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Michael saved my hair!!! Before the start of teaching a new school year, I took a magazine photo to a hairdresser and asked for the exact cut and color (blonde) of the girl in the photo. That did not happen! The cut was fine but my hair was totally orange. A few days later, she attempted to fix it and turned it yellow instead. I was pretty frustrated and luckily found Michael. Michael is the owner of the Roxy Carmichaels Salon in Sugar House. I explained to him what had happened to my hair and showed him the photo of the color that I had wanted. He said that he could correct the colors in my hair, but that it would take several, very careful hours to fix it. He was very understanding of the fact that I wanted my hair to be fixed before my Back-to-School Night with my new students and their families (which was just a few days later that week). He was so understanding that he came to the salon on his day off and opened the salon just to fix my hair. It really did take over 3 hours as he meticulously foiled (and even double-foiled) tons of strands of hair. He was able to correct EVERY single orange and yellow strand and the end result was the prettiest blonde I have ever had. After the color correction, he even spent extra time giving me tips on how to style my hair. Make sure you specifically schedule the appointment with Michael. Michael really is an exceptional stylist and I would recommend him to anyone!!
I came in after another local salon butchered my hair… I have to mention that I am EXTREMELY hard to please when it comes to getting my hair done. My first impression, the atmosphere of this place, it blew me away, its open, Clean! Fresh, Clean!!. Immediately I felt comfortable and relaxed. My appt. was with Michael Kappinos, the salon owner. I have been to many salons around the Salt lake valley and most were not worth the money!!! Michael did a wonderful consultation, he talk to me about my hair texture; face shape and colors. I had the best experience, and afterwards felt so beautiful and satisfied, I have continued to go to this salon and have recommended it to my closest friends, the prices are very reasonable, and I will never go anywhere else.
Rafa is amazing, and the best stylist I've ever had. I've been going to Rafa for over 4 years. He recently moved to this location from the Sugarhouse salon and I happily followed him. Rafa's extremely fun and talented, and makes all my appointments so enjoyable. Rafa is a cutting specialist. My hair is really long. I hate when it falls flat from being weighed down, and Rafa does a great job at giving my hair volume while maintaining length. Both Rafa's scalp massages and blow drys are magical. I leave the salon with perfect hair, and it stays perfect for about 4-5 days. So happy to have met him.
I was referred by my sister and I absolutely loved my stylist, Jamie. She was friendly and very professional. I came in with a hair disaster from another salon and she knew exactly what to do to fix it! She made me feel at ease and assured me the color will be beautiful. I can't even explain how happy I am with the results! I was dark brown and wanted to be a light brown with highlights. I left the first salon with YELLOW ORANGE HAIR!!! And completely Trashed!!! But Jamie got it to the exact color I wanted and made it feel silky and healthy again!!!! I will be back! Thank you Jamie!
I had the pleasure of having Mike S. out to service my garage door. He was out right during the planned on appt. He brought great knowledge and quickly identified the issues and provided training on how to take better care of my door. He remembered me from an earlier appt he had done years ago where he repaired my Air Conditioning Blower Motor and I had only positive memories of the experience even though the work was more involved and the solution not as easy. he worked until he had it right! Thanks Mike at @ Home Service. - K in Lehi
I went for the first time about a month ago and I loved how the wax turned out but was disappointed to see that a handful of places had been missed. However, a few days later Madi, the owner, contacted me and offered me a free wax to make up for it. I just went in for the second wax and Madi did an awesome job! I love how smooth it left my legs and there weren't any places that were missed. I thought it said a lot that she reached out after the first wax and it shows that she really cares about her customers and I will definitely be back!
You absolutely HAVE to go there! I have been getting my hair cut and colored by Dani for almost ten years now and I refuse to go anywhere else! The salon is always homey, comfortable, and has a great atmosphere all around. I keep at least 5 of Dani's business cards in my wallet because I have people asking about my hair all the time. She should win some sort of award for best color artist or something. Don't waste any more time looking for a new salon!
Came here for a mani/pedi and right off the bat I was impressed with their selection of nail polish and colors - they carries OPI which has my favorites. Everyone is also very personable and make you feel very comfortable. Most importantly, Alyssa did an AMAZING job getting everything nice and pretty! She takes her time, so don't expect it to be like one of those chop shops, but I assure you that you will feel pampered, and your mani/pedi will last a long time.
Brad was amazing, knowledgeable, and professional. He put a door door in our sliding glass door. Our door is SUPER tall compared to others and I had no options with doggie doors until I found him and his company. He is straight forward and on time. Did a great job and sticks with his warranty. He communicated to me during the whole process while waiting on the glass to be finished! Highly recommend this company!!
Darlene was a life saver for hair. I was visiting from out of town and looking for someone who could wash n style african american hair. She took me last minute and was positive from the minute I walked in. She took me after hours and the entire time gave me excellent education about products and taking care of my hair. If I move to utah, I will be going to her as my hair stylist!
Mistakes happen, and when it comes to owning a carpet or rug, mistakes usually mean stains. The plush softness of carpet and rugs comes with a price: the time and care required to clean them. Cleaning your carpet or rugs can require some extra work and special techniques that differ from typical hardwood or tile floors. In some cases, you may even need to hire a professional to get the best results.
For minor stains or routine cleaning, it's possible to effectively treat a carpet or rug yourself. If a thorough vacuuming doesn't get rid of dirt in certain areas, here's how to tackle them on your own.
A number of liquids can stain carpet or rug materials, including wine, coffee, nail polish, or blood, to name a few. Depending on what caused the stain, the carpet or rug's material, and how long it's been there, you may need to use different techniques or cleaning supplies to get rid of it. In general, though, keep the following ground rules in mind for stain removal:
Take these steps to remove a stain as soon as possible to prevent drying.
Some stains may come out with little more than water or a mild soap. More serious stains may require a solvent to make removal easier. The best solvent to use depends on what caused the stain.
-Water-soluble stains: These include berries, cola, food dye, jelly, mud, washable ink, or wet paint. Mix a solution of 1/4-teaspoon nonbleach detergent (or white vinegar) with 32 ounces of water.
-Dark water-soluble stains: Chocolate, coffee, mustard, tea, wine, and bodily fluids often stain much more readily than other water-soluble materials and need a different solvent. Use 1 tablespoon of ammonia mixed in 1 cup of water first. If this doesn't work, try combining one part chlorine bleach with five parts water. These solvents may remove color from certain fabrics like wool, so check with the manufacturer for the best cleaning method.
-Oils and waxes: This would include glue, gum, nail polish, and cigarette residue. The best way to clean each of these varies - some may need to be simply scraped off or, if possible, frozen to make it brittle and then chipped away. Most glue can be dissolved and removed using a solvent like rubbing alcohol. Nail polish may also be dissolved using rubbing alcohol or with nail polish remover containing acetone.
Unfortunately, some stains may prove difficult to remove using household products. In any case, vacuuming and spot cleaning may not be enough to get your carpet or rug looking like new again. That's why many homeowners opt to hire a professional carpet cleaning service on a regular basis, around once every 12 to 18 months.
When it comes to heavy-duty carpet cleaning, you have many options to pick from. The two most common methods for cleaning carpets are steam cleaning and dry cleaning.
Steam cleaning is a common method for professional carpet cleaning, but the name is somewhat misleading. Steam-cleaning services use machines that utilize hot (but not boiling) water in combination with a vacuum. The water is heated inside the machine and sometimes mixed with detergent before being sprayed directly onto the carpet. At the same time, a vacuum sucks up the water almost immediately after hitting the fabric. The hot water extracts far more dirt and stains than would be possible by hand.
Cleaning machines using hot water extraction can be purchased or rented for home use, but they aren't always as powerful as what professional cleaning services use. Improperly drying the carpet may also cause bacteria or mold growth. Professional cleaners also employ a number of other methods to pre-treat the carpet and ensure adequate drying. For these reasons, professional carpet cleaning may be preferable to do-it-yourself methods.
Carpets or rugs can also be thoroughly cleaned using a dry-cleaning method. As the name suggests, there is much less water involved in dry cleaning, which means the carpet can be ready to use in less time. Using powerful solvents to break down dirt and stains, dry cleaning puts less physical stress on the carpet, and thus might be better in the long run. However, dry cleaning is usually more expensive than hot-water cleaning services. In addition, the chemicals used to dry clean carpets might irritate pets, people with sensitive skin, or anyone sensitive to strong odors.
Before choosing a professional carpet cleaning service, make sure you will be getting what you paid for by asking the right questions and doing your homework.
Again, there are pros and cons involved in using a hot-water-based cleaning service or dry cleaning. Take into consideration not only cost, but how long the process will take from start to finish, including drying time. Also take note of the material your carpet is made from, and consult the manufacturer if possible to learn about the best ways to clean it. If you or your family is sensitive to any chemicals, be sure to keep this in mind and ask about what chemicals are used.
You can find reviews of most professional carpet-cleaning services online, as well as information about a company's specific process, the chemicals used, and cost. It's also wise to ask friends and family members about services they've used in the past to get a recommendation. Don't always go with the service offering the lowest price, or hire a service who advertises door-to-door or over the phone, unless you have done thorough research on them.
Carpet cleaning services will be entering your home, potentially while you aren't there, so you want to feel comfortable with the business you trust with this responsibility. Ask if the company conducts background checks on employees, as well as if they are insured in your state. Without liability insurance, a mistake that results in damage to your home or furniture may be your responsibility to pay for.
If you've found a carpet-cleaning service you can trust, ask to get a quote. This may involve specifying exactly what services you would like performed, as well as the size of your home's carpeted area. Make sure you understand exactly what is included in a quoted price. Some businesses may charge extra to move furniture, clean stairs, or use special treatment methods. It's also common for businesses to sell customers on products and services they don't need. Don't hesitate to ask questions if any detail about the quote is unclear.
If you instead want to rent or buy a carpet-cleaning machine to use yourself, you have many options to pick from.
Since heavy-duty carpet cleaning isn't a frequent activity for most homeowners, many choose to simply rent one of these machines. Of course, renting is usually much cheaper than owning a machine or hiring a service, which is the biggest advantage in this situation. But not all rental units perform equally, and some might require extra drying time or the use of special solvents that will cost more. There's also the time and effort that goes into carpet cleaning - renting a unit means you must also move furniture yourself and pay close attention to ensure you're operating the unit correctly. Making a mistake could mean damaging your carpet or the unit itself. Also, improperly drying carpet could allow harmful bacteria and mold to grow. Before renting a carpet cleaner, make sure you're up for the task at hand.
Homeowners can purchase carpet cleaners ranging from compact units to full-size industrial-strength machines. Besides price, take note of the features of a unit and compare them to what you most need from a carpet cleaner. Some models specialize in removing allergens from pet hair, while others may work better on tough stains, for example. Another key consideration: Make sure you have room for it. Some carpet cleaners can be bulky and require ample storage space.
Other features you may want to look for in a cleaning unit include:
Make the right choice in carpet cleaners by considering all the options available to you and how they fit into your needs and budget.