Family owned by brothers Mike and Mark Davis, Absolute Best Carpet Care clears the grime from sullied homes with professional, prompt services backed by a written guarantee. For well-trod carpets, expert IICRC-certified rug groomers orchestrate a plan of attack against offending fibers with a full carpet cleaning ($89 for up to two rooms of combined 300 sq. ft.), combining a thorough prevacuuming and stain treatment with hot-water extraction and an optional carpet protector ($0.10/sq. ft.) to ward off future stains. Tile and grout services degunk almost any kind of tile—ceramic, marble, porcelain, or light-up disco dance floor—in kitchens and bathrooms, using cleaning solutions that blast semiporous grime magnets with hot water before suctioning them away. Duct cleaning ($85 for setup plus $10/duct) flushes out the airborne detritus and nesting chimney sweeps that clog your home’s ventilation system, while dryer-vent cleaning ($75) vacuums up years of accumulated lint from inside clothing ovens.
The fauna enthusiasts at SunGreen Lawncare and Landscaping turn flat, lackluster lawns into scenic vistas with fetching botanical designs. Then they maintain the masterpieces by mowing, fertilizing, overseeding, and aerating landscapes. To keep yards hydrated during sweltering summer months, they install irrigation systems and help spirit water to the root systems with aeration services. They also eradicate invasive plants by trimming tree branches, extracting trunks, and plucking weeds. As soon as snow covers lawns and flower beds, they trade in their mowers for shovels and plows to keep walkways free of ice and loitering snowmen.
Executive Exteriors treats walls to fresh color, decks to a darker stain, and exteriors to brand-new vinyl siding. Technicians take great pains to prep surfaces prior to painting, like bulls sharpening their horns before chasing down the Spanish men who named a Chicago sports franchise after them. They lay down drop cloths to protect from errant paint drops and use tape to produce crisp lines. The staff robes walls in multiple coats for an even, consistent color and lends redecorative efforts to commercial properties and fraternity houses.
Maids on the Run's soap-and-suds savants unleash their cleaning expertise on sullied rooms during three hours of customized house-cleansing services. The company deploys one skilled grime buster to focus dirt-demolishing efforts on filth havens pointed out by the homeowner, wielding an arsenal of nontoxic cleaning supplies to scrub down greasy kitchens, moldy bathrooms, and Nutella-strewn rec rooms. The cleansing process can also descend to foot-level, fetching dust off of tile, wood, laminate, and vinyl floors with a deep steam cleaning. In addition to typical clean-up jobs such as vacuuming, wiping windowsills, and clearing raccoons out of towel closets, a friendly staff member also helps clients with other tasks including making beds, folding laundry, and washing linens. Maids on the Run provides service from Monday through Friday and Saturday cleanings are available by request. The team recommends scheduling appointments seven days before desired service date.
At Glazed Expressions, owner Laura Riegel and her knowledgeable team of artists encourage creativity during studio sessions, when visitors spend time designing and painting their own works of art as experienced and helpful staff members offer advice on the best techniques. Fused-glass projects meld shards into kaleidoscopic pendants, and clients can decorate pottery items such as vases, candles, picture frames, and animal figurines. A BYOB policy enhances a festive atmosphere within the studio, keeping the mood as bright and colorful as the decor.
While fashions change with the seasons, there will always be clothes that need dry cleaning. The artisans at Wise Cleaners have managed to master this skill, shunning the use of water as they vanquish stains from shirts, pants, and formal suits of armor. They're also able to handle blazers, dresses, and other tricky-to-clean items such as comforters.