My City Tours transforms D.C. into one big playground. Their plush, clean buses take visitors to hotspots such as Maryland Live Casino and Hollywood Casino, as well as family-friendly destinations that might include the National Air and Space Museum, Great Falls Park, and Six Flags. Sports enthusiasts hop aboard to take a trip to a professional football training camp, where they can watch their favorite players run drills and work on touchdown dance choreography.
Whether you're resting in a mountain cabin, traveling through a city, or being vented out an airlock into outer space, dust is all around you. Microscopic particles—usually a combination of soil, pollen, skin cells, and minerals—can pile up quickly indoors. The problem is exacerbated by tiny creatures called dust mites, which gather in groups of 100 to 500 per gram of dust to devour flakes of human skin while multiplying in number, excreting waste, and probably chittering away. No matter where you are on Earth, a mote of dust is presently traveling straight toward your eye, thanks to the persistent creation of dust in almost any climate humans inhabit.
Even beyond our planet, dust is ubiquitous: astronomers face the universe's untidiness every time they peer through a telescope and find formations of cosmic dust, which absorb the visible light around them. Although it comes from exploding stars rather than flaky humans, space dust isn't so different from the domestic variety: a 2007 paper published in IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science explored the similarities between the formation of dust bunnies under beds and the coagulation of space dust into planets.
Melior Maids dispatches a supervised three-person crew to local homes to scrub and polish with a roster of quality supplies, including eco-friendly products. While the trio sweeps efficiently through domiciles, they polish furniture, vacuum floors and vents, straighten up clutter, and teach poltergeists proper haunting etiquette. Kitchens and bathrooms gleam in the crew's wake: refrigerators, microwaves, and mirrors shine streaklessly, and high-use bathroom surfaces such as sinks and showers receive a bacteria-busting disinfection. Each fastidious cleaner undergoes intensive training, including classroom-style instruction, to learn the dark arts of banishing stains and bending dust bunnies to their will. Melior Maids guarantees its service and gladly returns without charge to correct unlikely shortcomings if notified within 24 hours of cleaning.
James Busby Sr. claims to have an unhealthy obsession—lucky for you, it's cleaning. The vice president of operations at Orange Mop Cleaning Services and his technicians are insured and licensed and give a big hug to mother earth with Green Seal–certified products. The company also provides carpet-cleaning services and interior-decorating consultations.
Discount Carpet Care’s certified technicians call on a combined 50 years of experience to transform dingy carpets into immaculate floor accents. Technicians arrive at homes ready to move any furniture or traffic cones currently being used to shelter stains, before unleashing steam-cleaning equipment to dislodge dirt from clinging fibers. Afterward, cleaned carpets are ready to be re-trod upon in two to three hours. Customers can schedule appointments online, preserving the dignity of carpets, which would rather not overhear owners referring to them as “dirty” on the phone.
DC Metro Cleaning tackles the grime and clutter that so often accumulates in homes, businesses, and event spaces. The team performs an array of standard services, from wiping down mirrors and scouring bathrooms to removing cobwebs from ceiling fans and LaserDisc collections. The cleaners can also help residents clean up before or after a move with whole-house cleaning and junk removal.