Don't let the name fool you—J.B. Painting and Remodeling does a lot more than just paint and rearrange furniture. In addition to painting exteriors and interiors, the craftsmen perform a range of home services, from replacing doorknobs and changing lightbulbs to tiling bathrooms and installing wood flooring. The jack-of-all-trades staff can even assemble furniture, wash decks, caulk loose edges, service lighting systems, and pressure-wash siding.
When the owners of City Avenue Cleaning Service were kids, chores always came before fun, and this discipline helped them learn how to keep a house spotless. Now backed by 17 years in the cleaning business, they oversee a team that will polish houses and offices with no-streak cloths and their own cleaning solutions. On cleaning day, a team of trained techs helmed by a watchful supervisor heads to the client’s location, where they wipe down kitchens, sponge bathrooms, and mop floors before backing their work with a guarantee. They’ll gently tuck linens into beds and wash walls covered with scuffs, crayon marks, or mysterious hieroglyphics.
When they aren't doing regular cleanups, the team helps rescue homes sullied by flood and fire damage.
There are few activities in life that Time to Shine owner Laurence Brooks enjoys more than making dirty things clean. In 1999, he turned that compulsion into a business, which has grown from a small basement-located operation to a fully staffed crew of cleaning technicians. The team deploys professional-grade solutions, steam cleaners, and vacuums, ousting dirt and stains from shag carpeting as well as upholstery and pet Chewbaccas.
If there are two things the cleaning crew at Rosemont Cleaning Service knows for sure, it's that a party sub makes a terrible broom and that the foundation of a good customer relationship is trust. That's why, before conducting any of their residential or commercial housekeeping, window-cleaning, or pressure-washing services, the cleaners assess jobs and give customers a free estimate. This often overlooked step helps them tailor services to each client's specific needs while avoiding any potential sticker shock after jobs are done.
Air ducts are like the lungs of a home. When they get clogged up with debris, mold, and dust, the house exhales contaminated air that its inhabitants then breathe in—and that poses a health hazard. Action Cleaners keeps air safe and fresh with duct-cleaning services. The cleaning also helps air systems running efficiently, which can keep utility bills down.
Completely dedicated to clean homes, they steam-clean carpets and upholstery as well. Steam cleaning not only restores carpets to like-new status, but also removes allergens like dust mites. With an equal amount of brain power and elbow grease, they also attend to water damage, tile, and grout.
Carpet Cleaning: Putting the Heat on Dirt####Carpet Cleaning: Putting the Heat on Dirt
As techs re-fluff your carpets and your vacuum weeps in envy, learn how they work their magic with Groupon's guide to steam cleaning.
Although steam can be an effective cleaning tool, when pros talk about steam-cleaning a carpet, they're usually talking about a process technically known as hot-water extraction. That's because steam—which occurs when water reaches 212 degrees Fahrenheit under normal conditions—is simply too powerful for many residential jobs, posing a risk of damage or shrinkage to some kinds of carpet fibers. Fortunately, water usually only needs to be heated to around 140 degrees to kill most of the microorganisms that can live in a carpet and cause odors. A skilled technician will know what range of temperatures is ideal for any given fiber.
Whether it's a rolling model or a massive van-mounted machine, a carpet cleaner has three important elements: a heating device, water jets, and vacuum suction. As the water is heated, it will sometimes be mixed with detergent, but one of the benefits of steam cleaning is the fact that soap isn’t necessarily a must—pressurized jets can reach deep into fibers to get at grime. A vacuum hose then pulls most of the liquid back into the machine, though some dampness will linger in the carpet. Generally, after about three or four hours a carpet will be ready for you to walk on and set all your little army guys back in position.