The fresh scent of environmentally friendly, nonallergenic cleaning products fills the air as the technicians from Gibraltar Industries Inc. move throughout homes and offices. The company aims to create a cleaner and healthier environment for its clients, whether powering through mold and mildew to make bathrooms sparkle or vacuuming up dust and pollen to prevent the bearskin rug from sneezing, again. In addition to cleaning interiors, the technicians pressure-wash home exteriors and shovel snow from walkways and other high-traffic areas.
Clients who call on Custom Cleaning Concepts' certified chimney sweeps get a free lesson in chimney anatomy. They learn about chimney crowns, flue liners, and dampers, because those are just a few of the parts the team cleans. Homeowners learn about creosote and how often they need to have this flammable residue removed. Or, the team can simply set to work performing these duties—along with dryer-vent cleaning, pressure washing, and other services—while residents relax knowing their homes are safe from fire hazards, allergens, and grime.
For 32 years, the friendly crew at Fish Window Cleaning has meticulously cleaned gutters, windowpanes, and pained windows throughout the St. Louis area and beyond; the fast-growing business is also a Better Business Bureau TORCH Award Winner. Fish's uniformed professionals will de-clutter gutters ($125 average) and clean windows inside and out ($4 average per pane of glass) until your home hums the rubber-ducky song in the tone of hygienic satisfaction. When cleansing windows' exteriors, each cleaner will evict grime caused by dust, rain, and wayward bugs, and when sparkling the interior side of windows, they'll treat your furnishings and fixtures with respect. Pricing varies by house.
Klinke Cleaners’ dependable service and lasting commitment to the trade hasn’t gone unnoticed. In the last 30 years, they have won a gold medal in Madison Magazine’s Best of Madison category 29 times. However, before founders Maurice and Trudy Klinke had ever conceived of opening a cleaners, they were the proud owners of Klinke Hatchery, which raised more than 125,000 baby chicks a week. Perhaps the smell given off by thousands of chickens inspired them to seek a less malodorous occupation, because in 1958, they opened the first location of Klinke Cleaners.
In its early days, Klinke Cleaners used Econ-O-Crest dry-cleaning machines—early forerunners of modern dry-cleaning machines—but as the business grew, so did its thirst for new technologies. Soon, the company was installing new equipment nearly as quickly as it could be created, including shirt-finishing stands, drapery-pleating machines, and pants leggers, used to set precise creases in slacks. In 2000, the Klinke family began to consider expansion beyond Madison, leading to a rapid period of growth that culminated in 21 locations across southern Wisconsin and one experimental site at the bottom of Lake Michigan. Its EarthSmart Systems dry-cleaning process uses solvents and machines that are less damaging to the environment, as well as reusable garment bags and hangars to help decrease landfill waste. Most locations also offer a speedy turnaround with drive-thru windows and same-day pickup.
Born in a small village in the mountains of Thailand, Tanatnan Chaipang struggled through a series of health difficulties that stemmed from a life-threatening illness, a congenital foot disorder, and multiple car accidents. Fortunately, her grandmother was the town healer and midwife, helping Tanatnan manage her pain, as well as steer her toward a healthy lifestyle. Through this work with her grandma, she saw the benefits of massage first hand, spurring her toward an eventual career where she’d be able to pass these benefits on to others. After becoming certified as a massage therapist in Madison and honing her skills in her native Thailand, Tanatnan finally realized her goal and opened Sha-Ba Wellness & Spa.
Today, she works with a staff to perform bodywork that not only relaxes patients, but also helps them heal and hopefully find relief from any lingering pains. They combine elements of Eastern techniques, such as Thai massage and Chinese tui-na, with Western modalities that include sports and Swedish massage. They also provide chair massage, foot reflexology, and ion footbaths, which work to cast out harmful toxins and absorbed sock lint.
Pilgrim Cleaners marshals 35 years of experience, an environmental certification, and ample elbow grease to brighten clothes with an array of professional laundering services. While the machinery whirs through a same-day shirt press, clients can solicit apparel alterations or bid a tearful farewell to precious icing stains before a wedding-dress preservation. Pilgrim also staffs licensed and insured housecleaning techs for specialty home and upholstery spruce-up services. Each crew comes equipped with its own solvents and expertise to gussy up abodes, readying them for visiting family members or restoring them after a wine, cheese, and mud-wrestling party.