Andrew's Carpet, Tile, and Upholstery Care owner Andrew Gray has dedicated the last 12 years to keeping homes clean both inside and out. Free estimates allow Andrew to provide honest assessments to homeowners in need of carpet cleaning, power washing, or water removal, and products from brands such as Chemspec and Pro Choice allow the cleaning expert to thoroughly wash away grime without resorting to extreme tactics such as taunting fabrics till they cry. The bilingual, family-owned-and-operated business also uses its stain-lifting expertise to treat upholstery and furniture, and can help maintain the color and integrity of tile, stone, marble, and grout.
It’s not surprising that Chem-Dry boasts more than 4,000 locations around the world—it uses reliable cleaning agents that are both natural and effective. Its carpet-cleaning process leaves floors treadable in one to two hours with a simple mixture of carbonation and hot water that uses significantly less moisture than steam cleaning or an indoor fire hydrant. The nontoxic cleaner, which Chem-Dry calls The Natural, is safe to use around kids and pets. Technicians can also use a black light to hunt down pet urine spots for treatment, remove water damage, and extract grime from tile and grout before applying a protective sealant.
Natural Area Rugs weaves natural fibers such as sisal, seagrass, wool, jute, and bamboo into durable, earth-friendly floor coverings. A 6'x9' Sedona bamboo rug ($95) sets a trap for hungry pandas, so homeowners can check paw prints against a database of known masked bandits before quickly wiping foot tracks from the rug’s easy-to-clean surface. A 4'x6' Sunset sisal rug ($99) comes with a non-slip latex backing to prevent embarrassing trips, and even more cautious customers can add a washable rug pad ($10–$99) to further reduce the chance of slippage. Picky patrons can also craft custom rugs, using the online order form, which provides options for shape, weave, border, and favorite presidential nickname, but must call to place these orders.
While attending law school in the ‘70s, Majestic Chem-Dry founder Robert Harris worked as a carpet cleaner by day and an amateur chemist by night. During this stint, he set a mission for himself: to concoct a cleaning formula that succeeded where most others failed. After years of studying the chemical properties of various solutions and performing his own experiments, Robert successfully devised a carbonated cleaning solution that was both effective on stains and safe for kids, pets, and allergy-afflicted poltergeists. With his new invention—named The Natural—in tow, Robert went into business, first serving family and friends before founding his own small carpet-and-upholstery-cleaning franchise. Today, the Chem-Dry network boasts thousands of locations around the world, which are staffed by certified technicians and protect clients with a satisfaction guarantee.
Quality ceramic and mosaic tile craftsmanship is in John Vadurro's blood. His family emigrated from Italy to the United States more than 60 years ago, bringing with them the knowledge and tradition of such vocations. He bolsters those traditions, however, by keeping abreast of current pattern trends and color schemes. At TileBaths, he oversees all projects, from the initial consultation to the post-production of custom-designed tiles. To ensure high-quality artisan tile work, everyone on his team has undergone at least five years of apprenticeship. Besides crafting pieces for the kitchen, bathroom, and home, they also repair tile and offer upkeep services such as re-caulking.