care to sanitize kitchen fixtures and bathroom furnishings, and leave kitchen-appliance surfaces looking polished and magazine-shoot ready. For smoothest service, Elite recommends that clients leave staffers a list of cleaning preferences and items that they shouldn't touch, stack fresh linens on the beds, and clean up any scattered toys, clothes, and flesh-eating chupacabras lying around.
It’s difficult to enjoy a clean home if it’s blanketed in toxic chemicals. Bravo Maid Service’s staff combats this by tiding domiciles top to bottom with eco-friendly products. The cleaners scoff at harsh cleaning supplies, opting instead to use nontoxic ingredients when mopping floors, wiping down windows, and shampooing carpets. In addition to being safe for the environment, their arsenal is safe for children, pets, and allergy-prone stuffed animals. Their services range from meticulously scrubbing light-switch plates to scouring all household appliances.
Whether you're resting in a mountain cabin, traveling through a city, or being vented out an airlock into outer space, dust is all around you. Microscopic particles—usually a combination of soil, pollen, skin cells, and minerals—can pile up quickly indoors. The problem is exacerbated by tiny creatures called dust mites, which gather in groups of 100 to 500 per gram of dust to devour flakes of human skin while multiplying in number, excreting waste, and probably chittering away. No matter where you are on Earth, a mote of dust is presently traveling straight toward your eye, thanks to the persistent creation of dust in almost any climate humans inhabit.
Even beyond our planet, dust is ubiquitous: astronomers face the universe's untidiness every time they peer through a telescope and find formations of cosmic dust, which absorb the visible light around them. Although it comes from exploding stars rather than flaky humans, space dust isn't so different from the domestic variety: a 2007 paper published in IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science explored the similarities between the formation of dust bunnies under beds and the coagulation of space dust into planets.