In addition to using traditional dry-cleaning methods, Lake City Cleaners’ laundering outlets set themselves apart with environmentally friendly technology installed at each of their four Chicagoland locations in Lake Forest, Highland Park, Evanston, and Chicago. Lake City Cleaners offers three levels of cleaning: Classic Care for everyday clothing, Fleur de Lis Care for fine items that require hand finishing, as well as Monarch Care, which uses the carbon dioxide-based Solvair system with a biodegradable cleaning solution. Pickup and delivery services are available throughout the North Shore, Gold Coast, Magnificent Mile, and much of the northern suburbs, and the cleaners’ GPS-tracking verifies the time and location of order of pickup and drop-off.
Central Rug & Carpet Co., Inc. traces its roots back to 1925 when it first opened its 5,000-square-foot showroom. Today, that space features a variety of high-quality carpets and more than 700 rugs hanging on racks for easy viewing. Their selection of wool and silk rugs on display includes traditional Persian and Pakistani rugs, as well as ones from the Wools of New Zealand brand. Their inventory includes both hand- and machine-woven products in contemporary styles as well as a multitude of Tibetan rugs. When they aren’t selling floor coverings, the store’s experts are cleaning and repairing them. Insured technicians can show up at homes to oust grime from carpets or tend to rugs in-house to remove guacamole and salsa stains caused by trying to transform the living-room rug into a burrito.
Design and craftsmanship are of equal importance at Zudor Flooring, where skilled tradesmen install and refinish hardwood floors to give homes a sleek luster. They offer a choice between engineered hardwood, prefinished hardwood, or unfinished hardwood, each type boasting its own set of benefits unique to homeowners' practical and aesthetic needs. Clients looking for a more natural look can opt for bamboo hardwood, while those seeking a hardier surface can choose the engineered variety, which best withstands everyday foot traffic and nausea-prone vacuum cleaners. To revamp existing hardwood, craftsmen also perform sanding and refinishing treatments that give old and worn floors a polished and refined look.
Century Tile helps dress naked or aging floorboards with a sweeping selection of more than 10,000 carpet, tile, hardwood, and laminate options. Disguise trapdoor entrances to vampire sleeping spaces with 3/4-inch solid-oak planks ($3.59/sq. ft.) to prevent nosy houseguests from disturbing an undead roommate’s daytime nap. Or opt to cover kitchen floors with durable, low-maintenance Terra Stone vinyl tile ($2.99/sq. ft.) or Allure Foundation laminate flooring ($1.59/sq. ft.), which provide a sturdy stage for impromptu break-dance competitions. Appalachian Trail broadloom carpeting ($2.49/sq. ft.) adds cushion to rough foot highways, and random-length linear glass-mosaic tiles ($11.98/sq. ft.) add a pop of color to barren backsplashes and bathrooms. Oasis ceramic wall and floor tiles ($1.99/sq. ft.) or Raja porcelain tiles ($1.99/sq. ft.) can add accents to homes.
Dedicated to conserving the globe's forests, Mr. Bamboo, Inc.'s technicians crown surfaces with durable, lustrous flooring and accessories forged from strand-woven bamboo—which can regrow on its own and sprouts faster than other trees traditionally cut down for hardwood flooring. Professional staffers arrive at homes and offices to install BamStrand flooring with glue or nails, or the BamLoc variety, which they snugly snap into place. Both styles—which are naturally harder than conventional red-oak and maple flooring—are safe for pets and come prefinished with six coats of German ceramic finish.
To further support its environmentally conscious philosophies, Mr. Bamboo, Inc. harvests only the moso bamboo species, which is too large for pandas to eat or whittle into snow globes for their gift shops. The company also frequently collaborates with the U.S. Green Building Council and local contractors building sustainable homes.
Led by flooring expert Bob Chylewski, the technicians at Kwik Klean pride themselves on the detail of their work, their up-to-date training, and their personal code of ethics. Technicians harness a powerful steam-extraction system that draws out up dirt and stains while leaving behind no soapy residue. Wide-faced vacuum appliances suck floodwater out of carpets, and small, handheld attachments for treating delicate upholstery. Technicians can also tackle tile and grout cleaning as well as pressure washing.