The carpet technicians at Revive Carpet Cleaning disdain wet, soggy carpeting. For one thing, wet carpets can’t be walked on. You have to wait until they dry, which could take hours—hours that could otherwise be spent break dancing or eating off the floor. For another thing, once a stain in the carpet has been obliterated with wet or steam cleaning, it often reappears days later. This cruel magic trick is due to wicking; as the carpet dries, the fibers draw up the stain, just like a lantern wick draws up kerosene.
The Revive team eschews these hazards of wet carpet cleaning by using an organic, biodegradable powder that keeps carpets dry as it cleans. A technician spritzes carpets with a prespray before sprinkling on the orange-scented powder, which is safe for children and pets. Next, a powerful rotating brush works the powder into carpet fibers, aiming to break apart dirt, oil, and grease. A finishing vacuum gathers up the loosened grime, leaving carpets clean and free of chemicals.
Window Genie’s scum-busters arrive to each job in a clearly marked chariot armed with the necessary equipment to tackle exterior household dust and decay. Pane pamperers kick off a window cleaning for homes up to two stories by scraping off tree sap, bird droppings, and other hard-to-clean debris with a specially designed blade that moonlights as a shiv stunt double in prison movies. Then, they’ll suds up sills to wipe away dust and accumulated grime, and they'll scrub soiled screens for an extra fee ($1 each). An exterior-only clean endows fixed-plate windows ($2.75 each), double-hung windows ($4.50 each), and triple-track storm windows ($12 each) with enough sparkle to make diamond-encrusted neighbors jealous. Or, homeowners can opt for an interior-exterior cleaning, and careful cleaners will shed shoes before entering abodes to avoid leaving footprints on carpet ($5–$18/window).
The helping hands at Kimbur's Cleaning take up unpleasant burdens with individually tailored home-cleaning regimens, professional home organization, and personal-assistant service. Uniformed cleaning pros use their own supplies to rid houses of dust and grime, and can customize services to help clients prepare for special events or moves, or to impress visiting gas-meter technicians. Home-organizing services streamline everyday operations, and Kimbur's personal assistants take over tasks such as washing and ironing laundry and picking up mail or groceries, preventing clients from having to tote embarrassingly large quantities of kale home themselves.
Air-duct cleaning, like a basic checkup at the dentist, is something that should never be put off. Just like cavities, when dust and mold run rampant, it can lead to a myriad of health problems, inflated expenses, and houses with missing teeth. At City Air Duct Cleaning, the ravages of dirty ducts—including mold, fungi, bacteria, and mildew spores—are sucked clean by specialists who don't stop until they've smited every dust mite. Boosting the health of the home and its occupants, the thorough HEPA system flushings lead to cleaner homes, cooler AC units, and tears of joy when reading electric bills.
After a career as a highway patrolman and corrections officer, David Masters opened Stat Cleaning Services as a side business in 1985. David attributes the business's success to meticulous work and personal attention, two qualities he says scored him a job cleaning 200,000 square feet of carpets in two related office buildings. That was the job that spurred David to retire from police work to focus on carpet cleaning full-time.
In each session, a two-person team purges carpets using a truck-mounted system that brings only an extractor and a connecting hose into the client's home. The extractor forces steam between carpet fibers to pull out deeply embedded debris, such as pet hair, crumbs, and long-lost Scrabble tiles, leaving carpets dry less than two hours later. The same heat extraction also purifies tile and upholstery. A special enzyme solution is also available for purchase, which works to break down the bacteria created by pet stains and prevent their odor from lingering.
Each cleaning team checks the quality of their work and ensures customer satisfaction before leaving the premises. In the event that a problem does occur, customers need not worry about wading through tiers of customer service reps, managers, and machine intelligences for a resolution; David answers almost every phone call himself.