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.
Sun Rays In owner Scott Miller fuses expertise gleaned from 30 years of construction experience with a passion for environmentally responsible energy sources. His licensed, insured team of specialists cleans and inspects solar panels, ensuring that they're operating with maximum efficiency and aren't getting sunburned. Sun Rays In's techs also remove grime from interior and exterior windows using biodegradable soaps that won't scratch panes.
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.
After starting as a subcontractor, owner Jason Barnett worked his way up the ladder to open and operate Sunbeam Window Cleaning in 2006. He gleaned his favorite practices from his previous jobs, adding a few ideas of his own to design the low-impact practices his company follows today. Whether cleaning windows or gutters, pressure-washing siding, or repairing screens, his crews always cover their shoes with paper booties and employ waterproof drop cloths to prevent indoor woes. Outdoors, they equip their ladders with mitts to protect glass and siding. And as they wash, each workman wields an industrial-quality squeegee engineered to reduce streaks and increase visits from farsighted swallows.
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.