Equipped with professional-grade cleaning supplies and machinery, ServiceMaster's esteemed carpet primpers penetrate to the source of domestic disrepair to restore luster to trod-upon toe ticklers. Technicians begin by applying pretreatment potions to areas of significant staining before coating rugs with a sheen of solution to loosen soil deeply entrenched from decades of carpet-top calisthenics. Techs then extract anarchic agents of rug corrosion with a concentrated fountain of clear, hot water—the method of cleaning recommended by carpet manufacturers and most forms of pasta. The aquatic extraction gently fleeces floors of all contaminants, such as dirt, pollen, fungi, and bacteria. Finally, the grime-razers perform post-treatment cleansing on any lingering stains, slide protective pads under furniture legs, and groom deck tresses to facilitate drying and effect a kempt, uniform appearance.
The owner of The Mad Platter sees her studio as a place of community?not only does the mother of four welcome adults and kids here, but she also jokes that it's hard to stop by without running into someone you know. And it would be easy to spend a lot of time here, between walk-in open studio time and a schedule full of more structured classes. If you really don't trust your own artistic impulses, you can commission a custom piece of pottery from the talented staff. But those eager to tap into their creative side can go wild at the studio, and even reserve the space for a private party. For kids, there's also summer art camps, where the studio provides art projects, snacks, and presumably some chairs to sit on.
M & M's Cleaning Services has grown quickly over the years, acquiring a team talented and large enough to tackle all residential, industrial, and commercial cleaning tasks. Armed with eco-friendly products, they accomplish everything from regularly scheduled cleanings and janitorial services to day-porter services and window washing. Carpet cleaning, pressure washing, and upholstery cleaning are among their skills as well. The crew can even strip and refinish floors, including hardwood refinishing.
Jonathan Rigsbee, founder of GrowinGreen, keeps lawns looking lush while treating Mother Earth with respect. His crew utilizes environmentally friendly yard-care methods that lean less on chemicals and more on holistic, soil-based solutions. Staffers avoid pollution by abstaining from treatments right before a rainfall, and they never leave fertilizers where they might wash into someone's drinking water or whale-shark aquarium. GrowinGreen's team also knows that some problems can be treated without professional help, and it offers customers an online database of havoc-wreaking weeds, plant diseases, and insects. This list, complete with photographs, can help homeowners diagnose various greenery ailments, such as brown-patch-covered lawns caused by what the staff refers to as "humongous fungus" or by feeding the grass orange juice.
Every time the doors of Scissorhands Hair Studio swing open, a staff member walks over to welcome the entering guest with a warm neck wrap and a seasonal beverage. This uncommon hospitality is among the many reasons the salon earned Yes! Weekly's Reader's Choice award for Best Hair Salon in 2010 and 2011. Other compelling reasons include: private treatment areas that guests can visit for a massage, facial, or body treatment; and the stylists themselves, who carefully evaluate face shapes and fumigate beehives before adding highlights, natural hair extensions, or spiral perms.
In the salon’s waiting area, fuchsia walls surround zebra-print loveseats accented by vases brimming with white and black feathers. Before or after their treatments, guests may peruse the salon's boutique, which features jewelry, hair accessories, and home decor handcrafted by local artists.
The skilled technicians at EnviroDuct purify air ducts, scour dryer vents, and performing air quality tests. They also locate and remove toxic mold spores, which often accumulate in damp, dark regions such as basements and Fraggle Rock.