Cleaning crews at Izz the Wiz Cleaning Services channel sudsy sorcery to liberate residential spaces from the shackles of gunk and grime. The outfit's arsenal of services purges and sanitizes interior areas, such as bathrooms, bedrooms, and kitchens. The team also turns its attention downward during floor-buffing and carpet-cleaning sessions, or mobilizes outside, where debris is scooped from gutters and postconstruction remnants are hauled away. Homeowners can opt for rounds of pressure washing to blast dirt and mildew from exterior façades, making sullied houses appear new and ticklish houses giggle with delight as eco-friendly detergents stream across their surfaces.
Mid-Florida Pest Management has honed the craft of rodent and bug removal since its inception in 1993. Licensed and insured technicians eliminate spiders, silverfish, and cockroaches from homes and businesses, and specialize in the removal of particularly bothersome pests such as fire ants, wasps, and bees that constantly buzz the theme song to Friends.
On June 1, as the early-morning sunlight bathes Formosa Gardens in a pale late-spring light, strange shapes will begin to billow up from the nearby landscape. They belong to more than 25 hot air balloons, which will take to the skies to mark the beginning of the Kissimmee Blue Skies Adventure Race at Formosa Gardens. As the balloons observe from on high, runners will navigate 3.5 miles of rodeo-themed obstacles. During the cowboy-inspired race, feet will slap muddy trails and clamber over bronco hurdles, as racers meet challenges ranging from a wagon trail to a feeding troth on their quests to finish first. Medals and T-shirts proclaim victory for each participant who sails over the finish line.
Owner Maria Cruz attributes the success of her business to her dependable team, about whom she says, "I would trust them with a set of keys to my own house . . . I trust them wholeheartedly."
It would be hard not to, as the foreman of her carpet-cleaning crew, Joe, brings 10 years of experience to his work, and her housecleaning field supervisor, Patricia, brings more than 20 years. "I just could not do this without them," she emphasizes, citing Joe's talent for extracting red candle wax from a light-blue berber carpet, and Patricia's dedication to the checklist Maria created to ensure consistency in cleaning sessions.
Both cleaning teams are licensed, bonded, and insured, as well as thoroughly background checked to ensure that no one has a second job as a mud wrestler. The carpet cleaners purge dirt and debris from carpets with a steam-extraction system and stay well-versed in chemical concoctions to remove extra-tough stains. The housecleaners arrive at homes armed with commercial-grade supplies that will sanitize every surface they touch, plus eco-friendly products if the client desires. The cleaning checklist can be customized to satisfy individual requests.
The licensed pest-control technicians from Florida Pest & Lawn shoo away a wide range of critters such as termites, bedbugs, ants, or rodents from inside and outside homes. The pest-control team takes its orders from Richie Kidwell, an industry veteran who learned from his father Fred, also a pest-control specialist, that bugs require more stern evacuation measures than a polite cough or a cease-and-desist letter. On each visit, a team member makes sure that no bug slips through cracks by performing treatments on both the interior and exterior of the home, inspecting and spraying popular pest hangouts such as around appliances, bathroom fixtures, windows, and garbage cans. To ensure that colonies don’t return, the technician also sprays a six-foot barrier around the home’s exterior, which effectively keeps all but 6’1” bugs at bay.
In addition to their pest banishing specialty, the team trims and cares for lawns and shrubs to keep yards healthy and verdant, wielding environmentally friendly products to fertilize plants or snuff out unwanted weeds.
Dress Well Organic Dry Cleaners launders clothes and linens in mild solutions made from naturally biodegradable and nontoxic formulas. Each dry-cleaning session begins with a thorough inspection, followed by pH-controlled cleaning, thorough pressing, and two final examinations to spot any missing buttons or lingering wrinkles. Men's shirts succumb to a rigorous regimen of hand-scrubbed collars and cuffs, temperature-controlled washes, and meticulous pressing to ensure perfect creases. Technicians also launder and dry-clean bedclothes, from hardy down comforters to delicate heirloom quilts hand-stitched from Civil War–era concert T-shirts. An onsite tailor waits outside a private fitting room for patrons to model troublesome garments, pinning hems and letting out seams to their exact measurements. Dress Well also cleans and restores leather and suede clothing, and repairs shoes' broken heels and soles.