Heralded by the St Louis Post-Dispatch, Marvelous Maids’ highly trained staffers scour sullied domiciles using only safe, eco-friendly Procter & Gamble cleaning products. All of the scrupulous sweepers must pass a professional-cleaning training program before setting to work on a detailed list of services, tidying the cracks, crevices, and grand canyons of any home.
Over the course of their 50 years of business, Apple Cleaners has kept up with the demands of ever-emerging, ever more finicky fabrics. Today, it combines its updated equipment with two types of cleaning solution, granting the flexibility to tackle stains in a full range of fabrics, from wool to cotton to various blends. Eager to show off their quality handiwork, the staff can expedite cleaning orders for next-day and delivery services.
Bill Blair spent 20 years training franchise owners how to build their businesses. One day he asked, "Why can't I do it for myself?" He knew from experience that one niche market was in need of modernizing more than any other—green cleaning. “That was something that was really important to me,” he says. “So I decided to be the premier residential cleaning company at the forefront of that eco-friendly movement."
NuKastle Cleaning's approach employs Green Seal chemicals and color-coded microfiber cloths and mop heads, which help to avoid cross-contamination. Though the environmentally friendly products are an important part of Bill's mission, he explains why traditional chemicals are always on hand for those who request them: "A lot of green chemicals will sanitize but not disinfect, and some clients really like that chemically fresh smell. I can always do partially green, fully green—whatever fits the needs of the customer." Another important facet of NuKastle's strategy is the ability to tailor services to individual clients. "Companies will quote prices based on the website's stock info,” Bill says. “It doesn’t focus on the needs of customers." So he does things a little differently. "I go meet the homeowner first, spend 15 minutes coming up with a detailed work schedule fitted to their needs. It's about a relationship that I want to establish, a rapport." This desire to form personal bonds is one reason NuKastle partners with Cleaning For A Reason, a charitable organization offering free house cleaning to women battling cancer.
Unlike some junk removers that force homeowners to compile their loot on the curb, the technicians from Junk Stoppers handle all the lifting, hauling, and sweeping up themselves. They'll arrive at homes, businesses, or construction sites to cart away and dispose of unwanted junk including scrap metal and appliances, as well as more-difficult items such as mattresses, logs, or mattresses whittled from logs. Junk Stoppers also ensures that reusable goods are donated or recycled whenever possible and will only unload items at the landfill as a last resort.
Hardwood Floors and More's IICRC-certified staff, who have more than 15 years of experience, install, clean, and maintain hardwood, tile, and carpeted surfaces. While cleaning carpets, they follow a nine-step process to eliminate dirt and allergens, beginning with a pretreatment to loosen tough stains. Hot-water extraction sanitizes carpets, and a protective spray helps to protect fibers from abrasive particles. In addition to installing hardwood and tile, the team also hand-cleans corners, and sands, finishes, buffs, and waxes the surfaces, ridding them of grease and dirt that may pose challenges for future archaeologists.