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.
Baseball players can't skimp on their hitting, pitching, and catching skills if they want to dominate the game—a fact that the instructors at Northshore Sports Complex know well. In 1982, Cody Webster earned the title of MVP while playing for the Kirkland Nationals All-Star Team—the first US team to win the Little League World Series. He continued to play throughout high school and college, and went on to coach for Pepsi Baseball. His cohort, Craig Bishop draws on 20 years of coaching experience at high schools and colleges. Together, the duo shares the task of teaching students the fundamentals of the game inside batting and pitching cages.
Surrounded by a chain-link fence and divided by safety nets, their astro-turfed cages shelter machines that launch baseballs and softballs straight down the plate. These projectiles can reach speeds up to 85mph, which would be really scary if the baseballs weren't tranquilized beforehand. Sans the machines, pairs can take to the cages to hone their pitching and catching abilities.
Even the most sensitive nose won't detect a trace of harsh chemical odor when the crew from Evergreen House Cleaning Service gets done cleaning. That's because they rely on eco-friendly, all-natural cleaning products to get houses sparkling. Biokleen's nontoxic mint-scented soy scrub spruces up countertops and cupboards, and old-fashioned vinegar and hot water sanitizes kitchen floors. Vacuum cleaners filtered by high-efficiency particulate air catch even the tiniest specks of dirt or dust.
Mark Wagner has been working under the hood of international automobiles since 1972. After securing a master's degree in mechanical engineering in Germany, Wagner ferried both his family and his familiarity with foreign cars to America, where, today, he teams up with the ASE-certified techs in his repair shop. The factory-trained mechanics dole out everything from tune-ups to engine, brake, and transmission repairs. And all of their work is backed by a 15-month, 15,000-mile warranty that prevents cars from worrying about waking up and seeing their name in the classified pages.
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.