The fresh scent of environmentally friendly, nonallergenic cleaning products fills the air as the technicians from Gibraltar Industries Inc. move throughout homes and offices. The company aims to create a cleaner and healthier environment for its clients, whether powering through mold and mildew to make bathrooms sparkle or vacuuming up dust and pollen to prevent the bearskin rug from sneezing, again. In addition to cleaning interiors, the technicians pressure-wash home exteriors and shovel snow from walkways and other high-traffic areas.
Clients who call on Custom Cleaning Concepts' certified chimney sweeps get a free lesson in chimney anatomy. They learn about chimney crowns, flue liners, and dampers, because those are just a few of the parts the team cleans. Homeowners learn about creosote and how often they need to have this flammable residue removed. Or, the team can simply set to work performing these duties—along with dryer-vent cleaning, pressure washing, and other services—while residents relax knowing their homes are safe from fire hazards, allergens, and grime.
Klinke Cleaners’ dependable service and lasting commitment to the trade hasn’t gone unnoticed. In the last 30 years, they have won a gold medal in Madison Magazine’s Best of Madison category 29 times. However, before founders Maurice and Trudy Klinke had ever conceived of opening a cleaners, they were the proud owners of Klinke Hatchery, which raised more than 125,000 baby chicks a week. Perhaps the smell given off by thousands of chickens inspired them to seek a less malodorous occupation, because in 1958, they opened the first location of Klinke Cleaners.
In its early days, Klinke Cleaners used Econ-O-Crest dry-cleaning machines—early forerunners of modern dry-cleaning machines—but as the business grew, so did its thirst for new technologies. Soon, the company was installing new equipment nearly as quickly as it could be created, including shirt-finishing stands, drapery-pleating machines, and pants leggers, used to set precise creases in slacks. In 2000, the Klinke family began to consider expansion beyond Madison, leading to a rapid period of growth that culminated in 21 locations across southern Wisconsin and one experimental site at the bottom of Lake Michigan. Its EarthSmart Systems dry-cleaning process uses solvents and machines that are less damaging to the environment, as well as reusable garment bags and hangars to help decrease landfill waste. Most locations also offer a speedy turnaround with drive-thru windows and same-day pickup.
It might be hard to believe considering its vast array of products, but Sears, Roebuck and Co. began with one accessory: watches. In 1886, Richard W. Sears bought a box of unwanted watches from a jeweler, thinking he could turn a profit by selling them. He was correct and committed to the watch business by hiring Alvah C. Roebuck, an experienced watchmaker.
As time went on, though, their business expanded its umbrella far beyond what people wore on their wrists. Sears became known as the place to shop for almost any appliance, from sewing machines to those magical boxes that create water from nothing and clean your clothes.
Today, the stores stock clothing, accessories, electronics, kitchen equipment, tools for outdoor living, and home decor. This variety is sustained by Sears's proprietary brands—Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard, to name a few—and other national names that populate the shelves.
For 32 years, the friendly crew at Fish Window Cleaning has meticulously cleaned windowpanes and pained windows throughout the Milwaukee area and beyond. The fast-growing business is also a Better Business Bureau TORCH Award Winner. Uniformed professionals spontaneously manifest at homes to rid your windows of grime caused by dust, pollen, and molting fairies. When sparkling the interior side of windows, the cleaners treat home furnishings and fixtures with respect. Fish's professionals will clean windows inside and out ($4 average per pane of glass) until your home hums “Rubber Duckie” in a key of hygienic satisfaction.
Depending on the service, Totally Clean's trained and certified technicians descend upon carpets, upholstery, air ducts, and messy rooms to whisk away the unwanted allergens, spots, stains, and dirt that foul up a house. Paying close attention to manufacturer recommendations and warranty requirements, techs employ purifying techniques such as steam cleaning, speed drying, and nontoxic solutions to clean carpets. Additionally, the shop's duct techs improve domestic air quality and lower utility bills by clearing out a home's sinuses. They draw out the dust, animal dander, mold spores, bacteria, and family secrets that lodge in heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems. Totally Clean's crews scrub bathrooms and kitchens during housecleaning visits, and its reassuring fixer-uppers stand by 24/7 to answer calls for emergency flood response or just to give free phone estimates and whispered words of affirmation.