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.
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.
Armed with an arsenal of eco-friendly equipment, including the Rotovac 360i, Clean Carpets USA's certified technicians purify home interiors throughout the greater Portland area. The exclusively green-rated equipment and Procyon cleaning solutions protect clients' well-being with toxin-, allergen-, and gremlin-free formulas. Despite its carpet-centric name, the company also specializes in cleaning and disinfecting air ducts, upholstery, mattresses, tiles, and grout.
America’s Best Cleaning Service dispatches its housekeepers to freshen up homes and offices throughout the Portland and Vancouver metro areas. The company’s residential cleaning packages span from basic spruce-ups to thorough detailing. America’s Best also specializes in move-in and move-out cleaning.
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.
Since 1983, Moore’s Quality Cleaners has lifted stains from garments, reassured customers with a 100 percent guarantee, and made sure its staff is guided by its 8 Points of Perfection. The 8 Points mandate consultations about any spots, wrapping for delicate buttons, and recleaning of garments that do not meet customer expectations. Staffers apply these stringent guidelines not only as they dry-clean, but also as they launder garments or alter apparel with faulty straps or too-long pants legs common among retired stilt walkers. To cut down on travel time, the cleaners can pick up and drop off dry cleaning twice a week at clients’ doors.