Like the grown-up version of parents and children building sandcastles or scratching designs in the dirt, the family-operated Lawns By Lichtefeld beautifies yards with lawn care, fertilization, and landscaping services. They tackle tough patches of weeds, laying the seeds in newly churned and fertilized soil for the eventual emergence of trees, bushes, and flowers. Come wintertime, they prep yards to endure the chill with aeration and fertilization to help grass sprout in the spring looking as green as ever.
The garment experts at Emperors Cleaners take meticulous care as they tackle stains and oust wrinkles to render clothes immaculate. The family-owned and operated business welcomes soiled shirts, skirts, and two-piece suits, tending to all of their splotches and smudges in-house where they can oversee every detail. They whisk garments in and out within the same business day for clients whose schedules overflow with board meetings, play dates, and thumb-twiddling competitions.
The duo of handymen from Houze Exteriors dive headlong into residential maintenance issues, paring chores from to-do lists so that homeowners don't have to. True jacks-of-all-trade, the pair can tackle a wide array of services to keep homes in shipshape; outside they can clear gutters and indoors they clean whole air-duct systems. Houze Exteriors also keeps fireplaces and chimneys in proper working order, sweeping built-up soot and debris from flumes and waterproofing chimneys for lasting durability.
As they clamber up the sides of dirty buildings, the cleaners at Green Goose Roof & Exterior Cleaning only have one thing on their minds: busting up dirt without harming the exteriors. To that end, they’ve traded overly intense pressure washers for a soft-wash cleaning system that whisks away dirt, mold, and algae without excessive force. In addition to freeing siding from unsightly stains, the cleaners tackle roof-based grime and can free gutters of gunk while they’re up there. Windows also get their chance to shine, with glass buffed by a special wipe-away window wax that takes stains and dirt with it.
Whenever Doug Hetsch's chimney sweeps head out, they always tote along a bag of toys. On his most memorable job, Hetsch snuck one of them up the flue when the homeowner's child—who'd been watching them work—wasn't looking. When the toy tumbled out minutes later, Hetsch picked it up and said casually, "Yeah, these things fall out of Santa's bag all the time." The little girl nearly hyperventilated. Overwhelmed by the experience, and amazed that chimney sweeps were allowed to get dirt on their faces, she ran after Hetsch as he left, saying she wanted to be a chimney sweep when she grew up.
Hetsch expects this kind of service from his crew, all of whom are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. A pilot in his spare time, Hetsch trains his team to deliver service with the diligence of an aviator—always well groomed, crisply uniformed, and able to explain complicated terms in plain, direct language. Using a closed-circuit video scanner, teams create a digital image of each chimney's interior to more accurately assess the job. Based on these renderings, they can adjust cleaning methods, as well as recommend services to bring chimneys up to or beyond current building codes. All American Chimney Service works on smokestacks up to 100 years old, ensuring a safe conduit for smoke or the ghosts of logs originally chopped by Teddy Roosevelt.
On the morning of a scheduled job, Fish Window Cleaning's fully insured, licensed, and bonded team arrives at the premises in full uniform, ready to scour outdoor windows until they gleam. During indoor work, they work quietly, donning fresh shoe covers, slipping cloth pads under each window, and dressing in camouflage that matches your wallpaper. The team’s impeccable service earned their company a Better Business Bureau Torch Award in 2009.
Though they're renowned for customer service, team members also benefits from more than 30 years of experience in the industry. That combination helped them balloon from a solitary office to 220 franchises across 40 states and one moon colony. Each outpost maintains rigorous standards when performing residential and commercial chores, from pressure washing to construction cleanup.