In 2005, after years of working as a freelance engineer, Karl Farmer decided to draw on his business sense, mechanical know-how, and love of colored sponges to start his own residential and commercial cleaning company. Karl handles the business aspect, and his wife, Richelle, handles the day-to-day operations, sending out fully insured technicians to clean homes or wax the floors of local businesses. Clients can request an NYCS technician's power-washing services to clean the side of a building or rouse sluggish children for school.
The Cleaning Pixies arrive at homes armed with deluxe steam mops that sanitize hard floors while eschewing unsanitary chemicals or unpredictable curses. With other highly rated cleaning products—such as Pledge, Lysol, and Windex—in hand, the licensed and bonded staffers monitor their work via a 43-point cleaning checklist. If patrons call within 24 hours, they will come back to tend to any missed spots.
Licensing from The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification attests to David Zagst's carpet-cleaning abilities. He and his crew of licensed and insured technicians drive trucks with built-in carpet-cleaning units to perform a range of commercial and residential upkeep services, from power washing and upholstery cleanings to tile and grout cleanings. Certification in repairing flood damage readies the crew to clean up after natural disasters or surprise parties for easily startled orcas.
Under the guidance of Brian Schneider—a 25-year veteran of the dry-cleaning industry and third-generation manager of the family-owned cleaning spot—Aladdin Village Cleaners cleanses dirt from clothes, linen, and drapery without harming delicate fibers and colors. Free delivery and pickup whisks fabrics to and from the facility, filled with wet- and dry-cleaning equipment.
The clothing connoisseurs at Hardee Bros. Dry Cleaners cleanse and mend garments and household items with a full roster of services. A thorough dry-cleaning process tackles stains on shirts ($2.45) and pants ($6.10) while banishing freshly squeezed football juice from soiled sports coats ($7.60). Dingy area rugs and drapes can be spruced up and returned to their domestic perches spot-free. With repair services, mending mavens can fix broken zippers or use alterations to shorten an overly long jean hem or let out the seams to make room for secret squirt-gun holsters.