Extreme Carpet Cleaning and Floor Care buffs out scratches and sucks out stains from all forms of flooring. Warm water rushes into carpet fibers before being extracted through powerful vacuums, pulling out dirt, stains, and allergens in the process. Technicians strive to work as quickly as possible, using carpet-cleaning techniques that dry floors in as little as two hours, like carpets cleaned by George Burns' sense of humor. They also conveniently perform a dustless hardwood-restoration technique.
Simply Green Cleaners isn't satisfied with merely getting a house spotless. The company wants to accomplish the task in a way that doesn't hurt the environment as well. That's why Simply Green uses organic, biodegradable products during all of its services, from cleaning stoves inside and out to disinfecting bathrooms. In their cleaners' hands you'll find not only familiar brands such as Seventh Generations, but also the company's own brand, Greener Cleaner, which is never tested on animals or used to wash away kids' hopscotch courts before they're done with them. But eco-friendliness isn't the company's only special touch. They also offer turndown services and even aromatherapy for the home, and every staff member undergoes a thorough background check and training program.
Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating, founded by the superheroine-alias-sounding Seattle Sutton, packages meals of controlled calories for customer consumption. This Groupon covers meals on Seattle Sutton's 1,200-calorie meal plan—designed to provide eaters with no more than 1,200 total calories in a day. Seattle Sutton's menus, like a carousel of contained calorie intake, rotate on a five-week basis, ensuring that you won't be stuck eating the same meal in the same pair of leather pants day after day. Menu items include a salsa chicken sandwich, buckwheat-berry pancakes with veggie sausage, Asian stir fry, and a whole baked potato with chili.
Cindy and Shavonne, the owners of ABC Cleaning of Ohio, draw from more than 10 years of cleaning experience to meticulously tidy up their clients' homes. With a team of trained cleaners, they buff and wax floors, sanitize bathrooms, and wipe windows and blinds free of dust. They also perform tasks such as organizing messy closets, straightening unruly offices, or rearranging blades of grass that someone stepped on in the yard.
Bugs are fascinating, especially to a six-year-old strapped with a Mickey Mouse 110 camera. These creepily photogenic critters were the first subjects Studio Polaris photographer Maggie Lawler’s ever shot. Though she has since captured images of couples on their wedding day, seniors before their graduation, and canine products for a corporate vendor, Maggie still loves “to act like a five-year-old most days.” She finds the perfect shot by getting to know her clients and hearing their stories. With kids, she gets down to their level, asking them questions about their outfit, their favorite TV show, or their thoughts on whether cotton candy is better to eat or to wear as a wig. Once she’s built the foundation for a relationship, she begins shooting. She searches for the moments in between: the couple tenderly holding hands, the child wholeheartedly laughing. To catch these fleeting seconds, she doesn’t rely on fancy filters or equipment. “Anybody can own a Stradivarius,” she quips, “but not everyone can join the Boston Pops.” So rather than lean on technology’s crutch, she uses her artist’s eye, passed down the limbs of a family tree branched by her grandmother’s paintings and her father’s sculptures. Today, she still is constantly snapping photos, either with her SLR or iPhone, taking shots of her daughter or her neighbors in line at the supermarket. With her work at Studio Polaris, Maggie considers each photo shoot a blessing. “I mean,” she says, “how many families have my work on their walls? It’s awe inspiring. I’m blown away by it.”