LaVonte Elegan may have a master's degree in business, but he isn't afraid to get his hands dirty for the sake of a clean carpet. Working alongside his wife, Breanne, LaVonte leads a staff of experienced technicians who attend courses and seminars to stay abreast of the latest cleaning tools and techniques. Their cleaning process starts with a HEPA vacuum to remove dry dirt particles before launching into a meticulous step-by-step regimen that extracts ground-in soil. LaVonte's techs then scour fibers with pet-safe products and a Rotovac machine, which cleans at speeds up to 250 revolutions per minute, leaving it about 20 times drier than cleaning it with a manual scrub wand or teasing it until it cries. Beyond carpet, the crew members at Glow Professional Home Cleaning Services also aim their green cleaning products and hot-water-extraction equipment at stains residing in tile and grout or upholstery.
For 12 years, Ryan Ringe battled wildfires in Idaho, Washington, and Alaska, learning about forestry while preventing the destruction of natural areas. Now an ISA-certified arborist and tree-risk assessor, Ringe owns Arbor Barber Tree Service, where he trims, removes, and maintains trees alongside a crew of trained and certified professionals. Free consultations are included to assess trees, shrubs, and hedges for health problems, potential hazards, and hidden Swiss Family Robinson residences. The technicians perform all work according to ISA and ANSI standards to maintain the safety of both humans and plants.
Before he opened Axiom Glass Tinting, Chris Buckner tinted windows for more than a decade—both as an employee and a business owner. He chose the word Axiom for his latest venture because it refers self-evident truth, and his goal is to tint windows so well that they speak for themselves. To that end, Chris put his skills to the test at the Window Film Association Tint-Off in Las Vegas. Chris finished in 12th place—no small feat competing against seasoned glass tinters from across the country.
Chris and his team of licensed and insured techs travel to their clients and tint windows with films backed by a lifetime manufacturer's warranty. These films block nearly all UV rays, which can damage auto interiors and cause skin damage. In addition to binding glass fragments in the event of a collision, tinted window film also prevents thieves from seeing expensive stereos or seats made of woolly mammoth fur.
For no extra charge, concierges pick up garments for professional dry cleaning and laundering by OneClick Cleaners. Expert technicians treat garments with cleaning and wash-and-fold service, employing extra care such as spot removal when necessary. OneClick Cleaners supplies customers with a laundry bag that they can leave at their house, meaning clients don’t even need to be home for OneClick Cleaners’ concierges to collect their laundry. They also specialize in services such as tailoring, special treatment for leather and suede, and specialty items such as tablecloths, bedding, and linens.
The staff at Martina's Cleaning puts unclean homes through the rinse cycle with fast and efficient housecleaning services. In a flurry of scrubber bubbles, a licensed technician can sanitize bathrooms, wipe dust from surfaces, and restore windows to a sparkling transparency. Homeowners can also request a specialty one-time cleanup when their aquarium-mounted dartboard yields disaster.
Benjamin Surdi worked in the carpet cleaning industry for 24 years before he opened Pure Clean in 2008. His goal: to address the biggest issues customers had with conventional carpet cleaning, issues such as returning stains, dry time, and leftover residue. Years of development went into creating Pure Clean and its carpet cleaning system, which eschews all detergents and tooth-whitening mouthwashes. The system uses ElectroWater, an ionically charged and super-purified water, so it's effective to deep-clean carpets, yet still safe enough to drink. The company's 12-step carpet cleaning process begins with pre-inspection and pre-treatment to loosen stains and soil, as well as stain guard and grooming. After being blasted with ElectroWater by a 350 horsepower engine, the carpeting is turbo-dried in about three hours. The Green Seal-certified, hypoallergenic system also cleans tile and upholstery.