Kentuckiana Carpet Upholstery Cleaning's owner Jason Rigdon knows every one of his employees like the back of his perfectly clean hand. Each person on the crew is one of Mr. Rigdon's friends or relatives, though that's not the only reason they were hired. Each tech also has more than 15 years of experience cleaning carpets and battling stains. The team travels to homes and commercial spaces to spruce up carpets and upholstery using a truck-mounted hot-water-extraction system.
Founded 106 years ago just after the invention of clothing, Sam Meyers Dry Cleaning and Laundry cleans clothing to rid garments of ground-in grime. Detail-oriented dry cleaners strike out stubborn stains from skirts ($7.80) and sweaters ($7.41) with the diligence of a lab chemist and the gentle touch of a newborn porpoise swaddled in cashmere. Use today's deal to look dapper in spotless sport coats ($7.41) and spick-and-span two-piece suits ($13.57). Sam Meyers also offers cleaning services for Uggs and other winter boots to erase evidence of slush-puddle jumping and winter salt-ball fights.
So Fresh & So Klean Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners’ team of grime busters steam-cleans and deodorizes carpeting using biodegradable, environmentally benign products. During each 60-minute cleanse, technicians move heated cleaners across furry floors, steaming away grunge and leaving carpets fresher than a teddy bear after a haircut. Dual vacuums suck moisture from carpets, diminishing drying time and helping to prevent mildew growth. So Fresh & So Klean's carpet-deodorizing treatments combat underfoot odors caused by pets, cigarette smoke, or cigarette-smoking pets.
Whenever Doug Hetsch's chimney sweeps head out, they always tote along a bag of toys. On his most memorable job, Hetsch snuck one of them up the flue when the homeowner's child—who'd been watching them work—wasn't looking. When the toy tumbled out minutes later, Hetsch picked it up and said casually, "Yeah, these things fall out of Santa's bag all the time." The little girl nearly hyperventilated. Overwhelmed by the experience, and amazed that chimney sweeps were allowed to get dirt on their faces, she ran after Hetsch as he left, saying she wanted to be a chimney sweep when she grew up.
Hetsch expects this kind of service from his crew, all of whom are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. A pilot in his spare time, Hetsch trains his team to deliver service with the diligence of an aviator—always well groomed, crisply uniformed, and able to explain complicated terms in plain, direct language. Using a closed-circuit video scanner, teams create a digital image of each chimney's interior to more accurately assess the job. Based on these renderings, they can adjust cleaning methods, as well as recommend services to bring chimneys up to or beyond current building codes. All American Chimney Service works on smokestacks up to 100 years old, ensuring a safe conduit for smoke or the ghosts of logs originally chopped by Teddy Roosevelt.