Owner Maria Cruz attributes the success of her business to her dependable team, about whom she says, "I would trust them with a set of keys to my own house . . . I trust them wholeheartedly."
It would be hard not to, as the foreman of her carpet-cleaning crew, Joe, brings 10 years of experience to his work, and her housecleaning field supervisor, Patricia, brings more than 20 years. "I just could not do this without them," she emphasizes, citing Joe's talent for extracting red candle wax from a light-blue berber carpet, and Patricia's dedication to the checklist Maria created to ensure consistency in cleaning sessions.
Both cleaning teams are licensed, bonded, and insured, as well as thoroughly background checked to ensure that no one has a second job as a mud wrestler. The carpet cleaners purge dirt and debris from carpets with a steam-extraction system and stay well-versed in chemical concoctions to remove extra-tough stains. The housecleaners arrive at homes armed with commercial-grade supplies that will sanitize every surface they touch, plus eco-friendly products if the client desires. The cleaning checklist can be customized to satisfy individual requests.
The licensed pest-control technicians from Florida Pest & Lawn shoo away a wide range of critters such as termites, bedbugs, ants, or rodents from inside and outside homes. The pest-control team takes its orders from Richie Kidwell, an industry veteran who learned from his father Fred, also a pest-control specialist, that bugs require more stern evacuation measures than a polite cough or a cease-and-desist letter. On each visit, a team member makes sure that no bug slips through cracks by performing treatments on both the interior and exterior of the home, inspecting and spraying popular pest hangouts such as around appliances, bathroom fixtures, windows, and garbage cans. To ensure that colonies don’t return, the technician also sprays a six-foot barrier around the home’s exterior, which effectively keeps all but 6’1” bugs at bay.
In addition to their pest banishing specialty, the team trims and cares for lawns and shrubs to keep yards healthy and verdant, wielding environmentally friendly products to fertilize plants or snuff out unwanted weeds.
Dress Well Organic Dry Cleaners launders clothes and linens in mild solutions made from naturally biodegradable and nontoxic formulas. Each dry-cleaning session begins with a thorough inspection, followed by pH-controlled cleaning, thorough pressing, and two final examinations to spot any missing buttons or lingering wrinkles. Men's shirts succumb to a rigorous regimen of hand-scrubbed collars and cuffs, temperature-controlled washes, and meticulous pressing to ensure perfect creases. Technicians also launder and dry-clean bedclothes, from hardy down comforters to delicate heirloom quilts hand-stitched from Civil War–era concert T-shirts. An onsite tailor waits outside a private fitting room for patrons to model troublesome garments, pinning hems and letting out seams to their exact measurements. Dress Well also cleans and restores leather and suede clothing, and repairs shoes' broken heels and soles.
Eager to assist home-improvement and upkeep projects, neatly arranged drills, garden hoses, paintbrushes, and other hardware sundries populate the shelves at family-owned Avalon Hardware. Stacks of mulch team up with rakes and watering cans to keep landscapes lush but tidy, and fluorescent light bulbs promise to emit steady, more sustainable light in homes. Customers can also swing by to grab gallons of PPG Porter paint, which staffers mix to exact specifications after a small sacrifice of crayons to a prism spirit.
Since 2006, the technicians at Everblue Pool Services have turned pools from green to clean using chemicals and tidying techniques. From resurrecting broken pipes to fetching sunken sea-monkey tridents, their biweekly visits ensure safe and spotless swimming waters.
MaidPro specializes in whipping grimy households into gleaming shape. Over the course of three hours, the staff of dirt-busting cleanliness experts will scrub your home in accordance with a 49-point checklist that tackles bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms, hallways, and cupboards under the stairs. Cleansing connoisseurs will empty trash cans full of shucked corn husks, remove incriminating fingerprints from cookie jars, vacuum away equally incriminating trails of cookie crumbs, and usher feral packs of baby gorillas quietly into the night. If you spot a spot within 24 hours of cleaning and notify the company, MaidPro's maid pros will re-clean the area free of charge.