When Mercedes Austin sees a piece of artwork, her imagination immediately breaks it down into pixels and rebuilds it as a tile mosaic. Recently, she executed this process by making a mosaic of a wall mural: She fabricated jagged tiles, arranged them to resemble the original, and grouted the piece together. The resulting mosaic speaks to her intuition as an artist, and also to the years she’s spent honing the craft.
At Mercury Mosaics’ studio, Mercedes and a team of “tile elves” share their passion in two ways: through mosaic classes and custom installations. Classes explore all facets of mosaic creation, from cutting and gluing to grouting tiles into a pattern that resembles a real-life object or fuzzy television screen. Installations, which are fully customized to the client’s specifications, add a distinctive flair to commonly tiled areas such as bathrooms, backsplashes, and fireplaces.
For more than three decades, Gregory’s Carpet Cleaning's technicians have traveled to homes and businesses to gussy up rugs and upholstery using as few chemicals as possible. They kick off the fiber-cleansing procedure by spraying spots with an activated conditioner to loosen soil and stubborn residue spawned from foot traffic and greased-pig contests. They then scour surfaces with a mixture of Fabronite and ProLiminator to brighten fibers and keep odors away.
Gregory’s Carpet Cleaning For more than three decades, Gregory’s Carpet Cleaning's technicians have traveled to homes and businesses to gussy up rugs and upholstery using as few chemicals as possible. They kick off the fiber-cleansing procedure by spraying spots with an activated conditioner to loosen soil and stubborn residue spawned from foot traffic and greased-pig contests. They then scour surfaces with a mixture of Fabronite and ProLiminator to brighten fibers and keep odors away.
No matter where the A+Plus Cleaners service truck roams, you can expect to find a trail of squeaky-clean residences in its wake. This truck, which hosts powerful truck-mounted cleaning equipment, is manned by professional technicians who have made it their mission to restore cleanliness and order to every home they visit. They do this by scrubbing streaks off windows, scouring carpets for stains and crumbs, and sending rotary brushes deep into ducts to remove contaminants and dislodge any Santas that got stuck there by mistake.
Harnessing the power of truck-mounted equipment, Great Guys Cleaning’s bonded and insured team thoroughly cleans everything from carpets and air ducts to chimneys, upholstery, and wood floors. When refreshing carpets, they use eco-friendly products that won’t leave any chemicals behind, while vents and chimneys get scoured free of debris and allergen-producing contaminants with a nylon rotobrush. Their skills also extend to mending tattered carpets and rugs.
Established in 1960, Suburban Floor Coverings swathes bare bases in a wide selection of quality carpet, ceramic tile, vinyl, wood, and laminate. With more than 3,000 carpet samples, including Stainmaster Series 1000 ($15.95/sq. yd.) through Series 6000 ($30.95/sq. yd.), choosy feet can find the perfect soft surface on which to coyly leave footprints or engagement toe rings. Mannington laminate, tile, and wood flooring (starting at $10.95/sq. yd.) and Kährs wood flooring (starting at $4.50/sq. ft.) reward well-behaved ottomans with a fashionable foundation, and environmentally friendly, sustainably harvested QU Cork flooring (starting at $6.95/sq. ft.) satisfies tree-hugging yearnings without the awkward first date. The flooring professionals at Suburban Floor Coverings also expertly install all in-store collections, including carpet ($.60/sq. ft.), wood ($0.50+/sq. ft.), and tile (up to $1.50/sq. ft.).
At Abbott Paint, dwellers seeking to bedeck humble abodes can choose from an array of colorfying products, such as paints, varnishes, stains, and carpet. Buyers can revel in environmentally-friendly options with one-on-one assistance from the shop's experienced, helpful staff. Brighten pale walls with one of several liquid pigments, including Benjamin Moore Regal Select ($47.99 per gallon) or the Abbott Private Label ($31.99 per gal.). Terrestrial patrons can celebrate Earth Day by using California Elements' zero VOC low-odor flat paint ($48.49 per gal.).