In 2004, after accidentally turning their curtains into his-and-hers lederhosen, husband-and-wife team Dane and Megan Sorenson started their eponymous window-treatment business. The Sorenson Furnishings team fits Skandia Window Fashions to cover panes of all sizes in Santa Cruz–area homes and offices. Patrons can pick styles such as real- or faux-wood shutters, cell shades, and vertical blinds made of extruded aluminum.
At Almaden Valley Window Washing, a small, family-run business operating for more than three decades, technicians use only child- and pet-safe cleaning products to oust gunk from homes' interiors and exteriors. Grime fighters free windows of light-blocking filth and relieve gutters of accumulated foliage or broomstick fibers dropped by migrating witches. The handy team can also refurbish houses' insides with home repairs or remodeling. Always attuned to homeowner's satisfaction, the company's landscape architects use meticulous techniques when coiffing hedges, installing gutter protectors, or painting decks with glow-in-the-dark bull's eyes for arriving UFOs.
The licensed-and-insured team from Sky Blue Window Services leaves a sparkling trail of commercial and residential windows in its wake. Company president Patrick Roane started the business in Illinois, where he grew up, but recently Sky Blue has begun expanding into Northern California. Attention to detail and professionalism aren’t the only values prized by Roane and company—a sense of community influences Sky Blue’s efforts, and the team feels strongly about supporting other local businesses. In addition to cleaning windows, the technicians clean and repair screens, clear shooting stars out of gutters, refinish wood decks, and perform basic home maintenance and carpentry.
Maggie Tinajero, a mother of four and grandmother of six, knows firsthand how difficult it can be to keep a clean house while raising a family. Since 1995, she's lifted that stress off of her clients' shoulders through her independently owned company, Magic House Cleaning. She and her team tailor services to each client's needs and lifestyle, whether that means tackling everyday chores in a family's home or maintaining a neat, polished domicile for a busy professional. They bring along their own cleaning supplies, too, saving clients the trouble of buying new ones or staying in different hotels each night in order to collect bars of soap.
Equipped with their own products and equipment, the fully insured techs from Exceptional Cleaning Services unleash scrubbing fury on homes during their residential cleanings. To ensure that no nook goes undusted, the cleaning gurus adhere to a strict checklist, which includes commonly overlooked tasks such as dusting the baseboards, fluffing the pillows, cleaning the windows, and reminding the homeowner's neglected broom that it's not his fault. Exceptional Cleaning also gives a big hug to Mother Earth by using all eco-friendly, nontoxic products.
Klean Klean Housekeeping’s insured staff leaves no dusty surface un-turned as they battle household filth from the top of the highest counter to the bottom of ease baseboard. From big jobs such as mopping floors, scrubbing fixtures, and cleaning mirrors to smaller tasks such as disinfecting doorknobs and brushing doll teeth, the meticulous staff does it all as they move from bedrooms to living rooms, and from kitchens to bathrooms, leaving nothing but freshly polished surfaces in their wake.